Day 1 Wednesday February 26, 2020 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to London.
Day 2 Thursday February 27, 2020 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 the city. 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 in to our city hotel the rest of the day will be free for independent sightseeing.
Day 3 Friday February 28, 2020 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 Saturday February 29, 2020 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 Sunday March 1, 2020 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members as we play a fun game of Trivia.
Day 6 Monday March 2, 2020 At Sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members as we play a fun game of Scattergories.
Day 7 Tuesday March 3, 2020 Alta, Norway
This afternoon we arrive in Alta. Alta is located at latitude 70ºN, 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 venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.
Day 8 Wednesday March 4, 2020 Alta
On our sightseeing tour today we will visit the UNESCO listed Alta Museum with its ancient petroglyphs, the Northern Lights Cathedral and travel to the lush green Sautso-Alta canyon. 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 9 Thursday March 5, 2020 Tromso, Norway
We depart Alta and cruise to nearby Tromso. We are still inside the Arctic Circle when we arrive in Tromso early afternoon; another famed viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the night-time sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, 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 10 Friday March 6, 2020 Tromso
A free morning to explore the town of Tromso before an afternoon departure south along the Norwegian coast.
Day 11 Saturday March 7, 2020 At sea
Today the Aurora travels south on our route to Alesund. This afternoon join us for a fun game of Bingo with prizes for the winners.
Day 12 Sunday March 8, 2020 Alesund, Norway
This morning we arrive at Alesund, probably the most beautiful city in Norway, situated on islands and a peninsula, and with a unique architecture. Alesund is a beautiful traditional fishing town with an Art Nouveau influence. Built on a string of islands towards the Atlantic from the Norwegian mainland, Alesund underwent a dramatic transformation following a fire in the early twentieth century. We have a tour of this unique town to see its architecture. There will also be some free time for exploration and shopping.
Day 13 Monday March 9, 2020 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, charming 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. A short drive further along the sea, will take us to the highest point in Stavanger, with a great 360 degree view. The scenery opens up with fjords and mountains surrounding us.
Day 14 Tuesday March 10, 2020 At sea
A day to explore the ship.
Day 15 Wednesday March 11, 2020 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 Thursday March 12, 2020 Arrival Australia
Today the group arrives back in Australia and the tour concludes.