Highlights & Hidden Gems of the Norwegian Fjords

8th Aug 2023 8 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2319
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,299 per person
Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,299 per person
Extra guest(s) sail from £349pp

**Extra guest(s) price based on sharing an interior cabin with two full paying guests; on board spend offer excludes extra guest(s); see terms & conditions.

£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

As Balmoral deviates away from direct, well-travelled routes and diverts into the Norwegian fjordland along remarkable waterways, you’ll get to experience the beauty of the region’s summertime splendours to the full. From your ship’s decks, see Lysefjord’s canyon of steep, rugged mountains and the verdant, forested mountains and valleys of Maurangerfjord, Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Lustrafjord. Watch the tumbling waters of Furebergfossen and Langfossen too, and feel the mist from the falls on your skin; and marvel at Hornelen – North Europe’s tallest sea cliff – during your late evening glide along Nordfjord.[ReadMore]

A visit to Bergen provides a chance to discover the city’s many highlights, from UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf to the Troldhaugen Museum. Perhaps join a local for a hike to see Bergen through native eyes and enjoy the view from atop Mount Floyen too. Go fjord kayaking on Hardangerfjord’s glassy waters, or tour to Vøringsfossen, from Eidfjord; and uncover the beauty of Skjolden, nestled deep within Lustrafjord. At Olden, you could join a tour to see Briksdal Glacier; while a ride on the Rauma Railway from Andalsnes takes you for an up-close look at mountainous landscapes, and to explore the ‘path of the trolls’ at Trollveggan and Trollstigen.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.