Fred. Olsen – The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights – May 2020
Sails from Newcastle
Dive into the beautiful nature of Norway
By taking advantage of Newcastle’s convenient northerly location, you can experience the wonderment of discovering Norway’s spellbinding fjords in a shorter time. In less than a week, you’ll enjoy scenic cruising of awe-inspiring waterways and visit two vibrant destinations, for a perfect taste of fjordland exploration with Fred. Olsen.
An overnight sail from your northern departure port to Norway ensures you’ll quickly and comfortably reach some of the most celebrated scenery of Fred. Olsen’s incredible homeland. Diverting into Lysefjord, passing underneath an impressive bridge that restricts larger ships from accessing this stunning waterway, dramatic cliffs, mighty mountains and unique rock formations will provide a memorable first glimpse of the fjordland’s remarkable scenery. Stepping ashore in Bergen next, you’ll have a full-day to take in this Hanseatic city’s many highlights. The world-famous UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the bustling fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum – the former home of world-renowned composer Edvard Grieg – to name just a few. For unspoilt views of Bergen’s gorgeous surrounding landscapes be sure to ride the funicular railway to the top of majestic Mount Fløyen.
01 May 2020 - 5 nights
Friday 01 May 2020
Departure from Newcastle
Travel to Newcastle in time for your afternoon departure.
Saturday 02 May 2020
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.
Sunday 03 May 2020
The picturesque village of Eidfjord, set within the breath-taking Hardangerfjord, is a gateway to some of the region’s most spectacular natural features and possibly the most beautiful place in the Norwegian fjords. Located beneath a back-drop of soaring, snow-peaked mountains, engraved with rivers and waterfalls, Eidfjord begs for exploration and presents some of the fjordland’s greatest photo opportunities The village’s tranquil feel extends to the lush fields that run for miles, meandering through clusters of wood-slat homes in ice-cream hues.
Sunday 03 May 2020
Cruising Ulvikafjord, Norway
Situated at the northern end of Hardangerfjord – Norway’s second largest fjord – Ulvikafjord is surrounded by soaring mountains and lush green valleys and you sail towards the beautiful village of Ulvika. Make sure you have your camera ready to take advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities as the Balmoral glides through the blue waters of the fjord.
Sunday 03 May 2020
Cruising Hardangerfjord, Norway
Known as the Queen of the Fjord, Hardangerfjord is situated centrally in the heart of Western Norway. The best way to sail on it enjoying the spellbinding scenery, towering mountains, waterfalls and idyllic orchards.
Monday 04 May 2020
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 is a standout highlights. 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.
Not to be missed is a chance to ride the Funicular Railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, offering spectacular panoramic views of Bergen and its scenic surroundings.
Tuesday 05 May 2020
Relax on board the ship and enjoy the on-board activities.
Wednesday 06 May 2020
Arrival at Newcastle
Disembark the ship for your journey home.
Balmoral cruise ship information
Balmoral is the largest of Fred Olsen’s cruise ships, on board there are nine decks two of which are for the sole purpose of leisure and relaxation.
The ship’s facilities include swimming pools & Jacuzzis, Fitness centre, Sundeck & golf nets, Atlantic Spa & Salon, library and card room. There are also boutiques, fine jewellery and Port shop. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included and provided by a wide range of restaurants, cafés, grill and lounges on board.
During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place, while in the evening fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.
All of the 710 rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite shower (some may have a bathtub also), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: single, interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites.
|Fri 01 May 2020||PM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
|Sat 02 May 2020||Late PM||Late Night||Cruising Lysefjord, Norway|
|Sun 03 May 2020||Early AM||Late PM||Eidfjord, Norway|
|Sun 03 May 2020||Late PM||Late PM||Cruising Ulvikafjord|
|Sun 03 May 2020||Late PM||Late PM||Cruising Hardangerfjord|
|Mon 04 May 2020||Late Night||Late Night||Bergen, Norway|
|Tue 05 May 2020||Cruising|
|Wed 06 May 2020||AM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|