Cruising the Norwegian Fjords with Fred. Olsen
Cruising with Fred. Olsen into the heart of the fjordland is the best way to appreciate the spectacular scenery of this other-worldly setting. We expertly craft our Norwegian fjords cruises to showcase the very best of this breathtaking part of the world, taking advantage of our extensive Norwegian heritage and smaller ships ready-made for navigating size-restricted waterways, [ReadMoreMob]to bring awe-inspiring natural wonders and enchanting destinations closer to you.
On a Fred. Olsen fjord cruise, you can sail the twisting Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord, National Geographic’s top Natural Heritage Sites worldwide; see the Briksdal Glacier; ride the famous Flamsbana Railway; go kayaking in Hardangerfjord; admire cascading waterfalls such as the Seven Sisters from the comfort of your ship; delve into the Hanseatic history of Bergen; and much more. [ReadMoreDesk]
So, whether you’re embarking on your first exciting foray into the fjords, or returning – like many others – for another exploration of this astonishing region, you’ll find that the captivating beauty of Fred. Olsen’s homeland is as special as it gets. Find your perfect Norwegian fjord cruise below.
Popular Norwegian Fjord Experiences
- Enjoy a ride on the scenic Flåm Railway
- Have your camera ready at Kjosfossen Waterfall
- Stop at Vatnahalsen Hotel for refreshments
Combine a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway, with refreshments at the rustic Vatnahalsen Hotel.
A short walk takes you to Flåm station to board a train on the Flåm Railway. The railway is only nine miles long, but the track you will follow is an engineering wonder, ascending to 867 metres within just 50 minutes. It has a gradient of one in 18, and crosses back and forth across rivers and through 20 tunnels. The world-famous railway was built between 1920 and 1940 and was in fact opened by German troops, who had a large military camp in Flåm.
Wind your way up through several tunnels, over bridges and past thundering waterfalls. Narrow paths twist up the mountainsides, used by only the deftest goats, and beautiful vistas of the valley unfold below. On the way, the train makes a stop at the lovely Kjosfossen waterfall, where you may leave the train for a few minutes to take some photos. Vatnahalsen Hotel is the next to last station on this magnificent railway journey, and it is where you leave the train. You can admire beautiful views of the mountains as well as Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Here you have tea or coffee and a waffle before returning on the railway.
Tour experience available on cruises to Flåm
- The Nærøyfjord is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list
- Marvel at the height of the mighty mountains from water level
- Enjoy a delicious lunch beside the fjord
This is a unique opportunity for a closer encounter with the Sognefjord.
The Nærøyfjord is a spectacular arm of the mighty Sognefjord – so narrow you will almost feel able to touch sides of the steep, rugged mountains that shelter the fjord, making it perfect for kayaking.
Meet your professional guide for instructions and a safety briefing before setting out for your kayaking adventure in these breathtaking surroundings. As you paddle along the shores of the winding fjord, keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife known to inhabit the area – including seals and porpoises.
During a short break from the water, gather around a campfire to warm up as a grilled lunch is prepared. Feeling refreshed, and once again on the water, the rhythmic splash of your paddle drives you back to the start point, passing tumbling waterfalls and fjord side farms.
Briksdal Glacier National Park VIP Visit
- Explore this stunning area with a Professor of Geology
- Gain an insight into the history, and the future, of the Briksdal Glacier
Guests from all over the world come to view the famous glacier arm set between roaring waterfalls and high peaks – this very special tour affords you the opportunity to accompany a local Professor of Geology, who has studied Briksdal since 1980.
Your excursion starts from the charming village of Olden, through the valley, and passing beautiful churches. Continue along the Olden Lake to Rustøen, situated at the far end of the fjord. Here small, colourful farms cover the wide, fertile valley, and numerous waterfalls descend from the ice field. Ahead, you may glimpse the Melkevoll Glacier.
At Briksdal Inn, you will be welcomed by Professor Atle Nesje, who will accompany you on your walk to his favourite viewpoint. Professor Nesje was born and raised in Olden and has studied the Briksdal Glacier since 1980. Based at the University of Bergen, he is an expert in glaciers, glacier variations and climate change, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the geology of the area. Crossing the river, ascend above a waterfall, where you will be able to glimpse the Briksdal Glacier — an arm of the mighty Jostedal Glacier - from across a glacial lake — well worth the walk!
