DISCOVERING SCANDINAVIA'S VIKING HERITAGE

From £1399pp
11 Nights
Special Interest
Europe

Highlights:

  • Explore the Viking heritage of historic destinations in Norway, Denmark and the UK
  • See original Viking ships; visit Viking burial grounds; and much more
  • Experience scenic cruising along Norwegian fjords and by Lindisfarne too

Visiting destinations chosen for their links to the Vikings, you’re in for a fascinating delve into the history and influences of this legendary era, with many Viking-themed sites and highlights awaiting discovery. In Denmark, you can study the details of five original Viking ships at Roskilde Viking Ship Museum, on tour from Hundested, and explore the fascinating burial grounds of Lindholm Høje during a visit to Aalborg.

 

From Denmark its on to Norway, where you’re in for a memorable visit to Oslo. After cruising scenic Oslofjord, past the Olsen family home at Hvitsen, the Norwegian capital is your gateway to the Viking landmarks and burial grounds of Borre National Park. At Stavanger, where Harold Fairhair won the Battle of Hafrsfjord, be sure to visit the Three Swords monument commemorating Fairhair’s victory. You’ll also experience scenic cruising of beautiful, narrow fjords. Finally, back in the UK, learn of Shetland’s Viking heritage and stories of the Up Helly Aa, and see Lindisfarne, the first place the Vikings raided in Britain, from the decks of Balmoral.

Price Includes:

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning

  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more

  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks

  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music

  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym

  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day

  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)

  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point

  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Itinerary

  • August 16th Departure from Rosyth, Scotland

    Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital, is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

    From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.

    To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.

    Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay.

  • August 18th Aalborg, Denmark

    Aalborg's charming historic city, with its fabulously revitalized waterfront, sits serenely on the Limfjord, the impressive body of water that cuts through Jutland.

    Often referred to as the Paris of the North, the city's well preserved medieval landmarks such as the 14th century cathedral and the half-timbered Aalborghus Castle – the castle that doesn’t look like a castle –nestle alongside the vibrant bars and cafes of Jomfu Ane Gade, possibly Denmark’s most famous street.

    The Aalborg Historical Museum tells the port’s 1,000-year history, while bathing at the Havnebad outdoor pool, exhibitions at the Utzon Centre and the futuristic House of Music, are all worth visiting. The city’s friendly atmosphere is always a pleasure to explore. Away from the port, the nearby beaches of Bisnap, Møllestenen and Hou South offer a little rest and relaxation.

  • August 18th Limfjorden, Denmark

    Although they don’t offer the incredible mountainous scenery of their Norwegian counterparts, the Danish Fjords still boast beautiful landscapes and an abundance of breathtaking sights to see on a scenic cruise.

    Gliding through the tranquil, shallow waters of Limfjord – one of Denmark’s most famous, sought-after fjords – you’ll see undulating lush valleys, pretty islands, picturesque harbours and coastal cliffs as you sail deep into the heart of Denmark.

  • August 19th Hundested, Denmark

    The name Hundested, the tiny town in the northern district of Zealand in eastern Denmark, originates from the adjoining Seal Reef. Its pretty harbour was first built at the end of the 19th century, and this town between sea and fjord, and is known for quiet beaches that are perfect to stroll.

    Hundested’s attractions include Grønnessedyssen Karlstenen – one of the country’s largest megalithic tombs – and Knud Rasmussen’s House, the former home of the famous Polar explorer. Fishing is still an important local industry, which supplies the town’s restaurants with the freshest ingredients. Kikhavn, located 2 kilometres north, is another historic fishing village worthy of a visit, consisting of charming traditional farmhouses and a beautiful harbour.

  • August 20th Cruising Oslofjord, Norway

    Sailing the length of the 100 Kilometre-long Oslofjord, your smaller ship's route to Oslo, offers you a chance to admire the waterway's wonderful scenery on a cruise taking in Norway's fantastic capital city.

    While Oslofjord doesn't boast landscapes quite as dramatic as other Norwegian fjords which may feature on your itinerary, there's still plenty to see as you glide along the glassy waters, including a number of pretty islands, fishing villages and bays. The Oslofjord is also a haven for birdwatchers too and various species can be seen resting on the shores or flying high above the fjord.

