Visits Fred’s Favourite Fjords aboard the Fred Olsen Balmoral. You will sail straight into the heart of Norway’s incredible fjordland in just a fraction of the time it would take from a southern departure port and enjoy as many fantastic ports of call and journeys through mesmerising fjords that we could possibly cram into a 7-night cruise.
|FROM||Dublin / Newcastle, UK|
|DATE||24 June & 30 July 2017|
|PRICE||From €1,439 pp|
Discover fjords and destinations that are amongst the most highly-rated by Norwegians and Fred.’s guests on this stunning seven-night sailing aboard Balmoral,and revel in the peace, tranquillity and untouched natural beauty of this breathtaking part of the world.
Sailing from Newcastle means you’ll only spend a short time at sea before venturing deep into the stunning Lysefjord, where mesmerising waterfalls, huge mountains and impressive cliffs such as the 604 metre-high Preikestolen will come into view. The following morning Balmoral will dock in Bergen, home of the enchanting Bryggen Wharf. Admire the colourful timber structures of this UNESCO-listed delight, and don’t miss the fantastic views on offer from the Mount Fløyen viewpoint, which can be reached via the funicular railway. Calling into Olden next, embark on a trek through the breathtaking Briksdalen Valley to see the Briksdal Glacier – an arm of the remarkable Jostedalsbreen – up-close, before experiencing an unforgettable evening of scenic cruising along the Nordfjord and past the soaring Hornelen sea cliff.
In Flåm, the opportunity to ride the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway – one of the world’s greatest and most picturesque train journeys – is not-to-be-missed, offering an abundance of photo opportunities as you wind through lush valleys and mountains, and past mighty waterfalls such as the Tvinde and Kjosfossen. For a unique view of the surrounding Aurlandsfjord, join an exhilarating kayaking trip from Flåm; or climb to the Stegastein Viewpoint which boasts astonishing vistas from 650 metres above the fjord. Yet more scenic cruising follows, taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord, Maurangerfjord – where you’ll see the tumbling Furebergfossen Waterfall – and Hardangerfjord en route to your final port of call, Eidfjord. Unforgettable experiences await you here, including the chance to kayak on the still waters of Hardangerfjord; or join a tour to the steep Vøringfoss Waterfall.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Newcastle, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM
Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.
Day 2: Cruising Lysefjord (Pulpit & Kjerag Boulder): Arrive Late PM Depart Late Night
Experience an unforgettable scenic cruise along the beautiful Lysefjord, a size-restricted waterway carved 40 Kilometres into Norway’s breathtaking west coast.
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.
Day 3: Bergen, Norway: Arrive Early AM to Late Night
The Hanseatic city of Bergen has many attractions, including the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, with its colourful timbered houses and cobbled streets; a vibrant fish market; and the Troldhaugen Museum, the former home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg.
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 by 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 4: Olden, Nordfjord, Norway: Arrive 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.
You will also cruise to the spectacular locations Nordfjord and Hornelen.
Day 5: Flam, Norway: Arrive Early AM to Late PM
Set in picture-postcard scenery at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, the Norwegian town of Flåm boasts one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe.
The railway, opened in 1923, is one of the steepest standard gauge railways in the world, climbs over 3,000 feet to the ancient town of Voss and offers magnificent views over the valley. Just over 12 miles long, you’ll see rivers cutting through deep ravines and waterfalls cascading down the sides of snow-capped mountains.
Perched on the border between western and eastern Norway, Flåm marks the innermost point of the famous Sognefjord region and makes the perfect starting point from which to explore its stunning scenery.
You will also cruise by and take in the incredible locations of Naeroyfjord, Gudvangen and SogneFjord.
Day 6: Eidfjord, Norway (Cruise Hardangerfjord & Maurangerfjord – Furebergfossen Waterfall: Arrive Early AM to Late Night
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Newcastle, UK: Arrive Early AM
Once you have disembarked the Balmoral and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.
7 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Balmoral)
Balmoral is the largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.
The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.
There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.
Dates & Prices
|24 June 2017||€1,529||Inside||Book Now|
|24 June 2017||€1,779||Oceanview||Book Now|
|24 June 2017||€2,169||Superior
|24 June 2017||€2,549||Single Inside||Book Now|
|30 July 2017||€1,439||Inside||Book Now|
|30 July 2017||€1,629||Oceanview||Book Now|
|30 July 2017||€1,829||Superior
|30 July 2017||€2,339||Single Inside||Book Now|
- Return flights from Dublin
- Return Transfers airport / port
- 7 nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral based on 2 sharing
- Fine dining on a full board basis
- All onboard entertainment
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
- Taxes and charges of €130
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
- Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
- Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 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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