Aurora Explorer
Saga Sapphire
Sailing from Southampton, return to Dover
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Chase the Aurora Borealis through Norway’s winter wonderlands

“With a log burner crackling at the end of my comfy bed and the Northern Lights flickering outside, I didn’t want the night to ever end”.  Shore Excursion Purchasing Executive Michelle McDermott.

Norway is the perfect stage on which to witness the magical dance of the Northern Lights.  On pristine sets of Arctic tundra, frozen lakes and twinkling eiderdowns of fresh snow you will feel that these ethereal recitals of light are played out just for you.  This magical winter cruise on our small ship Saga Sapphire opens up a world of winter adventure that before the experience you could only imagine existed in the movies.

Here, you can drive a traditional Sami sled pulled by reindeer or marshal a pack of huskies in the twilight; walk the streets of a frosty Art Nouveau city, where steamy windows hide snug retreats of refreshment and cheer and skim the raging Atlantic Ocean on a road described as one of the most beautiful journeys in the world; or just snuggle up in front of a log fire, on a bed of furs, watching the passage of the night sky from your modern Sami Lavvu tent. From the wintery island town of Kristiansund, where opera is a way of life, to the frozen wilds of Alta, where the folds of steel and glass of the Northern Lights Cathedral mirror the ever-changing mood of the Arctic Circle, this Norwegian cruise promises to be a true voyage of discovery.

Opening your eyes to the sky on board

  • Astronomer
  • Photographer specialising in the night sky
  • Norway expert

Overnight stays

  • Tromsø, Norway
  • Alta, Norway

Saga price includes...

  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Dover

The above is taken from their web site advertising the cruise, but once the cruise is sold out it will be taken down.  They may repeat the cruise in other years but the itinerary may be slightly different.

The ports in the itinerary below are linked to a page giving information for each port with a further link to the appropriate port planning page of my web site.

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
Friday 21 Feb 2020 Southampton, England Embark Saga Sapphire. 16:00
Saturday22 Feb 2020 At Sea
Sunday23 Feb 2020 At Sea
Monday 24 Feb 2020 Bergen, Norway 08:00 17:00
Tuesday 25 Feb 2020 Alesund, Norway 08:00 16:00
Wednesday26 Feb 2020 At Sea
Thursday 27 Feb 2020 Tromso, Norwayy 10:00
Friday 28 Feb 2020 -- 16:00
Saturday 29 Feb 2020 Alta, Norway 08:00
Sunday 01 Mar 2020 -- 15:00
Monday02 Mar 2020At Sea
Tuesday03 Mar 2020At Sea
Wednesday 04 Mar 2020 Kristiansund, Norway 08:00 17:00
Thursday05 Mar 2020At Sea
Friday 06 Mar 2020 Stavanger, Norway 08:00 17:00
Saturday07 Mar 2020 At Sea
Sunday 08 Mar 2020 Dover, England 08:00 Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.
key: formal night.  there will probably be 3 formal nights but they are not yet announced over night stay

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