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Fjords Of Norway

The Norwegian Fjords, arguably the most beautiful region for cruising

  • Norway

  • 6, 7, 8 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Jul

    Aug

Leisurely

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Leisurely

Grade 3

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.

You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Sail the enchanting Norwegian fjords
  • Capture Norway’s magical villages located on the shores of the dramatic fjords
  • Discover Bergen and its old merchant houses and delicious fish market
  • Ride the famous Flam Railway and capture spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls, and glacial rivers
  • Follow the Olden Valley to the snout of dramatic Glaciers
  • Walk the cobbled streets of the pretty Stavanger

Powerful geysers...thundering waterfalls...soaring puffins...mysterious Arctic foxes...you are never too far from an unforgettable moment when you experience the spellbinding Fjords of Norway. Mountain railways…dramatic glaciers…snow-capped peaks...Norway is an enchanting country with less than five million people and over 15,000 miles of coastlines and deep blue fjords.

One of the most memorable things about a cruise to the fjords is, believe it or not, cruising the fjords! The journey between ports is always picturesque with nearly one third of the country located above the tree line, surrounded by towering peaks and magnificent glaciers, found as far south as central southern Norway. We'll explore magical undiscovered towns and villages, such as well known places such as Bergen and Flam. Our discovery may take us to Olden, located towards the eastern end of Nordfjord. Cruises to Hellesylt navigate the twists and turns of the sublime Geirangerfjord. We pass the gentle shores of the Hardangerfjord on the way to Eidfjord, where blossom decorates the shores during spring. Many of the cruises to Stavanger sail along the Lysefjord where two impressive must see’s lie high above the fjord - the Pulpit Rock, a plateau at the top of a 600m sheer rock face, and Kjeragbolten, an egg-shaped chunk of rock sandwiched impossibly between two rock faces. Both iconic symbols of Norway! 

Our days at sea are spent sailing through captivating fjords and past remote colourful towns, perfectly complemented with active days exploring ashore. Without a doubt, a cruise is the finest way to experience the other-worldly setting of Norway’s coast and fjords. Since the launch of our Cruise & Walk programme, Norway has consistently proven to be one of our most popular destinations.

Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but on a Ramblers Cruise & Walk holiday you benefit from excellent value and experience more places than you would on a land based holiday. At the end of each day’s activities, we return to the excellent food and comfort of the Fred Olsen ship and sail on to another scenic destination.

Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.

  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • Afternoon Tea aboard ship on one of our cruising days
  • Picnic lunch on shore excursion days
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme, including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. Fred Olsen offers various packages for wifi access onboard. Please refer to their website at https://www.fredolsencruises.com/faqs/on-board/is-there-wifi-on-board for full information
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Borealis in Liverpool and set sail for enchanting Norway. Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

Take time to explore the ship's facilities, bars and decks. Settle into your cabin, meet your fellow sailing companions and also say hello to the crew who will greet you with a very warm welcome!

Day 2 & 3

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The next two days are spent at sea so you can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There are usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym. Perhaps attend one of the on-board lectures or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa. Maybe just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and get started on that book you have always said you would read!. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our morning starts by sailing between the dramatic mountains along the Sognefjord towards the scenic village of Flåm, located in the picturesque Aurlandsfjord. You’ll see an array of pretty colourful buildings and houses set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop and deep blue fjords. It was originally a farmers village but now it is home to the famous picturesque Flåm Railway. We take the classic train trip on the Flåm Railway to Myrdal and walk down half way to Berekvam, before picking up the train again back to Flåm. This is a great walk unwind and capture spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls, and glacial rivers. We’ll meander through valleys and past tiny village farms. There are also a variety of short walks available in Flåm. 

This evening as we leave Flåm, we cruise the Naeroyfjord en route to Stavanger.

We anchor off shore today and use a small boat known as a 'tender' to disembark and transport you from ship to shore.

Day 5

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along the dramatic Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen, we reach the small alpine village of Olden. We take transport up the Olden valley to start a scenic walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the panoramic mountain views at the top are magnificent and well worth the effort!

We anchor off shore today and use a small boat known as a 'tender' to disembark and transport you from ship to shore.

