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Fred. Olsen – Springtime Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords – 2023

  • Bergen, Norway © Norwegian Cruise Line

    Bergen, Norway © Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Bergen Harbour © Norwegian Cruise Line

    Norwegian Fjords
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  • Ballindalloch on Balmoral ©Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

    Ballindalloch on Balmoral © Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar - M2313 - Wednesday 07 June 2023 - 8 nights
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Sails from Southampton

Journeys into scenic waterways and visits to four contrasting fjordland destinations will showcase the beauty and diversity of the Olsen family’s remarkable homeland. Braemar will divert into Akrafjord and Maurangerfjord, for you to witness the tumbling waters of the Langfoss and Fureberg waterfalls at their most powerful, and into Sognefjord and Lustrafjord, bringing scenes of rugged, yet verdant landscapes into view. Cruising into narrow Karmsund and Lysefjord, which is flanked by rugged mountains, cliffs and imposing rock formations, and only accessible to smaller ships, will ensure a memorable start to your Norwegian discovery.Show less

During time ashore, even closer encounters with Norway’s scenic, cultural and historical highlights await. Perhaps experience the thrill of fjord kayaking on Hardangerfjord’s glassy waters, or tour to Vøringsfossen – one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls – from Eidfjord; and uncover the beauty of Skjolden, nestled deep within Lustrafjord, amongst its forested mountains and valleys. At Bergen, hike up Mount Floyen with a native to see – and learn about – the city through local eyes and minds, and take in famous sites such as Bryggen Wharf too. Visiting Farsund is an opportunity to revel in the beaches, scenic walks and birdwatching spots of this old pirate town.

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Dates

Wednesday 07 June 2023


Cruise Itinerary

Wednesday 07 June 2023

Departure from Southampton, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.

Thursday 08 June 2023

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Friday 09 June 2023

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.

Saturday 10 June 2023

Eidfjord, Norway

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.

Sunday 11 June 2023

Skjolden, Norway

Sitting at the end of the world’s longest fjord, Skjolden is considered one of the world’s most breath-taking destinations, overlooked by soaring mountains and dramatic cliffs. Beautiful Skjolden is perfectly placed as a gateway to the Jotunheimen Mountains and Jostedalsbreen, mainland Europe’s largest glacier.

Skjolden offers a slice of genuine Norwegian hospitality and nature beyond imagination; it is also home of Urnes Stave Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Feigum Waterfalls – the most spectacular in Norway, are equally unmissable.

Monday 12 June 2023

Bergen, Norway

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 13 June 2023

Farsund, Norway

In Norway’s far south, on the beautiful Lista peninsula, Farsund – thanks to its strategic location – was developed as an important trading town in the 18th century, and was the base for upwards of 50 shipowners. It was once a pirate town too, and pirate vessels could often be spotted from the shores.

Today Farsund is a vital part of Lista’s agriculture and fishing industries, while its varied scenery of sandy beaches, rocky crags, mountains, forests and dozens of islands attracts large numbers of visitors, including artists and photographers. Wild wetlands surrounding the Lista Lighthouse here are a favourite spot for birds and birdwatchers alike; several hundred species of migratory birds spot here every year.

Wednesday 14 June 2023

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Thursday 15 June 2023

Arrival at Southampton, United Kingdom

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.


Braemar Ship Information

Braemar’s timeless style and elegance will capture your senses. Large windows bathe the ship’s interior in natural light and provide spectacular views while polished wooden fixtures, shining brass fittings, decadent fabrics and carefully designed decor assume the feel of a traditional country house.

All of the 485 comfortable and stylish rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite bathroom (some are fitted with a bathtub), a desk, telephone, interactive Smart TV, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can chose between different room types, like Interior, Porthole, Ocean View, Balcony and Suites.

There are five elegant and intimate dining venues oboard, including two main restaurants, cafe, bar & lounges as well as ‘The Grill’ offering an extra special dining experience so you’ll always find something heavenly to tantalise your tastebuds. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included as well of course.

As well as a choice of comfortable accommodation, dining venues, bars and lounges, Braemar features all the facilities and amenities you need for a comfortable, restful and stress-free stay on board, including heated pools and bubbling jacuzzis, a library, gaming tables & card rooms, and even a self-service Laundry Room.  Stroll through the Port or Boutique shop whether you need any essentials or a holiday bargain.

During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place and in the evening fantastic live performances, including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.


Date  Arrival Departure Port of Call

Wed 07 June 2023

Late PM Southampton, United Kingdom
Thu 08 June 2023 At Sea
Fri 09 June 2023 Late PM Late Night Cruising Lysefjord, Norway
Sat 10 June 2023 Early AM Late PM Eidfjord, Norway
Sun 11 June 2023 Early PM Late PM Skjolden, Norway
Mon 12 June 2023 Early AM Late PM Bergen, Norway
Tue 13 June 2023 Early AM Late PM Farsund, Norway
Wed 14 June 2023 Cruising 
Thu 15 June 2023 Early AM Southampton, United Kingdom

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