Sailing from Rosyth
Rosyth • Cruising Lysefjord, Norway • Bergen, Norway • Flam, Norway • Cruising Naeroyfjord, Norway • Olden, Norway • Cruising Nordfjord, Norway • Cruising by Hornelen, Norway • Cruising Geirangerfjord, Norway • Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway • Hellesylt, Norway • Cruising Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway • Cruising Storfjorden, Norway • Cruising Hjorundfjord, Norway • Rosyth
Up to £75 per person Transport Allowance PLUS tips included
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.
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.
Bergen has a vibrant fish market and hosts one of Norway's biggest cultural events of the year, the Bergen International Festival. The city was once the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and the Troldhaugen Museum is devoted to his life’s work.
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.
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.
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. A charming village, Olden is among green meadows which are ablaze with colourful flowers throughout the summer, and through which babbling brooks meander between pretty houses.
In the centre of the village is the Old Church, built in 1759 on the site of a 14th century stave church: the timber was used for the pew doors and doorposts. Near the church is the Singerheimen, the former home of William Singer the millionaire founder of the sewing-machine company. He was a gifted amateur artist, and some of his paintings of the Olden area can be seen in his workshop.
The sixth longest Norwegian fjord, and one of the most picturesque, beautiful Nordfjord stretches from mainland Norway's western-most point – overlooking Stadhavet, Sunnmørsalpene and Ålfotbreen – to the magnificent Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest inland glacier.
Cruising by Hornelen
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 from the comfort of your ship's decks.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful Norwegian Fjord locations, the settlement of Hellesylt is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
Nestled in the incredible scenery of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, the tiny, old Viking port of Hellesylt begs to be explored, with numerous easy-to-walk trails that offer incredible views of the surrounding natural wonders.
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.
Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall
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).
The water level is dependent on the snow thaw and precipitation and may affect whether it is possible to see all seven falls equally clearly. The falls are naturally more visible during the major snow melting period between May and July and can be best observed by taking a boat trip on the Geirangerfjord.
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 – and the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord – voted the world’s joint-number natural world heritage site – which branches off into the western fjordland.
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 larger vessels.
However with Fred. Olsen, on board our smaller-sized 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.
At a glance....
Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's 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.
|Passengers||1350 Standard Occupancy|
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