In Search of the Northern Lights in Eight Nights

24th Mar 2021 8 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2108
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person

Unearthing an abundance of Arctic attractions will ensure you’re sure to be captivated from start to finish on this very special, shorter-than-usual escape to Northern Norway aboard Balmoral. You’ll discover the sights and highlights of three destinations, and go in search of the spectacular Northern Lights; all while spending just eight nights away.

Made possible by departing from the northerly port of Newcastle, you’re presented with an opportunity to step ashore amongst Northern Norway’s wintery landscapes just two days after settling sail. [ReadMoreMob]Leknes, in the beautiful Lofoten Islands archipelago, offers picture-perfect views of jagged, snow-topped mountain peaks and cliffs, so be sure to have your camera to hand as you arrive here. During your day here, you could head to the beautiful, white-sand Haukland Beach, set to a backdrop of breathtaking Arctic scenery. You’ll be back on board Balmoral by late evening, when there’s a chance – if the skies are clear – that you’ll witness the wonder of the Aurora Borealis, Mother Nature’s spellbinding light show, from the comfort of your ship. [ReadMoreDesk]

The unique Arctic experiences continue with a call at Tromsø. Highlights to tick off the ‘must-visit’ list here include the iconic iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and the Polaria Centre, while the chance to ride a cable car up Mount Storsteinen and admire the unspoilt views from the top is not to be missed. You’ll have another chance to set-off on an unforgettable husky-sledding ride from the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ too. Whatever you choose to do in Tromsø, you can look forward to spending the evening going in search of the Northern Lights aboard Balmoral once again when you depart. Lastly, it’s on to Bodø. Situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, this historic town boasts breathtaking rugged scenery, quaint fishing villages and skies populated by soaring Sea Eagles.

 

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still 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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.