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Springtime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights

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Beautiful views of Nordfjord, Norway Beautiful views of Nordfjord, Norway

23 May 2024

Newcastle

5 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This five-night cruise has been planned to offer you a taste of the fjords over the spring Bank Holiday weekend. The panoramic views from the summit of Mount Aksla are well worth the climb when in Alesund. The quaint village of Olden is ideally placed for visiting the Briksdal Glacier. On a tour with a local expert, you can gain an insight into how the shape of this natural wonder has changed over the years. Balmoral will sail along the picturesque Nordfjord, which stretches from mainland Norway's westernmost point to the magnificent Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest inland glacier. 

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Highlights

Pulpit rock

Fjord Scenery

Nordfjord is one of the most picturesque fjords in Norway, and Balmoral will journey along this spectacular waterway, from the entrance at the ocean which is relatively flat; to the untamed landscapes of soaring cliffs and tiny villages. The deeper into the fjord you travel, the more aquamarine the waters become, reflecting the idyllic scenery even further. Lysefjord is home to soaring Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock – which stands 604 metres above sea level, and is a haven for seasoned hikers. Seeing it from sea level is equally as magnificent as your gaze will wander up the seemingly endless steep cliff-face. You’ll be joined on this cruise by Dr Param Sandhu, who will talk about his photography of the fjords in Norway, and will assist guests with taking photos out on deck.

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Bryggen- Hanseatic wharf

Norwegian way of life

Accompanied by a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Bergen’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, before taking the Funicular Railway to the summit of Mount Fløyen, which offers spectacular views across ‘the city of seven mountains’, and the striking fjords below. Seeing Bergen on a hike, walking along tree-lined paths into valleys and up mountainsides, listening to stories of Norwegian farming life, offers a truly immersive Norwegian experience of outdoor life; which aligns with the Norwegian tradition of ‘Friluftsliv’, enjoying the close relationship with nature and prioritising spending time outside.

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Briksdal Glacier, Norway

Geology of the Fjords

On this Balmoral cruise, you will have the opportunity to go on a hike with a local expert for an insightful and unique visit to the Briksdal Glacier. Your guide will show you the glacier from the best viewpoint, and will be able to offer detailed and perceptive observations of how it has changed over many centuries. You’ll be joined on board this cruise by geologists Roger Suthern and Dorothy Satterfield. Roger has completed previous fieldwork in Norway, so will hold talks on the fjords and their origins. Dorothy has 27 years of leading Masters programmes on sedimentary rocks, and their importance as reservoirs for energy resources.  

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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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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.

Hjørundfjord Cruise

Hjørundfjord Cruise

The Hjørundfjord cuts through some of the wildest mountain ranges in Norway, known as the Sunnmøre Alps. From the comfort of a vintage boat, admire views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular.

££££

Ålesund

Views of Alesund from Mount Aksla, Norway

Hike to Mount Aksla

Embark on a hike to Mount Aksla for stunning views of Ålesund's archipelago, town center, and the Sunnmøre Alps. Start from the quayside, passing through town to reach the hiking path. Pause at the Rundskue Lookout Tower, then rest at Fjellstua Viewpoint, admiring Ålesund's Art Nouveau architecture before descending.

££££

Ålesund

Rauma Railway & Troll Mountains

Rauma Railway & Troll Mountains

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.

££££

Ålesund

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.

££££

Olden

Kayaking Nordfjord

Kayak on the Nordfjord

Experience the magnificent water on the Nordfjord, surrounded by steep mountains, cascading waterfalls and
fascinating glaciers on this kayaking adventure. As you glide across the pristine waters, your guide will share stories of the Vikings and teach you all about the valley’s dramatic history and the life of those who lived here.

££££

Olden

 Catch your Own Crayfish

Catch Your Own Crayfish

After speeding across the beautiful Nordfjord on a RIB ride to the crayfish pots, help your skipper draw them in before cooking them ashore and enjoying them with bread and wine.

££££

Olden

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.

Earth Science

Dorothy Satterfield

As a geologist with 27 years’ experience of teaching and leading Master's programmes, Dorothy will be joining us, along with her husband Roger, to discuss the origins of the Fjords.

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Dr. Param Sandhu

Dr. Param Sandhu will be on board to share his tips on taking the best photo possible for our scenic adventure

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Earth Science

Roger Suthren

Geologist, Roger has experience of geological fieldwork in various parts of the world including Norway. He will be joining us along with his wife, Dorothy to talk about the origins of the Norwegian fjords.

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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 £1,799 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 £1,899 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 £2,399 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 £2,599 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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