New! Svalbard and the Midnight Sun

Monday 13 April 2015

Saga Pearl II takes passengers on unique Arctic adventure Jump on a RIB boat in Lofoten Islands Join a five-mile hike in Haugesund Try dog sledding with a difference Keep watch for polar bears

New! Svalbard and the Midnight Sun

PLUS included nationwide chauffeur service when you book before May 1, 2015

Venture deep into the Arctic Circle where the land glows beneath the midnight sun and keep a lookout for a polar bear padding across the snow or whales breaching in the icy seas.

In almost continual daylight, skirt the coast of Svalbard to Longyearbyen, continue to watch for wildlife from the Arctic fox and rabbit, reindeer and seabirds.

New ports of call on this 15-night cruise include the former mining towns of Pyramiden and Barentsburg, where memories of a Soviet past still echo.

Saga Pearl II will also call at Haugesund, beside the old king's road where seafarers have sought a safe fairway and a secure harbour since the Viking Age. It is the gateway to one of the most beautiful parts of Norway and Saga’s new shore tours include a five-mile Steinsfjellet hike, starting 745ft above sea level with views to the island of Utsira.

Inside the Arctic Circle and backed by the impressive Himmeltindan Mountains, Leknes is second-largest of the Lofoten Islands. Opt to board a RIB boat, a rigid inflatable boat, for an exciting sea adventure which passes mountains and pretty villages while guests look out for sea eagles.

Sail on to Longyearbyen, the capital of Spitsbergen and the largest island in Svalbard, lying deep within the Arctic Circle, more than 400 miles from mainland Norway and 600 miles from the North Pole. Learn how communities cope in these desolate conditions and go dog sledding through the valley of Bjørndalen.

Passengers will reach the maiden ports of Pyramiden and Barentsburg by tender to catch a glimpse of Soviet-era life. Pyramiden was founded in the 1920s and the town comprises a number of blocks surrounding a central square with a statue of Lenin. Abandoned in 1998, the town remains as it was left. Barentsburg was established by the Soviet mining company. It is almost frozen in time, an obscure slice of ex-Soviet Russia that harks to the Cold War era. Explore this fascinating town meet the welcoming inhabitants.

Tromsø is 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle and known as the Gateway to the Arctic because it was used as a starting point for wildlife hunters in the 19th century and a base for explorers on Arctic expeditions. Take the cable car to look down on the city from Mount Storsteinen and visit Kattfjordeidet, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.

15 nights from £2,757 departing from Dover on June 4, 2016

Price is per person based on two people sharing the lowest available inside cabin, was correct at time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.  Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover including free shared chauffeur service from anywhere in mainland UK on early bookings made on or before May 1, 2015(rather than a 250-mile limit), all meals and entertainment, table wine included with lunch and dinner, afternoon selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount of £53 if passenger has own insurance cover.  Unless stated as included all excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost and are subject to availability and change.tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in

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Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best Specialist Small Ship Cruise Line.

For details call free on 0800 096 0079 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/cruises

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