Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun

19th Jul 2023 15 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2317
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,799 per person
Colourful houses in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Colourful houses in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,799 per person
Enjoy FREE All Inclusive Drinks

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*FREE Drinks package:
is applicable to new bookings only, made between 06/09/22 and 31/10/22 inclusive, for departures of 6 to 16 nights, departing from the UK in 2023, as highlighted on website.  Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, see website. Offer excludes saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, and Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled. E&OE.

In Norway’s northernmost reaches, be captivated by the beauty, remoteness and eerie silence of remarkable landscapes and destinations found amongst isolated lands within the Arctic Circle. You’re in for magical scenic cruising and many unforgettable explorations ashore, with two days in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – top on the list of highlights. Time in Longyearbyen and 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 abandoned buildings and wander amongst the industrial communities that thrived here, meet huskies and their handlers, and much more, for a taste of what life was once like and how it is for locals today. 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, and the chance to spot marine life from the decks of your smaller-sized cruise ship.[ReadMore]

Extraordinary destinations on the Norwegian mainland also await discovery during your 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. Spend a day in Tromsø, with time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral and take in views from atop Mount Storsteinen, and enjoy a rare visit to the beautiful Vesterålen archipelago, to discover miles of rugged coastline, unspoilt countryside and the ‘Blue Town’ of Sortland – almost entirely painted in various blue hues thanks to artist Bjorn Elvenes. Scenic cruising by the mighty Black Glacier will provide a glimpse of Mother Nature’s work at its finest, while you’ll also be within the Arctic Circle during the Midnight Sun phenomenon, when the sun does not set at night. Elsewhere in Norway, visit Åndalsnes for a chance to ride the magnificent Rauma Railway into fjordland mountains; and witness the beauty of natural wonders including the Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains, Trollfjord and Devil’s Jaw.

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

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