Day 6

Exploring Bergen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway but is described more as a town with character and a friendly atmosphere. It is known as the heart and the gateway of the fjords, and is one of the most visited places in Norway. It has a perfect blend of history, tradition and modern life. Scandic colourful houses dot the hillside above its cobbled narrow alleyways. Bergen is surrounded by seven magnificent hills, so has the special picture perfect combination of mountains and water. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history dating back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a wonderful place to spend the day.

We explore Bergen and are whisked up by the Fløyen funicular, taking us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along well made paths through the woods, past tranquil lakes, and up to viewpoints with panoramic mountainous scenery. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around. Maybe spend the afternoon exploring Bergen's legendary fish market, perhaps try its local speciality steamed cod, known as Persetorsk. The streets are filled with shops, galleries and cafes. There is plenty to see and do here!

Day 7

Discover Kirkwall

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

130 miles north of Aberdeen in the Orkney Islands sits Kirkwall, rich in folklore. From the ship we take a coach across the island of Mainland to the Kitchener Memorial, dedicated to Lord Kitchener and the crew of the HMS Hampshire which tragically sank nearby. We walk across moorland and along cliffs to Scara Brae prehistoric village. On arrival there should be time for a visit before returning to the ship.

Occasional changes to the ship’s schedule mean we cannot guarantee there will be time to visit Scara Brae, so we do not include the entrance ticket (approx £9pp) in the price of the cruise

Day 8

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a day at sea on our return to Liverpool to enjoy the comforts on board Borealis.

Day 9

Arrival in Liverpool

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive in Liverpool for disembarkation after breakfast and start our journey home

From (GBP)£1,695

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Jul 2021 - 19th Jul 2021 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Bolette in Dover and set sail for enchanting Norway. Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

Take time to explore the ship's facilities, bars and decks. Settle into your cabin, meet your fellow sailing companions and also say hello to the crew who will greet you with a very warm welcome!

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is spent at sea so you can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There are usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym. Perhaps attend one of the on-board lectures or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa. Maybe just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a good book. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 3

Walking from Rosendal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    90m

Rosendal, located along the second largest fjord in Norway, the Hardangerjord, is surrounded by glorious glaciers, magnificent mountains and the spellbinding sea, making it a suitable destination for all year round for outdoor activity. We take a scenic trail from Rosendal through meadows and farms, you may even spot grazing cattle. We arrive at Guddalstunet before continuing into the dramatic valley. We follow sections of the meandering Guddal river, descending directly from the impressive Folgefonna glacier. A river trail takes us back to Rosendal, passing fisherman, traditional mill houses, a marine research station and a life boat production company!

This evening as we leave Rosendal, we cruise the Maurangerfjord and Furebergfossen en route to Eidfjord.

We anchor off shore today and use a small boat known as a 'tender' to disembark and transport you from ship to shore. After our visit to Rosendal, we cruise the Maurangerfjord and Furebergfossen en route to our next port

Day 4

Hardangerfjord & Eidfjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Descent

    100m

We spend the morning discovering the remote village of Eidfjord during which we have an enjoyable walk to a scenic turquoise lake, passing a unique Viking cemetery on the way.

Day 5

The Flåm Railway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our morning starts by sailing between the dramatic mountains along the Sognefjord towards the scenic village of Flåm, located in the picturesque Aurlandsfjord. You’ll see an array of pretty colourful buildings and houses set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop and deep blue fjords. It was originally a farmers village but now it is home to the famous picturesque Flåm Railway. We take the classic train trip on the Flåm Railway to Myrdal and walk down half way to Berekvam, before picking up the train again back to Flåm. This is a great walk unwind and capture spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls, and glacial rivers. We’ll meander through valleys and past tiny village farms. There are also a variety of short walks available in Flåm. 

This evening as we leave Flåm, we cruise the Naeroyfjord en route to Stavanger.

Day 6

Exploring Stavanger

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend time in the pretty town of Stavanger, visiting its cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and its remarkable cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides a unique and entertaining way to spend some time.

Day 7

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a day at sea on our return to Doverenjoying the comforts on board Bolette.

