From glorious snow-smothered landscapes to enchanting native wildlife, youll encounter Northern Norways wonders at their most dramatic in just eight nights after departing the northerly port of Newcastle. This winter adventure will be full of unforgettable experiences, with chances to witness the astounding Aurora Borealis the icing on the cake. When darkness descends, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Natures spectacular Northern Lights illuminating the night sky with dancing ribbons of colour as you breathe in the Arctics cool, crisp air, all whilst wrapped up warm out on Balmorals classic open decks.
There are many magical memories to create during time ashore too. You could uncover a wonderland of wintery scenes on an exhilarating husky ride, with a chance to take the reins as a Musher and experience the thrill of guiding your team into the unspoilt wilderness, during a visit to Tromsø. At Bodø, situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, immerse yourself in the towns rugged scenery and fishing heritage, and listen out for soaring Sea Eagles overhead; and perhaps head to the top of Mount Aksla in Ålesund, for postcard-perfect panoramas. And, as if all that wasnt enough, youll get to marvel at the magnificence of the unique Torghatten mountain with a hole and striking Seven Sisters from the comfort of your smaller ship too.
Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
Formal welcome and/or Captains Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
All inclusive Drinks package which includes a discount off the premier drinks selection
Door to door transport (from our large Lincolnshire pick up area)
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.
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Tues 15th March
Not only is Newcastle one of Britain’s greatest and most vibrant cities, it is also a fantastic starting point for a Fred. Olsen cruise. With its excellent road and rail connections to the rest of northern England, Scotland and beyond, and its large, comfortable passenger lounge, the Port of Tyne is the perfect place to set sail on your relaxing holiday.
The Port of Tyne is the departure port for an extensive range of exciting Fred. Olsen cruises departing in 2018 and 2019, each featuring itineraries packed with incredible destinations and memorable experiences. From the spectacular wonders of Arctic Norway, Iceland and the breathtaking Norwegian fjords to the culture-rich cities of Andalusia, the Baltic or Scandinavia, you can get closer to some of the greatest places on earth when you cruise from Newcastle on board Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendlier ships.
So, whether you fancy a cruise packed with sunshine, scenic sights or city delights you're sure to find that you have plenty of choice. The hardest part is trying to decide which cruises to book! See below to view and find out more about Fred. Olsen cruises from Newcastle.
Thurs 17th March
Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps.
Virtually destroyed by fire in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded widely as one of Europe’s true visual experiences. The port is home to the Jugendstilsenteret – The National Art Nouveau Centre –, which has a well-preserved art nouveau interior and regularly features exhibitions and displays.
GATEWAY TO THE FJORDS OF NORTHERN NORWAY
Ålesund is the gateway to the iconic northwestern fjords and this seaport is the home base for Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, which, unsurprisingly, provides the city's visitors with some superb seafood to try.
Sat 19th March
The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore.
A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that often light up the night sky. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-visit Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of Northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic.
The many museums and galleries in the city include the Perspektivet Museum – set in a neo-classical building built in 1838 that has exhibits from Tromsø’s past, plus the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery. Tromsø is also home to Polaria, an Arctic aquarium that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The aquarium’s tanks are full of Arctic fish species, and the friendly bearded seals always delight the visiting crowds.
Tromsø, and the stunning landscapes that surround it, are best viewed from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular spots on the edge of the city.
Sun 20th March
Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but still offers a fascinating history. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the city's harbour is surprisingly ice-free, however, there are still a number of stunning Arctic sights to see, including the Narvikfjellet Mountain.
Although over 400km north of the Arctic Circle, Narvik’s harbour is ice-free and in use all year as a port for iron ore exports. Although inhabited since prehistoric times, the town was not established until 1903 when the Ofoten Railway wascompleted. The line is a tourist attraction in itself, running 42km through magnificent scenery to the Swedish border. A cable car ride from the centre of town to the viewpoint on the Narvikfjellet Mountain gives fabulous views over the Ofotfjord and surrounding area.
Close to the town centre is the Ofoten Museum, with displays of local history including 5,000-year-old rock carvings. The Nordland Red Cross War Memorial Museum commemorates the occupation of Narvik in the Second World War. Narvik Church is a fine example of Scandinavian architecture, with a painted altar piece by Eilif Pettersen, while the northernmost animal park, Polar Park, is worth a look.
Mon 21st March
The charming town of Bodø is the northernmost point on the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route and home to the world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The port represents the northern terminus of Norway's railway system, and is ideal for year round bird spotting as it boasts the world’s densest population of sea eagles.
The curious experience of the midnight sun from the summit of Mount Ronvikfjellet is a sight to behold, while strolling along Bodø’s chalk-white beach, or enjoying some shopping in the bustling town centre, are popular pastimes.
The majestic stained-glass windows and delicate tapestries within Bodø Cathedral make for a particularly worthwhile trip. Bodø’s historic past can be uncovered by visiting one of the town’s museums, and the Aviation Museum offers a glimpse into Norway’s aviation history. Exhibits include famous aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Tiger Moth and F-86 Sabre.
Thurs 24th March
We return to newcastle for an early disembarkation. Your driver will be waiting for you at the dockside to whisk you back to Lincolnshire, with comfort stops on the way.
Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.
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