A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen

25th Jun 2020 16 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2018
Adventure
FROM ONLY £2,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,499 per person

An enriching expedition, this journey to the northernmost reaches of Norway will take exploration to the next level, with chances to marvel at unique landscapes and nature-carved landmarks; discover striking Arctic attractions; and immerse yourself in the remarkable remoteness of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands.

In total, a week of this very special 16-night sailing is spent within the Arctic Circle, with cruising of outstanding areas of scenic beauty and visits to diverse destinations offering many unforgettable moments. [ReadMoreMob]Two days of exploration in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – is top on the list of highlights. Time ashore to explore Longyearbyen and eerie Pyramiden promises unique sights and experiences; these far-away towns, situated amongst scenes of stunning Arctic landscapes, offer an insight into the Svalbard archipelago’s Soviet-influenced history, with their imposing architecture and abandoned mineshafts. Longyearbyen is also your gateway to the rugged Arctic wilderness of the Longyear Valley, reached on an authentic husky buggy ride. Your time in Svalbard also includes memorable sails by the by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, as well as the jaw-dropping stratifications of Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain. [ReadMoreDesk]

Extraordinary destinations on the Norwegian mainland also await discovery during your exhilarating Arctic adventure. Sailing all the way to the ‘top of Europe’, Black Watch takes you to Honningsvåg, from where you can revel in the unspoilt, rugged landscapes of the North Cape plateau. You’ll visit Tromsø, with time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral and enjoy views from atop Mount Storsteinen, and the quaint fishing village of Bodø too; and also witness the mesmerising midnight sun from the comfort of your ship. Elsewhere, stopping at Ålesund – famed for its appealing art-nouveau architecture – and cruising by the spectacular Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains as you head north will provide plenty of rewards, while a stop at Scotland’s gorgeous Shetland Islands affords one final opportunity to take advantage of unmissable photo opportunities before heading home.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

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 Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the 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.