Close your eyes and imagine… You are standing on the deck of a majestic sailing vessel, experiencing the trip of a lifetime. Sailing with Hurtigruten for 12 days along the Norwegian coast is a dream come true and suddenly, over the horizon, a sight that leaves you speechless and takes your breath away comes into view—the Northern Lights.
If you think this sounds like an impossible dream, then think again— thanks to Hurtigruten, the trip you thought was unattainable is now within reach. Just imagine sailing away onboard a Hurtigruten cruise, as you not only live out your fantasies but broaden your horizons, enjoy a unique peacefulness, and participate in optional adventures all while sailing through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes that the world has to offer.
Like so many people, now that my kids are grown with children of their own, it is time for me to start checking items off of my bucket list; thanks to Hurtigruten, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure is not only within my grasp, but one of their sailings just happens to fall over my birthday. I cannot think of a better gift to give myself than to be able to gaze upon the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten!
The only question that remains—are you ready to join me on this dream escape? Hurtigruten has been sailing along the stunning Norwegian coastline for the past 125 years, visiting towns and cities, and discovering small villages and tucked-away-fjords—in other words, sites that are rarely seen by other cruise ships.
The 12-day, roundtrip journey along the Norwegian coastline offers a truly authentic opportunity to immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, sample the most sublime local delicacies, and, of course, explore the majestic and ever-changing landscapes along the coast.
But one can also choose to do a shorter cruise; Hurtigruten offers a 7-day cruise northbound, and a 6-day cruise southbound, as well. No matter which cruise you choose, traveling with Hurtigruten will connect you with your inner explorer in an incredible region of the world.
If you’re like me, you’ll bring your sense of adventure and a longing to immerse yourself in a truly Norwegian experience; this includes the opportunity to join a number of exciting excursions (over 90!) on routes – such as Northern Lights safaris, reindeer sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and much more. With over 90 different excursions to choose from, there is truly something for everyone.
There are also a number of lectures available to travelers onboard, themed around nature, the science behind the Northern Lights, Norway, wildlife, the Arctic, and much more, each given by well-known authors or professors.
While traveling, you will have the chance to join other like-minded travelers as you spend time on deck, taking photos of the landscapes, wildlife, and Northern Lights. The restaurants on board allow you to explore and enjoy the Norwegian cuisine, and local ingredients are mostly used in the dishes served. With Hurtigruten, the cruise is just one part of the adventure.
Admit it, you’re picturing yourself doing all of this and so much more—maybe even viewing the Northern Lights. A natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights occur when the solar wind is stronger than usual, and electrically charged particles from the sun hurl towards Earth.
The particles, electrons, and protons form a magical light when they collide with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere; Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, as it sits under the Auroral Oval, and winter is perhaps the most incredible time of year to catch their display in the sky. When you sail on one of Hurtigruten’s 12-day roundtrip cruises from October 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019, they guarantee the lights will appear; if they don’t, they will offer a 6- or 7-day cruise FREE of charge! (not including airfare/extras)
If you’ve been dreaming of seeing the Northern Lights in person, there’s no better time to check this off your bucket list than right now. In fact, Hurtigruten is offering another great deal—book one of their 12-day cruises from January 1 – March 31, 2019, between now and September 30, 2018, and save $250 per person! Where will your inner adventurer take you? If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, now’s the time to join Hurtigruten along the stunning coast of Norway. .
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with the Hurtigruten and VisitNorway, however, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.