Fred. Olsen – L2215 – Arctic Fjords & Midnight Sun- 2022
Sails from Newcastle
Sailing the fjords of Arctic Norway makes for an unforgettable scenic adventure, packed with sights and experiences rarely uncovered and enjoyed on a cruise. Many of the most memorable moments are only possible due to Balmoral’s smaller size; you’ll feel as though you can almost touch the mountains of Trollfjord as your ship navigates its narrowing rocky passage, and capture the remarkable beauty of Austensfjorden, Nærøysundet and Meløy’s Nordfjord. Seeing the mighty Black Glacier, Torghatten ‘mountain with the hole’ and the Seven Sisters in all their natural splendour will be simply unforgettable.
There are memorable explorations ashore too. In the Lofoten Islands, Leknes is your base for discovering the archipelago’s scenic highlights and delving into its rich Viking history. There’s a visit to Tromsø, the ‘Capital of the North’, with time to see the city’s iceberg-shaped cathedral, ride a cable car up Mount Storsteinen and more. For an authentic Arctic experience, meet a local Sami family to learn of, and get a taste of, their unique way of life. Elsewhere, there are chances to spot soaring sea eagles in Bodo and visit the picturesque town of Ålesund, where climbing the steps up Mount Aksla is highly recommended to take in the view from its summit.
Monday 06 June 2022
Monday 06 June 2022
Departure from Newcastle, United Kingdom
Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.
Tuesday 07 June 2022
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Wednesday 08 June 2022
Crossing the Arctic Circle, Norway
Crossing the Arctic Circle takes you into the lands of prolonged days and midnight sun. It is visible on a map – north of which the sun can be seen above the horizon even at midnight during the summer months. However, during the winter the sun stays below the horizon for most of the day. During the cold winter months, light is provided by the moon and stars in addition to the elusive but spell-binding Northern Lights.
Thursday 09 June 2022
Leknes, one of the first ports inside the Arctic Circle, looks out over the stunning Lofoten Islands, which are rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. The wild landscape of jagged peaks, cliffs and bright-white sandy beaches makes the area one of the most picturesque in Norway.
The nearby village of Borg is home to a Viking museum, based on one of the largest buildings of the Viking era that has ever been discovered. The museum is very much alive: partly lit by oil lamps, it has exhibits of gold fertility figures, pottery, and glassware and regular displays of handicrafts. In the outside area are domestic animals, many of which are ancient breeds that were raised by the Vikings.
Friday 10 June 2022
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.
Saturday 11 June 2022
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.
Sunday 12 June 2022
Cruising Seven Sisters Mountain range, Torghatten, Rørvik, Norway
Forming a majestic chain of peaks overlooking the shipping channel, the Seven Sister mountain range is an awe-inspring backdrop to the myriad of islands and Norwegian landscapes. Standing 1,000 feet above the shoreline, these beautiful women are perhaps best observed in all their glory from your ship. It is possible to climb them, and to learn the legend of the trolls who were turned to stone!
As well as this, take a scenic cruise along the shores of Toget Island allows you see one of Norway’s most astonishing natural wonders – Torghatten Mountain. Then, you will pass by Rørvik, a picturesque island village located on the eastern part of the Vikna archipelago, in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway.
Monday 13 June 2022
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.
Tuesday 14 June 2022
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Wednesday 15 June 2022
Arrival at Newcastle, United Kingdom
After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.
Balmoral Ship information
Balmoral is the largest of Fred Olsen’s cruise ships, on board there are nine decks two of which are for the sole purpose of leisure and relaxation.
The ship’s facilities include swimming pools & Jacuzzis, Fitness centre, Sundeck & golf nets, Atlantic Spa & Salon, library and card room. There are also boutiques, fine jewellery and Port shop. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included and provided by a wide range of restaurants, cafés, grill and lounges on board.
During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place, while in the evening fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.
All of the 710 rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite shower (some may have a bathtub also), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: single, interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites.
|Date||Arrival||Departure||Port of Call|
Mon 06 June 2022
|Late PM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
|Tue 07 June 2022||Cruising|
|Wed 08 June 2022||Late Night||Late Night||Crossing the Arctic Circle|
|Thu 09 June 2022||Early AM||Late PM||Leknes, Norway|
|Thu 09 June 2022||Early PM||Early PM||Cruising Austnesfjorden|
|Thu 09 June 2022||Late PM||Late PM||Cruising Trollfjord|
|Fri 10 June 2022||Early AM||Late PM||Tromsø, Norway|
|Sat 11 June 2022||Early AM||Late PM||Bodø, Norway|
|Sat 11 June 2022||Late PM||Late PM||Cruising Black Glacier|
|Sat 11 June 2022||Late PM||Late PM||Cruising Nordfjorden|
|Sun 12 June 2022||Early AM||Early AM||Cruising Seven Sister Mountain|
|Sun 12 June 2022||Late AM||Late AM||Cruising Torghatten|
|Sun 12 June 2022||Early PM||Early PM||Cruising Rørvik|
|Mon 13 June 2022||Late AM||Early PM||Ålesund, Norway|
|Tue 14 June 2022||Cruising|
|Wed 15 June 2022||Early AM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|