Some features of Northern Lights cruises in Norway include a glimpse of the aurora borealis, stops at Norwegian towns, scenic sites and winter activities. The stops, activities and on-board amenities depend on the cruise company and ships. For instance, some budget-friendly cruises have limited on-board entertainment.
Fred Olsen Cruises offers the 13-day Norway Winter cruise that begins and ends at Southampton, England. The ship sails north from Southampton with the first port at Molde, Norway. Once in town, passengers can tour the city, hike at Moldemarka or drive along the Atlantic Road. The ship then sails along the Norwegian Coast that boasts the village of Rorvik, Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten mountain with a hole.
Before reaching the next port of call, Tromso, the ship crosses the Arctic Circle. Tromso, a popular stop for many cruise lines, offers neo-classical architecture, the Arctic Cathedral and Storsteinen Mountain. Finally, the boat stops at Alta for an overnight stay and a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Tourists can visit the rock carvings of Scandinavia or do a little salmon fishing.
On the way back, the ship stops at Bergen and Stavanger, Stavanger boasts plenty of Viking historym, and Bergen hosts the Unesco world site, Bryggen Wharf.