In Search of the Northern Lights

30th Jan 2022 14 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2202A
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
Northern lights over Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Tromso, Norway
FROM ONLY £1,599 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.

As you explore Arctic Norway, you’ll not only get to witness the seasonal beauty of the region’s dramatic landscapes, but also experience what life is like living amongst them. Visits to Tromso and Alta provide opportunities to explore Arctic wilderness and meet, spend time with, and sample the lifestyle of Sami people. Your call at Tromso coincides with Sami National Day too; join in with the celebration of the indigenous communities, with its mix of parades, displays of traditional dress, yoik choirs and much more. And, as you’ll be stopping overnight in both Tromso and Alta, considered two of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights, you may even be fortunate enough to see Mother Nature’s light show illuminate the clear night sky with dancing ribbons of colour – an unforgettable experience. [ReadMore]

There’s time to simply explore Tromso and discover its abundance of sights and highlights, from the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral to the scenic views from atop Mount Storsteinen, while the UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft can be seen at Alta’s fascinating museum. A visit to Bodø, on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, meanwhile offers a chance to enjoy the thrill of a husky ride that locals experience as part of their daily lives, and capture the town’s history and fishing heritage. There are highlights to discover before and after your Arctic exploration too; Bolette makes a call at Trondheim – a city rich in Viking history and featuring fine examples of Gothic architecture – while Alesund, and its living museum of art-nouveau architecture and dramatic scenery, awaits as you head for home. 

Your Itinerary

  • See dramatic landscapes on this Arctic discovery
  • Join in the celebrations of Sami National Day
  • Visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
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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.

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 


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'.


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