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Seeking the Northern Lights

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If the Northern Lights are on your bucket list, the Seeking the Northern Lights cruise stops at all the world’s best places to bring you an unforgettable holiday.

Ports visited*

* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Southampton, England

Departs: 16:00

Your journey starts at 4pm from Southampton port.  If you decide to travel down early, there’s plenty to explore. From a large shopping complex to attractions such as Britain’s biggest working steamboat.

Day 2 - At Sea

Relax and explore your surroundings onboard Marella Explorer today. Children can head to the Kids Club, Hideout or mini-golf, while couples can enjoy the many restaurants and bars. Try Kora La for a delicious curry or go Spanish at the Tapas @ The Mediterranean restaurant.

Day 3 – Haugesund, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Where better to start your fjord cruise than the homeland of the Viking Kings, and birthplace of Norway. Its battleground that created one country in 872 AD is commemorated in Norway’s national monument, an imposingly tall obelisk. In the afternoon, head to nearby Karmøy Island 20 minutes away for some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches.

Day 4 – Flåm, Norway

Time in port: 08:00-16:00

Your next stop is Flåm. Nestled inside the world’s longest and deepest fjord, its rustic wooden lodges look like miniature models against the towering cliff faces. Take a boat and glide past waterfalls and narrow passages to reach the beautiful Næroyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for the world’s steepest railway, enjoy hairpin bends and cliff-edge tunnels, 865 metres above sea level.

Day 5 – Geiranger, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00

Arriving in Geiranger, you’re greeted by snow-topped mountains, glacial lakes and working farms. Fjord farms have thrived here for centuries. Visit one of the largest, 300-year-old Herdal Home Farm and see how goat's cheese is made. If you have time, take the two hour bus tour to Mount Dalsnibba. From its peak, you’ll find breathtaking views of the ‘world’s most beautiful fjord’.

Day 6 – Molde, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Those outstanding views continue at your next stop in Molde, a cosmopolitan city full of cafés and boutiques. Make time to visit the Romsdal Museum. This large museum has created a traditional village with open-hearth houses and an authentic Norwegian smokehouse.

Day 7 – At Sea

After an amazing start to your Seeking the Northern Lights itinerary, now is your chance to refresh. Spend the day lounging around the large pool of Marella Explorer. There’s even Champneys Spa for some real indulgence.

Day 8 – Honningsvåg, Norway

Time in port: 10:00 - 18:00

Your next stop is Honningsvåg, Europe’s most northerly point. Here, you’ll experience the magical midnight sun that never sets, enveloping its landscape and grazing reindeer in an ever-present golden glow.

Day 9 – Alta, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Alta is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. There’s also plenty of attractions to visit like its spiralled cathedral, 4,200 BC rock carvings, and an ice hotel. Visit northern Europe’s biggest canyon just outside town, home to reindeer, moose and hundreds of bird species.

Day 10 – Tromsø, Norway

Time in port: 07:00 - 16:00

Artic Circle’s largest city, Tromso is next on your list. Take the five-minute walk from port, and visit the museum for the country’s largest exhibition on the Sami culture and its people. If you have time, take the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for sensational panoramic views.

Day 11 – At Sea

There’s plenty to fill your day on Marella Explorer. Get active at the Sports & Family Deck multi-sports court, and catch up with the latest film releases at the cinema. As the sun sets, settle in for a show at the Broadway Show Lounge.

Day 12 – Olden, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Olden is famous for being the gateway to the million-year-old Briksdalsbreen Glacier and its thundering waterfalls. The bus trip takes 45 minutes and you’ll drive past Olden Lake. Its unique green appearance makes it Norway’s most beautiful lake.

Day 13 – Stavanger, Norway

Time in port: 10:00 - 16:00

Docking right in the city centre, walk into old Stavanger where wooden houses from the Middle Ages line narrow lanes. Visit its 12th-century cathedral and colourful market square. Take a boat tour and head to famous rock formation, Pulpit Rock. This completely flat-topped cliff towers over the sea.

Day 14 – At Sea

End your trip in style as you head home. Enjoy waiter service at the stylish Latitude 53 restaurant, and relish the views from Indigo Bar.

You could instead opt for a relaxing drink in The Lounge with its soothing colour-changing bar area and hot-pink piano.

Day 15 – Southampton, England

Arrives: 06:00

Arrive home with experiences and memories to last a lifetime, all thanks to your Seeking the Northern Lights cruise.

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