For anyone joining this post hoping to read that I saw the Northern Lights, they are going to be disappointed. Sorry, but I was so absolutely exhausted after my weekend and lunch yesterday that I went to sleep at 10.30pm and awoke at 7.30am and anything which happened in between I am afraid I missed completely. It was a clear night, so they might well have been visible in the early hours of the morning when there is the best chance of seeing them, although nobody has mentioned them today.
As I look out of the window it is pouring with rain, so no chance tonight I would say.
I have never seen them and often look at the Norwegian Coastal Voyage in the winter months and think that it would be rather nice to go at that time of the year when there would be a very good chance of seeing them. But I have done the voyage at midsummer and even then you need warm clothes once you get above the Arctic Circle, so I can only imagine what the temperature is in Winter.
The voyage stays on what they choose to call the 'Inside Passage', going up and down Fiords to little places at the far end and then hugging the coast for the rest of the time. Almost at the top and quite near to the North Cape is a tiny harbour called Batsfjord. When I read that in Winter the waves reaching the harbour can be forty feet high and that the harbour wall has been completely washed away three times, then I don't think a winter journey is for me. Crossing over to the Lofoten Islands in a rough sea resulted in a lengthy period of intense seasickness for me in midsummer, so Northern Lights or not - I'll stay at home.