Join us on Northern Lights cruise

LIGHT FANTASTIC: Chase the Northern Lights or the Auroroa Borealis with The Senior and Travelrite on this Nordic cruise in February 2020.
LIGHT FANTASTIC: Chase the Northern Lights or the Auroroa Borealis with The Senior and Travelrite on this Nordic cruise in February 2020.

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IT'S BEEN dubbed one of the world's greatest natural wonders and witnessing the magic of the Auroroa Borealis - or Northern Lights - is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Now cruise lovers can see this celestial light show on a fully escorted tour on the P&O Aurora with The Senior from London to the Arctic Circle and Northern Norway leaving February 2020.

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see this amazing natural phenomenon, which happens only at high latitudes on dark nights from September to March.

After a day's sightseeing in London before departing from Southampton there are a couple of days at sea relaxing aboard the Aurora - one of the largest P&O ships - as the ship sails northwards in the North Atlantic Ocean before arriving in Alta on Norway's northern coast.

Situated at the head of Alta Fjord, the town is a great spot for viewing the Northern Lights. It's also where the world's first Northern Lights observatory was built in 1899.

After a sightseeing tour of the city there's another chance to see the light show with a tour into the magical Norwegian countryside.

Centuries old: Mountains, snow and these wooden huts on the banks of a fjord make for a typical scene in Norway and are as pretty as a postcard.

Centuries old: Mountains, snow and these wooden huts on the banks of a fjord make for a typical scene in Norway and are as pretty as a postcard.

The second day in Alta includes a visit to the UNESCO listed Alta Museum with its ancient petroglyphs and the Northern Lights Cathedral. It also travels to the lush green Sautso-Alta canyon.

Later, travellers will learn about the history of the indigenous people, the Sami, on a reindeer sledding tour before a sky-gazing tour.

The ship is well inside the Arctic Circle on Day 9 of the cruise when it arrives at Tromso, famed as a Northern Lights viewing point. The city's historic centre is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses.

At night the tour will head into the countryside with an expert guide to photograph the lights at their best.

The tour then continues south to Alesund, a traditional fishing town with an Art Nouveau influence. On a sightseeing tour will take in the region's unique architecture with free time for exploring and shopping.

From Alesund the Aurora continues its journey southward before stopping at its final Norwegian destination of Stavanger - gateway to Norway's scenic fjordland.

Regarded as the "Cradle of the Vikings", Stavanger has its own rich heritage. A tour will include a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger learning about the early history of the city and its more than 170 listed and restored wooden houses from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and a 12th century cathedral.

Meet the friendly locals in Norway.

Meet the friendly locals in Norway.

One of Northern Europe's best preserved collections of wooden houses, the city received several awards for its preservation efforts.

And from the highest point in Stavanger get a 360-degree view of the surrounding fjords and mountains.

The cruise arrives back in Southampton, with a few hours to stroll around the city before heading back to London for the flight home.

The tour runs from February 26-March 12, 2020, and costs from $6990 per person twin share or $8390 single fare.

The price includes economy-class return air travel from Australia to London and 12 nights on the P&O Aurora plus all meals, entertainment and service charges on board.

The tour also includes one night's four-star hotel accommodation in London as well as sightseeing tours in London and all Norway stops.

Details from Travelrite, 1800-630-343, www.travelrite.com.au and click on Senior

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