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Exploring Remote Spitsbergen

27th Jun 2018 15 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1813
FROM ONLY £2,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,399 per person

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. [ReadMore]

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.

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. 

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.