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LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

To North Cape and beyond

These cruises cross the Arctic Circle, then continue far beyond, from the world of reindeer to 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:

Tromsø: The traditional starting point for arctic expeditions. A visit to the old town, Polar Museum and Arctic Cathedral is followed by a cable car ride up Mount Storsteinen. A panoramic mountain walk or the ascent of Mount Fløya are possibilities.

Honningsvåg?: We venture into hills behind the remote town to experience true arctic wilderness, normally spotting reindeer as we go.

Longyearbyen: This is Svalbard’s premier arctic adventure port. A local guide takes us across the Foxfonna Glacier, or to the top of Sukkertoppen mountain.

Ålesund: This Art Nouveau town has a magical setting between fjords, sea and mountains. We walk above the town along the Nøvoya Ridge to the Fjellstua Mountain Inn.

Geiranger: We pass the Seven Sisters’ waterfalls before arriving in Geiranger. There are several walks available from here, all to spectacular viewpoints back down the fjord.

Pyramiden: Possibly the wildest place you will ever visit. We head southwest from the port with a local guide, crossing streams across open tundra to a lake. We hope to see Svalbard reindeer and polar foxes as well as arctic flora.

Kristiansund: Built on four islands, this city of parks and gardens has sea to one side and mountains to the other. Our walk up Kvernberget opens up splendid panoramas.

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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    Land of the Midnight Sun (4/SS)
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    10 Jun 2017
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    14
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    Embarkation at Newcastle Port
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  • Accommodation
    Balmoral

    Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1,350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the newest and largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred.’s renowned personal, attentive service. The comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and on board facilities are second to none. On board facilities 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, 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. 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 Lido bar for an after dinner drink and to enjoy the resident band. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino! 

    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. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy for all areas of the ship. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use. 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. 

    Balmoral 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 Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (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 Balmoral can be viewed at the following address: http://www.fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/our-cruise-ships/balmoral/deck-plans/balmoral

     

  • 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 £20 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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  • Private Group Enquiry

    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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