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Norwegian Fjords, Landscapes & Vikings

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Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway Balmoral cruising by Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway
27 Jun 2024
Rosyth
7 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This cruise has been timed by our journey planners to visit the Norwegian Fjords in late spring when the waterfalls are at their most powerful. You can see the tumbling falls of Langfoss from Haugesund, or visit Hardangerfjord, while Balmoral will take you on a scenic diversion past the sprawling Fureberg Waterfall. You'll enjoy hours of scenic cruising, through narrow waterways of Akrafjord and Hardangerfjord, by towering cliffs, remote villages and cascading waterfalls. Experience the Norwegian concept of outdoor living - Friluftsliv - and enjoy a variety of activities such as fishing, hiking or kayaking on the serene waters, which are all available on tours from Balmoral

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Highlights

Balmoral close to the Fureberg waterfall, Norway

Dramatic fjords & tumbling waterfalls

There will be an abundance of waterfalls for you to witness on this cruise as your visit has been timed for when they are at their most powerful. Balmoral will divert into the vast Maurangerfjord, taking guests as close as possible to the remarkable Fureberg Waterfall, one of Norway’s widest waterfalls, so you can experience its sights and sounds as it cascades down the mountainside, under the road and into the fjord. You'll also have the chance to see Voringfoss Waterfall from Haugesund and the glistening green waters of Lovatnet Lake from Olden, on tours from Balmoral. Our on board team will provide knowledgeable scenic commentary on the fjords, mountains and waterfalls that you sail past.

RIB tour in the Norwegian Fjords

Friluftsliv

The Norwegians have a concept known as Friluftsliv, which is a love of outdoor living and spending time in nature, whatever the weather. Join us on a selection of tours where you can choose to go on nature hikes, take an exhilarating RIB ride to catch your own crayfish, or enjoy kayaking on the peaceful Nordfjord. When on board Balmoral, be sure to try our very own brand of Aquavit, made on board. You'll be joined on this cruise by British ex-pat David Nikel, who will talk about the Norwegian way of life, how it differs in the fjordland areas, and how different it is to life in the UK.

Briksdal Glacier, Norway

Lakes and Glaciers

This cruise offers you the opportunity to experience the beauty of Norway's lakes and glaciers at the right time of the year. From Olden, join us on a tour to Briksdal Glacier, accompanied by Briksdal Glacier expert Per Helge, who will accompany you on your walk to his favourite viewpoint. As you cross the river and ascend above a waterfall, you will be able to glimpse the Briksdal Glacier, an arm of the mighty Jostedal Glacier, from across a glacial lake. The beautifully still, green waters of Lovatnet Lake, framed by towering cliff faces, is home to peaceful villages and farms and lush green forests, begging to be explored. Close by is the Loen Skylift, a cable car to the peak of Mount Hoven, offering panoramic views across the fjord.

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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.

Balmoral
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.

A Taste of the Akrafjord

Åkrafjorden

Begin your journey with a picturesque drive through majestic mountains and verdant landscapes to Åkrafjorden. Glide along the fjord on a scenic boat cruise to a quaint restaurant for a delectable lunch of local delicacies. Then, marvel at Langfossen, listed by CNN among the world's top ten waterfalls, before concluding your tour at Haraldshaugen, Norway’s National Monument, honoring the Battle of Hafrsfjord.

££££

Haugesund

Fjord Kayaking

Kayak Experience

Enjoy the unique opportunity to view Ulvik and the surrounding landscape from a unique perspective. As you glide across the glassy waters, you can learn about the history of the fjordlands including how locals lived, how nature was used in everyday life, and the creation of the fjord landscape.

££££

Ulvik

Syse Fruit Farm

Syse Fruit Farm

Visit Syse Gard, a traditional family-run farm situated beside the Hardangerford. Gain an insight into the daily life and history on the farm, explore the orchard and sample produce such as apple juice, cider, and dried meats.

££££

Ulvik

Spectacular View from the look out point at Loen skylift

Lovatnet Lake Cruise with Loen Skylift

Travel to Loen to enjoy a peaceful cruise on the waters of Lovatnet Lake, where you can take in the views of Ravnefjellet, as your vessel makes its way to Sande to board the cable car ride to the top of Mount Hoven.

££££

Olden

Breathtaking views of Kjenndalen Glacier over the Lovatnet Lake Cruise

Kjenndalen Glacier & Lovatnet Lake

Travel through the roads of the Kjenndalen Valley to view the magnificent Kjenndalen Glacier, before enjoying a tranquil cruise on Lovatnet Lake.

££££

Olden

Briskdal Glacier with a Local Expert

Briksdal Glacier Hike with a Local Expert

This tour allows you 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

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

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

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.

David Nikel
Norway

David Nikel

Having lived in Norway since 2011, David has grown his website into one of the biggest language resources for those visiting or moving to Norway. He will be on hand throughout the cruise delivering a series of talks on all things Norwegian.

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Tom Roswell
History

Tom Rowsell

Historian and media producer, Tom Rowsell who studied the religion of the Vikings for his Master’s at UCL will be delivering engaging talks about Viking history in Norway.

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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 05:00 25/05/2024, 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 05:00 25/05/2024, 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 £3,399 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 £3,599 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 £3,799 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 £3,999 pp

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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £4,699 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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