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Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Villages Towns & Fjords of Norway ex Newcastle Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 16 Aug 2019
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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Featuring a selection of glorious waterways and enchanting destinations that are amongst the most highly rated by Norwegians and Fred. Olsen guests; this stunning cruise offers you chances to discover some of the greatest sights and experiences the Norwegian fjords have to offer.

You won’t have long to wait until you’re fully immersing yourself in the uncanny tranquillity and natural beauty of the fjordland; mesmerising scenic cruising of Lysefjord – a feat only possible on smaller ships – follows your overnight sail from Newcastle, presenting you with views of dramatic mountains, huge cliff faces and impressive rock formations. You will enjoy scenic cruising of the magnificent Hardangerfjord the following day too, as Balmoral sails deep into the ‘Queen of the Fjords’ all the way to the picturesque fjord village of Eidfjord. Once docked you could opt for a tour to Vøringsfossen – one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls – or to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into Norwegian nature.

Beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is a Hanseatic gem laden with attractions. From the colourful, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf to the Troldhaugen Museum – the former home of legendary composer Edvard Grieg – there’s something for everyone. No time here is complete without riding the Funicular Railway to the top of the magnificent, 320-metre-high Mount Fløyen, one of Norway’s most famous attractions. Following your day in Bergen is a stop at Flåm, where you could catch the famous Flåmsbana Railway to see magnificent mountains and waterfalls up close; or perhaps take a scenic tour to the Stegastein Lookout. The 650-metre-high Stegastein boasts incredible views of the Sognefjord. Finally, it’s on to Olden, another of the fjordland’s gorgeous, sleepy villages. From here you could embark on an exhilarating trek into the Briksdalen Valley in search of the spectacular Briksdal Glacier; or take a tour to revel in the outstanding natural beauty of the Lovatnet Lake.

Highlights of this cruise:

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
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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