Norways Midnight Sun
Tour Scandinavia’s highlights and the Norwegian Sea on this cruise to explore Norway’s midnight sun. As the name of this cruise suggests, you’ll get plenty of daylight and time to discover the remarkable landscapes this part of the world has to offer – keep that camera to hand!
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Newcastle, England
Your journey begins in the lively and cosmopolitan city of Newcastle. This industrial hub is well known for its modern architecture, buzzing nightlife and plethora of art galleries. If flying into Newcastle, the airport lies 15 miles to the north of the Port of Tyne, and taxi journeys normally take around 30 minutes, so you'll be on board your ship and ready for your holiday in no time!
Day 2 – At sea
At this stage of your Norway's Midnight Sun itinerary, it's time to kick back, relax and enjoy the many facilities on board Marella Explorer. She boasts a whopping 10 restaurants and 10 bars plus new dining spaces such as The Dining Club, and a swanky casino. You can also catch a movie at the indoor cinema, take part in a game or two on the Sports & Family Deck, or relax and indulge in the Champneys Spa.
Day 3 – Bergen, Norway
Time in port: 07:00 – 16:00
With it's brightly-coloured houses, sweeping vistas and cobbled streets, Bergen is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. Visit the Edvard Grieg Museum and the concert hall where you can listen to some of this legend's finest work. Avid hikers can take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Floyen to explore nearby walking trails. Also worth exploring is Bryggen Quayside, where you'll find lots of quirky vendors, cafés and art galleries.
Day 4 – Olden, Norway
Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00
Olden is a sleepy part of the world as it's located on the innermost arm of the Nordfjord. It’s surrounded by dramatic mountains, making it one of the most charming villages in western Norway. It's best known for being the gateway to the gleaming million-year-old Briksdalsbreen Glacier, one of Norway's must-see sights. The glacier is a shimmering mass of blue ice that has to be seen to be believed.
Day 5 – Molde, Norway
Time in port: 08:00 – 16:00
Molde is known as the Town of Roses with a rugged landscape tucked between Norway’s famous fjords. Prepare yourself for crystal-clear waters and snow-capped mountains across the strait. Venturing into the city centre, you'll find a mix of cafés and boutiques, as well as plenty of restaurants serving freshly-caught fish. Fancy giving your legs a stretch? Take a hike around the hills surrounding Molde. A 10-minute drive will get you to Varden, a beauty spot where the panoramic views are well worth the effort.
Day 6 – At sea
There's loads on board Marella Explorer to keep you entertained. Not only does she have the biggest ever Broadway Show Lounge, she also has the new Indigo bar, club and casino. Listen to live music in The Lounge – a stylish space with a bright-pink piano and colour-changing bar. Indulge in a cocktail at the Aperitif Bar either before or after a meal at one of the 10 restaurants on offer.
Day 7 – Honningsvåg, Norway
Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00
It's time to travel deep inside the Arctic Circle to the village of Honningsvåg on the island of Mageroya as you continue your Norway's Midnight Sun itinerary. It’s the most northerly point in Europe, and your gateway to the Northern Cape – a chunk of land that juts out into the sea. This is where you can witness Norway's midnight sun that floats overhead. Stand on the 1,000 foot high cliffs at the Northern Cape to witness this incredible event as the sun gives an ever-present glow in the sky. It's a memory that will remain with you forever.
Day 8 – Alta, Norway
Time in port: 08:00 – 19:00
Alta is the largest settlement in Norway's vast landscape. Visit the Alta Museum, a World Heritage Site that is home to rock carvings which date back to 4,200 BC – proving that humans did venture this far north in prehistoric times. Also worth checking out is the Northern Lights Cathedral which has an interactive exhibition devoted to the elusive Aurora Borealis. If you want to get off the beaten track, explore northern Europe’s biggest canyon just outside of town, where you're likely to spot a local reindeer.
Day 9 – Tromso, Norway
Time in port: 08:00 – 14:00
Tromso is the biggest city above the Arctic Circle where the Arctic Cathedral has a haunting glow in the midnight sun. Visit the Tromso Museum, home to the world's largest exhibition on the traditional Sami culture, as well as some great examples of religious art. If you have a head for heights, take a cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen and enjoy the views while you devour a delicious meal at the restaurant there.
Day 10 – Bodo, Norway
Time in port: 11:00 – 18:00
Bodo is just north of the Arctic Circle and is known as the Sea Eagle Capital as it has the largest population of white-tailed eagles in Europe. Here you can enjoy excursions that include a speedboat trip out to the world’s strongest whirlpool – a 150-metre-wide passage where the sea travels at a whopping 40km per hour! Shopaholics will enjoy Glasshuset, a glass-roofed pedestrian shopping area in the city centre.
Day 11 – At sea
There's something for the whole family on board Marella Explorer – there's the Kids Club for little ones, the Hideout for teens, or the entire family can get involved in a game of mini-golf or a film at the indoor cinema. Then there's the spa where grown-ups can relax and indulge in some me-time.
Day 12 – Flåm, Norway
Time in port: 06:00 – 17:00
Flåm is cradled in a deep tributary of the Sognefjord which is the world’s longest and deepest fjord. With colourful wooden houses dotted around, it's the typical Norwegian picture-postcard. Take a ride on the world’s steepest railway, The Flåmsbana which travels to 865m above sea level. If time allows, it's also worth exploring the White Caves of Gudvangen – an underground labyrinth which gives visitors light shows and classical music performances.
Day 13 – At sea
Relax on board Marella Explorer and take full advantage of the facilities at your fingertips. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with ten restaurants serving up a vast range of international fare – everything from sushi and Italian, to Chinese and surf and turf.
Day 14 – Newcastle, England
On your arrival back in Newcastle, you'll be feeling renewed and filled with great memories from your trip. Why not book another holiday from our great selection of Fjord Cruises to discover more of Scandinavia?