The Best of the Fjords

24th Jul 2020 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2018
Little Skippers Sailing
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.

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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.