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In Search of the Northern Lights

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View of the Seven Sisters mountain range from deck, Norway View of the Seven Sisters mountain range from deck, Norway
03 Mar 2026
Newcastle
10 nights
Balmoral

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This Northern Norway cruise adventure has been planned to give you the opportunity to witness the enchanting Northern Lights, a mesmerising display of colourful ribbons dancing across the night sky. Beyond this celestial spectacle, known as the Aurora Borealis, immerse yourself in the local culture with thrilling activities like husky sledding, snowshoe hiking and snowmobiling through pristine wintery landscapes. You can also connect with the indigenous Sámi community, delving into their traditions and way of life, from reindeer herding to the warmth of lavvu tents. Furthermore, seize the chance to delve into the science behind the Aurora Borealis, unravelling the mysteries of this otherworldly phenomenon.

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Highlights

Northern Lights over Arctic Landscape

Seek Out the Elusive Northern Lights

Our Journey Planners have planned this itinerary to visit Northern Norway at the perfect time to seek out the elusive Northern Lights. Clear, dark skies are essential for viewing the lights, and Northern Norway’s long, dark winter nights provide the perfect setting for the lights to dance across the sky. With calls into destinations that lie deep within the Arctic Circle, such as Tromsø and Narvik, you will be perfectly placed to go in search of the mysterious Aurora Borealis, while on board, you can take advantage of clear, dark skies with little light pollution as you wait for the lights to make an appearance.

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Husky Sledding

Experience the Arctic Way of Life

Throughout your Balmoral cruise, you will be perfectly placed to experience the Arctic way of life. In Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, you can embark on a cross-country dog sled with local huskies while Narvik affords the chance to meet with the local Sámi community and experience their rich culture, characterised by their unique language, traditional clothing, music, folklore, and livelihoods such as reindeer herding, fishing, and hunting.

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Discover the Science behind the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a mesmerising celestial display which illuminate the polar skies with vibrant hues of green, purple, blue and red. This spectacular phenomenon occurs when charged particles from the sun collide with the Earth’s magnetic field, with oxygen creating the green and red hues and nitrogen creating blue and purple tones. Throughout your cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to delve further into the science behind the Aurora Borealis, discovering more about their history and their formation.  

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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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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 Chris Laurel on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Astronomy/Photography

Wil Cheung - 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 photographer and astronomer, Wil, who will lead stargazing sessions out on deck and will be 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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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 14:00 22/07/2024, 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 14:00 22/07/2024, 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 £3,399 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 £3,699 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 £4,299 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 £4,799 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,899 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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