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NORWAY'S ARCTIC AUTUMN

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The jaw-dropping scenery leaves everyone looking for words good enough to describe Norway’s natural wonders.

Many Norwegians say that autumn is the time to go hiking, when the air is clear and the countryside turns red and gold. Or experience the winter fjords either on foot, snowshoes or by cable car. Our three winter cruises are designed to enjoy this snowy wonderland to the full. When the sun sets, the Northern Lights may display for us, supplying some memorable and magical night time aurora views.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Kristiansund - A city built very attractively on four islands. We hike from the harbour to Vanndamman Lake and then to the Varden viewpoint.

 Sortland - The port lies at the northern end of the Lofoten Islands. A short walk from the ship brings us to the start of the trail up Steiraheia. A local guide accompanies us to the summit from where there are excellent 360° views

 Tromsø - Beyond the Arctic Circle, the city traditionally styled as the gateway to the Arctic. We don snowshoes for a hike with a local guide on the hill of Kvaløya over the wonderful wintry landscape.

 Leknes - Towards the southern end of the Lofoten Islands, it’s a short journey by bus to our hike up Holandsmelen with a local guide for fabulous views.

 Lerwick - From the capital of the Shetland Islands we travel to St Ninian’s Isle for a guided walk to see ruins, wild moors and hear tales of smugglers and buried treasure.


Holiday Highlights

  • Our walk up through open woodland towards the peak of Steiroheia with a vast panorama back over Sortland
  • The clear light of perfect autumnal walking days
  • The walk up Holandsmelen in the Lofoten Islands with spectacular 360º views
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
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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 4

  1. Day 1

    Today we board Black Watch in Liverpool 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 Liverpool 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 to 3

    On these two days at sea, we can relax and enjoy the facilities of the ship. 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. On these days at sea our tour leader often arranges informal get together.

  3. Day 4

    A local guide meets us off the ship and takes us on a walk up Kvernberget, a hill to the east of the town centre. From the top there are views over the town, out to sea and inland to larger mountains.

    3km, 2 hours, 250m ascent & descent

    After the walk there is time to explore the town itself, spread across four islands.

  4. Day 5

    We have some spectacular coastal scenery in store today. In the late morning we cruise past Torghatten, a mountain near Brønnøysund with a remarkable hole in it. We then pass close to the sheer rock walls of the Seven Sisters and cruise by the Svartisen or Black Glacier. 10 metres of snow can fall here in the winter, creating this massive 375 square kilometre sheet of ice.

  5. Day 6

    On leaving Black Watch we meet our local guide and leave the town behind as we climb slowly through open woodland towards the peak of Steiroheia behind the town. Before long we are in the open moorland with a vast panorama back over Sortland, across the bay and to the mountains beyond.

    10km (6 miles),450m ascent & descent, 4 ½ -5 hours

  6. Day 7 to 8

    Tromsø is seen as the gateway to the Arctic, the place where most expeditions to the frozen north start. Weather permitting we plan to start our day here with a cable car ride up Storsteinen mountain, high above the city. Returning down the mountain we look around the Arctic Cathedral, then visit the Polar Museum which is a fascinating place to learn about Polar exploration. It may also be possible to visit the Botanical Gardens, depending on where the Black Watch docks.

  7. Day 9

    We have a new walk from Leknes this year, ascending Holandsmelen, a hill near Leknes whose broad summit has fantastic views of the white-sand beaches of Vik and Haukland. After a short coach journey from Leknes a local guide takes us along an unmarked trail. Even though the peak is not particularly high, it boasts an outstanding 360° view with the Leknes plateau and Buksnesfjord to the east and south, the Norwegian Sea to the west and, to the north, the impressive Himmeltindan mountain that towers almost 1000m above sea level.

    8km, 3 ½ hours, 443m ascent & descent

  8. Day 10

    We have some more great Norwegian coastal scenery to enjoy as Black Watch heads back south and crosses the Arctic Circle.

  9. Day 11

    Today we come ashore in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly outpost of the British Isles. A forty five minute drive brings us to St Ninian’s Isle on the South Mainland of Shetland. The island is joined to the ‘mainland’ by a sandy causeway ‘tombolo’ and is famous for St Ninian’s Isle Treasure, a hoard of silver discovered during an archaeological dig in 1958 underneath the floor of an early Church. The island boasts marvellous coastal scenery and lots of birds. A local guide takes us around the island telling lots of old stories about shipwrecks and smugglers.

    5km (3 miles); 100m ascent & descent; 2 ½ hours

    After the walk there should be time to explore Lerwick.

  10. Day 12

    We leave Norway behind and head across the North Sea towards the UK. We have two days at sea to relax and enjoy the facilities and food on board Black Watch as well as remembering Norway’s amazing scenery.

  11. Day 13

    We arrive in Liverpool at around 07:00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Travel 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.

Black Watch

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. 

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Black Watch has several restaurants; welcoming bars and lounges offering an array of music, dance, comedy and entertainment. There are inviting open deck spaces; and a teak-lined promenade.  You can soak-up the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy the sophistication of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, accompanied by breathtaking views, in the Observatory. To satisfy your caffeine cravings, visit The Bookmark Café for luxurious coffees and indulgent chocolates. In the evening, settle-in amongst the familiar surroundings of the Morning Light Pub; then take in the after-dinner show in the Neptune Lounge. In the Lido Lounge you can simply sit back with a drink in hand, or hit the dance floor!  Black Watch also has an upgraded 4K, 3D cinema if you fancy a ‘movie night’.

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. Black Watch 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 Black Watch 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.