Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, In Search of the Northern Lights ex Southampton Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 10 Mar 2018
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Cruise Description

14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Cruising to Norway in the winter – when the spectacular landscapes are at their most dramatic and the cold, unpolluted air is at its crispest – is always a special experience, and on this fantastic fortnight aboard Balmoral you’ll see this breathtaking country at its frozen finest.

Take in the interesting attractions of Trondheim, such as the brightly-painted houses of Bakklandet and the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral; marvel at the unique Torghatten ‘Mountain with the Hole’ and the soaring peaks of the Seven Sisters Mountains; and cross the Arctic Circle before calling into Tromsø, the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Perhaps spend the day savouring the neoclassical architecture, enjoying the views from the top of Mount Storsteinen, and admiring the beautiful, iceberg-shaped cathedral; then leave the bright lights of the city behind at nightfall to go in search of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis – a simply unmissable and unforgettable experience.

In Alta – considered one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights – you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s incredible light display once again during an overnight stay. There’s also time to unearth fascinating Sami culture at the Alta Museum; explore the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel; and join a tour to nearby Hjemmeluft to see the UNESCO-listed prehistoric rock carvings. Don’t miss the chance to explore the surrounding Arctic landscapes on an exhilarating dog-sledding adventure. Encounter wolves, lynx, arctic foxes, reindeer and other incredible native fauna on a tour to the Polar Park from Narvik, which sits among the pretty islands and peaks of the Ofotfjord; and step aboard the Rauma Railway in Åndalsnes to see plummeting waterfalls and Trollveggen – Europe’s tallest vertical rock face – up-close. There’s also the chance to ride the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen and explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf in beautiful Bergen.

Highlights of this cruise:

Trondheim, Norway
This was the first Norwegian capital, founded 1,000 years ago by Viking King Olav Trygvasson.

Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range
The Seven Sisters (De syv søstre) is a mountain range on the island of Alsten in Norway, offering stunning views to guests as we cruise past.

Crossing the Arctic Circle
Crossing the Arctic Circle with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a truly memorable experience. You’re sure to leave your cruise with stories to share with your loved ones for years to come.

The attractive town of Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, boasts stunning coastal views from Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car. Visit the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.

Alta has a fascinating history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times. Explore the Alta Museum or visit Hjemmeluft to see the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Narvik, Norway
Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but still has an interesting history to explore. 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.

Cruising Torghatten
Cruise along the coast of Toget island (Norway) past Torghatten, a mountain known for its distinctive hole, or natural tunnel through its centre.

Cruising Rørvik
A scenic cruise along the coast of Norway will enable you to view the pretty village of Rørvik.

Andalsnes, More og Romsdal
'The village between the fell and the fjords', and the terminus for the train from Oslo.

Bergen, Hordaland
A historic Hanseatic League trading and fishing port. Bergen was one of the great Hanseatic ports, and this maritime heritage is recalled by the 900-year-old Bryggen Wharf, with its splendid museum. The Bryggen is a delight to explore: its narrow streets climb away from the waterfront, lined by interesting shops, colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled stairways, with alleyways and tiny open spaces that beg to be explored. In summer months every spare corner seems to be filled with pots and containers overflowing with colourful flowers that fill the air with perfume.

Bergen is framed by seven magnificent hills, the highest of which can be reached by a funicular railway. From the top there are spectacular views down to the harbourside, where cafés, bars and restaurants welcome visitors from around the world. Bergen was the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and the Troldhaugen is a museum devoted to his life and work, including an exhibition centre, shop and café.