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Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Five-Night Fjords ex Newcastle Roundtrip
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 23 May 2019
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Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Cruise Description

5 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Some of the fjordland’s most enchanting destinations are yours to discover on this short, yet highly rewarding cruise on board Balmoral. You can enjoy scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways, marvel at incredible natural wonders and uncover the delights of two contrasting ports of call; all this is yours to experience in less than a week, thanks to your departure port’s convenient proximity to Norway.

After an overnight sail from Newcastle your exploration of the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords starts with a glide along the glassy waters of Lysefjord; a feat only possible for smaller ships. Dramatic cliffs, magnificent mountains and mysterious rock formations dominate the idyllic Lysefjord; the scenery on display here is sure to captivate you. A full-day in vibrant Bergen begins early the following morning. You’ll have time here to take in this Hanseatic city’s many highlights, the best of which include the world-famous UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the bustling fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum – the former home of world-renowned composer Edvard Grieg. 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 that is not often seen by guests on larger cruise ships.

Highlights of this cruise:

Cruising Lysefjord
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.

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. 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.

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. Eidfjord is 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 simply cries out to be photographed. 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 cute 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.

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