Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun


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19 Jul 2023


15 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

As you would expect, sailing to the isolated lands of Svalbard with Fred. Olsen offers many scenic cruising opportunities. We will make diversions to show you sights like the Nordenskiöldbreen Glacier, Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain, and Svartisen (the Black Glacier). Balmoral is also small enough to cruise the likes of the Nærøysundet strait, Nordfjord (Meløy) and the ultra-narrow Trollfjord. In Spitsbergen, you will have the chance to explore the community of Longyearbyen. We have also timed this cruise itinerary to enable you to witness the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun as Balmoral crosses the Arctic Circle.

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Nordfjord, Norway

Living in Norway

Join guest speaker David Nikel as he talks about his life since he moved to Norway in 2011. Originally from Northampton, he went to Oslo in search of riches in the ICT industry, but was soon inspired by the fjords, mountains and Northern Lights to begin writing. Now, he travels the country discovering hidden gems and details about Norwegian life, detailing them on his website – and is the author of the Moon Norway travel guidebook. David became a citizen of Norway in 2021.

Reindeer, Norway

Sami Experience

As part of our Itinerary Insights programme, you can join a tour from Sortland to visit a Sámi family and learn about their way of life as reindeer herders. Laila Inga and her family will be on hand to show you how they herd reindeer as you join them in the enclosure, giving you the immersive experience of seeing these unique animals at close range.


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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn


Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Enhance your cruise

Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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