Fjordland Villages & Vistas

17th Apr 2021 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2110
FROM ONLY £899 per person
Olden, Norway Olden, Norway
FROM ONLY £899 per person

Savour spectacular highlights from start to finish on a special seven-night voyage perfectly timed to capture the fjordland’s sensational scenery in the spring. Making use of Newcastle’s convenient location, Balmoral will soon bring you closer to wonders of nature, including tumbling waterfalls in full seasonal flow, and take you to a trio of exciting destinations to uncover abundant highlights ashore.

Thanks to your departure port’s closer proximity to Norway, your exploration of the fjords begins after a short overnight sail from Newcastle with unforgettable scenic cruising of a trio of spectacular waterways. [ReadMoreMob]A journey along Lysefjord, which is only accessible to smaller ships, will present you with views of towering mountains, dramatic cliff faces and intriguing rock formations; while you’ll also experience the sights and sounds of Maurangerfjord, with its cliffs and waterfalls. Deep within Hardangerfjord, the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, you can head ashore at postcard-perfect Eidfjord too. This enchanting village is the perfect base from which to tour to the Lekve Juice and Cider Factory, to learn of and sample produce from Hardangerfjord, also known as the ‘Orchard of Norway’, such as apple juice and authentic cider. [ReadMoreDesk]

A day in beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is sure to provide plenty of highlights. Whether you opt to explore the colourful, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and the traditional fish market; or visit the lakeside former home of legendary composer Edvard Grieg, you won’t want to miss the views on offer from atop Mount Fløyen, accessed via funicular railway. Rich rewards await you in Skjolden too; this beautiful destination deep within Sognefjord is your gateway to the spellbinding Jostedalen Valley and Nigardsbreen Glacier. Finally, it’s on to Olden, another of the fjordland’s gorgeous, sleepy villages. From here, you could embark on an exhilarating trek into the Briksdalen Valley in search of the spectacular Briksdal Glacier; or take a tour to revel in the outstanding natural beauty of the Lovatnet Lake.

Please note: The itinerary for this cruise has changed since it was originally published. Full details of the revised cruise itinerary will be detailed on your booking confirmation.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.