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Land of the Northern Lights cruise - 2015 ex Bristol
- 15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
- On-board entertainment as arranged
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
- Port charges and taxes
- Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
Make your way to the port of Avonmouth to board Azores. We'll set sail this evening as you enjoy dinner and entertainment on board.
Days two to four
Two days are spent at sea, giving you the opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers and to enjoy the many amenities on board Azores.
Beautiful Trondheim, picturesquely set between a loop in the River Nid and Trondheimsfjord, welcomes us this morning. Dominated by the imposing Nidaros cathedral, Trondheim is a fine place in which to wander, soaking up the atmosphere of a city that was once the capital of Viking Norway. Explore the cathedral and the nearby restored Archbishop's Palace, and don't miss the Stiftsgarden, northern Europe's largest wooden building, now a royal residence.
Azores heads into Holandsfjord, just above the Arctic Circle. We'll cruise gently across still waters to the Svartisen glacier, whose tentacles reach down to just 20 metres above sea level. The sight of the blue-white ice moving imperceptibly down the valley is one of the most arresting of the whole cruise.
The friendly port and ski-resort of Narvik welcomes Azores today, with the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to catch the cable car to the heights of Fagernesfjellet mountain for some truly spectacular views.
Azores' next port of call is remote Alta. Sky-gaze at your leisure (the Northern Lights are at their most astounding here), and explore the Arctic region of Finnmark - home to the indigenous Sami people, the prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft and the famous Ice Hotel - on one of our exciting optional excursions.
Cruise way beyond the Arctic Circle, close to the coast of Finnmark where the nomadic Sami herd reindeer. As Azores docks in remote Honningsvag, you can make your way on an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp (North Cape), almost at Europe's northernmost point.
Today Azores calls in Tromso, with its magnificent 'Artic Cathedral' rising grandly from its bustling centre. Step ashore to explore its daily market and fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen.
Today is spent at sea, relaxing as Azores sails south.
Azores cruises into Romsdalsfjord and Andalsnes, today. From here, there's the opportunity to enjoy an excursion through some of Norway's most spectacular mountain scenery, and perhaps a chance to visit the famous wooden Rodven stave church in its dreamy setting beside the fjord.
Today a call is made in Bergen - an ancient Hanseatic city of cobbled streets and medieval houses, and birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the vibrant harbour and fish market, stroll past the wooden warehouses of Bryggen and take the Floibanen funicular to the summit of 'Mount' Floyen.
Enjoy a final two days at sea.
Disembark in Bristol.
Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Azores is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Azores is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.