Posted June 5th, 2017, 08:30 AM
I see that Viking Ocean has a Northern Lights Cruise= Jan, Feb & March. I am looking at 2019. Is there anyone on here with any experience with that area of the world and of those dates What might be the best 'Pick'?? I know the Northern Lights can be hit and miss but looking for advice, What to book sooner rather than later. I have been on a Midnight Sun Cruise in that area and it was Fantastic, Northern Lights cruise sounds interesting and I would imagine the Captain would be on the look out for good spots along the way??
Viking is offering just two sailings, March 2 and March 14. While Viking has sailed a "Midnight Sun" itinerary a couple of times already and is about to do 6 more sailing this summer, 2019 will be the first time that they sail a Northern Lights itinerary. I can imagine that the weather will be the biggest challenge; there will still be snow on the ground in March and it will be fur-lined boots and winter coats for the entire cruise. However, I have seen pictures of Tromso in the snow and it is magnificent and the "walk with the huskies" that is offered in summer in March will be a true dogsled ride (and hopefully Viking will include it among their optional shore excursions).
If you are booking now, sign up for the airfare with Viking; yes, you have to pay for it now but that locks in the pricing and it will be refunded if you decide to book your own. Since the itinerary includes Bergen, custom air will not be available and you will have to take whatever Viking gives you for air arrangements. As things get closer, like 300 days out, you can start looking at airfare on your own. Viking Air includes transfers so if you decide to get your own flights, you will have to figure out how to get from Heathrow to the dock in Tilbury and then from the ship to the airport in Bergen or even Oslo (better connections but probably means an overnight in Oslo before flying home (check out Norway in a Nutshell). In the end, the decision will be whether to book on your own or to just hope you get a good flight plan from Viking (because you will not know what Viking has arranged for you until much closer to departure time, when it is too late to shop on your own).
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