Northern Lights Cruise to Norway with Fred. Olsen and Go Stargazing

Northern Lights Cruise to Norway with Fred. Olsen and Go Stargazing

Saturday 9th November 2024 to Tuesday 19th November 2024

Departing from Newcastle Cruise Terminal
Port of Tyne, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6EE

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure meticulously crafted by our expert team, offering you the rare privilege of experiencing the captivating Northern Lights season in the Arctic realm of northern Norway. This journey is an immersion into nature’s most ethereal spectacle, a dance of lights that will etch itself into your memories.

As you set sail on the welcoming decks of Balmoral, you’ll be positioned to witness the magic of the Northern Lights in all their splendor. Moreover, an extended stay in Alta will provide you with an intimate encounter with this natural phenomenon, a moment of awe that transcends words.

In every corner of this journey, you’ll find opportunities to learn, to connect, and to discover. The Arctic’s secrets are unveiled, its landscapes, cultures, and natural wonders creating a symphony of exploration. Join us as we navigate the Northern Lights season, and let this voyage become a chapter in your own Arctic story.

On this Northern Lights Cruise, you’ll be joined by an experienced astronomer from Go Stargazing for guided night sky tours under light pollution-free skies as part of Fred. Olsen’s Sky at Sea signature experience.

Stargazing highlights for this cruise
  • Explore the night skies on deck with an astronomer from Go Stargazing.
  • Learn how our ancestors interpreted the sky with a laser-guided tour of the constellations.
  • Given the current high activity of the Sun (close to the ‘solar maximum’), it’s the best time to see the Northern Lights for several years. Displays may be intense and bright, especially if the skies are cloud-free!
  • As this cruise encompasses a new Moon period, the skies will be at their darkest. It’s the best time for observing stars, the Milky Way, and of course the Aurora. A thin crescent Moon will grace the dusk skies towards the latter stages of the cruise.
  • We should notice that the stars in the northern part of the sky get higher up as we cruise north – by observing the famous pole star (which would be directly overhead at the north pole), we can work out our latitude!
  • Saturn will be visible as soon as darkness falls and through the night. Binoculars may allow viewing some of the planet’s Moons and famous ring system. 
  • Mars and Jupiter will shine bright and can be observed rising from the East later in the evening. See the Moons of Jupiter using binoculars and watch how they change position in relation to the giant planet during the cruise.
  • There are lots to see in the autumn skies, including the constellations of Cygnus, Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Perseus and Taurus, all well placed.
  • Later in the night, the recognisable constellation of Orion will rise from the East, with Mars well placed near the twin stars of Gemini.
  • View the most distant object that can be seen with just your eyes — the Andromeda Galaxy. Our astronomer will show you how to find it using binoculars, a trick you can take home!
  • Shooting stars or meteors are always a possibility if the sky is clear! You may even glimpse some Taurids meteors as the shower peaks on the 4th of November.
Sail away from light pollution

The map plots the course of this cruise. As you travel away from light pollution, a breathtaking canvas of stars unfolds above. The sky becomes a sanctuary of twinkling constellations, captivating stargazers with its celestial wonders. Guided by a Go Stargazing astronomer, you'll learn to navigate the skies and immerse yourself in their beauty.

Cruise organiser

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is organising this cruise

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