In Search of the Northern Lights

18th Nov 2020 13 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2029
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

Visiting three incredible destinations in northern Norway presents the perfect opportunity to revel in the early winter wonders of Europe’s spectacular northernmost region. Get closer to dramatic landscapes; embark on exhilarating Arctic adventures; and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights. Experience it all on one unforgettable 13-night cruise.[ReadMoreMob]

Balmoral will take you, in comfort and style, into the Arctic Circle, where four consecutive days of discovery are sure to provide sights and experiences you will remember forever. You’ll visit Narvik, which is surrounded by majestic, mountainous landscapes best explored on thrilling husky sledding excursions and is your starting point for tours to the Polar Park, home to native wildlife including bears, lynx and wolves. Stopping overnight in Alta, considered one of the best places on earth to see Aurora Borealis, could be the highlight of your holiday. With luck on your side, you may be fortunate enough to see Mother Nature’s remarkable light show illuminate the clear night sky with dancing ribbons of colour. There will be time during the day to immerse yourself in authentic Sami culture and see the UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft at the fascinating Alta Museum too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Spending a day in Tromsø will also afford an opportunity to uncover the abundant attractions of a city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Take time to explore and you’ll find everything from Neoclassic architecture to the Mack Brewery and the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Be sure to ride a cable car up Mount Storsteinen here – the views of Tromsø and its stunning scenery from the top are not to be missed. Elsewhere, en route to and from Arctic Norway, you’ll also visit Molde and Ålesund. Perhaps begin your time in Norway with a ride on the picturesque Rauma Railway or a journey along the Atlantic Road, regarded one of the world’s greatest roads; and before returning home, make the most of your time in Ålesund to admire the town’s pretty art-nouveau architecture and take in the panoramas available from atop Mount Aksla.

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.