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North Cape and land of the midnight sun cruise ex Leith 2014
- 10 nights accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, 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
Travel to Leith to board Discovery, in time for afternoon sailing.
Spend your first full day at sea, getting to know Discovery, the crew and your fellow voyagers.
Geirangerfjord is one of the smallest but most beautiful fjords, its twists and turns marked by waterfalls and ancient villages such as Hellesylt and Geiranger. Disembark at Hellesylt to take an overland excursion through the scenery of the fjord and its surroundings.
Discovery heads into Holandsfjord, just above the Arctic Circle. She will cruise to the sight of the Svartisen glacier, which reaches 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 trip.
Rising up out of the sea like miniature Alps, the Lofoten Islands' tiny fishing villages (with even tinier names, such as "A") shelter beneath peaks, cliffs and rock formations. Discovery calls at Gravdal, and there'll be an opportunity to explore this most corner of the world on an overland excursion.This evening, in the long-evening light, we'll cruise through the Inside Passage, passing the scenery of Solbergfjord, Gisund and Grotsund.
Discovery cruises beyond the Arctic Circle, in perpetual summer light, close to the coast of Finnmark. This afternoon we'll call at Hammerfest, Europe's northernmost town. This evening Discovery docks in the remote village of Honningsvaag. Join an optional excursion to the visitor centre at Nordkapp, almost at Europe's northern most point. You'll return to the ship, passing Knivskjellodden, Europe's true north tip, before Discovery continues south.
The largest settlement beyond the Arctic Circle, Tromso, with its cathedral rising grandly from its centre, is our port of call this afternoon. Step ashore to explore the market, and the Polarmuseum, which pays tribute to Arctic pioneers. East of the city centre is the strikingly modern Arctic cathedral, or Ishavskatedralen, while close by, a cable car climbs to the summit of Mount Storsteinen for unsurpassed views.
Today is spent at sea, cruising south along the Norwegian coast.
Alesund, with its natural harbours lined by pastel-painted, gabled and turreted buildings, is a first port of call. Don't miss the Sunnmore museum, with its insight into life in this part of the world through the ages and its fine boat collection.
Your final full day's cruise aboard Discovery is spent at sea, sailing south and home.
This morning we return to Leith.
In 2013, 20,000-tonne Discovery sets out on a series of exciting departures from ports around the UK, on her first season of cruises. With her classic profile, eight passenger decks, and accommodation for 700 passengers, Discovery is a smaller ship built in traditional style, and offers the perfect 'home from home' for a memorable holiday.