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Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest

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03 Oct 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 from Olden, accompanied by a local geologist; or on a boat tour from Haugesund.

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Highlights

Nordfjord, Norway

Scenic Norwegian fjords

As you journey along the Norwegian Fjords aboard Balmoral, you will have a number of opportunities to witness spectacular mountains, deep fjords, and cascading waterfalls. The village of Ulvik, surrounded by tall mountains and lush landscapes, is well-known for its flourishing fruit orchards, and you are also perfectly placed to visit the awe-inspiring Vøringfossen waterfall from here, whose waters plunge over steep cliffs, providing a beautiful show of mist and spray that can be heard from far away, before it appears as you sail along Hardangerfjord. Join us on tours to experience the icy blue hues of Briksdal and Kjenndal Glaciers, as they creep down valleys nestled between contrasting green hills. You will also have the chance to experience sailing along Lysefjord, home to the extraordinary mountains of Preikstolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjeragbolten.

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Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords

Embracing outdoor life

The concept of friluftsliv is ingrained in daily life in Norway, and encompasses spending time outdoors, connecting with nature by participating in various activities in the countryside. From Stavanger, join us on a hike to the famous mountain, Pulpit Rock (Preikstolen) where you'll experience a variety of natural landscapes en route to the plateau, where outstanding views across Lysefjord can be witnessed. In Ulvik, enjoy kayaking on Hardangerfjord, offering a unique perspective of the fjords and it surrounding landscape. When in Olden, do take an eco-friendly journey on E-Bike to discover its spectacular scenery as you cycle past cascading waterfalls and local farms.  

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Apple in an apple orchard in Norway

Taste the seasons

Autumn is harvest season in Norway, so we've perfectly time your cruise for you to witness the colourful red, blue, and orange delicacies from nature's larder. During October, the woodlands are filled with fresh, wild berries, while orchards are bursting with ripe pears, apples and cherries, and collecting them is a popular pastime for Norwegians. The region is known for producing some of the world's best ciders and apple juices due to the unique microclimate of the fjords, making it perfect for apple cultivation. Join us on a tour to a traditional family-run farm, where you'll meet the fifth-generation owners who will offer an insight into daily life, and will provide delicious samples of juice, cider and cured meats.

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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

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

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

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Norway

Hike to Pulpit Rock

After a coach journey, your hike begins at Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock. This dramatic natural rock formation has a 25m platform overlooking Lysefjord. Experience a variety of landscapes on your accent to this landmark where you can admire the views of the 26-mile-long fjord. After hiking back to the starting point, you will return to your awaiting ship.

££££

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.

Dr Anjana Khatwa
Geology & Earth Science

Dr. Anjana Khatwa

Anjana has over 25 years experience working within the natural conservation sector and holds an international reputation for excellence in geoscience and communciation. She will be delivering a series of talks about the Norwegian Fjords.

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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.

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 14:00 22/07/2024, 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 14:00 22/07/2024, 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 £2,299 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 £2,399 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 £2,999 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 £3,299 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £3,899 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

Enjoy £50pp On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

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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