Exploring Remote Spitsbergen
Black Watch • W1813 • Prices from £2,449.00 (cruise only)
Join Black Watch on an epic Arctic adventure and cruise to within 700 nautical miles of the North Pole, where the remarkable remote islands and ‘ghost towns’ of Spitsbergen will await your exploration.
Your time in Norway’s spectacular Arctic north begins with a day of relaxing scenic cruising. From the comfort of your ship you will enjoy views of the picturesque island village of Rørvik, marvel at the Torghatten ‘Mountain with the Hole’ and see the soaring peaks of the Seven Sisters Mountains before crossing the Arctic Circle en route to the stunning Lofoten Islands. Stopping at Leknes will offer you the chance to explore the islands’ Viking history, or tour to picturesque areas such as the Henningsvaer fishing village or Houkland Beach. Then in Tromsø – the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ – you can see the iconic iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and enjoy views from atop Mount Storsteinen before continuing northwards to Honningsvåg. From here the North Cape’s rugged landscapes are yours to explore, or perhaps you’d prefer to learn about life within the Arctic Circle at a cultural show performed by friendly locals. You will also witness the magical Midnight Sun – a simply unforgettable experience – as Black Watch heads to Spitsbergen.
Situated north of the Norwegian mainland, Spitsbergen's fascinating collection of islands feel beautifully isolated from the rest of civilisation. Exploring the towns of Pyramiden and Longyearbyen will be a unique and memorable experience, with abandoned Soviet-era buildings and mines offering a glimpse into the region’s rich industrial history. In Pyramiden, don’t miss the world’s northernmost Grand Piano – the ‘Red October’; then be sure to take the chance to go dog sledding or trek the Longyear Valley from Longyearbyen. Yet more scenic cruising is sandwiched between your time ashore in Spitsbergen, passing by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, and ‘The Temple’ mountain – situated along the scenic Tempelfjorden. Finally it’s on to the Faroe Islands to discover the striking scenic landscapes of Klaksvik and explore picturesque Tórshavn, which features flagstone streets, elegant streets and pretty parks. You’ll also enjoy a cruise through the Kalsoyarfjørður strait and by the extraordinary Cape Enniberg sea-cliff.
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Itinerary & Port Information
DateArriveDepartDestinationJune 2018Wed 27Late PMLiverpoolSat 30Early PMEarly PMCruising RørvikSat 30Late PMLate PMCruising Torghatten
Cruise along the coast of Toget island (Norway) past Torghatten, a mountain known for its distinctive hole, or natural tunnel through its centre.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sat 30Late NightLate NightCruising Seven Sisters mountain range
Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range
The Seven Sisters (De syv søstre) is a mountain range on the island of Alsten in Norway, offering stunning views to guests as we cruise past.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sat 30Late NightLate NightCrossing the Arctic Circle
Crossing the Arctic Circle
Crossing the Arctic Circle with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a memorable experience. You’re sure to leave your cruise with stories to share with your loved ones for years to come.Read more about this port and its shore tours >July 2018Sun 01Early AMLate PMLeknes, Lofoten Island
Leknes, Lofoten Island
Leknes looks out over the stunning Lofoten Islands, which are rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. The wild landscape of jagged peaks, cliffs and bright-white sandy beaches makes the area one of the most picturesque in Norway.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sun 01Late NightLate NightCruise Trollfjord
The Trollfjord is a spectacular 2 kilometre long branch of the Raftsund straight that divides Norway's Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Mon 02Early AMLate PMTromsø
The attractive town of Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, boasts stunning coastal views from Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car. Visit the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Tue 03Early AMLate PMHonningsvag (North Cape), Norway
Honningsvag (North Cape), Norway
Honningsvag was completely destroyed during the Second World War, but rapidly rebuilt. Now this beautiful little fishing port, with distinctive pastel-shaded buildings, attracts tourists from all over the world. The gateway to the North Cape - often referred to as the “top of Europe”- Honningsvag is framed by rugged mountains and the grey Arctic Ocean.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Tue 03Late PMLate NightCruise North Cape
Cruise North Cape
Found far within the Arctic Circle, where the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans meet, the North Cape is mainland Europe's northernmost point.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 05Early AMLate PMPyramiden
Located at the foot of the beautiful Billefjord on the island of Spitsbergen, Pyramiden – a former Russian coal mining town – was once one of the Svalbard Archipelago’s most important and busiest settlements, but now its an abandoned ghost town and has no permanent residents.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 05Late NightLate NightCruising Tempelfjorden
Cruise along Tempelfjorden, a fjord branch at the inner end of Sassenfjorden, a part of Isfjorden at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Fri 06Early AMLate PMLongyearbyen, SvalbardMon 09Early PMLate PMKlaksvík
Located on the island of Borðoy, Klaksvik is the Faroe Island’s second largest town and – thanks to its surrounding rolling hills, craggy cliffs and gorgeous bay - one of the most beautiful.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Mon 09Late NightLate NightCruising Cape EnnibergTue 10Early AMEarly PMTórshavn (Torshavn), Faroe Islands
Tórshavn (Torshavn), Faroe Islands
The Vikings discovered these islands over a thousand years ago, and established their main harbour at Tórshavn. With forts in place to protect from pirates, it became a major trading centre. Today it is a picturesque town of flagstone streets, elegant buildings, informative museums, theatres and parks.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 12Early AMLiverpool
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Pricing / Rooms
Prices shown are updated once daily and are based on the lowest price available for each room type. Correct at 05:20 20/02/2018.
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Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning.
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.
- Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
- Sandwiches and snacks in your room.
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music.
- Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet.
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day.
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point.
- Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday.
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours.
On Our Ship
Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.
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