Exploring Northern Norway - the Land of the Midnight Sun

4th Jul 2023 15 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2312
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,499 per person
Tromso city as seen from Mount Storsteinen under the Midnight Sun in Norway. Tromso city as seen from Mount Storsteinen under the Midnight Sun in Norway.
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,499 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Sailing to the top of Europe and back, via a string of remarkable Norwegian destinations, at this time of year makes for magical adventure. You’ll get to discover the wonders of dramatic landscapes, cross the Arctic Circle, and much more, with the piece de resistance a chance to bear witness to the Midnight Sun, a surreal phenomenon of never-ending daylight. During your time in Norway’s awe-inspiring Arctic north, a visit to Honningsvåg is an outstanding highlight; here you can tour to the North Cape plateau, to step foot at mainland Europe’s northernmost point. You’ll cruise by this iconic natural landmark too, on the same evening as you’ll get to capture the Midnight Sun at its most breathtaking from on board Borealis, whilst your scenic cruising experiences in Northern Norway will also include opportunities to marvel at the peaks of the Seven Sisters mountains and Devil’s Jaw.[ReadMore]

There’s also a visit to Tromsø, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Take in the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral, one of Northern Norway’s most iconic sites; or perhaps meet curious huskies at the Wilderness Centre. The coastal views on offer from atop Mount Storsteinen are not to be missed too. Stopping at Alta offers you the chance to immerse yourself in Sami culture and visit the Alta Museum to marvel at the prehistoric, UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft too. At Bodø, situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, you can revel in views of the rugged surrounding scenery and delve into years of local fishing heritage. What’s more, on your way to and from Norway’s northern reaches, you’ll sample the peace and beauty of the fjordland during a glide along Nordfjord and visit the picturesque village of Olden; see Torghatten mountain; and cruise by Hornelen sea cliff at sunset.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Borealis, like her sister ship Bolette, has capacity for less than 1,400 guests but is larger in overall size than the other vessels in the Fred. Olsen fleet. This means when you come on board for a memorable cruise holiday, to relax and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant public areas, lounges, bars and dining venues, you have even more space in which to do so.

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Borealis is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.