Scenic Fjords of Norway

22nd Jun 2020 7 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2013
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
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From the incredible scenery of charming villages tucked away in the heart of the fjordland to the fascinating architecture and cultural-gems of unique towns and cities, you’ll experience Norway’s remarkable diversity and outstanding beauty to the full, as Balmoral shows you some of the country’s best destinations and waterways in just seven nights.[ReadMoreMob]

With Rosyth’s convenient proximity to Norway, it won’t be long before Ålesund welcomes you to Fred. Olsen’s homeland. Ålesund, framed by rugged islands and islets, is overlooked by Mount Aksla, which offers unmissable views of town’s incredible scenery from its peak. At ground level, a collection of art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires are yours to admire too. After Ålesund, scenic cruising of Hjørundfjord provides your first taste of fjordland, before a call to Olden allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region. From this enchanting village, situated deep within Nordfjord, you can go in search of outstanding natural wonders, such as the Briksdal Glacier and the gorgeous Lovatnet Lake. Back on board Balmoral, you’ll then take in the landscapes and landmarks of Nordfjord and see Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff. [ReadMoreDesk]

Within Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord, your ship will cruise Aurlandsfjord to Flåm. The scenery here is particularly spectacular, and best seen via the famous Flåmsbana Railway. Take a ride on the Flåmsbana high into the surrounding mountains for unrivalled photo opportunities capturing soaring peaks, imposing cliffs and tumbling waterfalls. Alternatively, for breathtaking views from 650-metre-above the fjord, you could opt to head to the Stegastein Lookout. Diverting down size-restricted Nærøyfjord, one of National Geographic’s top two Natural World Heritage Sites, will bring your time in the fjords to a very special end, negotiating the narrow twists and turns to discover dramatic landscapes unseen by guests on larger ships. Finally, there’s Stavanger. A former ‘European Capital of Culture’, this city is rich in diverse attractions. Stopping here affords you an opportunity to explore the historic Gamla Stavanger district, with its distinctive wooden architecture, and visit the interesting Canning Museum.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.