Bonus onboard credit

Follow the Northern Lights: Southbound

This deal expires on 31st Jul 2024
Price From $7,948*/pp

*Based on Interior Stateroom.

What's Included

Begin in Helsinki on this fully escorted southbound search for the Aurora Borealis.

During the tour, cross Finland and Norway, visit charming hamlets, and sail through picturesque fjords, all the while making the most of plentiful opportunities to see the magnificent Northern Lights. Along the way, enjoy unique accommodation in both an Aurora Cabin and a Gamme cabin and meet the huskies and reindeer of the region.

Your trip also includes the amazing journey by rail, coach and ferry on the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ route between Bergen and Oslo.

⚓ 8 nights, 4-star hotel accommodation with 1 night in an Aurora cabin
⚓ 5 nights cruise accommodation
⚓ Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
⚓ Norway in a Nutshell: Flåm Railway journey and fjord cruise on UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord
⚓ First-class touring coach from Rovaniemi to Kirkenes
⚓ English-speaking tour manager
⚓ Husky and reindeer excursions
⚓ Chances of seeing the Northern Lights
⚓ Insight into Sámi culture
⚓ Guided city tours of Helsinki, Bergen and Oslo

This trip operates from October 2025 to March 2026, prices will vary by departure date. Please let your Travel Advisor at Cruiseabout know which departure you are interested in.

7 October 2025 – From $8,035pp
1 & 12 November 2025 – From $7,948pp
4 December 2025 – From $8,454pp
3 January 2026 – From $8,648
28 January 2026 – From $8,704pp
12 February 2026 – From $8,865pp
6 March 2026 – From $8,834pp
21 March 2026 – From $8,534pp
28 March 2026 – From $8,235pp

Trip also operates in reverse for 16 nights as Northbound Norway to Finland. Ask us for more details.

YOUR ITINERARY

Date
Port
Info
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Day 1
12th Nov 2025
Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to Finland!

Helsinki is often dubbed one of th ...

Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to Finland!

Helsinki is often dubbed one of the world’s most liveable cities due to its vibrant nature and delicate balance of historic architecture and contemporary living. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the afternoon on your own exploring the city and discovering the many hidden gems, cafes and restaurants dotted around the city centre.

In the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and tour escort for an included welcome dinner as you prepare to follow the Northern Lights through Finland and Norway.

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Day 2
13th Nov 2025
Helsinki, Finland

On your first full day, we’ll embark on a coach tour ...

Helsinki, Finland

On your first full day, we’ll embark on a coach tour of the city and learn more about Helsinki’s past and present from our English-speaking guide.

Highlights include the City Hall, the Parliament buildings, Finlandia Hall, the Opera House and, weather permitting, the popular Sibelius monument.

Another iconic stop on the tour is a visit to the Tempeliaukio Church, built into the bedrock of the city it has also become known as the ‘Church of Rock’ and a nod to the city’s modern culture.

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Day 3
14th Nov 2025
Rovaniemi

In the morning, set out from Helsinki and start y ...

Rovaniemi

In the morning, set out from Helsinki and start your journey towards Finnish Lapland and the arctic wilderness. Jump on board the train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi – the reputed home of Santa Claus. As the train winds north gaze upon snow-capped forests and a true winter wonderland.

Arriving in Rovaniemi, you are now in the capital of Finnish Lapland, where you will have the afternoon to explore this quaint town at your leisure. At night, keep your eyes on the skies as we are above the arctic circle, the chances of spotting the Northern Lights increase.

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Day 4
15th Nov 2025
Rovaniemi - Huskies

Wake up in the heart of Lapland and prepare for your fi ...

Rovaniemi - Huskies

Wake up in the heart of Lapland and prepare for your first authentic experience, a meeting with the cute furry locals at a husky kennel. Learn about how huskies are reared to become as fit and as hardy as the local Sami people who have worked with these iconic arctic heroes for many years. After getting to know these animals you will enjoy lunch before joining a thrilling husky-drawn cart or sled ride through the Lapland wilderness with your new furry friends.

After spending the day living like a local, warm up with a hot drink at Lappish Kota, a traditional wooden hut dawned with reindeer hides and a roaring fire.

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Day 5
16th Nov 2025
Saariselka - Santa & Reindeers

Feel like a child again as you spend the morning exp ...

Saariselka - Santa & Reindeers

Feel like a child again as you spend the morning exploring the wonderous Santa Claus Village, and even get to meet the man himself!

