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Mighty Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords

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View of Langfoss waterfall, Norway View on Langfoss waterfall , Norway

26 Apr 2024

Newcastle

7 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

This special springtime cruise to Norway has been designed to take in the natural wonders and awe-inspiring beauty of the Norwegian Fjords when the waterfalls are at their strongest. Balmoral will deviate away from the more direct cruising routes to show you the sprawling Fureberg Waterfall and to sail Åkrafjord – home to the tumbling Langfoss Waterfall – and Lysefjord, both of which are restricted to only smaller ships. Beautiful Lysefjord is home to Preikstolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjeragbolten, where a large boulder is wedged into a crevice high above the fjord. Åndalsnes is your start point for capturing outstanding mountainous landscapes during a ride on the Rauma Railway. Other particular highlights on your journey include a scenic cruise past maginifcent Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff. 

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Highlights

Pulpit rock, Lysefjord, norway

Fjord Scenery

The magnificent fjords of Norway are awash with dramatic landscapes with towering cliffs plunging into deep, narrow fjords which have been carved over time by ancient glaciers. Stretching for almost 26 miles, the long and narrow Lysefjord is as deep in places as the mountains are high, and is home to Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock, which juts out over the fjord and stands 604 metres tall. Maurangerfjord is a more serene and lesser-known gem of the Norwegian fjords, with lush green cliffs and glistening still fjord waters. Furebergfossen is a dramatic waterfall that tumbles down into the fjord over a road through the lovely countryside. Do make time to enjoy a RIB boat tour from Balmoral of Hardangerfjord, where you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the spectacular views of Eidfjord, Hardangerbrua and the surrounding villages.

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Views over Bergen, Norway

Fjordland Way of Life

The Nordic concept of getting outdoors – Friluftsliv, is how many Norwegians live their lives. Translating as ‘open-air living’, it means getting out in the air, whatever the weather, to enjoy local forests, water and greenery; and is deeply ingrained within their culture. In Bergen, join us for a tour and go hiking like a local and experience some of Norway’s most spectacular views, before hearing stories of traditional farming life in Norway. Or, from Eidfjord, enjoy a guided tour of a local cider farm to hear how the soil and climate impact of its production. You’ll be joined on this cruise by Ellie Somme, who grew up in a small town nestled between Molde and Andalsnes, who will speak about the way of life in Norway, through myths, traditions and costumes.

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Briksdal Glacier, Norway

Geology of the Fjords

Briksdal Glacier is nestled within towering mountains and drops down into the narrow Briksdalen, having shaped the local landscape over thousands of years. Smooth rocks are covered in lush green vegetation, with the striking blue of the glacier suspended in between. When the glacier melts in the warmer months, it creates the beautiful Briksdalbrevatnet Lake at its base. Geologist Tony Pont, will be on board Balmoral with you, speaking about the Fjords of Norway and how they came to exist; having visited the country many times.

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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.

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Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

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

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

 Orchards Walk and Cider Tasting

Orchards Walk & Cider Tasting

At the Alvavoll Fruit & Cider Farm, enjoy a guided tour through the orchards filled with apples, pears, plums and cherries as you learn the secret behind the unique taste of the fruit and cider that is produced here before enjoying a tasting. 

££££

Eidfjord

Rauma Railway

Rauma Railway

Journey through the Romsdalen Valley on the Rauma Railway, admiring towering mountains, plummeting waterfalls and sights such as the Kylingbru Bridge, Trollveggen Cliff and the emerald green Rauma River.

££££

Åndalsnes

Briskdal Glacier with a Local Expert

Briksdal Glacier Hike With a Local Expert

This special tour affords you the opportunity to accompany a local expert graduate in geomorphology, who has worked as a glacier guide at the site, on a visit to view this famous glacier arm.

££££

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Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Tony Pont
Geology

Dr. Tony Pont

Having graduated with an honour’s degree in Geography and Geology and been to Norway many times Tony Pont is the ideal guest speaker to be delivering a talk on the Norwegian fjords, waterfalls, valleys and skerries.

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Ellie Somme
Norway Local

Ellie Somme

Born and raised in Åndalsnes, local Norwegian Ellie Somme will be sharing insights into Norwegian customs and culture throughout the cruise.

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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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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,499 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £4,999 pp
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What's Included

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