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In Search of the Northern Lights

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13 Mar 2026

Newcastle

10 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Join us on this sailing to Northern Norway, a gateway to witnessing the captivating Northern Lights. You’ll have the best chances of seeing Mother Nature’s light show during extended stays in Tromsø and Narvik and while cruising the Arctic waters. Experience the local culture through exhilarating husky sledding, snowshoe hiking and snowmobiling across a winter wonderland, and engage with the indigenous Sámi community to gain insights into their unique way of life, from reindeer herding to traditional tepee-style lavvu tents. Deepen your understanding of the Aurora Borealis by exploring the science behind this.

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Highlights

Northern Lights over a Lavvu, Norway

Go In Search of the Elusive Aurora Borealis

We have meticulously crafted this itinerary to afford you the best possible opportunity to seek out the elusive Northern Lights. Throughout the winter months in Northern Norway, the nights are long and dark and the colourful Aurora dances across the sky. With extended calls into both Tromsø and Narvik, you will have plenty of time to go in search of nature’s inimitable light show ashore, as well as seeking out the lights from the deck of Balmoral as we sail between our ports of call.

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Reindeer at a traditional Sami village

Experience the Arctic Way of Life

Throughout your cruise, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the Arctic way of life. In Tromsø, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, you can embark on a cross-country dog sled with local huskies or enjoy an evening snowshoe hike while seeking out the elusive Northern Lights. Meanwhile, our call into Narvik will allow the opportunity to meet with the local Sámi community. Embodying a rich culture, the Sámi engage in traditional livelihoods such as reindeer herding, fishing and crafts, carefully preserving their language and heritage.

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The Northern Lights in Norway

Delve into the Science Behind the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a captivating phenomenon which take place around the polar regions of the Earth. Created by charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, the vivid green and red hues are caused by oxygen while  the blue and purple tones caused by nitrogen. Throughout your cruise on Balmoral, you will have plenty of opportunity to delve into the science behind the mysterious lights, as well as uncovering 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 £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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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   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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