In Search of the Northern Lights

21st Dec 2023 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2328
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 per person
The northern lights over Alta city, Norway The northern lights over Alta city, Norway
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 per person
Enjoy FREE All Inclusive Drinks

These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ (FOCL) standard Terms and Conditions which are available here. Both must be read before booking. All offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice, cannot be combined, are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. Shore Tours are subject to availability & service operation. Some ports may be at anchor, intermediate days are at sea.
*FREE Drinks package:
is applicable to new bookings only, made between 06/09/22 and 31/10/22 inclusive, for departures of 6 to 16 nights, departing from the UK in 2023, as highlighted on website.  Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, see website. Offer excludes saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, and Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled. E&OE.

For a festive season to remember, revel in the winter wonders of Europe’s spectacular northernmost region. In Northern Norway, you can get closer to dramatic Arctic landscapes and sample life amongst them; embark on exhilarating adventures; and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights. The journey will be unforgettable throughout, beginning with chances to witness the Seven Sisters mountains and Torghatten, a mountain with a hole through its centre, whilst enjoying Christmas Day festivities on board. For a memorable Boxing Day, a visit to Narvik is an opportunity to explore majestic, mountainous landscapes on thrilling husky sledding excursions. Then there’s Alta, considered one of the best places on earth to see Aurora Borealis; your overnight stay here 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 connect with Sami culture and see the UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft at the fascinating Alta Museum too.[ReadMore]

Spending a day in Tromsø will also afford time to uncover the abundant attractions of a city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. 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. Finally, after a scenic shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait – a navigation made possible by Balmoral’s smaller size – you visit Ålesund to perhaps admire the town’s pretty art-nouveau architecture and take in the panoramas available from atop Mount Aksla, before seeing in the New Year in style watching the a fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks display. To start 2024, enjoy scenic cruising by Nordfjord’s might Hornelen sea cliff as you head for home too.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as the Kiel Canal, and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral conveys a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.