Scenic Waterways & Archipelagos of Sweden


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Gamla stan district, Sweden, Stockholm Balmoral in Stockholm, Sweden

31 Aug 2023


11 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

You can enjoy a combination of culture and scenery from both land and sea on this in-depth discovery of Sweden. Thanks to Balmoral’s smaller size, you will get to cruise the fjords of western Sweden, dock within one mile of the centre of Trelleborg, and berth closer to the city of Gothenburg than larger ships. After an extended stay in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, home to royal palaces and a historic old town (Gamla Stan), Balmoral will sail between the rocky, tree-topped islands and islets of the Stockholm Archipelago. Meanwhile, the UNESCO-listed town of Visby on the island of Gotland is like a living museum, renowned for its well-preserved medieval city walls.

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Balmoral in Stockholm, Sweden

Reaching parts of Sweden that others can’t

This cruise on board Balmoral is not your average cruise to Scandinavia. Due to her smaller size, she can cruise into the fjords of western Sweden up to Byfjord, and will also dock in Lysekil – originally a small fishing village, at the mouth of the fjords. The surrounding areas are full of culture, history and dense green forests. Balmoral will also meander through the islands and islets of the Stockholm archipelago as she makes her way into the city, where we recommend exploring medieval Gamle Stan and the many Royal Palaces.

Visby city walls, Sweden

The walled city of Visby

Lying around 60 miles off the eastern shores of Sweden is Gotland, one of the country’s picturesque islands of the Stockholm archipelago. Visby is the largest island on Gotland and features some of Sweden’s best preserved medieval centres, protected by thick fortified stone walls, and full of cobbled streets and hidden alleyways. The former harbour of Almedalen is now a lush urban park, as it became too shallow for many ships to dock; and is overlooked by Kruttornet – the oldest tower within the city walls, dating back to the 1100’s.

Colorful buildings of Stortorget, the main square in Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden

The medieval centre of Stockholm

Gamla Stan is the original city centre of Stockholm, dating back to the 13th century, and has a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways begging to be explored. The main square here is Stortorget, from which the baroque style Royal Palace can be found, and where changing of the guard takes place daily. The palace is the King’s official residence and is also home to three museums steeped in stately history, making it a unique combination of royal residence and a cultural and historical structure.


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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

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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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