Sir Ranulph Fiennes' extraordinary achievements as an adventurer and explorer have seen him recognised as 'the world's greatest living explorer' (Guiness World Records). He served in the Army for eight years, as a member of the Royal Scots Greys and the SAS, and later embarked on a series of pioneering missions to many of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet. He was the first person (with Charles Burton) to conquer both the North and South Poles on foot, and was the first (with Mike Stroud) to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. In 2009, Sir Ranulph climbed Mount Everest at the age of 65, becoming the oldest Briton to reach the summit.
Seek the Northern Lights with Sir Ranulph Fiennes - CANCELLED
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Watching the aurora borealis dancing in the night sky is an experience you will never forget. The Northern Lights are one of the world's most fascinating natural wonders and, as such, have mystified and enthralled humankind for centuries.
On this special 12-day trip you will have the chance to witness the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights in the company of legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Ranulph will deliver talks and answer your questions during exclusive events, as well as introducing a 40th anniversary screening of the film of his three-year circumpolar expedition. You will explore the majestic Norwegian coast and star-filled Arctic skies in the company of a generational icon, as you travel from Bergen to beyond the Arctic Circle.
Sailing on MS Finnmarken with our recommended travel partner Hurtigruten, the leading expert in voyages along the Norwegian fjords, you'll be transported in total comfort, on a stylish, modern ship that combines Scandinavian decor with excellent on-board facilities.
The ship has undergone a full 'stern to bow' refurbishment in time for your trip, with completely renovated cabins and public areas. The refurbished ship will feature five new suites at the top of the ship, with stunning views, three unique restaurants, a top-deck grill for outdoor BBQs, a wellness centre, improved pool and outward-facing sauna, a re-designed bar and much more.
You'll discover Norway's stunning coastline, from the UNESCO World Heritage port of Bergen up to the city of Tromsø, before sailing through the remote and beautiful Lofoten Islands and the North Cape, Europe's most northerly point, before finally sailing back via the ancient Viking trading post of Trondheim.
During your trip, you can also choose to go on a number of additional Arctic excursions, including activities such as tastings, snowmobiling, sea kayaking, king crab catching, a Viking feast and sea eagle spotting.
Reasons to book
Sir Ranulph Fiennes film screening
Experience the Northern Lights
Immerse yourself in tradition
Sail on MS Finnmarken
Northern Lights Promise**
Your expert guide
- Return flights from London
- An exclusive talk with Sir Ranulph Fiennes
- 11 nights' full-board accommodation on the newly refurbished MS Finnmarken in an outside cabin
- Knowledgeable local guides and in-depth onboard presentation on the Northern Lights
- Tour leader with you throughout the tour
- All port taxes and fees
- Your Northern Lights promise**
Fly to the historic Norwegian port of Bergen. Here you will board MS Finnmarken and enjoy a welcome talk by Hurtigruten's experts, plus a welcome dinner.
Discover Alesund, the city of seven islands that is famed for its art nouveau design. The city burned to the ground in a fire in 1904 and was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time - art nouveau. Soak up the scenery and explore the city's beautiful architecture, or enjoy an excursion to see the resident penguins.
The highlight of today's journey north is a visit to the royal city of Trondheim. Founded in AD 997, this former Viking trading post served as Norway's first capital.
Day4Arctic Circle, Lofoten IslandsLofoten Islands, Norway
Take in spectacular scenery as you traverse the Arctic Circle. This evening enjoy a fascinating lecture on the Northern Lights, to discover the science and myths behind this natural phenomenon
Explore the attraction town of Tromsø, one of the best vantage points from which to see the Northern Lights. Enjoy a variety of optional activities, including a beer-tasting, deep-sea fishing or husky sledding.
Day6Honningsvag, North Cape cruisingHonningsvåg, Norway
Discover the Arctic on a visit to the North Cape, the most northerly point of Europe. Join an excursion to the island of Mageroya to learn more about life in this remote region.
Today you'll have the opportunity to explore Kirkenes at your leisure. A variety of optional excursions will also be on offer, such as catching giant king crabs from the Barents Sea.
Day8Hammerfest and TromsøHammerfest, Norway
Explore picturesque Hammerfest, Norway's most northern town, where you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' or see the world's northernmost natural gas terminal, before sailing back to Tromsø.
Day9Lofoten IslandsLofoten Islands, Norway
Today, there will be ample free time to explore the wild natural beauty of the remote Lofoten Islands, known for their incredibly diverse wildlife, beautiful deserted beaches and traditional fishing villages.
Day10Arctic CircleLofoten Islands, Norway
Retrace your steps across the Arctic Circle, one of the best places from which to spot the Northern Lights.
Return to Trondheim where you will enjoy free time to discover the history of this ancient city. This evening dine on a delicious farewell dinner of local specialities.
Day12Return home from BergenBergen, Norway
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
This comfortable cruise ship has been fully refurbished for 2020 and pairs exceptional facilities with superb platforms for viewing the surrounding scenery
With her fabulous lounges and distinctive bow, MS Finnmarken provides a unique setting for viewing the spectacular surrounding scenery. The panoramic lounge on the top deck is a comfortable spot to enjoy the views, and the tip of the vessel can be accessed from deck five.
Art Deco-style design and lavish decoration feature throughout the vessel but it's the facilities on MS Finnmarken that really stand out. When you're not out exploring, there's a swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck, as well as a fitness room and a luxurious sauna with a view.
After a busy day, grab a snack from Babettes Café or head to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. In the evening, choose from a diverse menu of freshly prepared dishes in à la carte restaurant before retreating to the comfort of your cabin.
- Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
- Top deck features a panorama lounge
- Fitness room
- Sauna with a view
Expedition Suite: Situated on the upper deck, Expedition suites are the most lavish cabins on MS Finnmarken, with separate seating areas and en suites showers. The larger Expedition suites feature more facilities, such as a private balcony or bathtub. All cabins come complete with complimentary cabins kits, bathrobes and slippers.
Arctic Superior: These cabins are also on the upper deck and are equipped with en suite showers. The larger Arctic Superior cabins feature double beds, while the smaller include separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. Arctic Superiors cabins are complete with tea and coffee-making facilites.
Polar Inside: The Polar Inside cabins are located on decks 2, 3, 5 and 6. All cabins include en suite showers. Most Polar Inside cabins feature separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, or upper and lower berths.
Polar Outside: These cabins are mostly located on the middle or lower decks of MS Finnmarken. Cabins of varying size have individual specfications but all feature an en suite shower. Most Polar Outside cabins include separate beds, or upper and lower berths.
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