9 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.
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 a smorgasbord of scenic and cultural highlights. From the natural wonders of spectacular landscapes, to the architecture and attractions of charming towns, cities and villages: it all awaits your discovery in just nine nights.
Departing northerly Newcastle, it won’t be long until you’re immersing yourself in the scenic beauty and tranquillity of the fjordland. After an overnight sail to Norway, you’ll divert into Lysefjord – a feat only possible on smaller ships – to revel in views of mighty mountains and fascinating rock formations, before visits to three gorgeous fjord villages offer unmissable sights and experiences ashore. At Eidfjord, you could savour local treats at the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory on tour, or perhaps kayak the tranquil surrounding waters; and from Flåm, ride the magical Flåmsbana Railway through staggering fjord valleys, to see tumbling waterfalls and towering peaks up-close. Charming Olden is the starting point for uncovering the magnificent Briksdal Glacier and breathtaking Lovatnet Lake, while panoramic vistas seen from the Loen Skylift nearby are every bit as memorable. In between these rewarding calls, scenic cruising of Hardangerfjord, size-restricted Nærøyfjord, Nordfjord and by Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff – provides unrivalled photo opportunities.
A call at coastal Kristiansund offers an interesting change of scenery; this enchanting city is characterised by a beautiful natural harbour, colourful architecture and fascinating historic sites, and docking close to city centre puts you within easy reach of its highlights. Kristiansund is also the gateway to the incredible Atlantic Road, the route of one of the world’s best road trips. You’ll then turn back into the fjords via the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing the unmistakable Seven Sisters en route to Hellesylt. A short stop here affords opportunities to discover the striking Hellesylt Waterfall, Tystigen Glacier and Hornindalsvatnet – Europe’s deepest lake – before your time in Norway concludes in Ålesund. Whether you choose to explore at ground level, taking in a renowned collection of art-nouveau towers and turrets, steeples and spires, or climb Mount Aksla for unspoilt views of the town and the surrounding islands and islets, your time in Ålesund makes for a perfect end to your adventure.
Highlights of this criuse:
Not only is Newcastle one of Britain’s greatest and most vibrant cities, it is also a fantastic starting point for a Fred. Olsen cruise. With its excellent road and rail connections to the rest of northern England, Scotland and beyond, and its large, comfortable passenger lounge, the Port of Tyne is the perfect place to set sail on your relaxing holiday.
Flåm is a tiny village on the banks of the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the spectacular Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in Europe. Situated amongst scenes of picturesque orchards, hamlets, cottages and farmland, this is one of Norway's most breathtaking locations.
Visitors to Flåm are often drawn to the charming village church, with its traditionally decorated walls, while the Flåmsbana Railway is ranked highly on the fjordland's must-do list. Climbing over 20km as it passes through the magnificent mountain scenery, the Flåmsbana takes in incredible sights such as the striking Kjosfossen Waterfall, crashing 225 metres down rugged cliffs. The Flåmsbana Museum, exploring the railway’s design and construction, is worth visiting too.
Flåm is also perfectly situated for boat tours to UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord, one of National Geographic's top natural heritage sites.
Reaching out into the waters of Norway’s Western Cape on four, bridge-connected islands, the clean, open, operatic city of Kristiansund, and its stunning harbour, are impossible to ignore. destroyed in the Second World War, nearly 80% of Kristiansund has been rebuilt since the 1940s. The city is now home to some of Norway’s most iconic modern architecture. Reminders of pre-war Kristiansund still remain, notably the city’s opera house – the oldest in Norway – which offers around 100 opera performances, an opera festival and an outdoor performance of Donna Bacalao every year.
The local history of Klippfisk (salted cod) can be uncovered at the town’s unique museum, while many visitors opt to travel along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway's most photographed driving roads.
From Kristiansund, a trip to the nearby Grip Island, a prominent fishing settlement in the 15th and 16th centuries, is worth undertaking despite there being no permanent residents now. Exploring the abandoned villages and absorbing the eerie atmosphere of Grip Stave Church – built in 1470, is a must.
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