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Northern Norway with Sami National Day

31st Jan 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2003
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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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.

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 Balmoral 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. 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. [ReadMore]

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, Balmoral 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.

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 The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board 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. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.