Astronomy Voyages 2019 & 2020
These Astronomy Voyages follow the full Hurtigruten coastal route itinerary in the company of a renowned astronomer who will give a series of exclusive onboard lectures and presentations. Discover fascinating insights about the Northern Lights, Arctic constellations and the cosmos on this science-focused voyage along the mesmerising Norwegian coast. Day 5 includes a special excursion to the Northern Lights Planetarium.
Price from: €1328 pp sharing (voyage only)
Activities: On board lectures included. Optional excursions available.
Destinations: Arctic, Norway
2019 Dates: 26 Sep, 29 Oct, 20 & 25 Nov
2020 Dates: 19 Jan, 21 Feb, 03 & 14 Mar
Types: Northern Lights Cruise, Astronomy Holiday, Couples, Groups, Solo Travellers
These astronomy voyages have been specially timed during a moonless period to give you optimal viewing conditions of the night sky. The ships, MS Trollfjord & MS Finnmarken, are some of the best suited for viewing the sky out on deck and for comfortable leisure facilities. The departure dates shown are the dates the ship leaves Bergen. You will have to leave Ireland at least one day before to suit flight schedules. Project Travel will price the entire package for you to include flights, hotels & voyage on the date of your choice.
Your Lecturers On Board
Dr John Mason, MBE
MS Finnmarken – 26 Sep 2019
MS Trollfjord – 25 Nov 2019; 19 Jan, 21 Feb, 14 Mar 2020
An Applied Physicist, Dr John Mason’s main interests are Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Technology. He is Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a member of the International Astronomical Union. He is also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television. He has appeared many times on BBC TV’s “The Sky at Night”.
MS Finnmarken – 29 Oct2019
MS Trollfjord – 03 Mar 2020
Ian Ridpath is a full-time writer and broadcaster on Astronomy. He has worked at the University of London Observatory, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Society of authors and the Association of British Science Writers and Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas.
MS Finnmarken – 20 Nov 2019
Graham is Chairman of the Clanfield Observatory in Hampshire. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and part-time presenter at the South Downs Planetarium. He also mentors at the University of Portsmouth.
Day 1: Fly Dublin to Bergen. Stay one night B&B in a quality central Bergen hotel.
Day 2: [breakfast, dinner] Day at leisure to explore Bergen. At 4pm catch the free transfer from central Bergen to the quayside to board your ship. Stay 11 nights full board in the cabin category of your choice.
Days 3-12: [breakfast, lunch, dinner] Experience the beauty of the Norwegian coastline and enjoy the Astronomy lectures on board. Topics may include: The Northern Lights, A Tour of the Planets, Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, Comets, Life on the ISS. On day 5 your lecturer will take you on an exclusive visit to the Planetarium at the Science Centre in Tromso. Optional shore-based excursions are also available throughout the voyage (may be booked in advance or on board).
Day 13: [breakfast, lunch] Your ship docks in Bergen after an early lunch and you disembark. Free transfer to central Bergen. Stay one night B&B in a quality central Bergen hotel.
Day 14: [breakfast] It’s an early start back to Bergen Airport for your flights home.
2019 Departures: 26 September, 29 October, 20 & 25 November
2020 Departures: 19 January, 21 February, 03 & 14 March
These are the dates the ship departs from Bergen. You will have to leave Ireland the day before to suit flight schedules. You will also have to stay one additional night in Bergen after your 11 night voyage. Project Travel will include these nights in Bergen and your flights in the cost of your package.
Prices vary depending on the date of travel. Please enquire for the best available price on your preferred voyage.
Return flights Dublin / Bergen including taxes
One 20kg checked bag per person
2 nights B&B in twin room in a quality, central Bergen hotel, 1 before and 1 after the voyage.
Transfers to/from ship in Bergen (pick up/drop off in central Bergen).
11 night full board voyage in a shared cabin category of your choice.
Astronomy Lectures and night sky guiding on board.
English speaking Tour Leader on board.
Guided tour, including transfers, to Tromsø Planetarium.
Entry to Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarkness.
Hurtigruten’s “Northern Lights Promise” applies. If you don’t see the Aurora then you will be given a second chance with a FREE 6 or 7 day voyage the following winter! (T&Cs apply. Free ‘Promise’ voyage is on B&B basis and covers voyage only. Flights and any extra hotel nights required are not included.)
Meals other than as stated
Airport transfers in Bergen (easy coach or taxi)
Winter travel insurance (required)
Excursions and tours
Extend your stay by adding extra nights in Bergen, Oslo or Copenhagen before and/or after your voyage. Changes to the cost will apply.
Prices correct at time of print (Nov 2018). E&OE.
Subject to availability at time of booking. As they are a natural phenomenon, seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed.
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Image credits: Laurent Patin, Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten, Jørn Jessen, Robert Newton