Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen

22nd Jun 2022 15 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2217
FROM ONLY £2,599 per person
Colourful houses with snowy mountains in the background, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Colourful houses with snowy mountains in the background, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
FROM ONLY £2,599 per person

Experience a unique Norwegian discovery on this incredible cruise, a 15-night journey designed to allow for in-depth explorations of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands. Deep within Norway’s northernmost reaches, you’ll get to immerse yourself in the beauty, remoteness and eerie silence of remarkable landscapes and destinations, creating memories every step of the way.

An unforgettable week within the Arctic Circle is at the heart of what makes this itinerary so special. On board Balmoral, you’re in for magical scenic cruising in areas of outstanding natural beauty, while each destination you visit will offer many unforgettable moments ashore.[ReadMoreMob] The two days in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – is top on the list of highlights. Time in Longyearbyen and eerie Pyramiden is something not many get to experience; these far-away towns, situated amongst scenes of stunning Arctic landscapes, offer an insight into the Svalbard archipelago’s Soviet-influenced history, with their imposing architecture and abandoned mineshafts. Go inside the abandoned buildings and wander amongst the industrial communities that thrived here, for a taste of what life was once like. Your time in Svalbard also includes memorable sails by the by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, as well as the jaw-dropping stratifications of Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain.[ReadMoreDesk]

Extraordinary destinations on the Norwegian mainland also await discovery during your exhilarating Arctic adventure. Sailing all the way to the ‘top of Europe’, Balmoral takes you to Honningsvåg, from where you can revel in the unspoilt, rugged landscapes of the North Cape plateau. You’ll also visit Tromsø, with time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral and enjoy views from atop Mount Storsteinen, while scenic cruising by the mighty Black Glacier will provide a glimpse of Mother Nature’s work at its finest. In addition, you’ll be within the Arctic Circle during the Midnight Sun phenomenon, when the sun does not set at night. Elsewhere, visit Åndalsnes for a chance to ride the magnificent Rauma Railway; have a chance to learn of the fascinating maritime history and fishing traditions of pretty Måløy; and call at Olden, starting point for uncovering the magnificent Briksdal Glacier and breathtaking Lovatnet Lake. Journeys to these destinations will be just as memorable, with the chance to witness the beauty of the spectacular Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains, Trollfjord and more.

Bringing the world closer

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

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’.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.