In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights

19th Mar 2024 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2407
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,399 per person
Balmoral in Tromso, Norway Balmoral 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.

Sailing a journey specifically planned to offer you chances to witness the Northern Lights, you’re in for an unforgettable Arctic adventure on this special nine-night cruise. During evenings spent on board Balmoral, you may – with luck on your side – get to see Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring light show in all its glory, watching ribbons of colourful light streak and stream elegantly across the night sky from the comfort of your smaller ship – a simply unforgettable experience.[ReadMore]

Speaking of unforgettable experiences, there are plenty awaiting you ashore too, during visits to three Arctic destinations. These include opportunities to join a memorable dog sledding tour, during which you’ll even get to mush your own team of huskies as you explore the wintery wilderness, and have a go at traditional ice fishing, whilst in Tromsø. You’ll also get to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Pretty Bodø, situated on the rugged Kystriksveien Coastal Route, and Narvik – surrounded by dramatic mountainous landscapes – too. Plus, during scenic cruising on Balmoral, you’ll capture the diversity of Norway’s scenery as you sail by sights sights such the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through its centre, and journey 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.