Wintertime Fjords with Shetlands' Up Helly Aa

20th Jan 2021 9 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2102
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
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Making the most of a rare wintertime exploration of Norway’s magical fjords, you’ll enjoy a very special seasonal snapshot of inspirational landscapes and enchanting destinations. Breathe in crisp, fresh air and savour spectacular scenery, from on board your ship and during time ashore, all before heading to Scotland in time for the Shetlands’ annual Up Helly Aa celebrations.

The beautiful Boknafjord will provide your first sight of the fjordland’s breathtaking winter scenes. [ReadMoreMob]En route to Stavanger, Balmoral will negotiate Boknafjord’s rugged islands and islets, which – if the weather is on your side – will glisten under a blanket of perfect, powder-white snow. Once ashore in Stavanger, you’re sure to feel the warmth of this culture-rich city through the winter chill, as you explore charming districts such as historic Gamla Stavanger. Heading deeper into the fjordland, a winter wonderland of awe-inspiring mountains and frosted waterfalls awaits within Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord. Stopping at Flåm affords you an opportunity to get closer to some of the region’s greatest natural attractions, via a ride on the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway. Nearby, the 650-metre-high Stegastein Lookout offers unspoilt views of otherworldly landscapes too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Then there’s Bergen, where postcard-perfect photo opportunities are yours to take advantage of at the top of majestic Mount Fløyen. Reached via funicular railway, the peak of Fløyen is the perfect place from which to appreciate Bergen’s spellbinding winter scenery. With a full day in this Hanseatic city, there’s time to uncover diverse attractions, such as the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and the Troldhaugen Museum, too. Finally, after leaving Norway, you’ll sail for home via the Shetlands, where your call into Lerwick is perfectly timed for the Up Helly Aa Festival. You’ll catch the Viking parade in the evening and see hundreds of guizers, dressed in traditional Viking costume and carrying flaming torches, march the streets before partaking in the ceremonial burning of a replica Viking ship. An unforgettable experience and unique end to your winter cruise adventure.  

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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.

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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.