Featuring scenic cruising of a collection of breathtaking, world-renowned waterways and calls into four beautiful fjordland destinations, this incredible Norwegian exploration is filled with spellbinding scenery from beginning to end. Soaring mountains, stunning glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and much more, you’ll discover a wealth of natural wonders during an unforgettable week on board Balmoral.
For a perfect introduction to the spectacular fjordland you’ll begin your holiday with fascinating scenic cruising of Lysefjord; a feat only possible on smaller ships. Dramatic mountains, cliffs and intriguing rock formations come into view as you glide along the glassy waters here – be sure to take it all in from your ship’s open decks. Then there is a plethora of highlights to discover in beautiful Bergen. Attractions include the famous, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the traditional fish market and the interesting Troldhaugen Museum. The views on offer from the top of Mount Fløyen – reached via the funicular railway – are not-to-be-missed. Calling at Flåm offers an opportunity to embark on another magical railway journey too. A ride on the Flåmsbana line presents views of towering mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively, you could take the opportunity to marvel at the awe-inspiring Sognefjord from the 650-metre-high Stegastein Lookout. Whatever you choose to do in Flåm, you’re sure to look forward to the evening of scenic cruising that follows; Balmoral will divert down Nærøyfjord and bring you closer to the natural treasures of one of National Geographic’s top two Natural World Heritage Sites.
- 7 nights’ accommodation staying in an interior room – upgrades available at an additional supplement
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
- Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*
Sunday 23 June: Depart Rosyth – Late PM
Monday 24 June: Cruising Lysefjord, Norway
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.
Tuesday 25 June: Bergen, Norway
Seven hills and seven fjords frame Hanseatic Bergen, a city steeped in maritime heritage. Of Bergen’s many attractions, the 900-year-old UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf. A delight to explore, the Bryggen’s cobbled stairways are lined with traditional half-timbered buildings and climb away from the waterfront, leading to curious open spaces that are often overflowing with colourful flowers that perfume the air.
Wednesday 26 June: Flåm & Cruising Naeroyfjord, Norway
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.
The Nærøyfjord (Naeroyfjord) has been rated by National Geographic as the world’s number one natural heritage site and is rumoured to be the inspiration for the snowy scenes in the hit Disney movie Frozen.
Thursday 27 June: Olden, Cruising Nordfjord & Hornelen, Norway
At its eastern end, the magnificent Nordfjord divides into three arms beneath the glaciers of the Jostedalsbreen, and Olden sits at the beginning of the southernmost of these arms.
The Nordfjord is one of Norway’s longest and most picturesque fjords, with the stunning Jostedalsbreen – Europe’s largest inland glacier – at one end and the Stadhavet Ocean located at other end.
A scenic cruise alongside Hornelen with Fred. Olsen offers you the opportunity to get closer to Europe’s highest sea cliff. Gliding gently through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth you’ll stand in awe as you gaze upwards toward the summit of this incredible landmark.
Friday 28 June: Cruising Geirangerfjord, Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sunnylvsfjorden & Hjørundfjord
Regarded as one of the most beautiful Norwegian Fjord locations, the settlement of Hellesylt is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. The jewel of the fjordland, UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord is, sharing the title with the breathtaking Naeroyfjord, one of National Geographic’s joint top natural world heritage sites. The Seven Sisters are among the most photographed waterfalls of Norway’s UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. No less than seven waterfalls descend into the fjord, with an average fall of around 250 metres (820 feet).
Flanked by towering mountain peaks, historic farms and tiny villages, the serene Sunnylvsfjorden offers spectacular views as you glide through the still, crystal-clear waters towards the beautiful village of Hellesylt – one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations. Storfjorden, which translates as ‘Great Fjord’, certainly lives up to its name. Norway’s fifth largest fjord, this breathtaking waterway slices a 68-mile-long path through the Sunnmøre region’s rugged landscape, before splitting-off into the Norddalsfjorden and Geirangerfjord.
Often by-passed by ships sailing through Storsfjorden en route to Geirangerfjord and Hellesylt, the breathtaking scenery of Hjørundfjord – a 35 Kilometre-long branch of Storsfjorden – is rarely seen on Norwegian fjords cruises. Aboard Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships, you can divert into this incredible waterway to marvel at the astonishing, snow-capped peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps and steep green hills which frame the fjord’s glass-like waters – an unforgettable scenic cruising experience.
Saturday 29 June: At Sea
Sunday 30 June: Disembark Rosyth – Early AM