Cruising Lysefjord

Braemar cruising the open sea
Lysefjord

The Lysefjord is a stunning example of the Norwegian fjords' spectacular natural beauty. Carved into the landscape by glacier movement in the Ice Age approximately 10,000 years ago, Lysefjord is lined by magnificent mountains and dramatic cliff faces – some soaring over 1,000 metres high into the unpolluted skies above.

In some sections of the fjord the water is as deep as the mountains are high, however at the shallowest point the water depth drops to just 13 metres. This means only small ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet can cruise the Lysefjord.

Sailing along the glassy waters on board a smaller cruise ship is without doubt the best way to take in the fjord's eclectic sights. Lookout for tumbling waterfalls, wonderful wildlife and pretty settlements dotted along the shores; and marvel at the sight of the impressive Lysefjordbrua suspension bridge as so you sail into the fjord.

On a clear day it is possible to see the famous Preikestolen – a huge 604 metre-high flat mountain plateau – and Kjeragbolten, a large rock wedged in one of Mount Kjerag’s crevices. If you’re very lucky you may hear the gunshot-like bang of Kjeragsmellet – an unexplained natural phenomenon that’s particularly prominent in the winter months.

Cruises to Cruising Lysefjord

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Departs: Southampton • Thu 01 Apr 2021
8 nights • Braemar • M2107

  • Heading away from Norway’s coastal routes and deep into the spellbinding fjordland will present you an opportunity to revel in the awe-inspiring natural beauty and drama of Fred. Olsen’s homeland.
  • Smaller-sized Braemar will take you closer the towering mountains, dramatic cliffs and lush-green, flora rich valleys of the breathtaking Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord and Nordfjord.
  • Visits to four enchanting destinations will provide highlights aplenty too; Stavanger’s charming Old Town; the spectacular Loen Skylift, within reach from Olden; Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf; and much more are yours to discover.

From £1,149pp

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Fjordland Villages & Vistas

Fjordland Villages & Vistas

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 17 Apr 2021
7 nights • Balmoral • L2110

  • Savour spectacular spring highlights from start to finish on this special seven-night voyage, perfectly timed to capture the fjordland’s sensational seasonal scenery at its most breathtaking.
  • Departing from Newcastle, Balmoral will soon bring you closer to Norwegian wonders, including the intriguing rock formations and cliffs of Lysefjord and the tumbling waterfalls of Maurangerfjord.
  • Time ashore will provide plenty of highlights too – you can ride the famous Funicular Railway in Bergen respectively; seek-out the Briksdal Glacier from Olden; and much more.

From £999pp

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Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Departs: Dover • Sat 24 Apr 2021
7 nights • Bolette • T2109

  • With hours of inspirational scenic cruising to experience, and time ashore to get even closer to spectacular fjords too, you’re in for a week of endless rewards on this springtime sailing.
  • You’ll revel in the uncanny peace and beauty of Lysefjord and sail the narrow Naeroyfjord; and see Akrafjord’s magnificent Langfoss Waterfall up-close.
  • Visiting Flåm affords a chance to ride the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway, while Olden is your gateway to see the awe-inspiring Briksdal Glacier glistening in spring light and Lovatnet Lake.

From £999pp

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Springtime Fjords in Five Nights

Springtime Fjords in Five Nights

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 01 May 2021
5 nights • Balmoral • L2112

  • Experience the wonderment of discovering spellbinding Norwegian fjords in a shorter time, by taking advantage of Newcastle’s convenient northerly location and closer proximity to Norway.
  • You’ll divert into Lysefjord, to marvel at its unique landscape; journey deep into Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second longest fjord; and see Furebergfossen Waterfall up-close – all in less than a week.
  • Enjoy a full day ashore in Bergen too, with time to explore the Bryggen Wharf, ride the Mount Fløyen funicular and more; and visit picturesque Eidfjord to experience life in the fjords first-hand.

From £749pp

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Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 06 May 2021
7 nights • Balmoral • L2113

  • Hours of unforgettable scenic cruising complements time spent ashore seeking-out astonishing sights and experiences on this magical seven-night exploration of Norway’s spellbinding fjordland.
  • Marvel at Lysefjord’s unique landscape of towering cliff faces, mountains and unique rock formations; see the Hornelen sea cliff; and much more aboard.
  • Visit Bergen, home of the iconic Bryggen Wharf and Troldhaugen Museum; Alesund, for the Rauma Railway; Olden, gateway to the Briksdal Glacier; and Eidfjord, to take in the famous Vøringsfossen waterfall.

From £999pp

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Southern Norway with National Day in Oslo

Southern Norway with National Day in Oslo

Departs: Southampton • Tue 11 May 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2110

  • With chances to revel in the rich culture and breathtaking natural beauty of southern Norway, and join Oslo’s colourful National Day celebrations, you’ll be fully-immersed throughout this nine-night cruise.
  • Your full-day in Oslo is top-of-the-list of highlights – enjoy ample time to experience the capital’s traditional celebrations, including the colourful parades and events at the impressive Royal Palace.
  • In southern Norway, Kristiansand, Arendal and Stavanger offer rich rewards, from fascinating historic districts to picturesque harbours, while you’ll also cruise the spectacular Lysefjord and Jøsenfjord.

From £1,249pp

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Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Departs: Dover • Sat 22 May 2021
7 nights • Bolette • T2112

  • With hours of inspirational scenic cruising to experience, and time ashore to get even closer to spectacular fjords too, you’re in for a week of endless rewards on this springtime sailing.
  • You’ll revel in the uncanny peace and beauty of Lysefjord and sail the narrow Naeroyfjord; and see Akrafjord’s magnificent Langfoss Waterfall up-close.
  • Visiting Flåm affords a chance to ride the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway, while Olden is your gateway to see the awe-inspiring Briksdal Glacier glistening in spring light and Lovatnet Lake.

From £999pp

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Five Night Fjordland Discovery

Five Night Fjordland Discovery

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Fri 28 May 2021
5 nights • Balmoral • L2116

  • Experience the wonderment of discovering spellbinding Norwegian fjords in a shorter time, by taking advantage of Rosyth’s convenient northerly location and closer proximity to Norway.
  • You’ll divert into Lysefjord, to marvel at its unique landscape; journey deep into Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second longest fjord; and see Furebergfossen Waterfall up-close – all in less than a week.
  • Enjoy a full day ashore in Bergen too, with time to explore the Bryggen Wharf, ride the Mount Fløyen funicular and more; and visit picturesque Eidfjord to experience life in the fjords first-hand.

From £799pp

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Scenic Views of Norway's Iconic Fjords

Scenic Views of Norway's Iconic Fjords

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Wed 14 Jul 2021
7 nights • Balmoral • L2121

  • Lose yourself in the dramatic scenery, eerie silence and sheer magnificence of spectacular waterways, as Balmoral sails stunning, size-restricted routes deep into Norway’s fjordland.
  • Be charmed by the countryside scenes of Langfjorden and Eresfjorden; and marvel at the astonishing natural wonders of Lysefjord – only accessible to smaller ships.
  • Step ashore in Olden, Skjolden, Andalsnes and Bergen, for chances to see breathtaking waterfalls and glaciers up close, ride world-famous scenic railways and enjoy a taste of Norwegian history too.

From £1,099pp

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