Crossing the Arctic Circle with the Midnight Sun

Overview

Crossing the Arctic Circle with the Midnight Sun

Visit a string of remarkable destinations, uncover spectacular scenery and enjoy mesmerising experiences as you cruise Norway’s rugged coast to and from mainland Europe’s northernmost point aboard Braemar. You’ll stop at Hellesylt, Alesund, Harstad, Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes and Molde for the rich culture in Norway; and within the Arctic Circle, take in the beautifully untamed scenes of the Lofoten Islands, spend a day in Tromsø - ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ – and cruise by the North Cape plateau & The Horn.

What's Included

  • Full board
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym

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: 14th June 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Visit a string of remarkable destinations, uncover spectacular scenery and enjoy mesmerising experiences as you cruise Norway’s rugged coast to and from mainland Europe’s northernmost point aboard Braemar.

Ship Overview

Braemar

It's all about you on board the Braemar. And with 150 years’ of sailing heritage behind us, the service and cruise ship will delight you.

Braemar will capture your senses - with large windows, polished wood, shining brass fittings and decadent fabrics. A five-deck high atrium area and cascading decks at the stern give Braemar space and intimacy in perfect balance.

Have a tasty lunch at the Palms Café and a delicious dinner at our grand Thistle and Grampian restaurants. Refresh at the Marquee poolside bar, or have a cosy drink in the Morning Light Pub. Spin to the music at the Neptune Lounge, and take afternoon tea at the Coral Club. Leave the world behind in the serene Atlantis Spa, and surround yourself with horizon, as you walk the promenade.

The Olsen family business can be traced back to 1848. Here a young ship-master called Fredrik Christian Olsen (known as First Fred. Olsen) entered ship-owning on his own account. His earliest vessels were wooden schooners of little more than 50 gross tones.

Braemar Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 24,344 grt
  • Passenger Capacity: 929
  • Cruising Speed: 17
  • Passenger Decks: 7
  • Lifts: 4
  • Stabilised and air conditioned
  • Officers & Crew: International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International
  • Dimensions
  • Length: 195.92m
  • Beam: 22.5m

Braemar Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Southampton, England

Embark

Day 2 & 3: Cruising at Sea

Day 4: Hellesylt, Norway, cruising Geirangerfjord & cruising by Seven Sisters Waterfall

Regarded as one of the most beautiful Norwegian Fjord locations, the settlement of Hellesylt is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

Day 5: Alesund, Norway

In 1904 a catastrophic fire swept through Ålesund leaving the town in ashes. It was rebuilt in the then fashionable art nouveau style. Buildings with turrets and towers and facades with medieval romantic ornamentation add a quirky charm to the town that is considered the most beautiful in Norway. From the park 418 steps lead to the summit of Mount Aksla, which affords wonderful views of Ålesund, built on islands stretching into the sea. In an elaborate building that was the former Swan Pharmacy, the Jugendstilsenteret celebrates the town’s unique architectural history.

Day 6: Cruising Naeroysundet, by Torghatten, Seven Sisters mountain range & crossing the Artic Circle

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. 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 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.

Day 7: Harstad, Norway

Day 8: Honningsvag, Norway & Cruising by North Cape & The Horn

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. Cruising by the North Cape in the farthest reaches of northern mainland Norway is always a memorable experience. In the summer, between mid-May and the end of July, you can experience the midnight sun; while in winter this fascinating region near the very top of the world is one of the best places on earth to hopefully catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 9: Tromso, 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.

Day 10: Leknes, Lofoten, Norway

Leknes, one of the first ports inside the Arctic Circle, looks out over the stunning Lofoten Islands, which are rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. The wild landscape of jagged peaks, cliffs and bright-white sandy beaches makes the area one of the most picturesque in Norway.

Day 11: Cruising the Sea

Day 12: Molde, Norway

All of the stunning beauty you associate with Norway is on display in Molde, a city roughly 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of Bergen with white clapboard houses sitting alongside a sparkling fjord. On a clear day, more than 200 peaks are visible from this part of the Romsdal Peninsula.

Day 13 & 14: Cruising the Sea

Day 15: Southampton, England

Disembark

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 14th June 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Visit a string of remarkable destinations, uncover spectacular scenery and enjoy mesmerising experiences as you cruise Norway’s rugged coast to and from mainland Europe’s northernmost point aboard Braemar.

Cabin and Fares

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Inside Cabin£1,999ppFree tips OR 3 cruises for the price of 2View Cabin

Inside Cabin

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Average size 130 sq ft. All rooms come with climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

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View Cabin

Inside Cabin

Best Available

Average size 130 sq ft. All rooms come with climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

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