Astronomy Voyage

Take an exclusive Astronomical Journey with Hurtigruten to Norway and get a unique insight and knowledge about the greatest light show on earth – The Aurora borealis or famously known as Northern Lights. This limited voyage is accompanied by special lecturers who are experts on astronomy


Starting from AED 7776.00 per person


  • Go hunting for the Northern Lights, the elusive winter phenomenon
  • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
  • Learn more about the Northern Lights, the Arctic sky and the solar system in lectures on board from renowned astronomers
  • Visit the Northern Lights Planetarium in Tromsø

Your lecturers on board

This fascinating science-focused winter voyage offers a great opportunity to discover more about the Northern Lights and the cosmos. Accompanied by one of the three renowned astronomers –  Dr John Mason MBE, Ian Ridpath and Graham Bryant –  who will give a series of exclusive onboard lectures and presentations.

Through this series of lectures and a guided tour of the night sky from the deck of the ship, your lecturer will bring the world of stars, planets and meteors closer whilst also exploring the numerous myths and legends linked to the constellations in our skies. Here are some examples of what you can expect: 

  • Fantastic Lights – an introduction to the Northern Lights 
  • Exploring the Solar System – Travel through the solar system from Mercury to Nepture and view the planets up close as seen by space probes 
  • Stories of the stars – Relive the Greek mythology of the constellations and learn about stellar discoveries by modern astronomers 
  • Comets, ghostly wanderers in space – Find out where comets come from, what they are made of and their role in the development of life on Earth 
  • From the international space station to the surface of Mars
  • The splendour of total solar eclipses
  • Exploring the Arctic night sky 
  • Our violent sun and space weather 
  • Visit to the Science Centre and Tromsø Planetarium

An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr John Mason has been actively involved in Science for over 30 years, with Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Technology as his main interests. He is currently Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He lectures extensively in the UK and overseas on a wide range of scientific topics and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, having appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on BBC TV’s ‘The Sky at Night.’

On Astronomy Voyages departing:

  • 7 November 2017
  • 12 January 2018
  • 8 March 2018
  • 3 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 30 December 2018
  • 1 February 2019
  • 29 March 2019

Ian Ridpath has been a full time writer and broadcaster on Astronomy since 1972 and has previously worked at the University of London Observatory and in publishing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (Council member 2004-07), as well as a member of the Society of Authors and of the Association of British Science Writers. He is also the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas, a publication now in its twentieth edition since 1910.

On Astronomy Voyages departing:

  • 16 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 14 February 2018
  • 31 October 2018
  • 1 March 2019

Graham is Chairman of the Clanfield Observatory in Hampshire – the largest amateur observatory in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and part-time presenter at the South Downs Planetarium. Graham also mentors the final year astronomy module at the University of Portsmouth.

On an Astronomy Voyage departing:

  • 3 December 2018