Wintertime Norway

18th Mar 2020 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2002
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person

Making the most of Newcastle’s convenient proximity to Scandinavia, Balmoral can take you to Norway’s astonishing north in a shorter time and pack five days of unforgettable Arctic exploration into an 11-night itinerary, offering chances to uncover unspoilt scenery, awe-inspiring spectacles and an abundance of incredible experiences.[ReadMoreMob]

Your relaxing sail north along the picturesque coast of western Norway allows you time to settle into your home-from-home, before Narvik presents your first opportunity to see the stunning scenes of the Arctic winter up-close. The rugged landscapes here are ripe for exploration on exhilarating husky sledding and snowmobiling excursions. Within reach on tour meanwhile is the Polar Park, the world’s northernmost animal park, where you can encounter various Arctic wildlife including bears, lynx, reindeer and wolves. Then it’s on to Alta, where your extended stay is sure to a highlight of your Arctic adventure. Alta is considered one of the best places of earth to see the remarkable Aurora Borealis and, with two nights here, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s magnificent light display in all its spellbinding glory. You’ll have time to visit the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful sculptures too; or immerse yourself in Sami culture at the Alta Museum. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing your voyage of Arctic discovery in Tromsø – ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ – affords you an opportunity to marvel at the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and the tumbling ‘ice floe’ block architecture of the Polaria Aquarium. You can also ride a cable car to the top of majestic Mount Storsteinen here; or even opt to experience another exciting husky-sledding adventure. After your rewarding day here, you’ll enjoy a memorable evening on board Balmoral, looking out for the Northern Lights once again as you head for Bodø. Situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, Bodø brings a scenic end to your epic Arctic exploration, with breathtaking landscapes and quaint fishing villages typical of the region to uncover. Here you could opt to tour to Saltstraumen sound, which boasts some of the strongest currents in the world and fascinating whirlpools; or to the Kjerringøy Old Trading Post, one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage monuments.  

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.