Norway and Svalbard Cruises
With extensive knowledge of this remarkable country, a rich Norwegian heritage that dates back generations and smaller ships that can sail to places out of reach to larger ships, Fred. Olsen can show you Norway like no-one else. [ReadMoreMob]
The spellbinding Norwegian Fjords are a natural wonderland of sheer cliffs, towering mountains, mighty waterfalls and rolling valleys, interspersed with charming, chocolate box towns and villages. Cruising with Fred. Olsen is the best way to experience this incredible region. We divert away from well-travelled sea routes and into glassy, near-silent waterways such as the astonishing, UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord to show you the more scenic paths, and bring you closer to jaw-dropping highlights including the Briksdal Glacier; the Seven Sisters and Fureberg waterfalls; Flam’s world-famous railway; and many more.[ReadMoreDesk]
Beyond the magical fjordland, a thousand years of history and culture is packed into enchanting cities: Hanseatic Bergen, famed for its Bryggen Wharf and Mount Fløyen; Oslo, the cosmopolitan capital; and stylish Stavanger are sure to delight. Venture even further to Norway’s Arctic north and your adventures may feature chances to visit remarkably remote islands and settlements in the Svalbard archipelago; uncover Alta’s fascinating Sami culture; explore unspoilt Arctic wilderness via a traditional husky-pulled sled; or even marvel at the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Whether you’re exploring the fjords for the first time, perhaps on a five-night escape departing from convenient northern UK ports, or are, like so many, returning on a longer voyage to this breathtaking part of the world, you’re in for the ultimate cruise experience in Fred. Olsen’s homeland.
The very first buildings built in Bergen were alongside the harbour at Bryggen, which dates back to the 11th century. Now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bryggen Wharf consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and is one of the best-known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.
The Fløibanen Funicular is an approximate 20 minute walk from the cruise ship pier and operates every 15 minutes. Once at the summit of Mount Fløyen, approximately 320 metres above sea level, you're presented with spectacular views of the city below, the surrounding hills, mountains and fjords and the ocean.
Possibly the strongest tidal current in the world, 400 million cubic metres of water surge through this channel with every tide, reaching speeds up to 20 knots and forming huge maelstroms.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, the Flåmsbana Railway is an unmissable experience during a visit to Flåm. The journey offers a panoramic view of some of the most magnificent natural wonders in the Norwegian fjordland – travelling past lush green mountains and breathtaking waterfalls.
Adolfkanonen at Trondenes is one of the largest battleship cannons on land in Europe during WW2. Gun Battery was built by the German occupying forces during World War 2 and with its four cannons were battery at Trondenes the most powerful in Hitler's Atlantic Voll. Adolfkanonen is currently an open museum. In the bunkers beneath the cannons, an exhibition shows the gun's history, construction and planned use. Adolfkanonen stands today as the only restored cannon of its kind in the world.
Keipen is a relatively easy hike, which offers a magnificent view from the top. Drive to Aunfjellet (8km northwest of Harstad) and Keipen is located on the left-hand side of the road at Aunfjellet. Park in the large parking lot at the top, just after the smaller shoulder parking area. From here, a marked trail leads to the peak. Fantastic views towards the west, and an excellent place to see the midnight sun. Approx. 4 km return trip, estimated time to reach the top is about 30 minutes.
Trondenes Church is the northernmost and one of the most important medieval churches with traces back to the Viking era. After several years of restoration, the doors opened again in 1950. Upon entering the church, you’ll notice the beauty of the religious artwork and the vast, high-ceilinged room. At the head of the church, there are three triptych, which represents an important part of the church's 700-800 years history.
Located on four islands at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Kristiansund has a rich maritime history, thanks to the klippfish trade that was established in the 1700s. Kristiansund is Norway's klipfish capital. Any menu in the city's restaurants and cafes reveal that this tradition is still very much alive today. The climate of the area is well suited to the production of the local speciality – salted and dried fish (often cod). The city`s speciality is the dish bacalao.
Kristiansund is often referred to as the ‘opera town’, and for a good reason. The city offers some 100 opera performances, an opera festival and the outdoor opera performance ‘Donna Bacalao’ every year.
The Atlantic Road is located between the towns of Molde and Kristiansund and is 36 km in length between Kårvågand Bud. Considered one of the most beautiful touring routes in the world,The Guardian ranked it as the world’s best road trip, and the Norwegian people have voted the road ‘the Construction of the Century’. The Atlantic Road zigzags across bridges and skerries, bringing you right out to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ofoten Railway is a 43 kilometre (26 miles) long railway that runs between the port of Narvik and the Swedish border Riksgransen where the line continues into Sweden. The line opened in 1888 to accommodate transporting the iron ore from the mountains to the port. Some refer to Ofotbanen as one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world.
Meet the natural predators of the Arctic – wolves, bears, wolverine and lynx – as well as other animals from the polar fauna in one of the animal parks at Polar Park. Polar Park is the northernmost animal park in the world and is located in the heart of the Salangsdalen Valley. The park is based on exhibiting animals in their natural surroundings, which means each species is provided with plenty of room to roam.
World War II History
Battles of Narvik were fought from 9 April to 8 June 1940 as a naval battle in the Ofotfjord and as a land battle in the mountains surrounding the north Norwegian city of Narvik as part of the Norwegian Campaign of the Second World War. Narvik War Museum is a modern and new war museum with architectonical and interactive experiences, where northern Norway’s war history is gathered under one roof.
A manor house built in 1665 and known as Scandinavia’s smallest ‘castle’. The manor house was used as a home until 1927 and is preserved as the last owners left it, with traces of each previous owner. The library is preserved from its original state in the 17th century. You can take a guided tour of the house and the 60-acre gardens, including a Renaissance rose garden and a Victorian landscape garden.
Folgefonna National Park & Glacier
The Folgefonna National Park contains Norway’s third largest glacier. The park was established in 2005 and spans 720km. At the park, you will also find a visitor centre with interactive exhibits and films to teach you about the glacier, the fjord and the local nature and wildlife.
There are a number of mountains overlooking Rosendal, including Melderskin, Malmangernuten and Laurdalselva. Rosendal is perfect for hiking, and a trip up a mountain will provide amazing views of the landscape.
Art Nouveau architecture
1904's catastrophically destructive fire came at a time of economic depression, drawing talent from miles around and resulting in the incredible concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in Ålesund.
This mountain offers panoramic views over the archipelago, the town centre and the beautiful Sunnmøre Alps.
This iconic railway, running between Andalsnes and Dombas, offers passengers an opportunity to experience some of Norway's most spectacular views. Stretching for 114 kilometres (71 miles), the railway, which was featured in the blockbuster film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, journeys through areas of breathtaking natural beauty and by astonishing natural wonders, such as the Trollveggen Cliff, Romsdalen Valley and Rauma River.
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