In Search of the Northern Lights

16th Feb 2021 13 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2104
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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Get closer to jaw-dropping wintertime scenes and revel in the seasonal beauty of northern Norway, with visits to three incredible destinations in Europe’s northernmost region. You’ll have opportunities to see stunning landscapes that sparkle in the snow and enjoy an array of authentic Arctic experiences, while the icing on the cake will be the chance to witness the astounding Northern Lights.

Spending four consecutive days exploring Arctic Norway, at the most magical time of year to visit the region, will be a simply unforgettable experience. [ReadMoreMob]Stepping ashore at Narvik, you’ll have opportunities to marvel at the frozen splendour of majestic, snow-covered mountains on exhilarating husky sledding and snowmobiling excursions. The Polar Park, where you can encounter native wildlife including bears, lynx and wolves, is within your reach here too. 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 to immerse yourself in Alta’s authentic Sami culture; see the UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft at the fascinating Alta Museum; and even visit the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. [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 breathtaking winter scenery from the top are not to be missed. Elsewhere, en route to and from Norway’s Arctic north, 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.