Highlights & Hidden Gems of the Norwegian Fjords


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Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway

08 Aug 2023


8 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

The destinations selected for your itinerary offer a range of activities that bring Norwegian nature to the fore. There’s the chance to visit the mighty Briksdal Glacier in Olden, while hiking atop Bergen’s Mount Fløyen with a local is recommended for an authentic experience. You will also visit Skjolden, nestled deep within the Lustrafjord; Åndalsnes, gateway to the Rauma Railway; and Eidfjord, where you can kayak the Hardangerfjord. Balmoral will deviate away from the direct routes to take you on a scenic route along Lysefjord – out of reach to larger ships; past Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff; and to admire views of the Fureberg and Langfoss waterfalls.

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Lysefjord, Norway

Mountainous landscapes

The beauty of our homeland can be seen on this cruise, with scenic cruising of some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. Lustrafjord is home to both Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock, the huge 600 metre high flat mountain plateau; and Kjeragbolten – where a large boulder is wedged in a crevice in the mountain. The magnificent fjord and its lush landscapes are best seen from an exhilarating RIB tour which will take you up close to waterfalls and idyllic villages on the fjord’s edge.

Nordfjord, Norway

The formation of the fjords

You’ll be joined on this cruise by geologist Jon Gluyas, who has spent a considerable part of his career studying the geology of Norway, and how fjord islands are formed as part of his PhD research, so is perfectly placed to present his research for you on how Norwegian fjords were created.

Balmoral scenic cruising the Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway

Waterfalls and glaciers

Balmoral will take you away from the more direct sailing routes on this cruise, so you can enjoy scenic discoveries of the country’s abundance of waterfalls. Sail past the dramatic sea cliff of Hornelen into Lysefjord, and admire Furebergsfossen Waterfall as your Captain deftly manouvers your cruise ship 360 degrees to allow you to see as it thunders down the hillside under the road.


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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn


Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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