Exploring the Arctic


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Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

01 Jun 2023


23 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

This extended voyage into the Arctic takes you off the beaten track to remote destinations, where you can gain an insight into the local way of life while capturing unspoilt scenery and the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun. In Tromso, learn of Arctic explorers and their recruitment of knowledgeable locals for their crews. You'll also visit the community of Longyearbyen and discover more of their life, before the natural wonders of Iceland await, and the wild and rugged environment of Greenland make for rewarding exploration. Narsarsuaq is your gateway to the Qooroq Ice Fjord, where you can weave among white and glassy blue icebergs on a boat tour. Throughout your voyage, Bolette will sail scenic fjords, passing glaciers and mountainous landscapes.

Please be advised that the itinerary for this cruise has been amended since originally published. 

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Whale diving on the Iceland coast near Husavik

Wildlife spotting on board with ORCA


As we explore the Arctic together, Ocean Conservationists ORCA will be on hand delivering talks on the marine life who call this region home, as well as leading wildlife spotting sessions out on deck. Be sure to bring your binoculars with you - these nutrient-rich waters are home to species such as Blue, Humpback, Fin, Beluga and Minke whales.

Roald Amundsen, Explorer

Explorer History


Throughout history, there were a number of well-known Explorers who navigated the Arctic and its rugged landscapes. There will be a knowledgeable expert on board Bolette who will provide insightful information on the history of these Explorers - such as Amundsen, Scott and Erik the Red. The Explorers recruited crew from the northern town of Tromsø for their expeditions as they had expert knowledge of the icy region, and Erik the Red settled in Qaqortoq following his exile from both Norway and Iceland. 

Jan Mayen island in North Atlantic ocean

Remote volcanic landscapes


As we leave Northern Norway and head towards Iceland home of erupting Geysers and thundering waterfalls, we’ve planned a special diversion to sail past the remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen. Located on the southern edge of the Arctic Ocean between Iceland and Spitsbergen, this inhospitable island is home to dramatic cliff faces, pebble-covered beaches and the world’s most northernmost active volcano – Beerenberg. You will be accompanied on this cruise by Geologist Tony Waltham who has an extensive knowledge of Iceland and Norway, exploring geological sites and visiting coastal towns via cruise ship.


Cruise Itinerary

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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway


Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Enhance your cruise

Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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