The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights
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.[ReadMoreMob] 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. [ReadMoreDesk] 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.
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.