Arctic Fjords & Midnight Sun

6th Jun 2022 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2215
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
Trollfjord, Norway Trollfjord, Norway
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

Sailing the fjords of Arctic Norway makes for an unforgettable scenic adventure, packed with sights and experiences rarely uncovered and enjoyed on a cruise.[ReadMoreMob] Many of the most memorable moments are only possible due to Balmoral’s smaller size; you’ll feel as though you can almost touch the mountains of Trollfjord as your ship navigates its narrowing rocky passage, and capture the remarkable beauty of Austensfjorden, Nærøysundet and Meløy’s Nordfjord. Seeing the mighty Black Glacier, Torghatten ‘mountain with the hole’ and the Seven Sisters in all their natural splendour will be simply unforgettable.

There are memorable explorations ashore too. In the Lofoten Islands, Leknes is your base for discovering the archipelago’s scenic highlights and delving into its rich Viking history. There’s a visit to Tromsø, the ‘Capital of the North’, with time to see the city’s iceberg-shaped cathedral, ride a cable car up Mount Storsteinen and more. For an authentic Arctic experience, meet a local Sami family to learn of, and get a taste of, their unique way of life. Elsewhere, there are chances to spot soaring sea eagles in Bodo and visit the picturesque town of Ålesund, where climbing the steps up Mount Aksla is highly recommended to take in the view from its summit.

Your Itinerary

  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Experience the Midnight Sun phenomenon
  • Sail through size-restricted Trollfjord and Nordfjorden
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Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.