Departing from Newcastle Cruise Terminal
Port of Tyne, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6EE
Witness the immense beauty of the Northern Lights aboard this Fred. Olsen cruise to the tip of Norway.
Enjoy immersive winter activities like dog sledging and ice fishing with a Tromsø local. Cruise through scenic highlights, including the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten. Take a picturesque shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait on your ship, Balmoral.
On this Northern Lights Cruise, you’ll be joined by an experienced astronomer from Go Stargazing for guided night sky tours under light pollution-free skies as part of Fred. Olsen’s Sky at Sea signature experience.
- Learn how our ancestors interpreted the sky with a laser-guided tour of the constellations.
- With the Sun approaching solar maximum and peak activity, viewing the Northern Lights is statistically more likely and displays more intense. It’s the best time to see Aurora in years!
- As the Moon will not rise until early morning, night skies will be at their darkest. It’s the best time to observe and photograph light-pollution-free star-filled skies!
- We should notice that the stars in the northern part of the sky get higher up as we cruise north – by observing the famous pole star (which would be directly overhead at the north pole), we can work out our latitude!
- Jupiter and its four Galilean Moons can be observed early evening with binoculars, and we may see their positions change with the planet during the cruise.
- Meteors, or shooting stars, are always possible if the sky is clear.
The map plots the course of this cruise. As you travel away from light pollution, a breathtaking canvas of stars unfolds above. The sky becomes a sanctuary of twinkling constellations, captivating stargazers with its celestial wonders. Guided by a Go Stargazing astronomer, you'll learn to navigate the skies and immerse yourself in their beauty.
For full details on how to attend this cruise, including how to book, please see the cruise's official website.Visit cruise website
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this cruise. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.