In the afternoon you continue your journey north making a short stop to see the Sodankylä Old Church before continuing to the Northern Lights Village of Saariselkä. Upon arrival, be wowed at your accommodation for the night – your very own Aurora Cabin or Glass Igloo where you can watch the Northern Lights from your bed whenever they appear.

Following the included dinner at the hotel, you’ll be welcomed into the traditional tent of a local Sámi family who’ll talk enthusiastically about their unique culture and lifestyle. Feed the family’s reindeer in the nearby paddock or practise your lasso skills under your host’s expert tutelage. Weather permitting, you will also enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride. If you are really lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on this authentic Arctic experience.

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Day 6
17th Nov 2025
Kirkenes – right on the border

As you continue North through the Finnish Lapland you ar ...

Kirkenes – right on the border

As you continue North through the Finnish Lapland you arrive in the small township of Inari, the Sami capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders). On our stop in Inari, you will visit the newly renovated SIIDA museum – which is home to a collection featuring the spiritual and material culture of the Finnish Sami presented to the public through exhibitions and publications.

In the afternoon you cross into Norway and arrive at the iconic Snowhotel in Kirkenes, where you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion, choosing from activities such as king crab or Northern Lights safaris. Spend the night inside a traditional Gamme cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing hut known as ‘gamme’ which are typically found in the Lapland wilderness. Tonight’s included dinner is in the unique farmhouse restaurant, Låven.

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Day 7
18th Nov 2025
Kirkenes - your coastal voyage

Your voyage onboard the Coastal Express begins in the Arctic in ...

Kirkenes - your coastal voyage

Your voyage onboard the Coastal Express begins in the Arctic in the town of Kirkenes. Your first port of call is Vardø and its iconic star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built-in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains a part of the military to this day. Weather permitting, brave swimmers may want to take a dip in the icy Arctic Ocean (strictly optional of course!).

You will cruise Norway’s coastline to arrive in the small port of Båtsfjord in the evening and then on to Berlevåg. You might be able to make out Mount Tanahorn to the west, or see Kjølnes Lighthouse blinking atop a cliff overlooking the Barents Sea. These two idyllic ports are home to Norway’s most famous male choir, comprising local fishermen.

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Day 8
19th Nov 2025
Hammerfest

You will make a late-night stop at Mehamn, where there is the ...

Hammerfest

You will make a late-night stop at Mehamn, where there is the option to join snowmobile trip through the vast Arctic wilderness. A great opportunity to experience snowy plains and valleys, crisp winter air under the Northern Lights in the starry sky above.

During the day, pass through various ports including Honningsvåg and Hammerfest where you can visit the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to honour the first precise geographic measurement of the globe.

Late in the evening, arrive at Tromsø, in time to enjoy a magical Northern Lights concert at the Arctic Cathedral in winter (optional).

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Day 9
20th Nov 2025
Svolvaer

This morning, arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of ou ...

Svolvaer

This morning, arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of our optional classic excursions – A Taste of Vesterålen. Discover the history, beautiful scenery, and cultural heritage sites of this iconic and breathtaking landscape. Those who stay on the ship experience our passage through the Risøyrenna, a shallow channel built for Hurtigruten in the 1920s.
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Prepare for some amazing scenery as you sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wilderness and picturesque fishing villages. After a short stop at the tiny village of Risøyhamn, continue to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten began in 1893.

Continuing south, it will look like you’re headed straight into a mountain, but don’t worry, you are in fact sailing through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, flanked by peaks rising 1000m out of the sea. If that wasn’t enough, we arrive at amazing Trollfjord. If conditions allow, you will sail between sheer cliffs that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience!

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Day 10
21st Nov 2025
Bronnoysund - Cross the arctic circle

You then cross over the Arctic Circle just after breakfas ...

Bronnoysund - Cross the arctic circle

You then cross over the Arctic Circle just after breakfast. Commemorate the moment with a tradition of tasting a spoonful of good ol’ cod liver oil!

Sailing along the Helgeland coast, you see the strange mountain, Torghatten, famous for the distinctive hole through its centre. There is a local legend as to why and how this mountain came to have such a hole. Make sure you ask your Coastal Expert about it!

Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. It is easy to see how the peaks influenced ancient legends. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful mountaintops.

Even though we’re south of the Arctic Circle, there may still be good opportunities to see the Northern Lights.

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Day 11
22nd Nov 2025
Trondheim

Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of histo ...

Trondheim

Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of history: Trondheim. Be sure to visit the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who reigned from 1015 to 1028. Treat yourself to quality coffee and a Nordic patisserie in one of the Bakklandet district’s many chic cafés then walk up to Kristiansten Fort for great views of Norway’s third-largest city.

