For anyone booking an 11 night Classic Round Voyage before November 30, 2014, for departure between October 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, if the lights do not make an appearance, the company will give a choice of a 7 day Classic Voyage North, or 6 day Classic Voyage South in an inside twin cabin (full board basis), departing between October 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Flights are not included.
Philip Price, Hurtigruten commented ‘It has been a truly spectacular couple of years for sightings of the Northern Lights in Northern Norway. If you take a Classic Round Voyage with us, you will spend 7 days out of the 12 under the key “aurora oval” area. We cannot of course guarantee that you will see the lights during their voyage but we can do the next best thing which is to promise that if the lights prove elusive, we will give you another opportunity to see them next year.’
The 12 day Classic Round Voyage hugs the Norwegian coastline from Bergen up to Kirkenes, where it turns around and starts its journey south.
Dr John Mason MBE, renowned astronomer, aurora-hunter and Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, commented: ‘For the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, you need to stay in the auroral zone or be near to it. This is a narrow ring, roughly around the Arctic Circle, that passes right over northern Norway. Hurtigruten's voyages spend seven days within or close to the auroral zone.’
Prices for the Classic Round Voyage starts from £999 per person in an inside cabin on full board basis (based on two sharing), departing on a wide choice of dates in November and December 2014.