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In Search of the Northern Lights


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Balmoral in Tromso, Norway

19 Mar 2024


9 nights


Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

In just nine nights, you will have the chance to spot the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your ship. There are plenty of immersive winter activities to give you a taste of life in the Arctic wilderness, from dog sledding (during which you can even mush your own team of huskies through the snowy landscapes) to ice fishing with a Tromsø local. Our itinerary planners have also included several scenic cruising highlights, with Balmoral passing sights such the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through its centre. Your ship is also small enough to take a scenic shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait. join our team of astronomers from Go Stargazing out on deck to spot galaxies and planets in the starry skies above. 

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Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

A knowledgeable and friendly team of both professional and amateur astronomers will join you on board Balmoral, to assist you with learning more about our starry skies. We know that seeing the night sky is a wonderful experience, but doing so away from light pollution on a Fred. Olsen cruise takes it to a different level, as when viewed from the middle of the ocean, stars twinkling brightly in the darkness, seemingly hanging like fairy lights. Your team will take you on laser-guided tours of the constellations, and wil help you to identify planets through your binoculars, so you can share your learnings with family and friends, along with memorable stories and hard-to-believe facts. As this cruise is going in search of the Northern Lights, the increased activity of the Sun at this time of year offers a good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis in all its wonder. 

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

The Northern Lights

Join us on board Balmoral as she heads across the Arctic Circle to visit a variety of destinations in Northern Norway, where your chances of seeing the wonderful Northern Lights are at their very best. Our journey planners have timed your visit to witness the shimmering lights in the winter skies from the decks of your ship, or on a special tour ashore. Experts from Go Stargazing will join you on board, and will show you how to spot the Aurora Borealis, whilst entertaining you with stories of how they are formed from solar particles colliding with Earth’s atmosphere.

Husky dog in Norway

Life in the Arctic

Learn about how life in the arctic has shaped life for those people who live in this region. Over time, the indigenous people here have learned to adapt to the harsh environment by relying on hunting, fishing and herding to sustain their way of life; and whilst on this Balmoral cruise you’ll have the chance to join tours to learn more about the local traditions, colourful costumes and unique language of the Sami people. You will be joined on board Anna Meadmore, who has travelled to the Arctic in both summer and winter, and has a deep knowledge about the culture and history of the far northern regions.

Narvik, Norway

World War Two History of Arctic Norway

You will be joined on this cruise by military historian Dick Taylor, who will hold fascinating discussions on the history of World War II in Arctic Norway. He has served in Norway on a number of NATO arrangements and has made a particular study of the Norwegian campaign of 1940 and its aftermath. As Narvik, with its ice-free port, was a prime target for German forces, it consequently played a major role in the early months of the Second World War, and you’ll have the chance to discover more on a tour to the town’s war cemetery and museum.


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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn


Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Our Signature Tours

At each port of call, we have carefully researched and hand-selected some wonderful tour options for you, designed to help you see the real destination and not just the tourist hotspots.

Below, you will find some examples of the kind of tours which could be available on your itinerary. Your Shore Tours will be available to book around 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Ofoten Railway

Arctic Train - Ofoten Railway

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful journeys along the Ofoten Railway. Carved out of the mountainside, the line leaves Narvik, reaches the southern shores of Rombaksfjord, and runs alongside vertical cliffs with magnificent views.



 Isogaisa Sami Experience

Isogaisa Sámi Experience

Visit Kvernmoen for a unique opportunity to participate in an ancient Sámi Shaman ceremony. Be welcomed into the lavvu, a traditional Sámi tent, by the Shaman, and discover the history of the Sámi people and their way of life before enjoying a traditional drumming ceremony.



Dog Sledding

Tromsø Dog Sledding

Head to the Aurora Alps where you will embark on a relaxing sled ride while one of the experienced mushers drives you through the spectacular Arctic landscape.



 Ice Fishing with a Local

Ice Fishing with a Local

Head out onto a frozen lake equipped with everything you need for a spot of ice fishing. After drilling a hole in the thick ice, simply soak in the tranquil atmosphere as you wait patiently for a bite.



Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Anna Meadmore
Life in the Arctic

Anna Meadmore

An experienced Arctic Norway traveller, Anna Meadmore will be on hand to share insights on the culture and history of the northern regions of Norway.

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Dick Taylor
WWII in Norway

Dick Taylor

After retiring from the British Army in 2013 following a career spanning 44 years, during which he served in Norway on a number of NATO appointments, Dick turned his attention to lecturing. Throughout the cruise, he will be delivering talks on Norway's WWII history.

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Dr Fred Stevenson, Guest speaker

Dr Fred Stevenson - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 12:00 08/12/2023, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 12:00 08/12/2023, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,499 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,099 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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