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Summertime in Arctic Norway

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

from £2,999 per person 17 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £66 if not required
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An all-encompassing exploration of all things Norwegian

All aboard the vintage steam train to explore the beautiful scenery surrounding Bergen!

The stunning approach to Bergen, passing Svanøy Island and Jostedalsbreen glacier, is the perfect overture to this magnificent 17-night small ship exploration of beautiful Norway. Cruise the length of the sceptre in the crown jewels of Scandinavia, from Stavanger in the south, to Honningsvåg, in the Arctic Circle. Deep in the Arctic Circle, you can also take a tour through the barren tundra to the Russian border or visit Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, for the many expeditions it has launched.

Other opportunities include getting under the skin of the Sami people on a rousing hike of Mount Salen or investigating the tragic German occupation at the Narvik War Museum or in Hammerfest’s funeral chapel, the only building left standing after their Scorched Earth retreat. Add these amazing adventures to an exploration of an island lost in time, a road trip across Norway’s “Engineering Feat of the Century” and nibbling fishan, the Norwegian version of fish and chips in Norway’s ‘Opera Town’ and you can honestly say that you’ve experienced Norway.

Your Norwegian experience begins on board

  • Television presenter, explorer and author Benedict Allen
  • History expert Bob Horner specialising in the Arctic convoys
  • Wildlife expert, Ralph Todd

Overnight stays

  • Hammerfest, Norway

Saga price includes...

  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Dover
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Looking out for whales with ORCA
You'll be joined by wildlife experts from ORCA, the foremost European whale and dolphin conservation charity, who are devoted to studying marine wildlife and protecting it for future generations. Look forward to the chance to spot whales, dolphins and seabirds and an array of other wildlife out on deck throughout your voyage, the perfect vantage point to view and learn more about wildlife in their natural habitat.


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Dover, England

Dover, England

Embark Saga Sapphire.

Depart 1600.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

As you sail into the UNESCO-listed harbour of Bergen you get your first impressions of the stunning scenery of Norway as you past Svanøy Island and Jostedalsbreen glacier. 30 kilometres from the city’s waterfront of brightly painted houses, on the shores of the Hardangerfjorden, you can explore the Hardanger Maritime Museum. It features a working sloop and workshops where you can learn rope making, forging and wooden boat building.

Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Spend a day in Ålesund, which during the war was know as Little London by the Germans because of its determined resistance to the occupation. For a great view of the town and Sunnmøre Alps climb the 418 steps to the top of the town mountain, Aksla. Alternatively, challenge yourself with a hike to the top of Sukkertoppen (Sugarloaf) Mountain; a 45-minute hike of medium complexity that offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and fjords. It is well worth the effort.


At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Hammerfest, Norway

Hammerfest, Norway

Arrive 0800 on September 5. Depart 1200 on September 6.

Enjoy an overnight mooring in Hammerfest, one of the most northerly cities in the world. Of great strategic importance, with a commanding position over the Norwegian and Barents Seas, the city has found itself at the sharp end of European wars. Invaded by the British in the Napoleonic war, then occupied and fortified by the Germans in World War II, it was razed to the ground at the end of the war but for its funeral chapel. Take an easy hike to the top of Mount Salen, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the town, surrounding islands and the Arctic sea and learn about the indigenous Sami people, their foods and traditions in an original lavvo tipi.

Kirkenes, Norway

Kirkenes, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Drive through desolate tundra on a exciting 20-mile quad bike tour to the Russian border. Warm up with a mug of black sweet Russian tea as you take selfies in front of fur-hatted Russian border patrols.

Honningsvåg, Norway

Honningsvåg, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Battling for the title of the most northerly city in the world, Honningsvåg is certainly the gateway to the Northern most point of continental Europe, North Cape Plateau. Here, 1,000-foot sea cliffs defiantly face the constant battering from the Arctic Ocean. It is a truly stunning place to visit.

Tromso, Norway

Tromsø, Norway

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Visit Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ as it has been the staging post for many Arctic expeditions. It prides itself on its surrounding wilderness and cultural attractions, including the world’s most northern botanical gardens, an aquarium and the Northern Norway Art Museum, where you can explore an impressive collection of local arts and crafts.

Narvik, Norway

Narvik, Norway

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Visit Narvik, where there is a world of adventure just waiting to be explored. You can take a cable car into the mountains, discover Norway’s wartime history in the Narvik War Museum or spot indigenous wildlife at the northernmost animal park, Polar Park.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansund, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 2100.

Visit the beautiful town of Kristiansund, whose brightly coloured houses are spread over four islands. It is know as ‘Opera Town’ because of its frequent opera performances and also as the ‘Capital of Klippfisk’, with a museum dedicated to the traditional process of salting fish. Before you take an excursion to the outpost of Bremnes, 14th-century Kvernes Stave Church and Atlantic Road be sure to taste fishan, the local version of fish and chips.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

At the heart of Stavanger you’ll find charming neighbourhoods of traditional white clapboard homes and Norway’s oldest cathedral. You can also sail back in time on the reconstruction of the Norwegian Mayflower, Restauration, and as you ply the fjord try setting the sails or climb the rigging for a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Dover, England

Dover, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.

Explore Ashore

Plan your excursions and time ashore with our expert concierge team on board. Here's some inspiration for this cruise...

Follow the path of the Trolls

From Ålesund you can experience the untouched beauty of the Norwegian wilderness on a full-day tour that reveals the winding mountain Troll’s Path, the famous Troll Wall which soars over 3000 feet, scenic Romsdalsfjord and cascading Stigrøra Waterfall. It’s easy to see how this wild scenery inspired numerous myths and stories of magical Trolls.

1,000-foot sea cliffs of the North Cape Plateau

Jump on a bus in Honningsvåg and head to the northern most point of continental Europe, North Cape Plateau. Here, you can stand on top of 1,000-foot sea cliffs looking out over the collision of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans towards the Svalbard archipelago and North Pole. There is a visitors centre at the cape with exhibitions that are regularly refreshed and the northern most ecumenical chapel.

Norway in Miniature

Discover Norway in miniature on the island of Averøy. To reach the island you pass through one of the deepest underwater tunnels in the world, only to emerge onto a 180-square-mile landmass that feels like it has been lost in time. With a population of only 5,500 and maintaining its traditional industries of fishing and farming the island is a truly charming experience, with a visit to a 14 century stave church a must. You leave the island on what many describe as the most beautiful drive in the world, on the Atlantic Road, which spans raging pools of the Atlantic ocean to connect a string of small islands with the mainland.

On board

Learn more about wildlife with expert Ralph Todd

Ralph, who has led birdwatching weekends around the UK for Bird Watching Magazine, was senior manager for BBC World Service and is currently working on a site guide and history of the changing fortunes of wildlife in the London Borough of Bexley, will give fascinating talks on board about wildlife.

Exhilarating tales from television presenter, explorer and author Benedict Allen
A little bit about Benedict

Benedict is probably best known for being the first explorer to record his exploits without a television crew, allowing him to blend into remote communities and create spontaneous and authentic programming. His presenting work includes the reality epic Expedition Africa, Unbreakable and Travellers’ Century. Benedict has toured the UK theatres sharing his stories of exploration and has also written a number of books, including two bestsellers.

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


Summertime in Arctic Norway

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

from £2,999 per person 17 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £66 if not required
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