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Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest

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Beautiful views of Hardangerfjord in autumn, Norway Beautiful views of Hardangerfjord in autumn, Norway
11 Sep 2024
Southampton
9 nights
Borealis

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Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has timed this early autumn sailing to coincide with the renowned fruit harvest in the Hardanger region, often referred to as ‘The Orchard of Norway, as you see orchards lining the edges of the fjords, bursting with ripe apples, pears, and cherries, and sample locally produced apple juice, cider and freshly picked fruits. Elsewhere, you can witness the remarkable scenery of Briksdal Glacier, from the picturesque town of Olden and the waterfalls of Langfoss and the Seven Sisters. In Ulvik, you are perfectly placed to embrace the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv by enjoying activities such as hiking through the fjordland or kayaking on tranquil fjord waters. Borealis will make a special diversion along Lysefjord which is only accessible to smaller ships, home to the renowned Pulpit Rock (Preikstolen).

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Highlights

Voringfoss waterfall in the autumn, Norway

Fjord Landscapes in Autumn

With vibrant foliage painting the fjord cliffsides in hues of red, orange, and gold, contrasting against the deep blue of the waters below, the Norwegian Fjords are a delight to experience in autumn. From Ulvik, embark upon an exhilarating RIB boat ride to explore the breathtaking Hardangerfjord with its cascading waterfalls and hillside farms, or visit the spectacular Voringfossen Waterfall, one of Norway's most iconic natural wonders. As you sail along Lysefjord, be sure to cast your eyes upwards to the towering Pulpit Rock (Preikstolen) and Kjeragbolten, with its giant rock wedged between a crevice on Mount Kjerag. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the mighty glaciers of Briksdal and Kjenndal from Olden, whose icy blue hues stand out perfectly against the lush greenery of the surrounding landscapes.

Apple in an apple orchard in Norway

The Fruit Harvest of the Fjords

As summer turns to autumn, the orchards lining the fjords of Norway are bursting with ripe apples, plums, pears, and berries. The cool Norwegian climate and fertile soil produce flavoursome fruits, which locals pick using a blend of traditional and modern farming methods to preserve their cultural heritage, and festivals and markets offer freshly picked, homemade delights. Join us on a tour of a fruit farm, from Ulvik, to experience how the farm is run and sample its produce of apple juice, cider, dried meats and some of the deliciously ripe fruit too. With the backdrop of steep mountains and the tranquil waters of the fjords, the harvest season in Hardangerfjord exemplifies the beauty and abundance of nature in Norway.

Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords

Embrace outdoor living like a Norwegian

Norwegians live by the concept of friluftsliv, embracing spending time outdoors, participating in activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking. This cruise aboard Borealis will provide you with plenty of opportunities to experience friluftsliv and to connect with nature. In Ulvik, hike with a qualified survival instructor to a viewpoint offering spectacular views across Osafjord, or enjoy kayaking on the Hardangerfjord for a unique perspective of the surrounding landscapes. Meanwhile, in Alesund, enjoy a birdwatching tour at Runde Island to go in search of the many species of birds that call the region home, or climb to the peak of Mount Aksla for views across the surrounding mountains. You'll be joined on this cruise by Anthony Babb, who is married to a Norwegian and has fully embraced the Norwegian way of life, culture and friluftsliv.

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts 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.

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

Kayaking Nordfjord

Kayak on the Nordfjord

Experience the magnificent water on the Nordfjord, surrounded by steep mountains, cascading waterfalls and fascinating glaciers on this kayaking adventure as you glide across the pristine waters.

££££

Olden

 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

A Taste of the Akrafjord

Åkrafjorden

Begin your journey with a picturesque drive through majestic mountains and verdant landscapes to Åkrafjorden. Glide along the fjord on a scenic boat cruise to a quaint restaurant for a delectable lunch of local delicacies. Then, marvel at Langfossen, listed by CNN among the world's top ten waterfalls, before concluding your tour at Haraldshaugen, Norway’s National Monument, honoring the Battle of Hafrsfjord.

££££

Haugesund

Haugesund

Homeland of the Viking King

Embark on a historical journey at Avaldsnes, once the realm of King Harald Hårfagre. Begin at the Nordvegen History Centre for an immersive tale of Avaldsnes' royal origins narrated by Harald himself. Then, visit Olavskirken, constructed in 1250 AD during Norway's zenith, housing the iconic Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle monument.

££££

Haugesund

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

Hiker with backpack traveling in Norway mountains

Nature Hike

Enjoy a hike through the fjordlands to gain an insight into the history and culture of Ulvik and the Hardangerfjord. Conclude with a visit to Syse Gård Fruit Farm, to taste the local dried fruit before hiking back to the pier.

££££

Ulvik

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.

Anthony Babb
Norway Way of Life/Vikings

Anthony Babb

Anthony served in the Royal Navy for 23 years and now splits his time between the UK and Norway with his Norwegian wife. Anthony will be joining us on board to deliver insightful talks on Norway’s local culture and Viking history.

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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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)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,899 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,899 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,999 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £4,999 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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