Northern Norway with Sami National Day

31st Jan 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2003
Adult only sailing Adventure
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person

Experience Norway at a time of the year when the dramatic landscapes of this incredible part of the world are at their frozen finest, the country’s enchanting towns, villages and cities really come to life, and you have the best chance to see one of Mother Nature’s most spellbinding phenomena, on this wonderful winter escape.[ReadMoreMob]

As February begins, you’ll leave the gloom of the British winter behind and embark on your unforgettable adventure, with a sense of excitement for Norway’s seasonal wonders building on board Black Watch as your ship heads north. Your Norwegian adventure gets underway in some style; in Ålesund you can marvel at the town’s fine Art Nouveau architecture and climb Mount Aksla for stunning scenic views, while the brightly-painted houses of Bakklandet and the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral await in Trondheim. [ReadMoreDesk]A day’s sailing then takes you across the Arctic Circle en route to Tromsø, where your call coincides Sami National Day. The celebrations of this ancient indigenous people are a real treat, with the traditional dress, yoik choirs and much more on show sure to linger long in the memory. Stopping overnight in the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ also allows you time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, climb Mount Storsteinen, and go in search of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis – a simply unmissable and unforgettable experience – at nightfall.

With the delights of Tromsø behind you, the course is set for Alta, considered one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights. With another overnight stay, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s incredible light display once again after the sunlight fades away here in the early afternoon. Spending two days in Alta offers you the chance to discover the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful sculptures too; or visit the fascinating Alta Museum, which offers an in-depth insight into Sami culture. There’s even an opportunity to explore Alta’s surrounding Arctic landscapes on an exhilarating dog-sledding adventure. Finally, as you sail south en route back to the UK, Black Watch diverts to Kristiansund, one of Norway’s earliest settlements and your gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Ocean Road – one of the world’s most photographed highways.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.