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Arctic Russia & Northern Norway

12th Jun 2018 16 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1815
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Venture into the Arctic Circle aboard Braemar and discover a host of historic, remote and unique destinations in Northern Norway and Arctic Russia. Each port of call will offer memorable sights and unique experiences; and there’s even relaxing scenic cruising to enjoy from the comfort of your ship’s decks too.

After beginning this enlightening cruise with two days at sea, you’ll call first into Ålesund and Trondheim. Ålesund’s pretty pedestrianised streets are lined with fine art-nouveau architecture and well worth exploring; while the views from atop Mount Aksla are not to be missed. In Trondheim, be sure to see the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral and admire the Bakklandet district’s colourful painted houses. The following day you’ll marvel at the Torghatten ‘Mountain with the Hole’ and the soaring Seven Sisters Mountains, before Braemar crosses the Arctic Circle en route to Tromso. Here you can visit the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and ride a cable car to the top of mighty Mount Storsteinen. Then, after spending a day in Honningsvåg – gateway to the North Cape – and experiencing the mesmerising Midnight Sun, you’ll head to Kirkenes – a maiden call for Fred. Olsen. This small Norwegian town situated close to the border of Russia offers an abundance of experiences, including opportunities to go fishing for giant King Crabs or visit the border itself. [ReadMore]

From Kirkenes it’s on to Murmansk, the largest city within the Arctic Circle. Situated on the Kola Peninsula, this remote destination combines stunning arctic beauty with fascinating Russian history, and Soviet-style architecture. Take in sights such as the Alyosha Monument, which symbolises the defence of the Arctic by the Soviet Union during World War II; and be sure to visit the Lenin Icebreaker. Once the world’s first nuclear-powered surface vessel, the Icebreaker is now a museum and one of the city’s top attractions. Returning to Norway, your next stop is Harstad, where the many historic and military secrets of Hinnøya Island are yours to uncover. Don’t miss the 12th century Trondenes Church and fascinating Trondenes Historical Centre. Kristiansund is the final port of call, arriving here after scenic cruising along the mountain-lined Trollfjord and beautiful Norwegian coast. Take the chance to explore the history of Klipfish at the one-of-a-kind museum; or perhaps enjoy an unforgettable end to your time in Norway with an incredible journey along the Atlantic Road – you’ll soon realise why it’s one of the world’s most photographed highways. 

Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).

Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and 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
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • 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. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.