Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen

22nd Jun 2022 15 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2217
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,899 per person
Colourful houses with snowy mountains in the background, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Colourful houses with snowy mountains in the background, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,899 per person
Enjoy FREE Drinks AND tips covered on Freedom Fares

**FREE All Inclusive Drinks Package and Tips Covered, applicable to new bookings only, made between 01/12/21 and 01/03/22 inclusive, for five to 19 night cruises sailing from the UK, departing from Jan 2022 up to May 2023, inclusive. Offer excludes cruises T2212 & L2205, cruises less than five or more than 19 nights in duration, Saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, & Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled.
FREE All Inclusive 
Drinks Package & Tips covered: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night (where paid). Offer not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, or Saver fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise. E&OE.

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.

Your Itinerary

  • Experience a unique exploration of Norway
  • Be immersed in the stunning beauty of Spitsbergen
  • Revel in the wonder of the mesmerising midnight sun
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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.

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 


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'.


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.


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.