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LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Voyages to the far north...

These cruises cross the Arctic Circle, then continue far beyond. You can leave the world of the reindeer behind and enter that of the polar bear. Glaciers, sea cliffs and fjords – this is nature at its northern wildest and most spectacular. And south of the Arctic Circle we also call in to ports where thrilling natural landscapes dominate.

Our unique shore walks and excursions include:

Klaksvik: A small town on the Faroe Islands surrounded by water and imposing humpback mountains. We travel by minibus a short distance, then hike up the mountain of Klakkur for tremendous views over the fjord, village, mountains and sea.

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. 

Kirkenes: In the far north of Norway, a stone's throw from the Russian border. We walk into the wilderness world of lakes, scrubby forest and tundra behind the town with a local guide.

Murmansk: Just a few miles from the border with Norway, this is Russia’s gateway port to the Barents Sea, built on mineral wealth, and the largest city in the Arctic Circle. Not attractive by any means, some might even say grim, but fascinating nonetheless.

Harstad: Discover Norwegian hillsides and lakes from this small town on the west coast.

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.

Pyramiden: Possibly the wildest place you will ever visit, a remote outpost on the island of Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole. We head southwest from the port with a local guide, crossing streams across open tundra to a lake. We hope to see reindeer and polar foxes as well as arctic flora.

Longyearbyen: On the island of Svalbard, far to the north of mainland Norway, this is the area’s premier arctic adventure port. A local guide takes us across the Foxfonna glacier or to the top of Sukkertoppen mountain.

Please note that ports may differ between individual departures, please check the itinerary link against your chosen departure in the Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet tab.


WALKING GRADES


The walking programme will be made up of both full and half day walks. Ascents and descents may be steeper (for example, UK Coastal paths or Canary Islands). Tracks and paths may be steeper and rougher, with cumulative ascents and descents occasionally up to 600m. This holiday will include some active sightseeing when on land.




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  • Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet (PDF)
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    Land of the Midnight Sun (Grade 4/SS)
    Date
    12 Jun 2018
    Nights
    16
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    Depart From
    Embarkation at Southampton Port
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    Available
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    £2,325
    Land of the Midnight Sun (Grade 4/SS)
    Date
    27 Jun 2018
    Nights
    15
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    Embarkation at Liverpool Port
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    Available
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    £2,350
  • Accommodation

    Fred. Olsen cruise ships provide our floating hotels, just come on board and take it easy. On board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a sauna, a beauty salon, a sun deck, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, library, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, and a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries. There is also a laundrette and ironing room on board.

    All meals are included and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

    We’ll take our lunches onboard on cruising days and when we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

    Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 18.15hrs to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Don’t forget your formal wear, as you will be encouraged to ’dress for dinner’ on one or two occasions.

    And if this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late night suppers to indulge in!  We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

    Black Watch

    Before the jet set arrived, cruise ships were once the height of style, charm and sophistication and Black Watch harks back to the heyday of the cruise liner. Delightfully relaxed in mood and reassuringly human in scale, resplendent Black Watch offers you the best of all cruise worlds. Having undergone a refurbishment of the ship’s public areas in late 2009, her fresh sophisticated décor with many traditional cruising features ensures you feel welcome from the moment you step aboard. 

    Black Watch has a total of 423 cabins and carries 804 passengers (standard occupancy). The ship has a friendly attentive crew of 330. On board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a sauna, a beauty salon, a sun deck, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, library, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, and a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries. There is also a launderette and ironing room on board. 

    After dinner in the Glentanar Restaurant there are always shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Choose from the Neptune Lounge for an evening show or perhaps head to The Observatory for an after dinner drink. If we return late to the ship, or if you would like a more casual dinner, the Braemar Garden Café will make you very welcome. 

    Our accommodation is in twin cabins with shower and WC. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities. Black Watch has a non-smoking policy for all areas of the ship. Allocated cabins will be an outside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition throughout your stay, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Safes are available at reception. 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 Black Watch is supplied at 110 volts – 60 cycle (a U.S. style 2 pin plug is required) and 220 volt 60 cycle (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop. 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 – see the Currency section for more details. Deck plans for the Black Watch can be viewed at the following address: http://www.fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/our-cruise-ships/black-watch/deck-plans/black-watch.

     

    Braemar

    Our cruise ship is the stylish and contemporary Braemar. Refurbished and lengthened in 2008 she has eight decks and 485 passenger cabins carrying 929 passengers. The ship has a friendly and attentive crew of 371. Described as elegant and captivating, with a five-deck tall atrium which creates a sense of spaciousness, and which gives access to the Coral Club, Palms Café and Neptune Lounge, she is well equipped for your stay. 

    On board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a health & beauty salon, a sun deck, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, library, 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 laundrette and ironing room on board. After dinner there are always shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Choose from the Neptune Lounge for an evening show or perhaps head to the Coral Club for an after dinner drink and to enjoy the resident band. 

    Our accommodation is in twin and single cabins with shower and wc. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Braemar has a non-smoking throughout the ship. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Marina or Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition throughout your stay, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. 

    Braemar 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 Braemar is supplied at 110 volts – 60 cycle (a U.S. style 2 pin plug is required) and 220 volt 60 cycle (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop. 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 – see the Currency section for more details. Deck plans for the Braemar can be viewed at the following address: http://www.fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/braemar/decks.

     

  • What's Included
    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.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Sail beyond the Artic Circle 
    • A chance to spot reindeer from Honningsvåg
    • The coastal city of Tromsø

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    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 £25 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).


  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
     UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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