Day 8

Arrival in Dover

Meals

Breakfast

Bolette arrives in Dover for disembarkation after breakfast and our journey home

From (GBP)£1,545

Departure dates for your selected tour

24th Jul 2021 - 31st Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Balmoral in Newcastle and set sail for enchanting Norway. Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

Take time to explore the ship's facilities, bars and decks. Settle into your cabin, meet your fellow sailing companions and also say hello to the crew who will greet you with a very warm welcome!

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is spent at sea so you can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There are usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym. Perhaps attend one of the on-board lectures or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa. Maybe just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a good book. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 3

Skjolden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The Mollandsmarki trail is a beautiful and easy walk which passes through picturesque wild surroundings. You'll enjoy views over Lustrafjorden and Urnes, Hafslo and Hafslovatnet. As we set sail this evening, we'll cruise Fjaerlandsfjorden.

This evening as we leave Skjolden, we cruise the Fjaerlandsfjorden en route to Maloy.

Day 4

Maloy

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

We spend a day in this attractively located and relatively remote Norwegian coastal town of Maloy. We follow a path from the town centre, past colourful houses with wonderful panoramic views down to the dramatic scenic fjord. On entering open lush countryside, the path rises, sometimes steeply and sometimes gradually, as we contour across a verdant hillside between two 600m peaks. Our final destination is the tranquil Vete Lake, from where we return by the same picturesque route.

This evening as we leave Maloy, we cruise by Hornelen en route to Olden.

Day 5

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We arrive into Olden after cruising by Horenelen and Nordfjord.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along the dramatic Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen, we reach the small alpine village of Olden. We take transport up the Olden valley to start a scenic walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the panoramic mountain views at the top are magnificent and worth the effort!

We anchor off shore today and use a small boat known as a 'tender' to disembark and transport you from ship to shore.

Day 6

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a day at sea on our return to Newcastle enjoying the comforts on board Balmoral.

Day 7

Arrival in Newcastle

Meals

Breakfast

Balmoral arrives into Newcastle for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,225

Departure dates for your selected tour

29th Aug 2021 - 4th Sep 2021 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Balmoral in Rosyth and set sail for enchanting Norway. Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

Take time to explore the ship's facilities, bars and decks. Settle into your cabin, meet your fellow sailing companions and also say hello to the crew who will greet you with a very warm welcome!

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The next day is spent at sea so you can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There are usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym. Perhaps attend one of the on-board lectures or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa. Maybe just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 3

Exploring Bergen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway but is described more as a town with character and a friendly atmosphere. It is known as the heart and the gateway of the fjords, and is one of the most visited places in Norway. It has a perfect blend of history, tradition and modern life. Scandic colourful houses dot the hillside above its cobbled narrow alleyways. Bergen is surrounded by seven magnificent hills, so has the special picture perfect combination of mountains and water. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history dating back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a wonderful place to spend the day. 

We explore Bergen and are whisked up by the Fløyen funicular, taking us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along well made paths through the woods, past tranquil lakes, and up to viewpoints with panoramic mountainous scenery. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around. Maybe spend the afternoon exploring Bergen's legendary fish market, perhaps try its local speciality steamed cod, known as Persetorsk. The streets are filled with shops, galleries and cafes. There is plenty to see and do here!

Day 4

Discover Andalsnes

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    270m

Our day starts with a drive from Åndalsnes to the spectacular "Trollstigen" road with its 11 hairpin bends. Our journey takes us to the viewpoint point on the Trollstigen Plateau suspended above the valley, framed by glass railings with a panoramic view of the surrounding dramatic mountains. We take a leisurely hike to the unique emerald green and turquoise blue Bispevannet. This distinctive glacial colour makes for a perfect picture. Surrounded by the wild Romsdalsfjella and the view towards the Romsdalsfjord, this trail has continuous spectacular scenery.

This evening as we leave Andalsnes, we cruise the Langfjorden and Eresfjorden en route to Olden.

Day 5

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along the dramatic Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen, we reach the small alpine village of Olden. We take transport up the Olden valley to start a scenic walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the panoramic mountain views at the top are magnificent!

We anchor off shore today and use a small boat known as a 'tender' to disembark and transport you from ship to shore.

