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Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest

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Beautiful views of Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway
07 Sep 2024
Newcastle
7 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise to show you Norway’s awe-inspiring natural surroundings as summer turns to autumn, a time of year that’s renowned for the fruit harvest. Ulvik is ideally placed for sampling the local seasonal produce, from apple juice to cider and brandy, while a scenic cruise along Hardangerfjord will showcase orchard-covered valleys and mountains. Balmoral will also sail the picturesque Nordfjord, passing Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff. There will be opportunities to admire the remarkable landscapes ashore too, during a visit to the Briksdal Glacier, accompanied by a local geologist, or in Haugesund while visiting the Haraldshaugen Monument, situated just north of the town centre.

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Highlights

Scenic cruising in Lysefjord, Norway

Mountains and Fjord landscapes

On this Balmoral cruise, you'll have the opportunity to explore the captivating natural wonders of the Norwegian Fjords. Views of spectacular glaciers, towering mountains, and the deep blue waters of the fjords can be seen from the decks of Balmoral as we cruise Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord, and Nordfjord. Mount Hornelen, which according to legend, King Olav Tryggvason climbed up the steep rock face of, and the dramatic overhang of Pulpit Rock (Preikstolen) are not to be missed, while the glaciers of Briksdal and Kjenndal adorn the landscape with their hues of icy blue. The waterfalls of Voringfoss and Langfoss cascade into the fjords below, framed by autumn shades of red and gold, creating picturesque scenes. 

Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords

Immerse yourself in friluftsliv

Your Norwegian Fjords cruise will give you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the concept of friluftsliv; and embrace spending time outdoors, connecting with nature. Join us on hikes along trails that meander through majestic forests, deep valleys, and alongside jewel-like fjords, such as in Ulvik where you'll be joined by a qualified survival instructor who will share survival tips and teach you about the surrounding nature en route to a viewpoint with spectacular viewpoints of the Osafjord; or hike to Pulpit Rock and experience a variety of natural landscapes as you journey to the top of the world-famous landmark. From Olden, try your hand at catching your own crayfish in Nordfjord before cooking it on an open fire.

Apple in an apple orchard in Norway

Fruit Harvest Season

The Hardangerfjord region is known as “Norway’s Orchard," and during autumn, it comes alive with vibrant colours as the surrounding forests turn into a tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows. Explore the quaint villages and orchards that dot the landscape, and experience the blend of traditional farming methods and modern techniques used for cultivating the region's ripe fruits of apples, cherries, plums and pears. The apple juices and ciders produced here are said to be some of the most exclusive in the world, so join us on a tour to a local farm to gain insight into daily life, sample the delicious liquid gold and mouth-watering fruits. 

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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.

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

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

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

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 Way of Life & Culture

Kjersti Farrier

Kjersti, who was born in Stavanger, will be joining us to share some insight into Norwegian culture and way of life.

James Floyd
Geology

Professor James Floyd

Geologist James Floyd will be joining us on this sailing to deliver a series of engaging talks about the Norwegian Fjords.

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 06:00 16/06/2024, 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 06:00 16/06/2024, 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 £2,649 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 £2,699 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 £3,299 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 £3,599 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £4,499 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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