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Astronomy Above the Arctic Circle: A Journey Along Coastal Norway

Program No. 23067RJ
Starting in culturally rich Bergen, voyage north to colorful fishing towns and unique ecological wonders above the Arctic Circle in search of the northern lights.

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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Feb 4 - Feb 18, 2024
Ship Inside 5,499
Ship Outside 5,999
Feb 15 - Feb 29, 2024
Ship Inside 5,499
Ship Outside 5,999
Mar 8 - Mar 22, 2024
Ship Inside 5,499
Ship Outside 5,999
Oct 14 - Oct 28, 2024
Ship Inside 6,499
Ship Outside 7,099
Oct 25 - Nov 8, 2024
Ship Inside 6,499
Ship Outside 7,099
Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2024
Ship Inside 6,299
Ship Outside 6,899


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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

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Feb 4 - Feb 18, 2024
Ship Outside 8,499
Feb 15 - Feb 29, 2024
Ship Outside 8,499
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Mar 8 - Mar 22, 2024
Ship Outside 8,499
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Oct 14 - Oct 28, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
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Oct 25 - Nov 8, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
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Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2024
Ship Outside 9,499

At a Glance

Take a front-row seat for nature’s own theater, voyaging above the Arctic Circle to learn about the Arctic night sky and the luminous green curtains of the northern lights, the Aurora Borealis. With an astronomy expert, sail along Norway’s coast during polar nights when the sun doesn’t make it over the horizon and snow-clad mountains provide a matchless backdrop. Sail through pristine islands, past majestic mountains and go ashore in enchanting towns such as Tromso, Alesund and Trondheim on this special adventure discovering science in the skies at the northern tip of Norway.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 2 miles per day over various types of terrain; walking up stairs unassisted, getting in and out of motor coaches.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Sail along the breathtaking and rugged coast of Norway as you hunt for the incomparably beautiful display put on by the Aurora Borealis.
  • Look out across the Arctic Ocean from the North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent.
  • Explore the beauty and history of Bergen with a local expert surrounded by the Seven Mountains.

General Notes

Different ships will be used for this program depending upon departure dates. Please note that we need a minimum number of participants to enroll in this program to have exclusive use of the ship. In the unlikely event we do not meet the minimum number, then the cruise line may have its own passengers on the ship, though they will not be part of any Road Scholar activities.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Michael Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
A deliberate and astonishing novel. Looking back on his early childhood in rural Norway, Trond Sander fixates on a fateful summer. In 1948, after the death of a child, his father's decision to abandon the family and the crippling guilt of his best friend, the course of Sander's life would be altered forever.
The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis
by Lucy Jago
The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
by E.C. Pielou
Our bestselling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the Circumpolar North.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
by Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.
Norwegian Folk Tales
by Peter Asbjornsen
This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children.
The Northern Lights, Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis
by Ned Rozell (Introduction), Calvin Hall (Photographer), Daryl Pederson (Photographer)
Shot in Alaska, one of the best places to watch the Northern Lights, these images capture the natural phenomenon in all its splendor and majesty. Hall and Pederson’s 160 photographs were taken with ultra-HD cameras during a period of unusually high solar activity.
The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun
by Paul Watkins
A captivating travel memoir in which novelist Paul Watkins interweaves his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. Along the way, Watkins offers vivid, evocative accounts of the country’s majestic mountains, dramatic landscapes and expansive snowfields.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.
Eyewitness Guide Norway
by Eyewitness Guides
This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World.
Norway Map
by Michelin Travel Publications
A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief.
Cross and Scepter
by Sverre Bagge
In his scholarly Scandinavian history from the Vikings to the Reformation, Sverre Bagge spends little time with myths, instead focusing on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages.
The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
by Tony Soper
An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea.
In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream
by Eric Dregni
A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship.
Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking
by Andreas Viestad
By a celebrated Norwegian food writer, this handsomely illustrated compendium pairs recipes with an engaging history of Scandinavian cuisine.
Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands
by Robert B. Haas
In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes.

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