The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights
Some of the fjordland’s most enchanting destinations are yours to discover on this short, yet highly rewarding cruise on board Balmoral. You can enjoy scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways, marvel at incredible natural wonders and uncover the delights of two contrasting ports of call; all this is yours to experience in less than a week, thanks to your departure port’s convenient proximity to Norway.
After an overnight sail from Newcastle your exploration of the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords starts with a glide along the glassy waters of Lysefjord; a feat only possible for smaller ships. Dramatic cliffs, magnificent mountains and mysterious rock formations dominate the idyllic Lysefjord; the scenery on display here is sure to captivate you. A full-day in vibrant Bergen begins early the following morning. You’ll have time here to take in this Hanseatic city’s many highlights, the best of which include the world-famous UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the bustling fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum – the former home of world-renowned composer Edvard Grieg. For unspoilt views of Bergen’s gorgeous surrounding landscapes be sure to ride the funicular railway to the top of majestic Mount Fløyen. [ReadMore]
Your ship will sail deep into Hardangerfjord – Norway’s second longest fjord – next, all the way to Eidfjord. Some of the fjordland’s most astonishing landscapes encompass this charming village; taking a kayaking tour on the still waters of the Hardangerfjord is a unique way to marvel at the soaring peaks here. On tours from Eidfjord, the Vøringsfossen – one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls – and the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into Norway’s natural environment, are within reach too. A return journey along the Hardangerfjord follows in the evening, offering you another opportunity to capture the outstanding natural beauty of the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, before Balmoral diverts into Maurangerfjord to present you with a close-up look at the cascading Furebergfossen Waterfall – another of Norway’s incredible natural wonders that is not often seen by guests on larger cruise ships.