In Search of the Northern Lights

24th Mar 2022 8 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2206
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
Spectacular Northern Lights over Tromso at night Spectacular Northern Lights over Tromso at night
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

From glorious snow-smothered landscapes to enchanting native wildlife, you’ll encounter Northern Norway’s wonders at their most dramatic in just eight nights after departing the northerly port of Newcastle. This winter adventure will be full of unforgettable experiences, with chances to witness the astounding Aurora Borealis the icing on the cake. When darkness descends, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s spectacular Northern Lights illuminating the night sky with dancing ribbons of colour as you breathe in the Arctic’s cool, crisp air, all whilst wrapped up warm out on Balmoral’s classic open decks.

There are many magical memories to create during time ashore too. You could uncover a wonderland of wintery scenes on an exhilarating husky ride, with a chance to ‘take the reins’ as a Musher and experience the thrill of guiding your team into the unspoilt wilderness, during a visit to Tromsø. At Bodø, situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, immerse yourself in the town’s rugged scenery and fishing heritage, and listen out for soaring Sea Eagles overhead; and perhaps head to the top of Mount Aksla in Ålesund, for postcard-perfect panoramas. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to marvel at the magnificence of the unique Torghatten ‘mountain with a hole’ and striking Seven Sisters from the comfort of your smaller ship too.

Your Itinerary

  • Experience Arctic Norway at its most dramatic
  • A chance to see ribbons of colour across the night sky
  • Ashore, you can explore breathtaking coastal scenery
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Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.

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.