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JOURNEY TO SPITSBERGEN

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This cruise crosses the Arctic Circle, then continues far beyond. First visit the world of the reindeer, then enter the realm of the polar bear. Glaciers, sea cliffs and fjords – this is nature at its northern wildest and most spectacular

Our unique shore walks and excursions include:

Harstad - A little-visited port north of the Arctic Circle towards the northern end of the Lofoten Islands. It lies just a stone’s throw from open countryside of low bushes, hills in their full summer glory and mountain lakes.

Honningsvåg - We venture into the hills behind this remote town, just short of North Cape, to experience true Arctic wilderness, normally spotting reindeer as we go.

Pyramiden - Possibly the wildest place we will ever visit, a remote outpost on the island of Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole. A local guide takes us across streams and open tundra to a lake. We hope to see reindeer and polar foxes as well as arctic flora. The guide carries a gun just in case we come across a polar bear.

Longyearbyen - After visiting the local husky colony, we cross the arctic tundra with a local guide to see the short-lived summer flowers and spot birds, reindeer and maybe even a polar fox.

Kristiansund - A town built on four islands. Our walk up the hill of Kvernberget with a local guide rewards us with views over sea, islands and mountains.

Tromsø - An island city famed as the gateway to the Arctic. We visit the Polar Museum, the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen from where a spectacular panoramic walk is possible.

Leknes - The Lofoten Islands rise like Skye’s Cuillins out of the Arctic waters. From the port we travel with a local guide to climb to the summit of Holandsmelen which offers a splendid 360º panorama of sea and mountains.

Bodø - New for 2020, we spend the day hiking in the Hidden Valley with a local guide, a pristine enclave of mountains, glacier-carved rock and crystal-clear running water.

Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.

Drinks Inclusive package A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £29 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).


Holiday Highlights

  • Arctic Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole
  • Our walk in the Hidden Valley near Bodø with local guide Ivar Sandland who runs his own adventure company
  • Experience eight days when the sun doesn’t set
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.



  1. Date: 25/06/2020
    Embarkation at Liverpool Port
  2. Date: 26/06/2020
    Day at sea
  3. Date: 27/06/2020
    Day at sea
  4. Date: 28/06/2020
    Alesund, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  5. Date: 29/06/2020
    Scenic Cruising
  6. Date: 30/06/2020
    Scenic Cruising
  7. Date: 01/07/2020
    Honningsvag, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 02/07/2020
    Day at sea
  9. Date: 03/07/2020
    Longyearbyen, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  10. Date: 04/07/2020
    Pyramiden, Svalbard Shore Walking Excursion
  11. Date: 05/07/2020
    Day at sea
  12. Date: 06/07/2020
    Tromso, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  13. Date: 07/07/2020
    Bodo, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  14. Date: 08/07/2020
    Day at sea
  15. Date: 09/07/2020
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands Shore Walking Excursion
  16. Date: 10/07/2020
    Day at sea
  17. Date: 11/07/2020
    Disembarkation at Liverpool Port

Travel Details

For our holidays which sail from the UK, departure ports vary

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Black Watch

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience.  Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in late 2016, Black Watch features a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free stay on board, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. 

Black Watch has several restaurants; welcoming bars and lounges offering an array of music, dance, comedy and entertainment. There are inviting open deck spaces; and a teak-lined promenade.  You can soak-up the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy the sophistication of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, accompanied by breathtaking views, in the Observatory. To satisfy your caffeine cravings, visit The Bookmark Café for luxurious coffees and indulgent chocolates. In the evening, settle-in amongst the familiar surroundings of the Morning Light Pub; then take in the after-dinner show in the Neptune Lounge. In the Lido Lounge you can simply sit back with a drink in hand, or hit the dance floor!  Black Watch also has an upgraded 4K, 3D cinema if you fancy a ‘movie night’.

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Black Watch operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Black Watch is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.


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