Norway's Northern Archipelagos with Lofoten

25th Sep 2020 12 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2027
FROM ONLY £1,749 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,749 per person

Sail into the Arctic Circle and savour the effortlessly alluring scenery and captivating tranquillity of Norway’s breathtaking northern archipelagos. With visits to rugged, remote islands, you’ll discover wild, untamed landscapes and postcard-perfect towns and villages, while scenic cruising aboard Black Watch will provide unforgettable experiences too.

Taking in the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos, wonderlands of spectacular coastal scenes and spellbinding fjords, soaring mountains and picturesque settlements, will be a highlight for adventurers and explorers alike. [ReadMoreMob]A visit to Leknes puts the charming Henningsvaer fishing village – rich in fascinating Viking history – and beautiful Haukland Beach within your reach. In Vesterålen you’re in for a unique experience, with a chance to explore the ‘blue town’ of Sortland – famed for being almost entirely painted blue – to find art exhibitions, interesting architecture and shopping. Wildlife-watching adventures also offer chances to seek-out seals, birds and possibly orcas in their natural habitat. Scenic cruising by Reine – widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful villages – and into size-restricted Trollfjord and Raftsundet will provide unmissable photo opportunities too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Elsewhere, your Arctic adventure includes time in Tromsø, a true Norwegian delight. Stopping overnight in the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ affords ample time for exploration here; impressive neoclassical architecture and the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral are high on this city’s ‘must-see’ list. Don’t miss the chance to ride a cable car up majestic Mount Storsteinen, for unspoilt views of Tromsø’s scenic surroundings from the top. South of the Arctic Circle, Black Watch will bring you to Kristiansund, where you can marvel at the remarkable architecture of the city’s charming Old Town; and sail past the Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains to present you with plenty of unmissable photo opportunities. You’ll also visit Scotland’s gorgeous Shetland Islands as you head back to UK; from Lerwick you can seek out the Shetlands’ diverse wildlife, or visit the ancient sites of Clickimin Broch and Jarlshof.

Real ships
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.

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.