Your return to Briksdal Inn will by via the same route, before returning to Olden and your awaiting ship.
Mount Fløyen & Hiking with a Local
- Hiking is a popular pastime among Norwegians and this tour will show you why
- Discover lakes and breathtaking views that surround the city of Bergen
Just a short distance from the city, immerse yourself in the nature of the area with a hike to Øvre Eide Farm.
Meeting your guide on the quayside, your walk will first take you to Bryggen — the UNESCO-listed Heritage Site of Bergen, where you will learn the history of the Hanseatic wharf. Continue to the most popular attraction in Bergen — the funicular train that ascends to the summit of Mount Fløyen. From its 320-metre height, admire the beautiful landscape of the city and surrounding fjords from above - on a clear day, it's one of the most spectacular views in Norway.
From the summit, your hiking experience begins, along tree-lined paths passing lakes and affording breathtaking views. Pause on top of Mount Sandviken to enjoy a small snack, before descending into the valley along the old mail route between Trondheim and Bergen, which will take you to your final destination, Øvre Eide Farm. Arriving at the farm, situated in idyllic surroundings next to Lake Jordal, relax while listening to fascinating stories about traditional farm life in the Norwegian countryside, while enjoying a typical creamy Bergen fish soup as a reward after your hiking efforts.
Hike to Pulpit Rock
- Explore one of Norway’s most iconic landmarks
- Admire a bird's-eye view of the Lysefjord
This adventurous hike is one of the absolute highlights and on the to-do list of most travellers coming to the Stavanger region.
Your adventure begins with a coach to Preikestolhytta, where your hike will commence. Pulpit Rock – also known as Preikestolen – is a dramatic natural rock formation, with a 25-square-metre platform overlooking the Lysefjord, some 604 metres below.
Experience a variety of natural landscapes on your way up to this world-famous landmark, where you will be able to appreciate amazing views of the 26-mile long fjord below.
After hiking back to the starting point, you will return to Stavanger and your awaiting ship via the same route.
Rauma Railway & Troll Mountains
- The Rauma Railway is considered one of the best train rides in Norway
- Ride through the Romsdalen Valley with towering mountains on either side
- Pass through breathtaking scenery and see the fabled Troll Mountains
A journey on the Rauma Railway gives a unique opportunity to experience some of the most spectacular scenery Norway has to offer.
Begin your tour by coach, passing through Molde - the 'City of Roses', before crossing the Langfjord by ferry. Proceeding along the Isfjord, you will reach the small town of Åndalsnes, at the beginning of the Romsdalen Valley. Along the valley floor, in a wild and beautiful setting, runs the salmon river, Rauma, which you will travel alongside. Pause for a photographs of the magnificent Troll Mountains. The Troll Mountains are so called because of their shapes and are very dramatic. At 1,000 metres, Trollveggen is Europe's tallest vertical, overhanging rock face. Scandinavian rock climbing started in the Romsdal Alps, which boast some of the world's most difficult climbs. On the opposite side of the valley, the Romsdalshorn peak towers to a height of 1,555 metres. Continue to Bjørli - a popular winter resort, where you will have lunch before boarding the Rauma Railway.
The Rauma Railway opened in 1924, after more than 40 years of planning and it took ten years to build. It is a feat of engineering, with winding tunnels of up to 180 degrees. The distinctive red, black and silver train carriages carry you past grey, snow covered peaks and across 32 bridges, including the impressive arches of Kylling Bridge, which spans the River Rauma, and takes you back, through the Romsdalen Valley, to Åndalsnes - this time seeing it from a different angle.
Rejoining your coach, drive along the Romsdalsfjord to Vestnes, for the short ferry crossing back to Molde and your awaiting ship.
Smaller ships that can navigate narrow waterways
Experience a RIB Tour
Taking you even closer, by RIB our ‘closer’ experience doesn’t stop when you reach your destination. [ReadMoreMob]
Wherever possible and at an additional cost, our exciting on board RIBs can divert away from regular tourist trails on a journey of serendipity, reaching narrow waterways and natural wonders that regular cruise line guests never get to see.
Every trip is an exclusive, immersive experience – an unmissable chance to stimulate the senses and to take in the world from a different perspective.
"A great addition to the fleet, my RIB experience was THE highlight of the cruise, I will certainly do it again!"
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