Belfast to the Norwegian Fjords

Cruise the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords aboard the 4* Fred Olsen Boudicca. Incredible waterfalls, vertical cliffs, UNESCO heritage sights, and so much more to feast your eyes upon. This amazing 8-night cruise will take in Olden, Bergen, Flam the Orkney Islands and more.

 

DESTINATION Norway, Fjords
FROM Belfast, Northern Ireland
DATE 30th April 2017
DURATION 8 Nights
PRICE From only €1,419 pp

Venture deep into Norway’s breathtaking fjord land and enjoy views of simply spectacular scenery from the decks of smaller-sizedBoudicca, gliding along breathtaking waterways that guests on larger cruise ships wouldn’t experience as they cruise directly from port to port.

After embarking the ship in Belfast you’ll spend just two days at sea before stepping ashore in Olden. Here you could join an exciting trek through the Briksdalen Valley to see the beautiful Briksdal Glacier – an arm of the astonishing Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest inland glacier. An unforgettable evening of scenic cruising along the Nordfjord follows, passing the towering Hornelen sea cliff. In Flåm you’ll have the opportunity to ride the famous Flamsbana Railway and see the cascading Kjosfossen Waterfall up-close, or kayak on the glassy waters of Aurlandsfjord before sailing along the Nærøyfjord. The incredible scenery of this UNESCO-listed passage through some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe has to be seen to be believed, and you’ll have unspoilt views from on board Boudicca.

Beautiful Bergen is your final Norwegian call. Be sure to wander around the charming, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and admire the colourful wooden structures; and ride the funicular up Mount Fløyen for superb views. You could also see several of Edvard Munch’s works at the fantastic Bergen Art Museum; or visit the Troldhaugen – the former home of Edvard Grieg – which today is an interesting museum dedicated to the great composer. En route back to Belfast you will also enjoy a call into Kirkwall, the capital of Scotland’s picturesque Orkney Islands. Explore the town’s rugged surroundings in search of seabirds and other native fauna; or perhaps visit Skara Brae, the best-preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe – a wonderful conclusion to this scenic adventure.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Belfast, Northern Ireland: Depart Late Night

You will board the 4* Boudicca at the Belfast port to begin your journey full of incredible sights and scenic backdrops, that only Norway can offer.

Days 2 & 3: At Sea

Day 4: Olden, Norway: Early AM to Late PM

Charming Olden is simply delightful, combining rocky mountains with lush green meadows and colourful flowers. An attractive destination in its own right, Olden also serves as a gateway to the Jostedalen Glacier and the famous Briksdal, a vast glacier arm set between glorious waterfalls and soaring peaks.

Day 4: Cruising Nordfjord, Norway: Late PM to Late Night

The Nordfjord is one of Norway’s longest and most picturesque fjords, with the stunning Jostedalsbreen Glacier and Stadhavet Ocean located at either end. 

Day 4: Cruising Hornelen, Norway: Late Night to Late Night

Cruise alongside Hornelen and marvel at the highest sea cliff in Europe. 

Day 5: Flam, Norway: Early AM to Late PM

A stroll along the waterside, past orchards and hamlets, cottages and farmland, helps to explain why this area is so enduringly popular with visitors. Back in the village, the pretty church with its traditionally decorated walls, is one of the oldest in Norway.

In recent years, the Flåm Railway has become a major attraction. Finished in 1944, it climbs over 20km and almost a thousand metres through magnificent scenery, in and out of mountains, past waterfalls and ravines, pausing at the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall – where water crashes 225 metres down the side of the cliffs – for a photo opportunity. Down in the village, the Flåmsbana Museum tells the story of the railway’s design and construction.

Flåm is also perfectly placed if you wish to explore Naeroyfjord – An UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful fjords in the world. The fjord can be explored via boat trips and kayaking tours. The sights and sounds of the fjord are incredible and not to be missed.

Day 5: Cruising Nærøyfjord (Naeroyfjord)Late PM to Late Night

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. The fjord is 18 kilometres long and only 500 metres wide at its narrowest point and the passage through it is one of the most dramatic in Europe. As your cruise through this stunning part of the world, you’ll see snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and charming traditional farms that cling to the vast hillsides. 

