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Wintertime Landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords

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Winter views of Nordfjord, Norway Winter views of Nordfjord, Norway

20 Jan 2026

Southampton

10 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Embark on a uniquely timed journey crafted by our team to unveil the winter weather-sprinkled Norwegian Fjords. What’s more, we’ve arranged for your call into Lerwick to coincide with Up Helly Aa, a Viking-themed festival complete with a torch-lit procession and the ceremonial burning of a replica Viking ship. Balmoral will glide along Nordfjord and Åkrafjord, showcasing winter-clad landscapes, including the partially frozen Langfoss Waterfall. Engage in seasonal pursuits like snow-shoe hiking and ice fishing, immersing yourself in the enchanting surroundings of snow and frost. Or perhaps explore Viking history at landmarks such as the Swords in Stone monument and the ancient settlement of Jarlshof.

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Highlights

Lysefjord in Winter

Discover Breathtaking Mountainous Landscapes

Throughout this cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to discover the breathtaking mountainous landscapes of Norway in winter. As you glide along serene narrow waterways, you can take in sights of tall, steely grey, snow-capped mountains and vast winter landscapes. From Stavanger, you are perfectly placed to embark on a boat trip down the stunning Lysefjord, known for its towering granite cliffs and dramatic scenery. Balmoral will also navigate the Åkrafjord, sailing past Langfoss waterfall. As the flow of water here is typically consistently strong, the waterfall rarely freezes, although you may see intricate ice formations around the surrounding edges and rocks.

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Friluftsliv

Experience Friluftsliv

Friluftsliv is a Norwegian concept that translates to "open-air living". It embodies a cultural appreciation for outdoor activities and connection with nature. Friluftsliv emphasises spending time outdoors in all seasons, whether hiking, camping, skiing, or simply enjoying the surrounding natural environment. It promotes physical activity, mental well-being, and a sense of harmony with nature, reflecting Norway's deep respect for the outdoors and its importance in maintaining a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. Throughout this cruise, you can experience this for yourself, with plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in this Norwegian idea in our different ports of call.

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Up Helly Aa Burning Galley Ship

Join in the Festivities of Up Helly Aa

We have planned this itinerary to include an extended call into Lerwick to allow you to join in with the festivities of the annual Up Helly Aa festival. This traditional fire festival has roots in ancient Norse traditions and celebrates Shetland’s Viking heritage. Organised by local communities, it is led by a squad of Viking warriors known as the Jarl Squad, with the leader, known as the Guizer Jarl, representing a different character from Norse mythology or history. One of Europe’s largest fire festivals, it involves various events and culminates in the burning of a replica Viking longship.

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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.

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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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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.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 16:00 19/04/2024, 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 16:00 19/04/2024, 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 £2,799 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 £3,099 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 £3,699 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 £4,099 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £4,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE 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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