On Saturday morning I shall make my way to Southampton to Join P&O Cruises, Oriana, for a 12-night Northern Lights itinerary and having just finalised the details, I am excited to give you a pre-cruise blog on what we are hoping to do ashore during the trip.
First of all we have Stavanger and to be honest we don’t have a lot planned for this port, just a stroll and a chance to warm up (maybe not literally) to what Norway has to offer. I suppose you could say we will take it easy here because our next two ports are absolutely jam packed!
Our second stop is Alta and where do I even begin? First of all we start the day with a Best of Alta tour which covers many of the top attractions and the Sami culture. This is roughly a 5-hour excursion so plenty of time to really soak everything up. Next we visit the Ice Hotel where we will also have dinner. I know, this sounds amazing, right? I am quite excited about this experience, not every day you dine in an Ice Hotel! We will end our first evening in Alta with a night time adventure that will take us in search of the Northern Lights. I hope we see them! Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us! 🙂
There is lots to see and do on day two in Alta also! We shall be up bright and early for a trip to the Husky Farm, we will learn about the animals before enjoying a husky ride later in the day. We will also have a Sami experience, where we will learn about the history and culture of these indigenous people. I love the idea of this and must say it is one of the things I am most looking forward too. To end the evening we shall go out in search of the Northern Lights again, if we didn’t manage to catch a glimpse the evening before. If we did then I guess we hit the bar for a well-earned cocktail!
Tromso is another day full to bursting with activities and again will include some rather adorable dogs along with a dog sleigh ride. Next we will head to camp Tamok where we shall once more be introduced to the Sami people and this time meet some reindeer too! A hot meal is also served at the camp which is good as we will need our energy for our snow mobile adventure! SNOW MOBILE!!! I always wanted to take a jet-ski out on the open water and I fulfilled that wish in Cozumel last year, I guess Tromso will let me fulfill my dream to go wild on a snow mobile! OK, maybe not wild but you know what I mean!
Last but not least we visit Bergen, again we don’t have a great deal planned here but we are hoping to head to the top of Fløyen where we are told the views across Bergen are spectacular! Where Stavanger was our pre-adventure gentle stroll port, Bergen is our post adventure come down from cloud nine port.
I am incredibly excited, like a child at Christmas excited! It should be a fantastic trip! Some of the above really are once in a lifetime opportunities and I am going to make the most of each and every second of them! I just hope my camera can cope.
I will check-in with you all once I am onboard. Don’t miss me too much! 😉