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Summertime Norwegian Fjords & Folklore

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View of Nordfjord, Norway View of Nordfjord, Norway
23 Aug 2024
Newcastle
6 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This six-night British Bank Holiday sailing will guide you through some of Norway's most stunning fjordland scenery. Smaller-sized Balmoral will traverse a series of majestic fjords including Langsfjord & Eresfjord, Nordfjord, Innvkfjord and Hjørundfjorden. Be sure to be on deck as these serene waters carve their way through rugged terrain flanked by towering mountains and sheer cliff faces - such as the iconic Trollveggen - whose sheer vastness commands attention. Embrace the Norwegian philosophy of outdoor living and get closer to the fjords via boat or kayak. Or perhaps hike the verdant valleys and mountainous scenery for unparalleled views.

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Highlights

Nordfjord, Norway

Exploring the fjord landscapes

Your Norwegian Fjords cruise aboard Balmoral will enable you to delve into the core of our homeland, and as you sail along size-restricted fjords, only accessible by smaller cruise ships, you'll have the chance to experience their beauty firsthand. As Balmoral navigates along Langsfjord and Eresfjord, nestled between majestic peaks and lush green landscapes, you'll witness cascading waterfalls and tiny fjord-side villages, while the beautiful town of Olden, framed by aqua waters and meadows, is home to Briksdal Glacier, its icy expanse glistening in the summer sun. Trollveggen, Europe's tallest, vertically overhanging rockface, stands guard as a testament to Mother Nature's grandeur. You'll also have the chance to marvel at the serene waters and sights of Nordfjord and Innvikfjord from the decks of Balmoral

RIB tour in the Norwegian Fjords

Immerse yourself in Friluftsliv

The Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv means to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather, participating in activities that will give you a sense of well-being. This Balmoral cruise offers a multitude of opportunities in which to experience Friluftsliv, such as kayaking on the serene waters of Nordfjord, surrounded by steep mountains and tumbling waterfalls, or exploring Olden by e-Bike with a friendly local guide. Also in Olden, take the opportunity to enjoy a thrilling RIB boat ride to catch your own crayfish, or enjoy bird-watching on a more sedate boat cruise from Alesund to go in search of puffins, kittiwakes and razorbills. Alesund is also home to Mount Aksla, where the views from the peak over the Sunnmøre Alps are breath-taking. You'll be joined on this cruise by Norwegian Kjersti Farrier, who will speak about the way of life in Norway.

Trollstigen, Norway

Modern engineering and ancient landscapes

Norwegians had to be inventive when it came to scaling the landscapes of the fjords, and so the Troll's Path - Trollstigen - was devised. This marvel of road engineering cuts a winding path between Åndalsnes and Valldal, through unforgiving mountains with hairpin bends and stunning views over sheer steep cliffs. Meanwhile, take the Rauma Railway through scenic valleys and mountains, such as the Trollveggen cliff and the Romsdalen valley, or enjoy a ride on the Loen Skylift in Olden to the peak of Mount Hoven, where you'll discover perfect hiking trails and breathtaking panoramic views of the Nordfjord countryside, before journeying on to the emerald green waters of Lovatnet Lake. 

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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.

 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

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

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

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

TROLLSTIGEN & TROLLVEGGEN

Trollstigen & Trollveggen

Head into the majestic Romsdal Mountains to view one of the most difficult rock climbs in the world - Trollveggen, before zigzagging up to viewing platforms perched high in the mountains to hover 200m above the Trollstigen Road.

££££

Åndalsnes

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

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.

Geology

Andy Los

Geologist Andy is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, he will be joining us to deliver insighful talks relating to the fjords and geological history of Norway.

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Norwegian Way of Life & Culture

Kjersti Farrier

Kjersti, who was born in Norway, will be joining us to share some insight into Norwegian 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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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 £2,199 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 £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 £2,799 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 £3,099 pp

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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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What's Included

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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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