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In Search of the Northern Lights

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In Search of the Northern Lights In Search of the Northern Lights
30 Oct 2024
Newcastle
10 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team have planned this adventure to visit northern Norway during the Northern Lights season, giving you the opportunity to spot the natural phenomenon of dancing lights from the comfort of Balmoral and also ashore in Alta during an extended stay. As well as ticking off the experience of crossing the Arctic Circle, you will be able to witness remote coastal scenery as you cruise 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 offers the chance to learn about local culture and traditions. You'll be joined on this cruise by astronomers and experts from Go Stagazing, who will hold informative sessions out on deck to help you with spotting planets in the night sky.

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Highlights

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

Seek out the elusive Northern Lights

Your Balmoral cruise has been designed for you to have the very best chance of experiencing the mysterious Aurora Borealis in northern Norway. With an extended stay in Alta, you are ideally placed to head into the countryside, away from light pollution, to look for the ribbons of green and pink as they flicker across the night skies. You will have numerous opportunities to see Mother Nature's stunning light show both on board Balmoral and ashore in Tromsø, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides who will know the best viewing locations to witness the Northern Lights. 

Sami woman feeding reindeer, Norway

Experience friluftsliv

The Norwegian concept of friluftsliv embodies being able to unwind in nature, whatever the weather or season, by hiking, camping, kayaking, or simply appreciating the surrounding natural environment. Deeply rooted in Norwegian culture; and considered an integral part of daily life, you will have the opportunity to experience a number of outdoor activities when on board your Balmoral cruise. Enjoy hikes through lush pine forests, past streams and waterfalls, or to the top of local mountains for panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. In Alta and Tromsø, spend time with local Sámi communities and hear stories of their traditions and life in northern Norway as you warm by the fire in a lavvu tent, meet with and feed reindeer herds, and enjoy a performance of Sámi folk music, known as joik.

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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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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

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

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

 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

Northern lights over the Arctic sky

The Elusive Northern Lights

Journey to a renowned fishing village where a unique Northern Lights camp awaits, crafted by your host using locally sourced materials. Experience the rich maritime culture of Norway's north coast, where fishing has been vital for survival and export for centuries.

££££

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.

Astronomy

Dr Jennifer Millard - 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 Dr Jennifer Millard on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Astronomy

Dr Luke Tyas -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 Dr Luke Tyas on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Karen Bellinger
History & Anthropology

Karen Bellinger

As we explore Norway together, Anthropologist, Archaeologist and Historian, Karen Bellinger, will be joining us on board to speak about Norway’s Sámi culture and Tromsø’s Arctic explorations.

ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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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 05:00 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 05:00 16/06/2024, 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 £3,149 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 £3,249 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 £4,049 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 £4,449 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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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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