Astronomy Tour - Oxford and Cambridge Alumni trip to Norway

Come and explore the winter skies of Norway’s beautiful coastline, accompanied by an expert astronomer and by the planet’s greatest light show: The Northern Lights.

Hurtigruten are delighted to once again offer an exclusive themed voyage along Norway's coast for Oxford and Cambridge Alumni. This voyage will focus on astronomy and search for the Aurora Borealis while sailing along the magnificent Norwegian coastline. 

Departing 17 March 2018

From £1,749 pp including flights  

To book please email [email protected] or call 0208 846 2633

Your ship: MS Richard With

MS Richard With proudly carries the name of Hurtigruten’s founder, who established the Norwegian Coastal Express back in 1893. Today’s passengers can enjoy relaxing in the ship’s comfortable panorama lounges with unforgettable views of the passing scenery.

Your star expert: Martin Bureau  

—Lindemann Fellow and Tutor in Physics, Wadham College, University of Oxford. Martin’s research centres on the formation and evolution of galaxies. He utilises integralfield spectrographs and synthesis imaging to yield three-dimensional observations of nearby

galaxies. His current projects include calculating the weight of supermassive black holes lurking at the heart of galaxies, and characterising the nature of galaxies when our universe was only half its current age. His lectures while on board the Astronomy Tour are entitled:

  • Big Toys: Light and Telescopes
  • The Dark Side of the Force: Dark Energy and Dark Matter
  • Location, Location, Location: Galaxies and Intergalactic Real Estate
  • Probing the Invisible: Weighing Black Holes
  • Universal Recycling: Stellar Nurseries and Graveyards

Hosts of the coast

  • Enjoy spectacular scenery with Hurtigruten, ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’
  • 34 ports northbound and southbound between Bergen and Kirkenes
  • Hurtigruten has been an authentic slice of Norway’s coastal culture since 1893
  • Norway’s Coastal Kitchen sources fresh-as-can-be ingredients from local suppliers

12-day itinerary: Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

DAY 1 Bergen, embarkation

Bergen, City of Seven Mountains, renowned for the colourful wooden wharfs along the Bryggen waterfront. 

DAY 2 Florø – Molde

Wake up early to see Mount Hornelen before we reach Ålesund, a stylish town of Art Nouveau architecture.

DAY 3 Kristiansund – Rørvik

The old Viking city of Trondheim is today’s highlight, along with the gothic style Nidaros Cathedral.

DAY 4 Brønnøysund – Svolvær

You are invited out on deck for a traditional ceremony to mark crossing the Arctic Circle at latitude 66°33′N.

DAY 5 Stokmarknes – Skjervøy

An exclusive guided visit to the planetarium at Tromsø’s Science Centre lets you delve deeper into the Arctic sky. 

DAY 6 Øksfjord – Berlevåg

The ship weaves its way to Honningsvåg and an optional excursion to the North Cape at the top of the world.

DAY 7 Båtsfjord – Kirkenes – Berlevåg

The ship turns at Kirkenes. Ports visited at night northbound will be seen in the day southbound.

DAY 8 Mehamn – Tromsø

Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world, and home to the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. 

DAY 9 Finnsnes – Stamsund

Nothing can compare to the sheer stunning beauty of the Vesterålen and Lofoten islands.

DAY 10 Bodø – Rørvik

The Helgeland Coast awaits with the Seven Sisters range and the distinctive Torghatten Mountain.

DAY 11 Trondheim – Ålesund

You’ll return to the Royal City of Trondheim in the morning, then onto Kristiansund, Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’.

DAY 12 Bergen, disembarkation

Your voyage sadly comes to an end back in Bergen – unless you've booked a post-voyage extension

For a more detailed itinerary and map refer to the 12-day Classic Round Voyage as the Astronomy Tour follows the same route. 


To see more of the Norwegian coast during your journey, pre-bookable optional excursions add extra excitement and insights to your experience.

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Price includes:

  • Flights from London Heathrow, subject to availability, regional departures at a supplement
  • 11-night / 12-day Classic Round Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes to Bergen on a full-board basis
  • Lecture series delivered by accompanying scholar
  • Dedicated English-speaking tour leader throughout the voyage