Norwegian Fjords, Landscapes & Vikings - 27 June 2024
- Visit the burial place of King Harald Fairhair in Haugesund
- See the magnificent Briksdal Glaicer with a local expert
- Enjoy a scenic diversion past Fureberg Waterfall on board Balmoral
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This cruise has been timed to visit the Norwegian Fjords in late spring when the waterfalls are most powerful. You can see the tumbling falls of Langfoss and Vøringfoss from Haugesund and Eidfjord, respectively, while Balmoral will take you on a scenic diversion past the sprawling Fureberg Waterfall. Viking history can be uncovered in Haugesund, with its national monument said to be the burial place of King Harald Fairhair. Elsewhere, the islands of Giske – the birthplace of Chief Rollo – and Godøy are reachable from Ålesund. In Olden, there's the chance to learn about the changing shape of the Briksdal Glacier with a local geologist before enjoying a Scenic Discovery along the picturesque Nordfjord.
DINING & LOUNGES
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
RELAXATION & FITNESS
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
27 June Departing Rosyth Port, Scotland
29 June Haugesund, Norway
The birthplace of Norway, Haugesund dates back to the Viking era, where it’s said that the first Viking King of Norway – Harald Hårfagre, is buried. The town has developed into a thriving commercial area, while still retaining its small-town charm. Home to an eclectic mix of Jugend, Neogothic, and Neoclassical architecture, the Haraldshaugen Monument, dedicated to King Fairhair, is located just north of the town centre.
30 June Ulvik, Norway
Located on a picturesque arm of the Hardangerfjord, beautiful Ulvik is known as one of Norway’s most fertile fruit-growing regions, earning itself the affection nickname of ‘Orchard of Norway’. Apples from here are delicious due to the special micro-climate surrounding the fjord, making them just ripe for cider making, which was the fastest-growing product at Vinmonopolet in 2019. Also grown here are cherries, plums and pears.
1 July Olden, Norway
Located at the eastern end of the Nordfjord where it divides into three arms beneath the glaciers of the Jostedalsbreen, the charming village of Olden sits among green meadows, towering cliff faces, and sparkling glacial waters. In the centre of the village is the Old Church; and just a short journey away is the Briksdal Glacier, formed thousands of years ago, while still breath-taking, has retreated some 859m in the last century, a stark reminder of the effects of climate change.
2 July Ålesund, Norway
Situated in the most spectacular of settings, Ålesund is built on three islands with a magnificent mountainous backdrop. The city was rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire, into the classic Art Nouveau style it is renowned for today, and which can be seen in the displays at the Jugendstilsenteret, The National Art Nouveau Centre. The panoramic views of the city, archipelago and Sunnmore Alps from the top of Mount Aksla are well worth the 418 steps to the summit.
4 July Return to Rosyth Port, Scotland