Day 6: Bergen, Norway: Early AM to Late PM

Bergen was one of the great Hanseatic ports, and this maritime heritage is recalled by the 900-year-old Bryggen Wharf, with its splendid museum. The wharf is a delight to explore: its narrow streets climb away from the waterfront, lined with interesting shops, colourful half-timbered houses, and cobbled stairways, with alleyways and tiny open spaces that beg to be explored. In summer months, every spare corner seems to be filled with pots and containers overflowing with colourful flowers that fill the air with perfume.

Bergen is framed by seven magnificent hills, the highest of which can be reached by a funicular railway. From the top, there are spectacular views down to the harbourside, where cafés, bars, and restaurants welcome visitors from around the world. Bergen was the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and the Troldhaugen is a museum devoted to his life and work, including an exhibition centre, shop, and café.

Day 7: Kirkwall, Orkney IslandsEarly PM to Late Night

Kirkwall feels more Scandinavian than Scottish: in fact, the name comes from the Norse for “Church Bay”. The church in question is the 11th century Church of Saint Olaf of Norway. St Magnus Cathedral in the town was founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by the Norseman Earl (later Saint) Rögnvald Kali.

The Cathedral has been restored over recent years and the work is still continuing. It’s well worth visiting, as are the nearby ruins of the former Bishop’s Palace, dating from the middle of the 12th century, and Earl’s Palace, said to have been the finest Renaissance building in Scotland. Kirkwall has two excellent museums as well: Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th-century townhouse, has historic collections of major importance; while the Orkney Wireless Museum has comprehensive displays about the history of radio.

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: Belfast, Northern Ireland: Arrive Early AM to disembark ship

The Boudicca will arrive in Belfast early in the morning where you will disembark in Ireland! No flights necessary.

8 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star Boudicca, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on MS Boudicca)

4* Fred Olsen – Boudicca

Originally designed for world cruises, Boudicca has a high proportion of large cabins and suites, many with sea views. The vessel’s interior is stylish, elegant and very modern, and large windows in public rooms create a very light and airy ambience. In addition they provide magnificent views for passengers in the restaurants, lounges and bars of the ship.

The Secret Garden Restaurant, decorated in an oriental style, is available for informal dining, while the ship’s main formal restaurants are the Tintagel and Four Seasons, which display a wealth of original landscape and botanical paintings, as does the Heligan Room, named after the recreated Cornish “Lost Gardens” of Heligan. In fine weather a poolside buffet is available on the lounge deck, alongside the large swimming pools, two jacuzzis and exercise pool.

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Marina Deck 3

Cabin Categories:

  • I Inside
  • F Oceanview
  • E Oceanview

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Atlantic Deck 4

Cabin Categories:

  • H Inside
  • N Single Inside
  • E Oceanview
  • D Oceanview
  • L Single Oceanview
  • K Single Oceanview

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Main Deck 5

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  • M Single Inside
  • K Single Oceanview
  • C Superior Oceanview
  • B Superior Oceanview
  • JS Junior Suite
  • DS Deluxe Suite

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Lounge Deck 6

Restaurant, Lounge, Bars & Pool

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Lido Deck 7

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  • B Superior Oceanview
  • A Superior Oceanview
  • JS Junior Suite
  • DS Deluxe Suite

Library, Card rooms & Bar

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Bridge Deck 8

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  • J Superior Single Balcony
  • BC Balcony
  • JB Single Balcony Suite
  • BS Balcony Suite
  • SS Superior Suite

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Marquee Deck 9

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  • SS Superior Suite
  • MS Marquee Suite
  • PS Premier Suite

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Sun Deck 10

Fitness Centre, Golf Nets & Sun Deck

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
30 April 2017 €1,349 Inside Sold Out
30 April 2017 €1,419 Outside Book Now
30 April 2017 €1,699 Superior Outside Book Now
30 April 2017 €2,029 Balcony Book Now
30 April 2017 €1,869 Single Inside Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Free return coach transfer from Dublin to Belfast port (call for details)
  • No flights necessary!
  • 8 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Boudicca based on 2 sharing a cabin
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All on board entertainment
  • Unlimited baggage
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 15% per person at time of booking
  • Full payment due 16 weeks from departure
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • Drinks packages available at €12 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Boudicca
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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