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Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Best of the Fjords in 7 Nights ex Newcastle Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 28 May 2019
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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Featuring scenic cruising of a collection of breathtaking, world-renowned waterways and calls into four beautiful fjordland destinations, this incredible Norwegian exploration is filled with spellbinding scenery from beginning to end. Soaring mountains, stunning glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and much more, you’ll discover a wealth of natural wonders during an unforgettable week on board Balmoral.

For a perfect introduction to the spectacular fjordland you’ll begin your holiday with fascinating scenic cruising of Lysefjord; a feat only possible on smaller ships. Dramatic mountains, cliffs and intriguing rock formations come into view as you glide along the glassy waters here – be sure to take it all in from your ship’s open decks. Then there is a plethora of highlights to discover in beautiful Bergen. Attractions include the famous, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the traditional fish market and the interesting Troldhaugen Museum. The views on offer from the top of Mount Fløyen – reached via the funicular railway – are not-to-be-missed. A call at Flåm offers an opportunity to embark on another magical railway journey too. A ride on the Flåmsbana line presents views of towering mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively you could take the opportunity to marvel at the awe-inspiring Sognefjord from the 650-metre-high Stegastein Lookout. Whatever you choose to do in Flåm, you’re sure to look forward to the evening of scenic cruising that follows; Balmoral will divert down Nærøyfjord and bring you closer to the natural treasures of one of National Geographic’s top two Natural World Heritage Sites.

As June begins you’ll stop at Olden. This pretty village is tucked away at the very farthest reaches of Nordfjord, and well worth taking the journey deep into the fjordland to discover. Perhaps you’ll choose to head ashore an enjoy a relaxing stroll in the village; or join tours in search of astonishing natural wonders such as the Briksdal Glacier and the gorgeous Lovatnet Lake. Another evening of memorable scenic cruising follows, taking in the captivating Nordfjord and Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff, before your ship sails overnight to Hellesylt. A short stop in this charming, UNESCO-listed village affords opportunities to discover the striking Hellesylt Waterfall, Tystigen Glacier and Hornindalsvatnet – Europe’s deepest lake – before your time in the fjordland concludes with yet more scenic cruising. The unspoilt landscapes of Geirangerfjord – another of National Geographic’s top Natural World Heritage Sites; the glorious Seven Sisters Waterfall; the picturesque Sunnylvsfjord and Storfjord; and rugged Hjørundfjord are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Highlights of this cruise:

Bergen
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.

Flam
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.

Flåm is also perfectly situated for boat tours to UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord, one of National Geographic's top natural heritage sites.

Olden
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 beautiful Oldedalen Valley extends for 12 miles behind Olden and is an absolute joy to explore. On an adventure into the valley you can marvel at huge, near-vertical cliffs, a string of spectacular waterfalls, and sparkling glaciers, such as the astonishing Briksdal.

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