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Northern Lights Cruises

Set sail on a cruise heading north and enjoy the thrill of the hunt as you go in search of the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights cruises are a truly exciting way to experience one of the world’s most wonderful, natural phenomena. Not only will you get an excellent vantage point to witness the spectacularly colourful light show thanks to some superb excursion offerings, but you will also be able to enjoy all the comfort and amenities that a holiday aboard a luxury cruise ship has to offer.

The Northern Lights – known by their scientific name as Aurora Borealis - are caused by explosions on the sun throwing out millions of particles, which in turn ignite as they hit the earth’s atmosphere. Many comment that the Northern Lights are similar to a rainbow at night, with the sky shimmering in an array of green, pink and purple hints of light. Every formation of light is different which means your Northern Lights cruise will be truly unique.

Best Time to See the Northern Lights in Norway

The Northern Lights can be seen from Norway and perhaps more clearly from inside the Arctic Circle. A typical Northern Lights itinerary begins by cruising up the coast of northern Norway towards North Cape where the lights are often found illuminating the sky in all their glory. In terms of the best time of year to see the Northern Lights, it’s often thought that their activity is at its most frequent during late autumn/early winter, with the best time to look at them between 8pm and 1am – local time.

Of course, the Northern Lights can also be seen from many other parts of our world, including Alaska, Greenland, Northern England, Scotland, Iceland, Canada and parts of North America.

Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruises

Hurtigruten are the Norwegian experts and they offer many cruises through the Norwegian Fjords and into the Arctic Circle - giving you plenty of opportunities along the way to spot the Northern Lights. Cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and you will witness the change in scenery as you travel north into the Arctic Circle. It is during this stretch that many people get their first glimpse of the lights as they transform the previously pitch-black sky. Hurigruten’s Northern Explorer cruise will take you from Tromso to Bergen, visiting the most northern point of Europe whilst allowing you to explore the legends of the mysteriously enchanting Rorvik.

The great thing about a Hurtigruten Northern Lights’ cruise is the amount of exciting shore excursions on offer as you make your way to the Arctic Circle. For example, you can enjoy a snowmobile safari in Kirkenes, take in a Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral and even enjoy a post-cruise stay in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

Book Your Northern Lights Cruise with The Cruise Line

If you are looking for a luxury Northern Lights cruise then we highly recommend you contact us today for details of our best fares and special offers. Founded in 1993, The Cruise Line has established a reputation for offering clients outstanding customer service alongside highly competitive pricing and special offers.

For further details, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an online enquiry