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Northern Lights Knitting Cruise

There’s plenty of time for workshops with Julie as the MS Nordkapp cruises amongst the fjords, islands, islets and skerries that make up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Each day you can step-ashore and explore or relax and simply take in the scenery and lifestyle of Norway’s remotest coastal communities.

Your Tour Includes

  • Flights from London to Bergen and Kirkenes to London (via Oslo)
  • Airport transfers between airports and hotels
  • 1 night’s accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Bergen
  • 6 nights full board cruise aboard MS Nordkapp
  • A full programme of workshops with Julie Dubreux – knitting kit included
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Bergen & half-day sightseeing tour of Kirkenes
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver
Experts
Julie Dubreux

Julie Dubreux

Julie Dubreux is a French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her enthusiastic love for the knitting community translates into colourful collaborations with indie dyers from all around the world.

Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Laine Magazine and Knit Now UK, as well as in books such as I Knit Paris, My Favourite Things and Homecoming.

Julie is a very out-going, dynamic instructor. Her experience as a high-school teacher allows her to manage groups of knitters with different levels of ability so that no one feels left out, and everyone gets to learn something new.


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Itinerary

Overview

Meet your Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for your flight to Bergen (via Oslo) where we will transfer to our hotel. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and get the chance to get to know Julie and your fellow knitters.

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This morning’s guided sightseeing tour of Bergen will introduce us to the highlights of Norway’s charming second city known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’. We’ll enjoy time at leisure for lunch and explore the traditional handicraft stores on the historic Bryggen waterfront. In the late afternoon, we embark on the MS Nordkapp to start our northbound coastal voyage. This evening’s dinner is a buffet of delicious Norwegian dishes served as we sail along Hjeltefjord, the same route taken by Vikings as they ventured to the Shetland Islands and beyond.

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Overview

Our day starts in the breathtakingly beautiful Nordford and with a delicious breakfast. Knit with Julie as we sail past West Cape into the open sea before navigating through skerries and islands to reach Ålesund. Today is a chance to admire the highly ornate buildings decorated with turrets, spires, and gargoyles in Norway’s art nouveau town. Following a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904, the entire town was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. Here we’ll visit Husfliden, a shop specialising in Norwegian and Nordic arts and crafts.

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This morning we will have the opportunity to explore Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. There are a number of yarn shops for us to visit, as well as the gothic spired Nidaras Cathedral that is the centrepiece of this ancient city founded by Norway’s Viking Olav Tryggvason in 997. In the afternoon we continue knitting with Julie as the ship sets a northwest course passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship will set sail towards charming Rorvik.

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Today we cross the Arctic Circle, this invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic region, where the hunt for Northern Lights begins! We’ll step ashore in Bodo and visit and cruise alongside the magnificent granite peaks of the Lofoten Wall that reached up to 1000m high. Tucked between majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches, Lofoten is an experience that is out of the ordinary. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian ambience.

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During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues to Tromsø, also known as the ‘Capital of the Arctic’. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point and you may like to take your own mini polar expedition on an optional husky dog ride. After an afternoon in Tromsø, we will continue our journey. Whilst the ship sails you will be able to spend time knitting with Julie, and an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

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Knit at ‘the top of the world’ before calling in Honningsvåg. This small, remote town is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. The ship then continues north sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sami people. We’ll pass their ancient sacred site, Finnkirka rock formation, as we approach the tiny fishing village of Kjollefjord.

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The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive in nearby Vadsø early in the morning and just after breakfast, arrive in Kirkenes. Kirkenes lies just a few miles from the Russian border. The town marks the end of this wonderful voyage and after disembarking the ship we’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the area where local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. In Kirkenes we stop for lunch at the famous Snow Hotel. In the afternoon we check into our hotel where this evening’s farewell dinner is served.

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This morning we bid farewell to Norway taking our return flights to London.

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Knitting Holidays

Knitting Holidays

Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!

Accommodation

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?