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]
Discover the Norwegian Fjords
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,[ReadMoreDesk] 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.
Explore Oslo with Fred. Olsen
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 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.
Cruises to Norway
Norway's Mountains and Scenic Fjords • S2223Save to favourites
- Scenic cruise Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord
- Tour to the top of Mount Floyen in Bergen
- Visit local Fruit & Cider farms from Ulvik
Norway Fjords & Home of the Olsens • T2222Save to favourites
- Learn about local cider production in Eidfjord
- Scenic cruise along Maurangerfjord
- Ride high into the fjordland via the Flåm Railway
In Search of the Northern Lights • L2230Save to favourites
- Overnights in Alta and Tromsø to spot Aurora Borealis
- Spend time with the Sámi people in Tromsø
- Cross the Arctic Circle
In Search of the Northern Lights • S2228ASave to favourites
- Visit Tromsø for a chance to seek-out Aurora Borealis.
- Experience a taste of Sami community life at Alta.
- Scenic cruise by Torghatten and the Seven Sisters mountains.
White Christmas in Norway • T2232Save to favourites
- Experience life with the Sami people
- Go in search of the Northern Lights
- Experience a Norwegian Dog Sled tour
Borealis Searches for the Northern Lights • S2301Save to favourites
- Search for the Northern Lights in Alta & Tromso
- Spend time with traditional Sami people
- Sail across the Arctic Circle
Wintertime Norwegian Fjords • T2303Save to favourites
- Admire the views from Mount Floyen in Bergen
- Exeperience the Flamsbana Railway in Flam
- Explore the quaint town of Eidfjord
In Search of the Northern Lights • T2304Save to favourites
- Enjoy a thrilling husky ride from Bodø
- Seek out the breath-taking Northern Lights in Alta
- Explore the 'Gateway to the Arctic' city of Tromsø
In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • T2305Save to favourites
- Seek out the enigmatic Aurora Borealis from Alta
- Visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
- Explore Alesund as Bolette docks close to the city centre
In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • T2306Save to favourites
- Spend time with the fascinating Sami people in Alta
- Take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen in Tromsø
- Revel in the stunning scenery in Bodø
Norwegian Fjords Easter Escape • T2308Save to favourites
- Wander the historic Bryggen Wharf in Bergen
- In Flam, take a ride on the famous Flamsbana Railway
- Enjoy stunning scenery in Nærøyfjord from Bolette
Exploring the Nordic Capitals • T2309Save to favourites
- Admire magnificent Royal palaces in Stockholm & Oslo
- Take a photo of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
- Explore the fascinating Vigelund Sculpture park in Oslo
Classic Norwegian Fjords • T2310Save to favourites
- Witness the powerful Fureberg Waterfall from Bolette
- Take a ride on the Loen Skylift in Olden for views of Nordfjord
- At Flam, you could ride the famous Flambana Railway
Mighty Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords • S2308Save to favourites
- Fully appreciate Norway on an exploration of the fjords.
- See towering mountains, cliffs and forested valleys.
- Take a ride on the famous Flåmsbana Railway.
Classic Norwegian Fjords • T2314Save to favourites
- Ride the scenic Flambana railway
- Try kayaking on the glassy waters of Hardangerfjord
- Experience the very best of Bergen
Norwegian Fjords Bank Holiday Escape • T2315Save to favourites
- Ride the famous Flamsbana Railway from Flam
- Marvel at the scenery of Nærøyfjord from Bolette
- Explore the historic city of Stavanger
Exploring the Arctic • T2316Save to favourites
- Off the beaten track, discover remote destinations in Arctic Norway
- Explore isolated Spitsbergen and sample Arctic life
- Seek out marine wildlife with ORCA conservationists
Springtime Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords • M2313Save to favourites
- Scenic cruise beautiful waterways
- Sail Lysefjord and witness Langfoss & Fureberg waterfalls
- See the beauty of Eidfjord & Skjolden
Scenic Summertime Norwegian Fjords • T2317Save to favourites
- Experience Norway’s fjords and landscapes at their best
- Divert into remarkable waterways, to see cliffs and waterfalls
- Ashore, go in search of glaciers, waterfalls and more
Exploring Northern Norway - the Land of the Midnight Sun • S2312Save to favourites
- Experience an unforgettable discovery of Northern Norway
- Cross the Arctic Circle, visit the North Cape and witness the Midnight Sun
- Explore Tromsø; learn of Sami traditions; and see the beauty of Bodo too
Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun • L2317Save to favourites
- Experience a taste of past and present life
- Spot whales with the on board ORCA team
- Witness the midnight sun within the Arctic Circle
Scenic Summertime Norwegian Fjords • S2313Save to favourites
- Fully appreciate their spectacular beauty of the fjordland in the summer
- As you sail Lysefjord, Naeroyfjord and more, see towering mountains and cliffs
- Ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway into mountainous valleys or go fjord kayaking
