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In Search of the Northern Lights

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13 Nov 2025

Southampton

14 nights

Balmoral

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Venture into the Arctic during the Northern Lights season, with chances to witness Mother Nature’s captivating light display both ashore and while cruising the Tjeldsundet Strait – a route only accessible to smaller ships like Balmoral. Discover the local way of life by visiting a Sámi community, where tales of intriguing customs such as reindeer herding and joiking – a form of Sámi song, unfold around a fire in a cosy tepee-style lavvu tent. Elsewhere, you can meet the friendly inhabitants of a husky yard and gain an insight into the tradition of sledding. Beyond the opportunity to spot the Aurora Borealis, uncovering the science behind this extraordinary wonder will enrich your journey.

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Highlights

Northern Lights in Norway

Head Off in Search of the Elusive Aurora Borealis

This cruise has been designed to afford you the opportunity to go in search of the Northern Lights at the best possible time to see them. Winter in Arctic Norway sees long, dark nights, providing the perfect chance to witness Mother Nature’s remarkable light show. We will be travelling deep into the Arctic Circle, with calls into destinations such as Alta and Tromsø acting as gateways for exploration ashore as you seek out the elusive Aurora Borealis. The wide, open decks of Balmoral also provide the perfect viewing platform for the lights when at sea, with (hopefully) clear skies offering a good chance of witnessing the Aurora in all their glory.

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Traditional Sami Tent, Lavvu

Immerse Yourself in the Arctic Way of Life

Throughout this cruise, you will have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the Arctic way of life. Meet with the indigenous Sámi people to discover their rich culture, steeped in centuries of tradition, gathering round a fire in a traditional Sámi tent known as a lavvu to hear stories of their age-old traditions and experience what life is like for them in the harsh Arctic climate. The chance to embark on thrilling Arctic adventures also awaits, with the opportunity to dog sled across the vast snowy landscape or embark on an exhilarating snowshoe hike across the Arctic countryside.

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Northern Lights

Learn About the Science Behind the Aurora Borealis 

The remarkable Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon caused by a reaction between the Earth’s atmosphere and highly charged solar particles which are ejected from the surface of the sun. These particles are carried towards our planet on solar winds, colliding with the Earth and travelling to the magnetic poles, where the vivid colours of the lights can then be seen. Scientists believe that the best time to go in search of the lights is during 2024 and 2025, thanks to increased solar activity. Throughout the cruise, there will be plenty of opportunities to discover the science behind the lights, including their formation and historical significance.

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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.

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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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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.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 £4,198 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 £4,498 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 £5,498 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 £5,998 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £7,698 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

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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