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Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun

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Torghatten Norway Torghatten, Norway

12 Jun 2024

Newcastle

14 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

On this exploration of the isolated lands of Spitsbergen, you can witness nature in all its forms, from the surreal phenomenon that is the Midnight Sun to elusive marine life, which you can search for from the comfort of Balmoral with the help of conservationists from wildlife charity OWE, the Ocean Wildlife Encounters group. Experience what life was like in remote Longyearbyen, donning your own miner's helmet as you explore a disused mine, fully immersing yourself in the town's past. Elsewhere you can uncover local Sámi culture and visit the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromsø. Marvel at remarkable scenery as Balmoral cruises past Torghatten – a mountain with a hole through its centre, the Seven Sisters mountains, and Tempelfjorden's Temple Mountain.

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Highlights

Mountains of Spitsbergen Longyearbyen Svalbard on a flowers polar day with arctic summer in the sunset

Discover Remote Arctic Landscapes

Our Journey Planners have designed this itinerary to offer you the chance to discover remote Arctic landscapes. Nestled deep within the Arctic Circle on the isolated island of Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen is your gateway to the Arctic wilderness. Balmoral will also sail along Templefjorden, a stunning fjord surrounded by towering mountains and glaciers, which is home to the Tunabreen Glacier. Many other Scenic Discoveries await, including the imposing Seven Sisters Mountain Range and Torghatten, the hat-shaped mountain with a distinctive hole in its centre. You will be joined on board by Earth Science Communicator, Isaac Kenyon, who will provide fascinating commentary to accompany the magnificent sights you will see.

Midnight sun see from on board

Experience the Phenomenon of the Midnight Sun

We have hand-crafted this special itinerary to give you the chance to experience the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun. During the summer months in the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets, thanks to the Earth’s tilt, and this unique Arctic experience transforms the polar environment, with the sun’s golden glow illuminating the rugged mountains, glaciers and fjords and offering extended daylight hours, perfect for exploration ashore. Balmoral will enjoy an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, where you will have the chance to experience a thrilling midnight sun hike. The Midnight Sun in Svalbard offers a snapshot of the resilience of life in the Arctic and is an enchanting spectacle to witness, so do join us out on the decks of Balmoral to experience this surreal natural wonder. You will be joined on board Balmoral by photographer Graeme Chester, who will provide advice on the best way to take pictures of the Midnight Sun, having exhibited his work in Longyearbyen.

Walrus's in Svalbald

Uncover Arctic Summer Wildlife

During the summer months in Northern Norway, the region is home to an abundance of vibrant wildlife. The fjords teem with life as seabird colonies thrive, while the coastal areas attract a rich variety of marine life, such as seals and humpback or beluga whales, and migratory birds, such as the Arctic Tern and Guillemots, fill the skies. Along the coast, massive walrus haul-outs offer a glimpse into the lives of these tusked giants as they bask in the midnight sun. We've timed this cruise for you to have the best possible chance of witnessing Arctic wildlife at its peak, where the Arctic's inhabitants bask in the brief summer abundance. Ocean Wildlife Encounters will also be joining us on board, leading wildlife-watching sessions out on deck to help you get a glimpse of some of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats.

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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.

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Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Life of a Miner

Life of a Miner

Embark on a journey through time in Longyearbyen's coal mining history with a tour of Gruve 3. Equipped with traditional miner gear, explore the machinery and tunnels, including a replica mining shaft. Experience the eerie darkness of the mine as you switch off your headlamp, feeling the weight of history.

££££

Longyearbyen

Husky Sledding

Husky Wagon Ride

Journey in a dog-drawn wagon, traversing the coastal landscape, keeping an eye out for seals, Svalbard reindeer, and migratory bird flocks. Along the way, discover historical sites and the local flora and fauna. Revel in the fresh sea breeze and captivating views of the Isfjord before bidding farewell to your newfound four-legged companions and returning to your awaiting ship.

££££

Longyearbyen

Walruses

Walrus Safari

Embark on a voyage to encounter the Arctic's cherished walruses. Glide across the Isfjord to Borebukta on a silent hybrid boat, preserving the tranquil surroundings. Witness stunning vistas of towering mountains and vast glaciers before observing walruses basking in the sun and feasting on clams. Look out for nesting Atlantic puffins and marvel at the breathtaking Bore Glacier, possibly witnessing majestic calving moments.

££££

Longyearbyen

Sami Reindeers

Mikkelgammen Sámi Camp

Embark on a journey to Northern Norway to explore the ancestral lands of the Sámi people. Journey to the renowned Sámi restaurant, Mikkelgammen, where captivating tales of indigenous culture and religion await. Upon arrival, meet your hosts Mikkel and Solveig, before indulging in authentic delicacies such as dried reindeer meat, cloudberry jam and smoked salmon. After, venture to the nearby Salen Mountain viewpoint for breathtaking panoramic vistas.

££££

Hammerfest

Meet the huskies at the Wilderness Centre

Husky Hike

Drive to the outskirts of town to gain an insight into the Siberian husky breed and the unique lifestyle of polar dogs. After selecting your hiking companions, embark on your scenic journey. Throughout your hike, your guide will tell tales of Finnmark, shedding light on the surrounding area and share insights into the intricacies of living with and training a pack of Siberian huskies.

££££

Hammerfest

Panoramic view of Tromso city from Mt. Storsteinen in summer, northen Norway. A famous view from the top of fjellheisen cable car station, Tromso.

Tromsø City & Cable Car

Begin with a tour of the city centre and visit the Arctic Cathedral before heading to the Fjellheisen cable car. Enjoy a ride to the Storsteinen viewpoint, 1,377ft above sea level, and take in the spectacular views of Tromsø and the surrounding landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

David Nikel
Norway

David Nikel

Having lived in Norway since 2011, David has grown his website into one of the biggest language resources for those visiting or moving to Norway. He will be on hand throughout the cruise delivering a series of talks on all things Norwegian.

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Isaac Kenyon
Earth Science

Isaac Kenyon

Geoscientist, Isaac Kenyon, is passionate about adventure travel and the great outdoors. Isaac will be joining us to deliver a series of talks on the geology and wilderness of the destinations we will be visiting.

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Ocean Wildlife Encounters
Ocean Wildlife

OWE (Ocean Wildlife Encounters)

Ocean Wildlife Encounters (OWE) are a group of highly experienced wildlife speakers. Join them for an insightful talk or out on deck to search the seas for wildlife.

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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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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

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Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £6,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £7,999 pp

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Freedom Fare From £9,299 pp
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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