Autumn colours and snow by day, Northern Lights by night
Norway is an amazing country. Including the fjords it has over 15,000 miles of coastline. Nearly one third of the country is above the tree line and huge glaciers can be found as far south as central southern Norway. It’s two and a half times the size of the UK but has a population of fewer than five million. You can quote many amazing facts and figures about the country, but it’s the jaw-dropping scenery which leaves everyone looking for words good enough to describe Norway’s natural wonders. And the further north you go, the better it gets. Photos don’t do the country justice – you have to come here yourself to believe it.
Our unique shore walks and excursions include:
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
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.
Ålesund - Norway’s Art Nouveau city, beautifully situated on a peninsula surrounded by mountains and sea. Its low altitude means that the panoramic path above the city is normally clear in winter.
Trondheim - The city’s great attraction is the Nidaros Cathedral. We have a sightseeing walk around Trondheim and walk the Lade Trail for a short distance along the coast.
Tromsø - Beyond the Arctic Circle, the city traditionally styled as the gateway to the Arctic. We don snow-shoes for a hike with a local guide on the hill of Kvaløya over the wonderful wintry landscape.
Alta - Beyond the Arctic Circle, we have a double arctic thrill here, taking a dog sled ride and visiting the Ice Hotel. There should also be time to visit the local museum containing information about arctic rock carvings.
Narvik - Beyond the Arctic Circle. We drive inland for a guided visit to the Polar Park, the world’s northernmost animal park. It is home to Norway’s largest predators such as bear, wolves and lynx, as well as deer, moose, reindeer and muskox.
Kristiansund - A city built very attractively on four islands. We hike from the harbour to Vanndamman Lake and then to the Varden viewpoint.
Bodø - A little visited port just to the north of the Arctic Circle. We join with a local guide for a snow-shoeing walk through some beautiful scenery.
Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code
Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.
Drinks Inclusive package
A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £29 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).