Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Boudicca - Northern Lights Cruise - March 2015


Peter Ruck – 26-03-2015 – Fred. Olsen Cruise LinesBoudicca

 

It was a bright and sunny day in February. My wife, Sue, and I set sail from Southampton for 16 nights on Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca, in search of the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights

The cabin was nice; it featured two portholes and was positioned on Atlantic Deck 4. It was surprisingly spacious, with a wardrobe that we could both access at the same time – rather than having to do an ‘after-you’ shuffle as is the common trend. We also had a bathroom which featured a bath and a shower.

Our Northern Lights itinerary included visits to the ports of Alesund, Bergen and Tromso, which we’ve visited many times before; whilst Alta and Molde were new destinations for both of us.

It is possible to take an excursion on the spectacular Rauma Railway journey from Andalsnes or Molde to Dombas; but unfortunately it was fully booked and therefore unavailable to us this time around. We even tried to book direct via Norwegian Railways but to no avail.

We did, however, manage to go dog-sledding with some really friendly Alaskan Huskies. This was amazing and we also had the opportunity to hold their beautiful, blue-eyed pups. Drawn by 12 huskies; we enjoyed a lovely 40 minute sled ride with our own musher which was followed by hot drinks and chocolate cake in a Lavvo (a traditional Sami-type dwelling).

Huskies

Despite the chocolate cake being delicious, we didn’t really need it as the food on board Boudicca, as with all Fred. Olsen ships, was absolutely excellent. There are so many options to choose from and all dishes were served by the really friendly and pleasant Filipino crew.

Apart from a couple of ‘bumpy’ days on the seas during the return leg, we were blessed with good weather. On a number of nights during our time above the Arctic Circle clear skies enabled us to experience the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

We’ve been lucky enough to see these spectacular light displays on previous occasions, but never for such a long time nor completely covering the skies. We didn’t know where to look or aim the camera first. Mission accomplished!

Northern Lights

If you would like any further information on experiences like this (or tips on photographing the Northern Lights), please don’t hesitate to contact me. Cruising Norway at any period throughout the year will provide a diverse and beautiful experience. You will witness breath-taking scenery and have many wonderful experiences along the way and, of course, there are many opportunities to see the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun. I’m lucky enough to have visited Norway in all seasons.