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In Search of the Northern Lights

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In Search of the Northern Lights from the UK In Search of the Northern Lights

20 Oct 2024

Newcastle

10 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

From wintertime landscapes to its native people, the treasures of Arctic Norway are yours to encounter on this cruise. What’s more, we’ve timed your visit to Northern Norway for the chance to spot the elusive Northern Lights while at sea and during an extended stay in Alta. Ashore, there are chances to spend time with local Sámi communities; meet friendly huskies and gain an insight into the tradition of husky sledding; and capture the views from atop Tromsø’s Mount Storsteinen. As well as experiencing the maritime tradition of crossing the Arctic Circle, Balmoral will take a scenic shortcut via the Tjeldsundet Strait, only possible on smaller ships, and sail past the Seven Sisters mountains. You'll be joined on this cruise by experts from Go Stargazing, who will hold informal sessions out on deck to help you discover more about other planets, galaxies and constellations.

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Highlights

Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

A team of expert astronomers from Go Stargazing will join you on board Balmoral to offer informative and informal sessions out on deck to go star and planet spotting. Wrap up warm and join them to learn more about the stars around us, and as there is increased activity of the Sun at this time of year, you may stand a good chance of seeing the beautiful Northern Lights. The team will offer you a multitude of facts and figures that will boggle your mind about the universe around us, and will provide you with memories to share with your loved ones. 

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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.

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

Once voted Norway's Engineering Feat of the Century, the Atlantic Ocean Road has spectacular coastal scenery, culture and history at every turn. Enjoy a drive along this famous road before meeting a retired employee from the project to gain a deeper understanding of this impressive structure. 

££££

Molde

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

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

Maze Sami Experience

Maze Sámi Experience

Experience the rich culture of the indigenous people of Norway, the Sámi. Travelling to Maze, you will meet a local Sámi family to hear tales of their customs and traditions inside a lavvo.

££££

Alta

 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

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.

Astronomy

Andrew Gray - 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.

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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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 07:00 13/04/2024, 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 07:00 13/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,299 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 £3,399 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 £3,999 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 £4,399 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,399 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there is 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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