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

Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers

Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers

Departs: Newcastle • Fri 24 Apr 2020
7 nights • Balmoral • L2005

  • Exploring the Norwegian Fjordland in the spring, when rich flora bursts into life and mighty waterfalls are at their most powerful, you’ll become immersed in the wonder of this spectacular part of the world.
  • Aboard Balmoral, experience unforgettable scenic cruising of Lysefjord, with its towering mountains, cliffs and intriguing rock formations, Maurangerfjord and Hardangerfjord, the ‘Queen of the Fjords’.
  • Ashore, highlights include Edvard Grieg’s lakeside home in Bergen; the famous Flåmsbana Railway; and a chance to sample flavours from the ‘Orchard of Norway’ during time in Eidfjord.

From £949pp

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Springtime Fjords in Five Nights

Springtime Fjords in Five Nights

Departs: Newcastle • Fri 01 May 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2006

  • A short, yet highly rewarding taste of the fjordland, this five-night foray to Fred. Olsen’s beautiful homeland packs-in scenic cruising of gorgeous waterways and visits to two charming destinations.
  • Experience the unique scenery of the idyllic Lysefjord, after an overnight sail from Newcastle; then visit Eidfjord, gateway to the wonders of Hardangerfjord, the ‘Queen of the Fjords’.
  • There’s a memorable journey along Hardangerfjord, and the lush-green Ulvikafjord, too; before Bergen presents its abundant attractions, such as the Troldhaugen Museum and Mount Fløyen.

From £749pp

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Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 May 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2011

  • 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 £1,199pp

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Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Sat 23 May 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2010

  • Encompassing two beautiful countries, this short, yet spellbinding escape manages to pack into the highlights of picturesque waterways, islands and a former ‘European Capital of Culture’ into just five nights.
  • Enjoy a taste of Norway, with unforgettable scenic cruising by the mighty mountains and rock formations of size-restricted Lysefjord and time to uncover the contrasting sights of Stavanger.
  • The Scottish leg of your holiday includes opportunities to capture the unspoilt coastal scenes of the Shetlands; look out for native seabirds such as puffins and fulmars; and marvel at the Orkney’s geological wonders.

From £749pp

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Cruising the Fjords of Norway

Cruising the Fjords of Norway

Departs: Dover • Fri 03 Jul 2020
7 nights • Boudicca • D2016

  • Packing awe-inspiring scenic fjord cruising and visits to diverse, attraction-laden destinations into four days of Norwegian exploration, this weeklong summer sojourn makes for highly rewarding holiday.
  • You’ll be welcomed to the fjordland by the extraordinary landscapes of Lysefjord, before visiting Flåm for a chance to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway, and diverting into the spectacular Nærøyfjord.
  • Amongst the untamed scenes of Hardangerfjord, Rosendal – gateway to the striking Folgefonna Glacier – awaits, while you’ll also see the cascading Furebergfossen Waterfall before finally visiting culture-rich Stavanger.

From £1,099pp

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Five-Night Fjordland Discovery

Five-Night Fjordland Discovery

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Thu 09 Jul 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2015

  • 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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The Best of the Fjords

The Best of the Fjords

Departs: Newcastle • Fri 24 Jul 2020
9 nights • Balmoral • L2018

  • Encompassing a selection of Norway’s greatest fjords, as well as six diverse ports of call, this enticing exploration of Fred. Olsen’s spellbinding homeland packs-in plenty of scenic and cultural highlights.
  • Savour local treats and spectacular scenery in Olden; ride the magical Flåmsbana Railway from Flåm; and seek-out natural wonders, such as the Briksdal Glacier and Lovatnet Lake, from charming Olden.
  • You’ll also visit the historic, culture-rich ports of Kristiansund and Ålesund; and experience scenic cruising of spellbinding waterways including Nærøyfjord, Geirangerfjord and Nordfjord – all in just nine nights.

From £1,399pp

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Spellbinding Fjords of Norway

Spellbinding Fjords of Norway

Departs: Dover • Tue 04 Aug 2020
7 nights • Boudicca • D2020

  • Spend four days of this seven-night cruise reaping the rich rewards of Norway’s spellbinding fjords, from shifting glaciers and tumbling waterfalls to famous scenic railways and fascinating historic sites.
  • Highlights aplenty await your discovery, including Bergen’s Bryggen Wharf and Troldhaugen Museum; the Loen Skylift and Briksdal Glacier, within reach of Olden; and the iconic Flåmsbana Railway.
  • Aboard smaller-sized Boudicca, you’ll sail by Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff; divert into Lysefjord, to see its dramatic cliffs and rock formations; and experience a rare, full-length cruise of Nærøyfjord.

From £1,099pp

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The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights

The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 27 Aug 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2021

  • 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 £799pp

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Cruising the Scenic Fjords of Norway

Cruising the Scenic Fjords of Norway

Departs: Southampton • Tue 01 Sep 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2023

  • 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 £1,249pp

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Spellbinding Fjords of Norway

Spellbinding Fjords of Norway

Departs: Newcastle • Wed 09 Sep 2020
7 nights • Balmoral • L2023

  • 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; experience size-restricted Nærøyfjord; pass by the Seven Sisters Waterfall and Hornelen sea cliff; and much more aboard Balmoral.
  • Visit Bergen, home of the iconic Bryggen Wharf and Troldhaugen Museum; Flåm, for the Flåmsbana Railway; Olden, gateway to the Briksdal Glacier; and Hellesylt, to take in Hellesylt Waterfall.

From £1,099pp

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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 Flåmsbana and Funicular Railways in Flåm and 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 • Boudicca • D2109

  • 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 Karmsund Strait, made possible by Boudicca’s smaller size; 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 £799pp

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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; experience size-restricted Nærøyfjord; pass by the Seven Sisters Waterfall and Hornelen sea cliff; and much more aboard
  • Visit Bergen, home of the iconic Bryggen Wharf and Troldhaugen Museum; Flåm, for the Flåmsbana Railway; Olden, gateway to the Briksdal Glacier; and Hellesylt, to take in Hellesylt 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 • Boudicca • D2112

  • 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 Karmsund Strait, made possible by Boudicca’s smaller size; 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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