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In Search of the Northern Lights

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10 Oct 2024
Newcastle
10 nights
Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has planned this cruise adventure to visit northern Norway during the magical Northern Lights season. You will have the opportunity to spot this natural phenomenon of dancing lights from both the comfort of Balmoral and ashore in Alta during an extended stay. As well as experiencing crossing the Arctic Circle, you will be able to witness remote coastal scenery as you pass the Seven Sisters mountain range and sail through the Tjeldsundet Strait – this scenic shortcut is only possible on smaller ships like Balmoral. Spending time with a Sámi community in the remote Arctic wilderness and visiting a husky yard are great ways to learn about local culture and traditions. Astronomers from Go Stargazing will join you on this cruise to assist you with discovering different constellations from Balmoral's decks, holding informative sessions to learn more about the night sky.

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Highlights

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

The Dancing Northern Lights

Northern Norway is one of the very best places in the world to see the magical Northern Lights as they dance across the night skies. On this Balmoral cruise, you'll have the opportunity to spend time ashore on an extended stay in Alta, where you can go in search of the Aurora Borealis with local experts who will be able to tell you the very best way to spot the streaks of green and pink as they dart across the sky. Our planners have also included a call into Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic, to offer you plenty of opportunities to further search out the mesmerising lights ashore, while the beautifully wide, open decks of Balmoral also provide ideal viewing positions for you to see the Northern Lights when at sea.

Sami woman feeding reindeer, Norway

Enjoy frilutfsliv in winter

Even in the depths of winter, the people of Norway embrace being outdoors as much as possible, participating in various activities that convey the concept of friluftsliv, meaning 'outdoor life', by connecting with nature in all seasons. You can immerse yourself in this wonderful way of life by spending time with the local Sámi people in Alta and Tromsø, where you can visit a lavvu tent to hear stories from reindeer herders, learning about their traditions and culture, and help feed the animals, visit the beautiful husky dogs to discover more of how they were trained for Norway's famous dog-sled races, or enjoy a hike with a local expert, so that you return to Balmoral feeling re-energised and refreshed.

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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.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

 Aurora Photo Safari

Aurora Photo Safari

As you seek out the elusive Northern Lights, your experienced local guides will explain the history and science behind the Aurora, helping you to capture photographs of them should they make an appearance.

££££

Alta

Husky Sledding

Visit the Huskies

Enjoy a special meeting with around 40 happy huskies and learn about Finnmarksløpet, Europe’s longest dog sled race, at an anstonishing 745 miles long.

££££

Alta

Panoramic view of Tromso city from Mt. Storsteinen in summer, northen Norway. A famous view from the top of fjellheisen cable car station, Tromso.

Tromsø City & Cable Car

Begin with a tour of the city centre and visit the Arctic Cathedral before heading to the Fjellheisen cable car. Enjoy a ride to the Storsteinen viewpoint, 1,377ft above sea level, and take in the spectacular views of Tromsø and the surrounding landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Hjørundfjord Cruise

Hjørundfjord Cruise

The Hjørundfjord cuts through some of the wildest mountain ranges in Norway, known as the Sunnmøre Alps. From the comfort of a vintage boat, admire views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular.

££££

Ålesund

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.

David Nikel
Norway

David Nikel

Having lived in Norway since 2011, David has grown his website into one of the biggest language resources for those visiting or moving to Norway. He will be on hand throughout the cruise delivering a series of talks on all things Norwegian.

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Photography

Dr. Param Sandhu

Photographer Dr Param Sandhu will be joining us on this sailing, ready to assist in capturing unforgettable moments of the destinations we will cruise by, including the possibility of capturing the mesmerising Northern Lights.

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Astronomy

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. Join Joshua Hayes on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Sophie Carroll
Astronomy

Sophie Carroll - 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. Join Sophie Carroll on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

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 04:00 16/06/2024, 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 04:00 16/06/2024, 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 £3,099 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 £3,299 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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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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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,599 pp
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Cruise Offers

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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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