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.
You'll depart at 4pm but if you arrive to the city early feel free to explore a little before Marella Explorer 2 sets sail.
Stroll along Northumberland Street for a spot of shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of many restaurants in Eldon Square's food quarter or go for a simple stroll along the Quayside. - Just remember to make it back to port in good 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 2. She boasts a whopping 9 restaurants and 10 bars plus new dining spaces such as The Dining Club and Indigo bar that features its own swanky casino.
If that's not for you, do as much relaxing as possible 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 2 to keep you entertained.
Stop by Scoops and indulge in a testing of some quirky adult themed ice cream flavours after having a couple slices of delicious pizza at Nonna's.
With four hot tubs on pool deck, you can relax away the day and get frequent refills from the deck bar conveniently located to the side.
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
With Marella Exploer 2 being the first Adults Only ship in the fleet you'll find her facilities a little more grown up!
The 19th Hole is her themed golf clubhouse complete with special cocktails and golf simulators - why not go test out your putting skills whilst onboard.
Flutes is another newbie to the line - if you fancy something bubbly, this stunning area will be your go to. With push to order buttons and the cosiest seating, it'll be Bellini's all round.
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
This is your final sea day onboard Marella Explorer 2, so you'll want to take full advantage of the facilities at your fingertips.
Why not book in for a speciality meal to make your last night extra memorable. From Pan Asian dishes at Kora La to the ultimate fine dining offering at The Dining Club, it's something for all you foodies to get excited over!
If you haven't already, get your fill of the shows on offer at the Broadway Show Lounge and why not do some last minute duty free shopping at Broad Street Shops on your walk through.
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?