Exploring the Arctic

1st Jun 2023 23 nights Sails from Newcastle Bolette T2316
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,799 per person
Bolette in Alesund, Norway Bolette in Alesund, Norway
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,799 per person
FREE door to door transfer or FREE £250 per person On Board Spend

*Free door to door transfer: This door-to-door transfer offer is up to a maximum of 200 UK mainland miles and must be pre-booked, for those guests who have on cruise S2309 & T23106 only, valid for new bookings made from 18/02/22. Any additional mileage must be paid to the transport provider (CMAC) at the time of booking. Guests may be required to share the transport for all or part of the journey, when an appropriate vehicle will be provided. Once the complimentary transport has been confirmed by the provider, charges will apply if fail to take this arrangement without cancelling with the transport provider. The Door-to-Door transfer service is a one transfer (each way) per booking for all guests, and is based on the lead guest address. No deviations en-route are permitted. This offer is not combinable with free on board spend offer or any other offer, unless stated otherwise.

*On Board Spend: Free on board spend is £250 per person, valid for new bookings made from 18/02/22 on cruise S2309 & T2316. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin and is not combinable with free door to door transfer offer on S2309 & T2316 or any other offer. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability. E&OE.

Itinerary Change Notice: please see updated itinerary for full details.

Venture off the beaten track to discover remote and unique destinations in Northern Norway, Iceland and Greenland, where you’re in for an insight into their nature, remarkable history and what life is like within the Arctic Circle. On the Norwegian leg of this epic adventure, two days in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – will be undoubted highlights. Time in Longyearbyen and Pyramiden is something not many get to experience, but you’ll get to explore these towns, go inside abandoned buildings and wander amongst the industrial communities that thrived here, meet huskies and their handlers, and much more, for a taste of what life was once like and how it is for locals today. Enjoy memorable sails by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, the jaw-dropping stratifications of Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain, and by Torghatten and the Seven Sisters mountains too.[ReadMore]

On Norway’s Arctic mainland, you also visit Honningsvåg, from where you can revel in the unspoilt, rugged landscapes of the North Cape plateau, and have a day in Tromsø, with time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral and take in views from atop Mount Storsteinen. The diversion to Iceland is made to provide you with opportunities to encounter some of the country's greatest wonders and wildlife. From Reykjavik, discover the fabled Golden Circle, witness the beauty of the Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall’ and the sheer natural power of gushing Geyser hot springs; and from Akureyri, go in search of humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises by boat – an unforgettable experience. You could also head to the dramatic Godafoss, to see and hear the crashing white waters of the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’. Finally, the remarkable nature of Greenland awaits. A rare visit to Narsarsuaq brings the remarkable Qooroq Ice Fjord within your reach; take a boat tour into majestic Qooroq and see magnificent icebergs up-close, hear their echoing creaks and roars, and breathe in the fjord’s cool, fresh air. Stopping at Qaqortoq offers a taste of Greenland’s authentic culture and Norse history too; visit museums to learn about the country’s past, and perhaps enjoy Kaffe-Mik with the friendly locals.

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.

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
 
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.