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In Search of the Northern Lights

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Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway, winter Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway, winter

30 Jan 2026

Southampton

15 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

We’ve timed this winter adventure to give you the chance to capture the elusive Aurora Borealis – ethereal ribbons of light that dance across the skies – both ashore and from the comfort of Balmoral. With extended stays in Alta and Tromsø, you can discover rich Arctic culture as you connect with a local Sámi community, listening to their fascinating stories in a traditional lavvu tent. There will also be opportunities to explore picturesque landscapes, often blanketed in snow at this time of year, by embarking on a snowshoe hike or a thrilling husky sled or snowmobile ride. Delve into the science behind the mesmerising Northern Lights, unlocking the secrets of this celestial spectacle.

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Highlights

Northern Lights

Seek out the Northern Lights

This itinerary has been crafted to allow you the best possible chance of seeking out the elusive Northern Lights at the best time to see them. The dark and long nights in Arctic Norway allow plenty of opportunity to seek out Mother Nature’s spectacular light show during the winter months, both ashore and from the decks of Balmoral. With extended stays in both Alta and Tromsø, you can embark on shore tours to go in search of the dancing lights, with experienced local guides on hand to take you to the best spots with the highest probability of witnessing this incredible phenomenon.

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Snowmobiles under the Northern Lights

Experience Local Arctic Life  

Discover the rich Arctic culture on this cruise, with calls into destinations which will allow you to experience the Arctic way of life. Connect with local Sámi communities, discovering age-old traditions as you sit by a fire in a lavvu, a traditional Sámi tent, and learn about their rich culture, or embark on thrilling experiences, such as husky sledding across the Arctic countryside or snowmobiling across the dark, snowy landscapes as you go in search of the elusive Aurora Borealis. The opportunity to enjoy a snowshoe hike across picturesque landscapes also awaits.

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Vibrant green and red of the Northern Lights

Delve into the Science Behind the Northern Lights

The elusive Northern Lights have captivated humans for thousands of years and are visible in the polar regions during the winter months. The vivid green, red, blue and purple hues are caused when charged particles, carried through space on solar winds, collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, travelling up to the magnetic poles and bursting into colourful displays. Throughout the cruise, you can discover the secrets and science behind the mesmerising lights, discovering more about why they are formed and their 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.

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 £4,799 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 £5,299 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 £6,299 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 £6,799 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £8,599 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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