Discovering Scandinavia's Viking Heritage

16th Aug 2023 9 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2320
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,399 per person
Three swords monument, Stavanger, Norway Three swords monument, Stavanger, Norway
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,399 per person
Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals available on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply*

Extra guest(s) sail from £369pp

**Extra guest(s) price based on sharing an interior cabin with two full paying guests; on board spend offer excludes extra guest(s); see terms & conditions.

£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Visiting destinations chosen for their links to the Vikings, you’re in for a fascinating delve into the history and influences of this legendary era, with many Viking-themed sites and highlights awaiting discovery. In Denmark, you can study the details of five original Viking ships at Roskilde Viking Ship Museum, on tour from Hundested, and explore the fascinating burial grounds of Lindholm Høje during a visit to Aalborg.[ReadMore]

From Denmark its on to Norway, where you’re in for a memorable visit to Oslo. After cruising scenic Oslofjord, past the Olsen family home at Hvitsen, the Norwegian capital is your gateway to the Viking landmarks and burial grounds of Borre National Park. At Stavanger, where Harold Fairhair won the Battle of Hafrsfjord, be sure to visit the Three Swords monument commemorating Fairhair’s victory. You’ll also experience scenic cruising of beautiful, narrow fjords. Finally, back in the UK, learn of Shetland’s Viking heritage and stories of the Up Helly Aa, and see Lindisfarne, the first place the Vikings raided in Britain, from the decks of Balmoral.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.