Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines returns to Norway with new ship Borealis

   November 17, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is returning to its homeland of Norway as MS Borealis set sail to the Northern Lights - the natural phenomenon after which the boat is named.

This is Fred Olsen’s first voyage to Norway since the company resumed operations in summer 2021. It also marks the beginning of a customized Norwegian itinerary program, with a total of 22 sailings across all 4 seasons in 2022.

Fred Olsen’s Journey Planners crafted the Norwegian coastal voyages to maximize the benefits of its smaller-sized ships, which allow them to navigate size-restricted inland waterways like Lysefjord, Akrafjord, Fjaerlandsfjord.

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning & Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said they were proud to sail their own course, and their homeland of Norway was somewhere that really shined through.

“This is especially true in the fjords, where we frequently travel away from the well-sailed route. Here we can offer truly special experiences for our guests, such as sailing Maurangerfjord to show our guests the sprawling Fureberg Waterfall.

“The smaller size of our ships opens up so many possibilities for us. We can sail the size-restricted Lysefjord so guests can look up at the famous Pulpit Rock, or cruise Åkrafjord to the tall and tumbling Langfoss Waterfall, often regarded as the best waterfall in Norway, offering views of spectacular scenery direct from the ship.

“This first cruise back to Norway will be extra special, as not only will we be visiting Alta, renowned for being one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights, but it will also see Borealisgoing in search of the phenomena from which she takes her name. We can’t wait to share this experience with our guests.”

Sample itineraries include: