5* Land of the Midnight Sun

Enjoy a stunning 14-night cruise to the arctic north of Norway and to the Land of the Midnight Sun onboard the 5-star Sapphire Princess.

This cruise departs from Southampton and heads north to the Norway coast to tour the fjords around Stavanger, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Trondheim before you cross the arctic circle and reach Honningsvag, the most northerly point in Europe. On your way back south you will visit Tromso and the beautiful Lofoten Islands and the towns of Alesund and Bergen before you reach Southampton.
This cruise is offered on a cruise-only basis and does not include flights to Southampton.

DESTINATION Norway and the Land of the Midnight Sun
FROM Southampton
DATE 15 June 2019
DURATION 14 Nights
PRICE From €1,723 pp

This cruise departs from Southampton and heads north to the Norway coast to tour the fjords around Stavanger, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Trondheim before you cross the arctic circle and reach Honningsvag, the most northerly point in Europe. On your way back south you will visit Tromso and the beautiful Lofoten Islands and the towns of Alesund and Bergen before you reach Southampton.

Map showing the port stops for Land of the Midnight Sun. For more details, refer to the disclaimer below and the itinerary port table on this page.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Southampton: Depart 16.00

You will board the 5* Sapphire Princess in Southampton. She departs into the English Channel and on to the North Sea.

Day 2: At Sea:

Day 3: Stavanger, Norway: Arrive 08.00 Depart 16.00

Norway’s fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea’s enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway’s mercantile and fishing fleets. By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger’s history.

At the “Sword in the Rock” Monument, three giant crossed Viking swords commemorate King Harald Fair Hair’s unification of Norway in 872 following his victory at the Battle of Hafrsfjord.

Day 4: Flaam, Norway: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.45

Lying at the head of Aurlandsfjord, this small village of some 400 people is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, isolated farmsteads and waterfalls. Flåm also boasts the extraordinary Flåms Railway. One of the most dramatic train rides in Europe, the Flåm Railway takes an hour to cover 10 miles, hugging cliffs, plunging through tunnels and pausing for its passengers to admire the views as it ascends the Flåm Valley to Myrdal, a desolate mountain plateau.

Completed in 2000, the 16-mile-long Aurland-Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest traffic tunnel. It burrows beneath the mountains connecting Flåm and Lærdal on the Sognefjord.

Flåm is pronounced “flom.”

Day 5: Hellesylt, Norway: Arrive 09.00 Depart 11.00

Hellesylt is your gateway to the scenic wonders of the Geirangerfjord district. Traveling overland from this old Viking port, the traveler can visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Norway’s last remnant of the Ice Age. Trek to Briksdal Glacier, and look at its massive beard of ice. The dramatic landscape also offers stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers teeming with salmon.

At over 4000 feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers dramatic views that stretch from Jostedalsbreen National Park to the waters of Geirangerfjord.

Note: Hellesylt is a cruise-by port. Only those passengers participating in Hellesylt tours will transfer to shore by ship’s tender.

Day 5 Continued: Geiranger, Norway: Arrive 13.00 Depart 19.00

Like the spear it’s named for, Geirangerfjord thrusts nine miles into Norway’s mountains. Over 900 feet deep, the narrow fjord is lined by sheer cliffs that rear some 2,000 feet above its surface. Waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls, plummet from cliff to fjord. At the head of this magnificent spectacle sits the tiny village of Geiranger. No wonder travelers have come to call for over a century and a half.

Geirangerfjord is often described as the “most beautiful fjord in the world.”

Note: Geiranger is an anchorage port – passengers transfer to shore by ship’s tender.

Day 6: Trondheim, Norway: Arrive 09.00 Depart 17.00

Trondheim is the third largest – and second oldest – city in Norway. The town was originally called Kaupangen upon its founding in 997 A.D. by Viking king Olav Tryggvason. The city commands the trade routes linking Southern Norway with the fjord lands to the north. Trondheim quickly became a major commercial and cultural center – the city served as Norway’s royal capital.

Trondheim’s old city features broad avenues and attractive 17th-century wood buildings – a legacy of the rebuilding that followed a disastrous fire that leveled the city in 1681.

Day 7: At Sea:

Day 8: Honningsvag (for North Cape), Norway: Arrive 08.00 Depart 20.00

Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway’s North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence.

During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island’s treeless, central plateau.

Day 9: Tromso, NorwayArrive 09.00 Depart 17.00

Lying north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø has been a departure point for Arctic explorers and hunters since the 18th century. Today, this town of some 50,000 individuals is home to the northernmost university in the world, which gives Tromsø a lively cultural and street scene, highlighted by the annual Midnight Sun Marathon.

Ride the cable car to the summit of Mt. Storsteinen for dramatic views of Tromsø city and Troms Island. Enjoy refreshments at the panoramic restaurant.

Day 10: Lofoten Islands (Gravdal), Norway: Arrive 09.00 Depart 18.00

Gravdal is one of the largest villages in Vestvågøy and part of the Lofoten Archipelago in northern Norway. Gravdal serves as your gateway to the Lofoten Islands, the western remnants of great mountains that were worn away by glaciers. Lying entirely above the Arctic Circle, the islands’ dramatic natural architecture of rocky peaks along with picturesque villages places this archipelago in a league of its own.

Day 11: At Sea

Day 12: Alesund, Norway: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00

The island of Giske is the reputed birthplace of the great Viking Rollo, who laid siege to Paris and founded the Duchy of Normandy. William the Conqueror was his grandson.

In 1904, a massive fire destroyed 800 buildings in this fishing port. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II responded with immediate aid, and Ålesund was reborn. Not surprisingly, the town was rebuilt in the then-popular Art Nouveau style known as Jugendstil. The result is one of the prettiest ports in Norway. Buildings with elegant turrets and spires can be seen lining the streets of the city center. Today, the city is one of Norway’s most important fishing harbors and the world’s largest supplier of stockfish (Klippfisk) – dried cod. Alesund’s major attractions are the surrounding fjords and the stunning Sunnmøre Alps.

Day 13: Bergen, Norway: Arrive 07.00 Depart 14.00

Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war. In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg.

The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.

Day 14: At Sea:

Day 15: Southampton, UK: Arrive 07.00

Your cruise comes to an end in Southampton.

14 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Sapphire Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Sapphire Princess)

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

  • Last Refurbished: February 2012
  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Tonnage: 115,875

DINING

Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
  • Sterling Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria
  • International Café
  • Vines (wine bar)^
  • Horizon Court (buffet)
  • Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)

^Nominal charges may apply.

ACTIVITIES

Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • The Piazza
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Lawn Court (golf putting and lawn games)
ENTERTAINMENT

There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Club Fusion (dance club)
  • Churchill’s (cigar lounge)
  • Crooners Bar
JOYFUL REJUVENATION

Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Mar. 2018)
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^
^Nominal charges may apply.
FAMILIES

Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Discovery at SEA™ programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shore Excursions
  • Discovery Family Fun Fair^
  • Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Karaoke & Trivia Games
  • Holiday Activities^
^On select sailings.
KIDS & TEENS

Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
15 June 2019 €1,723 Inside Cabin Book Now
15 June 2019 €3,333 Oceanview Cabin Book Now
15 June 2019 €3,333 Balcony Cabin Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • 14 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Taxes, charges

Booking remarks

  • Flights and transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, please call for details
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
    • Balance due 14 weeks prior to departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.