Day 1 Monday 22 March, 2021 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to London.
Day 2 Tuesday 23 March, 2021 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred into London. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. After checking into our hotel the rest of the day will be free for independent sightseeing.
Day 3 Wednesday 24 March, 2021 Embarkation
This morning we will depart London and travel to Southampton to board P&O Aurora for our cruise to northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights.
Day 4 Thursday 25 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This evening join the group for a welcome drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise.
Day 5 Friday 26 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship.
Day 6 Saturday 27 March, 2021 Andalsnes, Norway
Today we arrive at Åndalsnes, a young city situated on the shores of the Romsdalsfjord, close to where the Isfjord begins and where the Rauma River, famous for its salmon, ends. It is one of the most beautiful areas of scenic Norway. On our sightseeing tour we will see the highlights in the region. We will enjoy breathtaking views from the Trollstigen viewpoints and visit the small village of Bjorli, located at the very top of the Gudbrandsdalen valley.
Day 7 Sunday 28 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.
Day 8 Monday 29 March, 2021 Tromso, Norway
We are well inside the Arctic Circle when we arrive in Tromso, and where our Arctic adventure begins. Tromso is famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the night-time sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromso, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. This evening we will venture into northern Norway’s countryside to seek out the dark skies most conducive to sightings. We visit different lookout locations; scan the skies, and make use of supplied tripods and the know-how of an expert guide to photograph the lights at their best. Later we return to the ship and overnight in Tromso.
Day 9 Tuesday 30 March, 2021 Alta, Norway
Today we depart Tromso and head deeper into the Arctic Circle. The morning will be free to enjoy the facilities of the ship before we arrive in Alta in the early afternoon. Alta, located at latitude 70ºN, is a town on Norway’s northern coast, at the head of Alta Fjord and known for views of the Northern Lights. It is also where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built in 1899 which earnt Alto the title of “The Town of the Northern Lights”. There is no better place to see this spectacular natural phenomenon if luck is on our side. This afternoon we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and learn about the history of the region. This evening we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.
Day 10 Wednesday 31 March, 2021 Alta, Norway
On our sightseeing tour today we will visit the UNESCO listed Alta Museum with its ancient petroglyphs and the Northern Lights Cathedral. Later we have a wonderful experience as we learn about the history of the indigenous people, the Sami, as they take us on a reindeer sledding tour. Later we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.
Day 11 Thursday 1 April, 2021 At sea
Today the Aurora travels south on our route to Stavanger. A day to explore the ship.
Day 12 Friday 2 April, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.
Day 13 Saturday 3 April, 2021 Stavanger, Norway
The gateway to Norway’s spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger is a town with its own rich heritage and is regarded as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’. On our sightseeing tour today we will visit ‘Old Stavanger’ which consists of 173 listed and restored wooden houses built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is one of Northern Europe’s best-preserved collections of wooden houses and the city has received several awards for its preservation efforts. We will walk through the picturesque Old Town with its cobblestone streets and small sweet wooden houses and learn of the early history of the city. Situated in the heart of the city is Stavanger’s 12th century cathedral, the only church to have retained all its original features since its construction in the Middle Ages. We will be taken back to the Viking Age and their battles. The battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD was the one that united Norway into one kingdom. A short drive further along the sea will take us to the highest point in Stavanger with a great view 360 degrees. The scenery opens up with fjords and mountains surrounding us.
Day 14 Sunday 4 April, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.
Day 15 Monday 5 April, 2021 Southampton, England
This morning we arrive back in Southampton. After disembarking we will have a few hours to stroll around the city before being transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia.
Day 16 Tuesday 6 April, 2021 Arrival Australia
Today the group arrives back into Australia, and the tour concludes.