Why this trip?
I've always wanted to experience sunshine at midnight, and I'd never been to Norway, so this was the perfect opportunity to do both. I was really looking forward to seeing the Norwegian Fjords, too.
Did the Midnight Sun elude you, or were you lucky?
We deliberately went in mid-June when the days are longest, and we were hopeful before we even set sail on the first day! Sunset got tantalisingly later and later and finally - yes, we saw it! The sun stayed above the horizon throughout the entire day and night. Fabulous!
How was your journey?
We sailed from Southampton to Honningsvåg (the world's most northerly village), stopping at Bergen, Stromso and Stavanger, as well as crossing the Arctic Circle. The scenery became more spectacular the further north we went. Our ship, the Balmoral, was smaller than most cruise liners, so we could get in close as we passed through the fjords. There was still snow on some of the peaks, and there were waterfalls, forests, and small communities dotted around.
And the highlight of the trip?
Crossing the Arctic Circle was pretty memorable. It's marked by a globe sculpture on a tiny island that you sail past. I'd also recommend a shore excursion. Visit a native Indian camp, take a catamaran even further into the fjords, or discover the North Cape, said to be the most northern point in Europe.
Tell us about the ship...
There was plenty of entertainment, plus activities and guest lectures. The food was fabulous, with themed nights, and the staff were wonderfully friendly.
Whatever time of year you go, take a warm jacket for the North Cape!
- Honningsvåg is further north than Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and even most of Russia!
- Best time to go for the Midnight Sun is June or July.
- Laura booked a 14-night crossing on the Arctic Circle cruise with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines. It offers a range of alternative cruises to the area, including In Search of the Northern Lights trips during winter months. For further information and to book, call 0845 421 3646 or visit www.fredolsencruises.com
- There are a number of adapted cabins on each ship, which can accommodate wheelchairs, and people with reduced mobility are also catered for. Shore excursions may be limited depending on method of disembarkment.
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