Southern Norway with National Day in Oslo

11th May 2021 9 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2110
FROM ONLY £1,249 per person
Cruise Details Image Cruise Details Image
FROM ONLY £1,249 per person

You’ll find yourself fully immersed in Norway’s authentic culture, fascinating history and idyllic scenery throughout this nine-night exploration, with chances to experience scenic cruising of breathtaking fjords, enjoy time ashore to explore attraction-packed destinations and even absorb the colourful atmosphere of Norwegian National Day in Oslo.

A full-day stop at Oslo, affording ample time to celebrate Norway’s independence to the full alongside the capital city’s proud, friendly locals, is sure to be top-of-the-list of highlights packed into your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]Head ashore and you’ll find various events and activities taking place around the city. You can see the parades and processions of people dressed in their finest, traditional ‘Bunad’ clothing; look out for the Royal Family waving to the crowds at the Royal Palace; enjoy performances of national music and dance; and more. You may be tempted to feast on hot dogs and ice cream – the traditional Norwegian National Day treats – too. Whatever you choose to see and do, your day of Norwegian celebration will be a unique experience, one that will surely create lasting memories. [ReadMoreDesk]

In addition to the specifically timed call to Oslo, your immersive itinerary also showcases some of southern Norway’s greatest destinations, waterways and landscapes. There’s Kristiansand, one of the region’s most beautiful towns. Sailing into port here, through a network of rocky islands and islets, is a highlight in itself; while ashore there’s plenty to discover, including the 17th century houses of Posebyen and the perfectly-preserved Christiansholm Fortress. Visiting Stavanger affords an opportunity to uncover the diverse attractions of the former ‘European Capital of Culture’, from the historic Gamla Stavanger district to Norway’s fourth-largest shopping mall, while Arendal, with its charming historical centre and picturesque harbour, is perfect for a relaxing day of exploring. Aboard Braemar, you’ll divert into size-restricted Lysefjord and steep-sided Jøsenfjord for views of spectacular mountains, cliffs and unique nature-carved rock formations too.  

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, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.