Land of the Northern Lights
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Itinerary
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Day 1
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.

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Day 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 4
Bergen, Norway

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and is renowned for its beautiful surrounding nature and excellent hiking opportunities. The city has its own unique culture, with a spectacular artistic and musical scene. Its harbour has gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its charming houses and its role as one of the oldest ports in Northern Europe. Most of the city is located on or around  a fjord and and is a major port of call for most Norwegian and Arctic cruises. 

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Day 5
Andalsnes, Norway

The Norwegian town of Andalsnes is situated in the western county of Møre og Romsdal. Although the town itself is rather small, the surrounding area is home to a number of fantastic natural features including a beautiful collection of mountains and fjords – the top of which will provide you with mesmerising views over the valley and Trollstigen.

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Day 6
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the Icelandic capital and the country’s largest city, providing a home to an urban population of around 200,000. While the city is home to many colourful houses, shopping opportunities, picturesque gardens and fabulous restaurants, it also provides an ideal point of access from which to travel to some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural landmarks including a range of waterfalls, geothermal pools, lagoons, and canyons. 

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Day 7
Tromso, Norway

Tromso is located 350km north of the Arctic Circle and is considered to be one of the northernmost cities on earth. Despite its remote location, it is also a centre of art, history, and culture. There are many museums and unique churches here including the Arctic Cathedral – home to the largest stained-glass windows in Northern Europe. Tromso is also an ideal place from which to admire the natural phenomenon that is the northern lights.

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Day 8
Honningsvag, Norway

Situated in the Nordkapp region of Norway is Honningsvag – one of the country’s northernmost towns. The five piers in the town are home to a plethora of shops and restaurants – some of which are run by indigenous people. A short distance away from the cruise ship quay is the Nordkapp Museum, which showcases the local culture and provides a background of the Arctic fishing industry.

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Day 9
Alta, Norway

The Norwegian city of Alta is situated in the county of Finnmark, Northern Norway. This settlement is best known for its series of prehistoric rock carvings, which have gained UNESCO World Heritage status. These carvings can be found in five separate areas across the city and it is thought that they were made by hunters and fishers during the Late Stone Age/Early Metal Age between 6,200 and 2,000 years ago.

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Day 10
Lerwick, UK, Scotland

Capital and main port of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick is a charming island with warm and welcoming locals and an array of traditional pubs. It is the only town in the Shetland’s and 7,500 of 22,000 population live here.

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Day 11
Kirkwall, UK, Scotland

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands – which are situated 10 miles off the northern coast of Scotland. The people of this small town enjoy a gentle pace of life and there are many shops, cafes and bars to enjoy within the town. It is also home to a number of landmarks including the 12th century, red sandstone St Magnus Cathedral. Other landmarks worth visiting in the local area include Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace – a series of red ruins located opposite the cathedral.

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Day 12
Alesund, Norway

As the largest city in western Norway, Alesund is home to 40,000 inhabitants and is a major centre of tourism. Here, you will find many museums and sea parks which provide an insight into the local history and culture. The must-see landmark, however, is Fjellstua, which offers breath-taking views over the surrounding area. Fjellstua does require a 400-step walk, but fantastic views can be appreciated even if you only complete half of the climb. It is also accessible via a short taxi journey.

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Day 13
Stavanger, Norway

As the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger is a cultural hub and a business district with many museums, restaurants, and interesting landmarks. The Stavanger Oil Museum is filled with fascinating relics from Norway’s oil industry, with many interesting displays; while a journey to Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) will take you on a journey back in time through many winding streets filled with well-preserved wooden houses.

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Day 15
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.