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FJORDS OF NORWAY

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The coast and fjords of Norway are made for cruising; there is no more beautiful scenery on earth.

Without doubt a cruise is the best way to experience the other-worldly setting of Norway’s coast and fjords, which are a delight from spring to autumn. Receding snows are replaced by apple blossom, giving way to lush green hills and deep blue waters beneath the towering peaks. Since the inception of our Cruise & Walk programme, Norway has consistently proven our most popular destination.

SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

Bergen - We ascend Mount Fløyen by funicular railway, where paths stretch into a landscape of woods, lakes and mountains. We have free time to explore the old warehouses and other parts of the city.

 Flåm - We take the Flåm railway to the mountainous settlement of Myrdal, and then walk steeply down a good path to Berekvam past countless waterfalls with rugged peaks all around.

 Olden - Our walk takes us towards either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, tongues of Europe’s largest glacier, the Jostedal Glacier.

 Eidfjord - A tiny village at the far end of the world-famous Hardangerfjord. Our walk includes a local lake and Viking burial mounds.

 Stavanger - On Norway’s southwest coast, we explore the town and may walk amidst low-lying hills, exploring the beautiful houses of Eiganes and the Stock and Mos lakes.

 Ålesund - We take an easy walk on well-maintained paths around and along the top of the Nøvoya Peninsula to a high café/viewpoint.

 Hellesylt - New for 2020, on our full days ashore we walk up the remote Bygda valley to two lakes with peaks towering over 1000m above us. On half day visits we see some of the spectacular waterfalls.

 Molde - From the Varden Outlook 400m above Molde there is a panorama across 200 mountain peaks. ‘I never want this day to end!’ is how one of our customers described the day.

 Scenic Cruising - One of the most amazing things about a cruise to the fjords is, believe it or not, cruising the fjords! The journey between ports is always stunning. Cruises to Hellesylt navigate the twists and turns of the sublime Geirangerfjord. Cruising to Eidfjord we pass the gentler shores of Hardangerfjord where blossom covers the shore in spring. Most cruises to Stavanger also cruise along Lysefjord. Here two amazing sites lie high above the fjord - the Pulpit Rock, a plateau at the top pf a 600m sheer rock face, and Kjeragbolten, an egg-shaped chunk of rock sandwiched impossibly between two rock faces. Olden lies towards the eastern end of Nordfjord and we cruise along the Sognefjord to reach Flåm.



Holiday Highlights

  • The Norwegian fjords - stunning scenery
  • Norway’s lovely coastal cities
  • Bergen with its old merchant houses and fish market
  • The Flåm railway and a spectacular mountain walk
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    Today we board Braemar in Southampton and set sail for 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.

    In Southampton you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. There will be a letter from your Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays’ leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group.

    Sailing time is usually from mid afternoon to early evening and will be confirmed on your travel documents.

  2. Day 2

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

  3. Day 3

    We spend an afternoon in the pretty town of Stavanger, visiting the cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and the cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides an unlikely but very entertaining way to spend some time.

  4. Day 4

    We have a morning in this remote village during which we have an easy walk to a lake, passing a Viking cemetery on the way.

    4km (2.5 miles), 100m ascent & descent, 1 ½ hours

  5. Day 5

    Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then 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 views at the top are magnificent!

    6km (4 miles); 200m ascent and descent; 2 ½ hours

  6. Day 6

    Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit, we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around.

  7. Day 7

    Lysefjord is one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly, there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’ a massive rock face, which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a huge egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. People have been known to pose naked on it.

  8. Day 8

    We have a day at sea on our way back to Southampton to enjoy the comforts on board Braemar.

  9. Day 9

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

Travel Details

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

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

All Four Cruise Ships

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience.  Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in late 2016, Black Watch features a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free stay on board, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. 

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities. Balmoral retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, which have been recently extensively refitted and improved, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and enjoy the facilities on board.  

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on. Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment.

On all four ships, on board facilities also 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, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Each ship 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  is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.