Norwegian Fjords & Cities
With chances to uncover the quaint delights of sleepy towns; take in the world-famous attractions of a vibrant capital city; and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring waterways, you will experience the contrasts of Norway to the full on this eight-night cruise.
A call at Kristiansand, one of the most beautiful towns in southern Norway, begins your rewarding Norwegian adventure. Your sail into Kristiansand will be a highlight in itself, passing by rocky islands and islets en route to the port. Once ashore you’re sure to be charmed by the town’s Renaissance style and elegant buildings, especially the traditional 17th century houses of Posebyen – the old town – and the perfectly-preserved Christiansholm Fortress from 1674. [ReadMore]Next is Norway’s capital and largest city, Oslo. Surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Oslofjord and packed with a diverse array of attractions, the ‘Capital of Culture and Nature’ offers an abundance of scenic and cultural highlights. The National Gallery, home to Edvard Munch’s The Scream and other famous works from greats such as Manet and Picasso; the iconic Opera House; and Vigeland Sculpture Park are among Oslo’s ‘must-visit’ sites, many of which are easily discovered on foot.
Continuing on, Braemar will then call into Arendal. Once a bustling commercial centre, this 16th century shipping town is now a popular summer retreat boasting a charming old district and pretty harbour that are perfect for a day of laidback exploration. There is plenty discover in Tyholmen – the town’s historic centre – and at the waterfront, where a traditional fish market, fantastic restaurants and friendly pubs are found. Two days in the spectacular fjordland will then bring your time in Norway to the perfect conclusion. Your ship will take you on a memorable journey into Maurangerfjord and bring you closer to the magnificent Fureberg Waterfall; then sail the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord, your final port of call. Perhaps take a tour to Hardangervidda – Norway’s biggest National Park – from Eidfjord, or simply enjoy a relaxing evening immersing yourself in the uncanny tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty of this picturesque fjord village before heading for home. En route back to the UK you’ll also divert into Lysefjord, where the sight of soaring mountains, dramatic cliff faces and intriguing rock formations are sure to create lasting memories.
Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.