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Scenic Islands of Northern Norway

20th Sep 2019 13 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1922
FROM ONLY £1,799 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person *
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or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

The dramatic natural beauty and rural delights of rugged, remote islands in Northern Norway are within your reach on this exceptional autumn escape, with Black Watch guiding you into the Arctic Circle to uncover breathtaking archipelagos. Wild, untamed landscapes and postcard-perfect settlements await you, while there’s even a chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Your exploration of Norway’s northern islands takes in three of the region’s most captivating destinations. The beautiful Lofoten Islands and the Vesterålen archipelago are wonderlands of glorious coastal scenes, spellbinding fjords, soaring mountains peaks and enchanting villages. During a stop at Leknes you can discover picturesque areas such as the Henningsvaer fishing village and Houkland Beach, and immerse yourself in rich Viking history; while sprawling Svolvær, with its mix of new and historic attractions – set upon a backdrop of towering mountains, rugged cliffs and lush-green fields – offers a taste of life in Lofoten today. 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; or perhaps go in search of seals, birds and possibly orcas on wildlife-watching adventures. As you’ll visit northern Norway early in Northern Lights season, you might be lucky enough to see the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis in all its colourful glory too. [ReadMore]

Another incredible Arctic destination on your itinerary is Tromsø. You’ll stop overnight in the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, affording you time to explore the city and admire its impressive neoclassical architecture, visit the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral, and ride a cable car to the top of majestic Mount Storsteinen for unspoilt views of Tromsø’s scenic surroundings. Your Arctic adventure also includes memorable scenic cruising of the spectacular Trollfjord and Raftsundet, both out of reach to larger ships, as well as by the quaint fishing village of Reine. Elsewhere in Norway 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 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.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

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.