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Scenic Fjords of Norway

23rd Jun 2018 7 nights Sails from Rosyth Balmoral L1816
FROM ONLY £949 per person
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FROM ONLY £949 per person
Experience the breathtaking beauty and mesmerising tranquillity of Norway’s scenic fjords to the full on this stunning seven night sailing. As well as calling into four enchanting fjordland destinations, Balmoral will sail into spectacular waterways to present you with spellbinding scenery that guests on larger ships simply wouldn’t see.

Whilst ashore and on board, your time in the fjords will be unforgettable from beginning to end. A scenic cruise of Lysefjord is the perfect way to start your adventure, taking in views of stunning mountains, tumbling waterfalls and dramatic cliffs which will whet your appetite for the scenic delights to come. In Bergen you’ll have time to explore the iconic UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and the bustling fish market; learn about the life and works of Edvard Grieg at the Troldhaugen Museum; and ride the Funicular Railway up Mount Fløyen for unspoilt views of the city and the surrounding fjords. From Flåm you can experience a memorable railway journey too, with a chance to ride the world-famous Flåmsbana line high into the mountains and see cascading waterfalls such as the incredible Kjosfossen up-close. Alternatively you could opt to take in Aurlandsfjord’s awe-inspiring scenery from 650 metres above the fjord at the Stegastein Lookout, before experiencing scenic cruising of Nærøyfjord – one of National Geographic’s top two Natural World Heritage Sites – aboard Balmoral in the evening. [ReadMore]

Your ship will then stop at Olden, where you can take a few hours to enjoy a relaxing stroll around the village amongst lush meadows and magnificent scenery; or join tours in search of a collection of stunning natural wonders. Perhaps take a trek into the Briksdalen Valley and encounter the glorious Briksdal Glacier; or visit the Kjenndalen Glacier before embarking on a boat ride on the beautiful Lovatnet Lake. Scenic cruising of the captivating Nordfjord and a glide by Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff – follows, as Balmoral sails overnight to Ålesund. You’ll discover a wonderful collection of Art-Nouveau architecture in the town centre here; while the 418-step hike up Mount Aksla is well worth making to enjoy the views from the top. Your Norwegian escape will then conclude with yet more scenic cruising, diverting away from the direct coastal route back to the UK to take in the rugged scenery of Hjørundfjord. 

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 guests – yet is still 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.