If you’re used to spending every year sunbathing in the Costa del Sol, why not try something a little bit more adventurous this year, and take a Norwegian cruise – you could see the Northern Lights, experience the natural beauty of fjords or even take a snowmobile trip in Lapland.

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What to see and do

Whether you choose to take a trip for a few days or a couple of weeks, cruising in Norway is always a delight. Booking a voyage with www.hurtigruten.co.uk could see you experiencing the journey of a lifetime. Cruises such as their 12 day round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes take in the stunning natural beauty of Norway as well as the opportunity to experience art, culture and even a spot of shopping.  You can enjoy the Royal City of Trondheim and marvel at its magnificent gothic cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300, or experience ice bathing in the arctic ocean at Vardø, Norway’s most eastern port.

The Northern Lights

No trip is complete without a visit to the Arctic Circle to see the stunning natural phenomena of the Northern Lights.  Electrically charged solar particles cause breath-taking light displays across the sky as they enter the atmosphere, ranging from yellow and green lights to violet and deep red.  You can view the lights from the observatory at Tromsø, where there’s also an exhibition which will tell you all you need to know about this amazing spectacle.

Visit the untouched continent

If you’re looking to explore a surreal and peaceful landscape, then why not take a cruise to Antarctica? Visit the cleanest, coldest, highest continent on earth and you’ll have the chance to see penguins as they swim out to sea to hunt, giant icebergs, leopard seals and some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife in the world.  During the austral summer the area is home to large numbers of whales who come here to feed and the photo opportunities here are out of this world.

Whether you decide to travel across Europe, explore the natural beauty of Norway or uncover the wonders of Antarctica, it’s guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime; definitely more interesting than a week lying on a beach in Spain.