  • August 20th Olso, Norway

    Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.

    Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

    Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland.

    Oslo is an overwhelmingly green city. It was awarded European Green Capital for 2019, and boasts one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The city has excellent public transport, and the city planning has put pedestrians first. Most noticeable in the city, is Oslo’s commitment to sustainable food production and green space. From hotdogs to Michelin-starred restaurants, the dining is always of a high-quality, as is the city nightlife.

    Outside of the city centre, the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord await discovery. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo, has lush green valleys and diverse fauna such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the impressive, photogenic Oslofjord stretches over 120 kilometres.

  • August 21st Cruising Fedafjorden, Norway

    Listafjorden is a wide stretch of open water that divides the stunning rocky landscapes of Hidra and Lista in Vest-Agder County, Norway.

    Narrowing as it winds its way through jagged cliffs and snow-topped hills, the fjord eventually splits into two branches. Fedafjorden – the southern branch of the Listafjorden – is breathtakingly beautiful and the tall, marshy hills, dramatic cliff-faces and pretty beaches that run alongside the fjord offer wonderful views.

  • August 21st Cruising Hidrasund, Norway

    Passing between the islands of Hidra and Andabeløya, peaceful Strandsfjorden is flanked by scenes of rugged landscapes smothered with lush forests and smattered with small, tucked-away beaches and little villages situated on the coast. As you sail this waterway, taking in views of typically beautiful Norwegian scenery, it narrows as it flows into Hidrasund.

    Continuing along Hidrasund, the route between the mainland and Hidra Island, which pinches to less than 300 metres wide at its narrowest point, you get to take in the sight of deciduous forests that are home to some of Norway's rarest flora and fauna, as well as traditional red-roofed houses typical of the region.

  • August 22nd Stavanger, Norway

    Behind the bustle of the prosperous and cosmopolitan Stavanger of today lie 1,000 years of ancient seafaring tradition and history. This vibrant, exciting Norwegian city oozes charm and was awarded the prestigious title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008.

    The city’s wealth and thriving oil industry has prompted its tag as Norway’s ‘Oil Capital’, but Stavanger has remained as charming as ever. The old town, Gamle Stavanger, has narrow winding streets and ancient wooden houses gathered round an historic fresh fish and vegetable market. Stavanger is also a university city, which is reflected in the city’s lively, urban atmosphere, and in the varied assortment of shopping and dining experiences.

    The Norwegian Petroleum Museum exhibits drilling equipment, a model oil platform, submersibles and audio-visual shows, while the city’s Herring Canning Museum celebrates one of Stavanger’s earlier sources of wealth. Beyond the town, the Three Swords monument commemorates the 9th century battle of Hafrsfjord – the moment Harald Hårfagre became the first King of Norway.

    Stavanger is also perfectly placed for the breath-taking Lysefjord, one of the most famous Norwegian Fjords. This stunning waterway is home to the Kjerag Mountain and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) – two of the country's most popular attractions.

  • August 23rd Lerwick, Scotland

    Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

    Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

    Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial Street is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

  • August 24th Lindisfarne, England

    Sailing along beautiful coast of Northumberland is one of the very best, most memorable scenic cruising experiences enjoyed anywhere in the UK. From on board your Fred. Olsen ship, you’ll not only revel in views of areas of outstanding natural beauty and spot the North Sea’s native sea birds and marine life, but also see some of England’s most famous and important religious and historical sites in all their glory.

    A glide by Lindisfarne is an undoubted highlight. In 635AD, Saint Aidan founded his monastery on the island, from where he spread the Christian message around the world, and through your binoculars you’ll spot historical sites such as the ancient priory, churches and castle, set amongst Lindisfarne’s beautifully rugged landscapes. As you look to the mainland coast, another of England’s most magnificent castles comes into view too – Grade I listed Bamburgh Castle is always a sight to behold, with its imposing 11th century walls, towers and turrets.

  • August 25th Return to Rosyth, Scotland

    Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital, is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

    From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.

    To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.

    Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay.

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From £1399pp
11 Nights
Special Interest
Europe

Highlights:

  • Explore the Viking heritage of historic destinations in Norway, Denmark and the UK
  • See original Viking ships; visit Viking burial grounds; and much more
  • Experience scenic cruising along Norwegian fjords and by Lindisfarne too

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