Day 6

Skjolden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The Mollandsmarki trail is a beautiful and easy walk which passes through picturesque wild surroundings. You'll enjoy views over Lustrafjorden and Urnes, Hafslo and Hafslovatnet.

Day 7

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a day at sea on our return to Rosyth to enjoy the comforts on board Balmoral.

Day 8

Arrival in Rosyth

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive in Rosyth at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,499

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Jul 2021 - 21st Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Borealis (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Bearing a name that was previously bestowed on an Olsen-owned vessel in the 1940s, and inspires thoughts of the Aurora Borealis, elegant Borealis proudly connects with, and represents, the Fred Olsen's Norwegian heritage. Stylish, spacious and comfortable, with capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests, she’s in keeping with their commitment to offering a more traditional style of cruising.

But while Borealis’ capacity is smaller than many cruise vessels, she’s still one of the largest ships, by size, in the Fred Olsen fleet. On board Borealis you’ll find you’re never overcrowded. There is always ample room in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too.

On board facilities include a swimming pool, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon,  sun decks, several lounges and bars, and several restaurants. A deck plan of the ship can be found here

Please note: Fred.Olsen have not released pictures of the cabins onboard Borealis at this time. As soon as we have them, we will add these to this page


Bolette (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Our flagship Bolette is everything that Fred.Olsen regular guests have come to expect from their ships. Proudly bearing the name of Fred. Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, she exudes classic, elegant style in her exterior and interior design, features spacious and comfortable public areas, and has all the facilities and special touches you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

While she’s one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So, in keeping with our smaller-ship ethos, you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board, and have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the several bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with our friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too. You can find a deck plan of the ship here

Please note: At this present time, Fred.Olsen have not released photos of the cabins on the Bolette, but as soon as they we will upload them to this page

Balmoral (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Our cruise ship is the Balmoral, which can accommodate a maximum of 1325 passengers with 520 crew. The ship offers an intimate, homely atmosphere and the combination of Balmoral's comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and the onboard facilities are second to none.  These include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, internet room and several restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, boutique shops, where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board. The main restaurant is The Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants - Avon and Spey - are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland's most beautiful salmon rivers. There's a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge

After dinner there are a variety of shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino? Our accommodation is twin and single cabins with shower and toilet. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy on board and smoking is not permitted in any cabin. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Main or Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use. Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition throughout your stay, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Balmoral operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board.

The voltage on board the Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop.

Deck plans for the Balmoral can be viewed here


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Currency in Norway

In currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Tipping

Fred. Olsen operates a system whereby the recommended level of gratuities will be automatically added to guests’ onboard accounts at the end of the cruise. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays include the tips for the dining room waiters but £2.50 per guest per day will be added to all onboard accounts for cabin stewards. Anyone wishing to vary the amount given can do so via reception and guests are free to remove the charge from their onboard account and tip the relevant staff in the traditional ‘envelope & cash’ method if they prefer.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Your luggage allowance is 200lbs or 90kg. For safety reasons, each piece of luggage should weigh less than 44lbs or 20kg.

Approximately 10 days prior to departure, we will send you your cruise tickets and luggage labels. 

Please be advised that there are a number of items that are prohibited to be taken on board. To avoid any items being confiscated at check-in, please familiarise yourself with our prohibited items policy at www.fredolsencruises.com and search for ‘prohibited items’.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Fred Olsen Holiday and Passport Info

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from the date you return from the cruise and have enough spare pages to accept immigration stamps/visas. Ramblers Walking Holidays will not be held responsible for any guest refused entry to a country/countries for non-compliance with the above, and passage will be refused to any guest at point of embarkation with insufficient passport validity. We would suggest a minimum of four clear pages excluding pages required for any visas you are required to apply for in advance of sailing. It is also a requirement of all immigration authorities that your passport is not damaged in any way or has no missing pages - we strongly recommend you check the condition of your passport prior to travel.

Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as the Fred Olsen ships have small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

The voltage on board is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. 

We require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. 

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Norway

  • Capital

    Oslo

  • Currency

    Norwegian Krone

  • Language

    Norwegian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • February

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • April

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • May

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • June

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • July

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • August

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 98mm

  • September

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 129mm

  • October

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 138mm

  • November

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

  • December

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 112mm

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