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The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights

23rd Aug 2019 5 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1921
FROM ONLY £749 per person *
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Experience a taste of the fjordland’s remarkable tranquillity and natural beauty on this short, yet highly rewarding cruise on board Balmoral. You can enjoy scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways, marvel at beautifully unspoilt landscapes and uncover the delights of two contrasting ports of call; all this is yours to enjoy in less than a week, thanks to your departure port’s convenient proximity to Norway.

Relax on board your ship during an overnight sail from Newcastle before 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 day in Eidfjord begins the following morning. This picturesque village, situated within the farthest reaches of Hardangerfjord, is encompassed by spectacular landscapes; taking a kayaking tour here is a unique way to marvel at the soaring peaks and towering cliff faces. 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. [ReadMore]

After departing Eidfjord in the evening via Hardangerfjord – Norway’s second longest fjord – and diverting into Ulvikafjord to see lush-green valleys and mighty mountain peaks, you’ll finally cruise overnight to Bergen. Once docked in Norway’s vibrant second city you’ll have a full-day to explore this Hanseatic gem at leisure. Many highlights await your discovery; among the best of the city’s attractions are the world-famous, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the traditional fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum. The Troldhaugen is the former home of Edvard Grieg and now dedicated to celebrating the life and works of the legendary Norwegian composer. Whatever you choose to see and do, be sure to take in Bergen’s gorgeous scenery from the top of majestic Mount Fløyen – reached via the funicular railway – to round off your holiday with yet another unforgettable experience.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.