As you sail along the coast, you will realise the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities. Kristiansund is regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. An interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which takes you inside a mountain and across an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’.

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Day 12
23rd Nov 2025
Bergen

During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvi ...

Bergen

During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as your voyage draws to a close. Before docking in Bergen, there is fascinating scenery to experience, including picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier.

A few nautical miles south of Florø, cross the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, taking in superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline en route. In the early afternoon, we arrive in the Hanseatic city of Bergen where your time on the Coastal Express comes to an end. After disembarkation we join our private coach for a city tour including a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen, St Mary’s Church, and Håkon’s Hall, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg.

After arrival at the hotel the evening is yours to enjoy and explore this vibrant city. One recommendation is to take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of nearby Mount Fløyen to enjoy views of Bergen and the surrounding mountains.

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Day 13
24th Nov 2025
Norway in a Nutshell

Today enjoy an amazing journey by rail, coach and ferry on the ...

Norway in a Nutshell

Today enjoy an amazing journey by rail, coach and ferry on the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ route between Bergen and Oslo. Start with a rail journey from Bergen to Voss, from here we travel by coach to Gudvangen – where waterfalls line the road as we weave our way through the valley.

In Gudvangen board a ferry and enjoy a fjord cruise along the narrow and dramatic UNESCO protected Nærøyfjord, ending in the quaint village of Flåm. As you climb three thousand feet to the mountain train station of Myrdal, you will understand why this is considered one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. From here, continue south to our final stop in Oslo.

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Day 14
25th Nov 2025
Oslo

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and prepare for our final fu ...

Oslo

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and prepare for our final full day on tour.

On your coach tour learn more about this vibrant European city, as we journey through the history of Oslo, from the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist – Vigeland Sculpture Park to the site of the 1952 Winter Olympics and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

The afternoon is yours to continue exploring before joining your fellow travellers and tour escort for our final farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

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Day 15
26th Nov 2025
Oslo

It is in the morning that you say goodbye as this exciting arc ...

Oslo

It is in the morning that you say goodbye as this exciting arctic adventure comes to an end. Depart the hotel with lifelong memories of your time in Norway and Finland under the dancing skies of the Northern Lights. Interested in extending your Europe holiday, ask our Travel Advisors about our incredible range of accommodation, touring and cruise options.

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YOUR SHIP - The MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. There is a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink.

The vessel also has a large compass area were you find the reception, the Coastal Experience Team, conference room and shop. The top deck of the boat features a sun deck, observation saloon and panorama lounge, all of which provide splendid views of spectacular coastal scenery.

Description

MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. There is a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink.

The vessel also has a large compass area were you find the reception, the Coastal Experience Team, conference room and shop. The top deck of the boat features a sun deck, observation saloon and panorama lounge, all of which provide splendid views of spectacular coastal scenery.

Relaxation

Jacuzzi
Panoramic Lounge

Entertainment

Expedition Team

Food and Drink

Bar

Other

Conference Room
Lift
Wi-Fi (Extra Charge)

Fitness

Fitness Room
Sauna

STATEROOMS

    Suite

    These elegant suites are situated on the upper deck with one or two rooms, double bed, sofa, seating area and TV. They are suitable for 3 travellers. 28 – 30 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed

    Oceanview Stateroom

    These comfortable, outside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The cabins have portholes, some with limited or no view. 10 – 12 m2 Porthole Bathroom

    Interior Stateroom

    These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. 8 – 9 m2 No window Bathroom

Important Notice

Terms and conditions apply. Pricing is accurate as of 27 May 2024 and subject to change at any time. Onboard credit bonus offer expires 31 May 2024.  The above information has been obtained from the relevant suppliers and should be considered and indicative guide only as to the prices that may be available for these products. The onboard credit (OBC) offer for Follow the Lights and Follow the Midnight Sun voyages departing between 1st April 2025 – 30th April 2026 is based on a tiered discount system and is subject to availability. The OBC will be a credit of $500 AUD, and will be credited to your booking in the local currency equivalent of 3500 NOK. Not applicable for solo travellers. Cruiseabout cannot guarantee that any particular product will still be available at the following prices, or for your exact dates of travel.  At the time of making your booking, prices may differ to the price displayed on the website.  Please contact your Cruiseabout Travel Advisor to obtain the latest up to date information regarding applicable prices, fees and charges, taxes, availability, blackout dates (such as school holidays), seasonal surcharges and other terms and conditions which may apply.

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