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Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights

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Views of Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Norway Views of Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Norway

02 Aug 2024

Rosyth

5 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has planned this Scottish Bank Holiday weekend cruise to visit Norway when the landscapes are greener and the days are longer. In just five nights, you will see many remarkable natural landscapes. There’s even a chance to visit the Briksdal Glacier with a local expert, making for a more insightful experience. From Stavanger, you can visit the Swords in the Rock monument, which commemorates the battle during which Harald Hårfagre became the first King of Norway. Enjoy the benefits of a smaller ship as Balmoral makes diversions to sail areas out of reach to larger vessels, including past the Hornelen sea cliff and along Lysefjord, passing under the famous Pulpit Rock.

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Highlights

Lysefjord, Norway

Fjord Cruising

One of the benefits of sailing on Balmoral, our smaller-sized cruise ship, is that you’re able to sail along and into some of Norway’s most picturesque fjords. Join us on deck as we sail along Nordfjord to the magnificent Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest inland glacier, where the surrounding landscapes are more rugged and untamed and isolated villages are delicately placed within the valleys and mountains. Lysefjord will lead you to Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock, a vast flat mountain plateau; and Kjeragbolten, where a giant rock is wedged between a crevice on Mount Kjerag.

Briksdal Glacier, Norway

Hike to Briksdal Glacier

The changing shape of Briksdal Glacier can be seen on an immersive tour from Olden, where guests will be accompanied by a local Geologist. They will offer an insight as to how the glacier has changed over the years due to climate change, as it has receded 1,200 metres in the last 120 years – making it a shadow of how it used to be, although the startling blue of the ice can still be clearly seen. On this particular tour, guests will hike to your experts’ favourite viewing point, offering views from across a glacial lake.

Mollebukta bay, with Swords in Rock monument commemorating Battle of Hafrsfjord Stavanger

The Unification of Norway

The Battle of Hafrsfjord remains prominent in the history of Norway, for being seen as the war that unified Norway as a country under a single monarchy for the first time, when the victorious Viking chief, Harald Fairhair, proclaimed himself the first king of the Norwegians. The Haraldshaugen national monument was erected in Haugesund in 1872 to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord; and then in 1983, in memory of the battle, The Swords in Rock monument was built in Hafrsfjord, just south of Stavanger

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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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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.

Fjord Fishing

Fjord Fishing

Head out on the beautiful Nordfjord for a relaxing fishing expedition. An experienced local skipper will steer the course on a short cruise to one of the best fishing spots at the bottom of the fjord arm at Loen.

££££

Olden

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

Lysefjord

Boat Trip to Lysefjord

Enjoy a scenic tour of the Stavanger Archipelago and Lysefjord. Cutting deep into Rogaland County, Lysefjord offers views of mountain farms, islands, waterfalls and Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock.

££££

Stavanger

Swords in Rock Monument

On the Trail of the Vikings

Immerse yourself in Norway’s Viking history with visits to Viking House, The Swords in Rock Monument and the Doom Stones.

££££

Stavanger

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.

Norwegian Culture

Jeanette Yuile

Jeanette boasts over 40 years of Upstream Oil and Gas experience. A local Norwegian, she splits her time between Norway and the UK. On your cruise, Jeanette will be hosting a series of talks on Norway’s culture and way of life.

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.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,099 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 £2,299 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 £2,599 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 £2,699 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £3,499 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

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