Discover the Scandinavian Capitals • T2320Save to favourites
- Appreciate the beauty of Scandinavia’s waterways
- Sail through the stunning Stockholm Archipelago
- See the Olsen family home in Oslofjord
Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2318Save to favourites
- A 5-night taste of the Fred. Olsen cruise experience
- Scenic cruise into dramatic Lysefjord and Nordfjord
- Experience Bergen like a local, and see Briksdal Glacier
Scenic Summertime Norwegian Fjords • M2318Save to favourites
- Experience the beautyof the fjordland
- See the summertime scenery of Hardangerfjord
- Go fjord kayaking and witness spectacular waterfalls
Highlights & Hidden Gems of the Norwegian Fjords • L2319Save to favourites
- Experience the beauty of Norway’s fjordland
- View dramatic mountains, forested hills and mountains
- Ashore, ride the Rauma Railway or visit Briksdal Glacier
Islands, Cities & Archipelagos of Scandinavia • M2319Save to favourites
- Appreciate the beauty of Scandinavia’s cities
- Sail through the beautiful Stockholm Archipelago
- See the Olsen family home in Oslofjord
Discovering Scandinavia's Viking Heritage • L2320Save to favourites
- Explore Viking heritage in Norway and Denmark
- See original Viking ships or visit Viking burial grounds
- Experience scenic cruising along Norwegian fjords
Scenic Summertime Norwegian Fjords • S2316Save to favourites
- Explore Norway’s fjords in the summer
- See towering mountains, cliffs and forested valleys
- Take a ride on the famous Flåmsbana Railway
Norwegian Fjords Bank Holiday Escape • L2321Save to favourites
- A 5-night taster of a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday
- See the beautiful landscapes of Romsdalfjord from Balmoral
- Experience Bergen at its very best
Norway's Mountains & Scenic Fjords • T2324Save to favourites
- See the scenery of beautiful waterways in the fjordland
- Marvel at Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord
- Ride the Flåmsbana railway from Flåm
Classic Norwegian Fjords • M2322Save to favourites
- Sail scenic, size-restricted waterways in the fjordland
- Revel in the beauty of Hardangerfjord and Nordfjord
- Experience fjord kayaking or tour to the Briksdal Glacier
Classic Scenic Norwegian Fjords • S2319Save to favourites
- Visit Norway’s fjordland in autumn, when the scenery starts to change
- See Hardangerfjord’s orchard-covered landscapes, and taste local fruit produce at Eidfjord
- Scenic cruise Lysefjord and Sognefjord; ride the Flambana Railway; and explore Bergen too
Baltic Cities Brought Closer • M2324Save to favourites
- Braemar takes you on a Northern Europe discovery
- Discover the highlights of Oslo, Copenhagen and Tallinn
- Experience Finnish heritage and culture to the full
European Christmas Markets • L2327Save to favourites
- Explore the Christmas Markets of European cities
- Enjoy sights and scents in Hamburg and Copenhagen
- Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal
In Search of the Northern Lights • L2328Save to favourites
- Revel in Arctic Norway’s winter wonders
- Go husky sledding from pretty Narvik
- Experience unforgettable scenic cruising on Christmas Day
In Search of the Northern Lights • L2404Save to favourites
- An incredible Arctic adventure packed with experiences
- Mush a team of huskies on an Arctic sledding adventure
- See the Arctic wilderness and natural landmarks
In Search of the Northern Lights • L2405Save to favourites
- Seek-out the Northern Lights on a special exploration
- See the Northern Lights from on board Balmoral
- Enjoy unique Arctic experiences
In Search of the Northern Lights • L2406Save to favourites
- Take in some of the most memorable Arctic sights
- Go in search of the fascinating Northern Lights
- During time ashore, husky sled into Arctic wilderness
In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • L2407Save to favourites
- Embark on a cruise created specifically for seeking out the Northern Lights
- You’ve chances to witness Mother Nature’s light show from the comfort of Balmoral
- Explore Arctic wilderness, go husky sledding and have a go at traditional ice fishing too
Scandinavian Easter City Break • L2408Save to favourites
- Escape to Scandinavia and explore two captivating cities for a memorable Easter weekend
- After sailing Oslofjord, take in the plentiful historic, artistic and cultural highlights of Oslo
- Spend Easter Sunday strolling Gothenburg’s pretty streets, squares, parks and gardens
Discovering Scandinavian Islands & Capitals • S2407ASave to favourites
- Experiernce unforgettable scenic cruising
- Sail picturesque archipelagos on Borealis
- Revel in the highlights of Copenhagen and Stockholm
Mighty Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords • L2411Save to favourites
- Admire the Langfoss and Fureberg waterfalls
- Enjoy fjordland scenery from the Rauma Railway
- Tour to the Briksdal Glacier from Olden
Springtime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2412Save to favourites
- The perfect short break, this five-night escape provides a taste of fjordland exploration
- You’ve chances to explore Bergen with a local, discover wonders surrounding Olden, and more
- Experience scenic cruising of Nordfjord, and a sunset sail by Hornelen sea cliff