The Best of the Fjords

24th Jul 2020 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2018
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person

Encompassing a selection of Norway’s greatest fjords, as well as six diverse ports of call, this enticing exploration of Fred. Olsen’s spellbinding homeland packs-in a smorgasbord of scenic and cultural highlights. From the natural wonders of spectacular landscapes, to the architecture and attractions of charming towns, cities and villages: it all awaits your discovery in just nine nights.[ReadMoreMob]

Departing northerly Newcastle, it won’t be long until you’re immersing yourself in the scenic beauty and tranquillity of the fjordland. After an overnight sail to Norway, you’ll divert into Lysefjord – a feat only possible on smaller ships – to revel in views of mighty mountains and fascinating rock formations, before visits to three gorgeous fjord villages offer unmissable sights and experiences ashore. At Eidfjord, you could savour local treats at the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory on tour, or perhaps kayak the tranquil surrounding waters; and from Flåm, ride the magical Flåmsbana Railway through staggering fjord valleys, to see tumbling waterfalls and towering peaks up-close. Charming Olden is the starting point for uncovering the magnificent Briksdal Glacier and breathtaking Lovatnet Lake, while panoramic vistas seen from the Loen Skylift nearby are every bit as memorable. In between these rewarding calls, scenic cruising of Hardangerfjord, size-restricted Nærøyfjord, Nordfjord and by Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff – provides unrivalled photo opportunities. [ReadMoreDesk]

A call at coastal Kristiansund offers an interesting change of scenery; this enchanting city is characterised by a beautiful natural harbour, colourful architecture and fascinating historic sites, and docking close to city centre puts you within easy reach of its highlights. Kristiansund is also the gateway to the incredible Atlantic Road, the route of one of the world’s best road trips. You’ll then turn back into the fjords via the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing the unmistakable Seven Sisters en route to Hellesylt. A short stop here affords opportunities to discover the striking Hellesylt Waterfall, Tystigen Glacier and Hornindalsvatnet – Europe’s deepest lake – before your time in Norway concludes in Ålesund. Whether you choose to explore at ground level, taking in a renowned collection of art-nouveau towers and turrets, steeples and spires, or climb Mount Aksla for unspoilt views of the town and the surrounding islands and islets, your time in Ålesund makes for a perfect end to your adventure.

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.