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Explore The Northern Lights On Cheap Cruises   by Emily

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The Northern Lights might astound us nowadays but in Scandinavia they downplayed the phenomena believe them to simply be the sunlight reflecting off the large shoals of herrings in the North Sea. All except for Finland who had a much better explanation - they believed that in the northern area of Lapland there were foxes made from fire who flung sparks into the air with their tails. 
If you were to glimpse the Northern Lights you'd instantly understand why they have inspired stories and why civilisations have tried to explain them for centuries. Away from the major towns and residential areas cruise ships move holidaymakers away from the impending light pollution and are therefore the ideal vessel on which to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis.

Finding cheap cruises that take you into Northern Scandinavia might be tricky but there are several specialists in this region, including Fred Olsen and Hurtigruten. However, what could be more apt than travelling on a ship called the Aurora? This P&O Ocean Liner leaves from Southampton and travels to Stavanger and the stunning fjords before making its way further north.

One of the most useful features of the Aurora, certainly in the eyes of Northern Light spotters is the bar called the Crow's Nest, which offers fantastic views out over the many ports and oceans. This is ideal, once you arrive into Trondheim. Trondheim is the first port where you have a reasonable chance of spotting the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are best seen between 10pm and 2am, just be careful that you don't miss them by leaving the Masquerade nightclub too late.

Traditional House, Lyngfjellan, Lyngen Alps, Near Tromso, Norway, Scandinavia
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Calling in at the area of Ny Alesund, you'll get to spend time with scientists who spend their time in the region researching the aurora borealis. The town has a Northern Light observatory station and if you haven't already spotted the enigmatic lights you can pick up tips from the scientists.
Lights of Tromso Reflected Off the Sea at Night, Arctic Norway, Scandinavia, Europe
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The best place to spot the Northern Lights is in the town of Tromso. Time your cruise holidays for January and you'll be in time for Nordlysfestivalen, a festival dedicated to the aurora. Here you'll find music and great atmosphere as the locals celebrate the sun finally setting (Tromso is so far up north that it lies in complete darkness for weeks on end). Tromso is your final chance for glimpsing the lights and if you haven't yet spotted them you'll find a host of excursions to make your task easier - Northern Lights safaris and cruises can all be booked from your ship.

Heed this advice when the time comes to leave and don't wave the aurora goodbye, some local Sami's still believe that if you do so you'll be abducted by the gods. So it seems that millennia on, the Northern Lights are still inspiring legends.

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About the Author: Emily Collins is a travel writer with an extensive knowledge of cheap cruises. For more information on cruise holidays visit Cruise Answers. 


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City Living Tromso - Apartments, Tromso
Each of its 46 apartment-style accommodations offers elegance, autonomy, and a fantastic address. Use the 3-star establishment as a strategic starting point from which to experience all that Tromsø has to offer. Nearby are several gourmet restaurants, a renowned spa centre, shopping opportunities, nightclubs, and the picturesque ferry port.  After a long day of work or play in Tromsø, return to the welcoming City Living Hotel and Apartments.  Each room is en-suite and complete with cooking facilities and/or a kitchen. The size of the apartments ranges from 15 to 52m² and the décor is quite modern. An LCD TV with satellite channels and free Internet access come standard.
Clarion Collection With, Tromso
The Clarion Collection Hotel With is conveniently located within walking distance of the Polar Museum, located on the waterfront in the historic Skansen area. This Tromsø, Norway hotel is minutes from the University of Tromsø, popular Mack's Brewery, Tromsø Botanic Garden, the Tromsø Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, also known as the Tromsdalen Church. Outdoor recreational activities include hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, golfing, glacier walking and whale watching. Be sure to take a ferry trip to the islands northwest of Tromsø to see the fantastic island landscape and rich bird life. A variety of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. 
Quality Hotel Saga, Tromso
The Quality Hotel Saga is a pleasant and modern hotel located in the city center, in close proximity to the coastal quay and the airport bus terminal. This Tromsø, Norway hotel is minutes from the Polar Museum, Polaria aquarium, the University of Tromsø, the Tromsø University Museum and the Tromsø Botanic Garden. The Tromsø Airport is also close to the hotel. Enjoy bird watching, fishing and the beautiful scenery in the nearby town of Finnkroken. Outdoor recreational activities include hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, golfing, glacier walking and whale watching. Be sure to take a ferry trip to the islands northwest of Tromsø to see the fantastic island landscape and rich bird life. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner for convenience.
Rica Grand Hotel Tromsø
Rica Grand Hotel Tromsø is a comfortable, pleasant hotel, located right in the middle of the Storgata in Tromsø. This is where you will find the best shopping outlets, restaurants and cafés. When you come to visit Tromsø and its feisty inhabitants, this hotel provides the ideal starting point for your stay. The airport bus stops right outside the hotel.  Evening meals are served in the Grand Restaurant. Grand Baren is a traditional venue on the Tromsø social scene. It provides pleasant background music and is widely popular for its relaxed Tromsø atmosphere. Level 44 is the most frequented night club in Tromsø, where popular dance music is played. 
Thon Hotel Polar, Tromso
Overlooking the Tromsø Mountains, this eco-friendly hotel is just 100 metres from Tromsøís main street, Storgata. It offers a large breakfast buffet, and rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. All rooms at Thon Hotel Polar feature modern décor and include wooden floors, a work desk and a small seating area. Many rooms offer either mountain or courtyard views. Breakfast is served daily and includes organic options as well as both hot and cold dishes. The popular Egon Restaurant offers Norwegian cuisine and international dishes in a rustic setting.  Attractions such as the Arctic Cathedral and the Polar Museum are reached within 10 minutes on foot. 
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