Fred. Olsen – Springtime Fjords In Five Nights – 2021
Sails from Newcastle
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.
Your ship will sail deep into Hardangerfjord – Norway’s second longest fjord – next, all the way to Eidfjord. Some of the fjordland’s most astonishing landscapes encompass this charming village; taking a kayaking tour on the still waters of the Hardangerfjord is a unique way to marvel at the soaring peaks here. On tours from Eidfjord, the Vøringsfossen – one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls – and the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into Norway’s natural environment, are within reach too. A return journey along the Hardangerfjord follows in the evening, offering you another opportunity to capture the outstanding natural beauty of the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, before Balmoral diverts into Maurangerfjord to present you with a close-up look at the cascading Furebergfossen Waterfall – another of Norway’s incredible natural wonders not often seen by guests on larger cruise ships.
Saturday 1st May 2021
Saturday 1st May 2021
Departure from Newcastle, United Kingdom
Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.
Sunday 2nd May 2021
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.
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.
Monday 3rd May 2021
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 4th May 2021
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.
Two quaint churches, one dated back to 1309, are both worth exploring, while the Troll Train offers a 50-minute guided tour of this stunning region. From the train you can experience Eidfjord’s exquisite scenery and Hæreid, the largest Viking burial site from the Iron Age.
Hiking is very popular in the area, and for those keen sports enthusiasts, kayaking down the dramatic, mountain-flanked fjords is a must-do. Alternatively, visitors can head for the amazing Hardangervidda Nature Centre or the infamous Voringfossen Waterfall, a tumbling natural beauty set deep in the mountains of Måbødalen Valley.
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Cruise Hardangerfjord, Norway
Known as the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, Hardangerfjord is situated centrally in the heart of Western Norway. The best way to experience this incredible fjord is to sail along its 197-kilometre-long stretch of still, azure water, enjoying the spellbinding scenery, towering mountains, waterfalls and idyllic orchards.
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Furebergfoss Waterfall, Norway
Cruise along the Maurangerfjord, gliding past the pretty Furebergfossen Waterfall for wonderful views and great photo opportunities.
Maurangerfjord is a fjord in the municipality Kvinnherad in Hordaland, Norway. It is a 12 km long branch of the Hardangerfjord. The inner end of the fjord branches into Nordrepollen and Austrepollen. The Mauranger Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Austrepollen.
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Thursday 6th May 2021
Arrival at Newcastle, United Kingdom
After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.
Balmoral 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.
|Date||Arrival||Departure||Port of Call|
Sat 01 May 2021
|Late PM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
|Sun 02 May 2021||Late PM||Late Night||Cruising Lysefjord, Norway|
|Mon 03 May 2021||Early AM||Late Night||Bergen, Norway|
|Tue 04 May 2021||Early AM||Late PM||Eidfjord, Norway|
|Tue 04 May 2021||Late PM||Late Night||Cruise Hardangerfjord, Norway|
|Tue 04 May 2021||Late Night||Late Night||Furebergfoss Waterfall, Norway|
|Wed 05 May 2021||Cruising|
|Thu 06 May 2021||Early AM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|