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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Norwegian White Christmas

Experience a magical Norwegian winter, and enjoy Christmas and New Year celebrations on this festive adventure from Southampton

No Fly Cruise
15 nights from £2799pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Tromso

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

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Up to £250pp OBC! Subject to availability

Norwegian White Christmas Special Offer

Spend the festive season in Norway, a land dusted with snow and home to magical Christmas Markets.

Visit the stylish city of Stavanger, perfect for picking-up last minute gifts for your friends and loved ones accompanying you on your journey, before enjoying a memorable Christmas at sea.

As Bolette sails on towards Arctic Norway, you’ll enjoy a day of traditional food, fun and festivity, all while friendly, attentive staff take care of everything for you. Boxing Day will be very special, calling at Alta – one of the best places to see the extraordinary Northern Lights – for an overnight stay. With luck on your side, you may get to witness Mother Nature’s multi-coloured light display dancing across the night sky. You could tour to the Sorrisniva Ice Hotel too, not just to marvel at its hand-crafted structures and sculptures, but also get ‘hands on’ and create your own Arctic art.

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Norwegian White Christmas Itinerary

Day 1 - Southampton

Embark your ship in Southampton.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Days 3-4 - Stavanger (Norway)

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Stavanger flourished in the 19th century as a fishing port. While other towns in Norway have suffered with the decline of this industry, Stavanger has kept its economy booming by diversifying, first into shipbuilding and now into oil. These two contrasting industries have created a city of two halves – a modern area of high-rise buildings and a historic centre with cobbled streets and old wooden houses. The city centre was the birthplace of Alexander Kielland, one of the great 19th-century Norwegian novelists. Stavanger Cathedral, dating from 1125, is an impressive building and the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has not been substantially altered since it was first built. From Stavanger you can explore the attractive blue waters of Lysefjord, surrounded by cliffs and striking rock formations, and also visit Hafrsfjord where the Viking King Harald won an important battle that started the Unification of Norway. Those preferring to explore on their own may wish to visit the interesting Petroleum Museum.

Day 5 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 6 - Arctic Circle

Spend Christmas Day crossing the Arctic Circle.

Days 7-8 - Alta

People have been attracted to the community of Alta for thousands of years, and prehistoric rock carvings discovered in 1973 can be seen at the Alta Museum. Situated at the head of the Altafjord, it is a lush, green and hospitable shelter in the otherwise cold and windswept Finnmark landscape. Halfway between the grim, barren mountain plateau and the wet, stormy coast, Alta offers tree-clad valleys, pleasant temperatures and no more rain than the Sahara. However at 70 degrees North it is quite a different story in winter, when heavy snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures are the order of the day, and clear dark night skies become the arena for dazzling displays of the elusive Aurora Borealis, also referred to as 'the temperamental lady' by Laplanders. The world’s first Northern Lights Observatory, which played an important role in the development of geophysical and meteorological research during the first half of the 20th century, is located just 12 miles from Alta. Perched atop Haldde Mountain, it towers almost 3,000 feet above Kafjord, where the battleship Tirpitz was based during the Second World War.

Day 9 - Tromsø

With its centre located on the island of Tromsø, the municipality of Tromsø is more than five times the size of Norway’s capital, Oslo, and is the world’s northernmost university city. Lying 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' because it was used as a starting point for hunters looking for Arctic foxes, polar bears and seals. In the 19th century it was a base for explorers on Arctic expeditions – a history that is remembered in the city’s Polar Museum, which you can visit on an excursion. Also commemorated in the area is the history of Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami. Visitors can learn about the traditions, heritage and modern preservation of the Sami culture at the Tromsø Museum. Nowadays, Tromsø is a charming mix of old and new, with wooden buildings sitting alongside contemporary architecture such as the impressive glacier-like Arctic Cathedral, which features one of the largest stained glass windows in Europe. Looking down on the city is Mount Storsteinen, and a cable car runs to the top, giving wonderful views over the surrounding countryside of forested peaks and reindeer pastures.

Day 10 - Narvik

At 68 degrees North, Narvik lies 140 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Its history as a settlement began in the Stone Age, and Vikings are also known to have lived in the area. The modern town came into existence in the 1870s to serve the needs of the iron industry. Iron ore is mined in neighbouring Sweden and, as an ice-free port, Narvik was chosen as the ideal export location. The LKAB mining corporation is still a major employer and landowner in the area, shipping some 25,000,000 tons of iron ore from the port annually. This industrial heritage has shaped the town and now forms the basis of some of its most popular tourist attractions. In 1883 a co-owned British-Swedish company was given permission to build a railway connecting the Swedish iron mines in Kiruna to Narvik. It opened in 1902 and the town, then christened Victoriahavn, grew up around it. Unfortunately much of Narvik was destroyed in World War II. Invaded by the Nazis on 9 April 1940, it was later retaken by the Allies, representing the first military defeat of Hitler’s troops, but was evacuated as part of Operation Alphabet when it came under German occupation again. The local war museum documents the turbulent history of this period.

Day 11-12 - At Sea - Bergen

pend a day at sea, before arriving in Bergen. Surrounded by mountains and sparkling fjords, the waterside city of Bergen has a spectacular setting. There has been a settlement here since medieval times and the colourful waterfront buildings of the Hanseatic wharf, known as Bryggen, are testament to its fascinating history of trade. As Norway’s best known medieval settlement, the Bryggen is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Our comprehensive selection of excursions allows you to discover the many sides of Bergen, such as the fish market and narrow cobbled streets, as well as stunning views of the city from the summit of Mt Fløyen. Alternatively, those who have visited the city previously may like to experience one of the tours that travel further afield. Just 300 yards from the main piers, you will find the Fortress Museum (Fesningsmuseum), which has an interesting collection of objects related to World War II.

Day 13 - Bergen - Cruise Hardangerfjord

Leave Bergen behind and cruise picturesque Hardangerfjord.

Days 14-15 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 16 - Southampton (UK)

Disembark your ship.

Price Includes

  • Full-board cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus late night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Morning coffee with biscuits
  • Afternoon Tea daily
  • Evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, live music and dancing
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • Onboard activities and lectures throughout the day
  • Use of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
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