In Search of the Northern Lights

1st Mar 2024 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2405
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,399 per person
Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,399 per person
£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

An abundance of Arctic wonders and unforgettable winter experiences await you on this very special, shorter-than-usual exploration of Northern Norway. Your nine-night journey has been designed specifically with seeking-out the Northern Lights in mind, and with luck on your side you may get to watch ribbons of vibrant colour illuminate the night sky as Mother Nature performs her awe-inspiring light show – and all from the comfort of Balmoral.[ReadMore]

You’ve chances to immerse yourself in authentic Arctic life during time spent ashore too. Amongst the highlights are opportunities to explore the beautiful winter wilderness on a memorable dog sledding tour, during which you’ll even get to mush your own team of huskies, and go ice fishing with a local during a visit to Tromsø. Revel in the beauty and tranquillity of pretty Bodø on the rugged Kystriksveien Coastal Route, as well as Narvik, which is surrounded by dramatic mountainous landscapes, too. What’s more, you’ll also enjoy scenic cruising that showcases the diversity of Norway’s dramatic scenery, sailing by sights such the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through its centre, and navigating through the Tjeldsundet Strait.

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'.


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.


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.

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.