In Search of the Northern Lights

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.

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DESTINATION Northern Lights
FROM Dublin / Southampton, UK
DATE 10th March 2018
DURATION 14 Nights
PRICE From €2,519 pp

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; or visit the fascinating Alta Museum and learn about the region’s famous rock carvings and paintings, some of which date back to between 4200-3300 B.C. 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.

Day to Day Itinerary:

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Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM

Following a flight from Dublin to Southampton, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.

Day 2 – 3: At Sea: 

 

Day 4: Trondheim, Norway: Arrive Early PM  Depart Late PM

Founded over a thousand years ago, Trondheim is packed with interesting sights, from the Gothic-style Nidarosdomen to an eclectic choice of museums. Easy to navigate on foot, much of the city’s most interesting sights are located on a small island that can be reached via a series of walkable bridges.

Day 5: Cruising Torghatten – Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range – Crossing the Arctic Circle: Early AM to Late PM

A scenic cruise along the shores of Toget Island allows you see one of Norway’s most astonishing natural wonders – Torghatten Mountain. The mountain is known affectionately as ‘the mountain with the hole’, Torghatten is famous for the huge tunnel that strikes right through the middle of it and has to be seen to be believed.

Forming a majestic chain of peaks overlooking the shipping channel, the Seven Sister mountain range is an awe-inspiring 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!

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.  

Day 6 -7: TromsøArrive Early AM Depart Early AM

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.

Day 7 – 8: Alta Arrive Early PM Depart PM

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.

Considered one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the winter and experience the unique sensation of midnight sun between May and August, Alta feels truly magical by night. During the day, Alta is just as special, with plenty of other attractions to explore and enjoy.

Day 9: Narvik, NorwayArrive Early AM Depart PM

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. 

Day 10: Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range – Cruising Torghatten – Cruising RørvikArrive Early AM Depart Late PM

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!

A scenic cruise along the shores of Toget Island allows you see one of Norway’s most astonishing natural wonders – Torghatten Mountain. The mountain is known affectionately as ‘the mountain with the hole’, Torghatten is famous for the huge tunnel that strikes right through the middle of it and has has to be seen to be believed.

Rørvik is a picturesque island village located on the eastern part of the Vikna archipelago, in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. This pretty village serves as the administrative centre for the municipality and has a population of approximately 3,000 inhabitants.

Day 11: Andalsnes, More og RomsdalArrive Early AM Depart Late PM

A tiny town with big appeal, Andalsnes has plenty to offer. Located between some of the most incredible mountains and fjords in Norway, Andalsnes has truly spectacular surroundings that have to be seen to be believed.

Day 12: Bergen, NorwayArrive Early AM Depart Late PM

The Hanseatic city of Bergen has many attractions, including the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, with its colourful timbered houses and cobbled streets; a vibrant fish market; and the Troldhaugen Museum, the former home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg.

Day 13 -14: At Sea

 

Day 12: SouthamptonArrive Early AM Depart Late PM

Once you have disembarked the Balmoral and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.

14 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Balmoral)

Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE Cabin
10 March 2018 €2,519 Inside Book Now
10 March 2018 €3,799 Oceanview Book Now
10 March 2018 €4,699 Superior Oceanview Book Now
10 March 2018 €3,549 Single Inside Book Now

 

Price inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Southampton
  • Return Transfers airport/port
  • 14 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Balmoral based on 2 sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit or transferable booking deposit
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available (Call for details)
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Balmoral
  • Incredible drinks package available to pre-book – only €18 per person per night
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.
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