A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen

Overview

A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen

Embark on this 16 night escorted cruise with Nina Robertshaw from our Ross-On-Wye shop. An enriching expedition, this journey to the northernmost reaches of Norway will take exploration to the next level, with chances to marvel at unique landscapes and nature-carved landmarks; discover striking Arctic attractions; and immerse yourself in the remarkable remoteness of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands. In total, a week of this very special 16-night sailing is spent within the Arctic Circle, with cruising of outstanding areas of scenic beauty and visits to diverse destinations offering many unforgettable moments. Two days of exploration in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – is top on the list of highlights. Time ashore to explore Longyearbyen and eerie Pyramiden promises unique sights and experiences; these far-away towns, situated amongst scenes of stunning Arctic landscapes, offer an insight into the Svalbard archipelago’s Soviet-influenced history, with their imposing architecture and abandoned mineshafts. Longyearbyen is also your gateway to the rugged Arctic wilderness of the Longyear Valley, reached on an authentic husky buggy ride. Your time in Svalbard also includes memorable sails by the by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, as well as the jaw-dropping stratifications of Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain.

What's Included:

  • Free transport to the port from our Ross-on-Wye, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Abergavenny or Monmouth shop
  • Luggage porterage
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Fully escorted by Nina, our Cruise Escort
  • Fully escorted throughout plus a private welcome party

Hand Picked By

Nina Robertshaw

Those who know me will know that I am an avid Fred. Olsen Cruise fan. Having travelled with them many times, I love their smaller more intimate ships and their friendly and attentive staff. Awarded ‘Best for Itineraries’ in the Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards for the third year running, Fred. Olsen offer a cruise holiday experience like no other. Sailing from Southampton and fly-cruising to exotic locations around the globe, they bring some of the world’s greatest destinations and experiences closer with their extensive programme of expertly-crafted cruise holidays.

Nina Robertshaw

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 25th June 2020
  • Duration: 16 nights
  • Highlights: Embark on this 16 night escorted cruise with Nina Robertshaw from our Ross-On-Wye shop. An enriching expedition, this journey to the northernmost reaches of Norway will take exploration to the next level, with chances to marvel at unique landscapes and nature-carved landmarks; discover striking Arctic attractions; and immerse yourself in the remarkable remoteness of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands.

Ship Overview

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 rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars. This is further enhanced by the ship's attentive staff who strive to offer Fred. Olsen's renowned personal service and remember the important things, such as your name, your favourite tipple and how you like your breakfast. Show less 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 holiday, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship.

Black Watch has five dining venues, including the Glentanar Restaurant, the oriental-inspired Orchid Room and the new The Poolside; welcoming bars and lounges offering an extravanganza of music, dance, comedy and selection of drinks including premium gin; inviting open deck spaces; and a teak-lined promenade. What's more, smart TVs, mini-bars and an upgraded 4K, 3D cinema, mean Black Watch is better equipped for future adventures than ever before.

Black Watch Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 28,613
  • Rooms: 423
  • Passengers: 799
  • Crew: 330
  • Length: 205.47
  • Restaurants: Five

Black Watch Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Liverpool

Embark on the Black Watch cruise ship with Nina in Liverpool.

Day 2 & 3: At sea

Day 4: Ålesund, Norway

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.

Day 5: At Sea

Day 6: Djevelen Tanngard, Norway

Sailing along the picturesque northwest coast of Norway’s rugged Senja Island, your smaller-sized ship will present you with views of the tooth-like peaks of the Okshornan Mountains, affectionately known as the Djevelens Tanngard or ‘Devil’s Teeth’.

Although the Okshornan’s are a popular hiking route, the best way to appreciate their imposing magnificence and spectacular beauty is from the water, with unmissable photo opportunities to take advantage of as you glide serenely by this remarkable corner of Norway.

Day 7 & 8: Honningsvåg, Norway

Honningsvåg, on Norway’s North Cape, a fishing community characterised by its charming, pastel-shaded wooden buildings, attracts tourists from all over the world. Often referred to as the Top of Europe, Honningsvåg is framed by dramatic rugged mountains and the remoteness of the Arctic Ocean.

Day 9: Longyearbyen, Norway

Generally regarded as the northernmost town in the world at 78° north, Longyearbyen, is the largest settlement in the stunning Svalbard archipelago. Located deep in the incredible Norwegian Arctic wilderness on Spitsbergen, it is the largest of the Svalbard islands.

Day 10 & 11: Pyramiden, Norway

Located far above the Arctic Circle at the foot of the beautiful Billefjord on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, Pyramiden – a former Russian coal mining town, was once one of the Svalbard Archipelago’s most important and busiest settlements, but is now an abandoned ghost town with no permanent residents.

Day 12: Tromsø, Norway

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 real 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.

Day 13 & 14: Bodø, Norway

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.

Day 15 & 16: Lerwick, United Kingdom

Sturdy Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland Islands. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch (whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands) led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial St. is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

Day 17: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Disembark

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 25th June 2020
  • Duration: 16 nights
  • Highlights: Embark on this 16 night escorted cruise with Nina Robertshaw from our Ross-On-Wye shop. An enriching expedition, this journey to the northernmost reaches of Norway will take exploration to the next level, with chances to marvel at unique landscapes and nature-carved landmarks; discover striking Arctic attractions; and immerse yourself in the remarkable remoteness of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Inside Cabin£2,499ppFully escorted & free transportation from our Ross-on-Wye, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Abergavenny or Monmouth shopView Cabin

Inside Cabin

Average size 140 sq ft

This room is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 3. It has a bathroom with a shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a 3 pin UK plug, a European 2 pin plug (220 volts) & USB charging point.

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Inside Cabin

Average size 140 sq ft

This room is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 3. It has a bathroom with a shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a 3 pin UK plug, a European 2 pin plug (220 volts) & USB charging point.

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