Norwegian Fjords Cruise
- Depart From
- Sail from Southampton
- Departure Date
- 11 Aug 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
- 7 Nights
- From €824pp
Ports of call: Southampton, England; Stavanger, Norway; Olden, Norway; Hellesylt, Norway; Geiranger, Norway; Bergen, Norway; Southampton, England
Board the Sapphire Princess in Southampton for a seven night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords.
Norway's fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea's enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway's mercantile and fishing fleets.
By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger's history.
At the "Sword in the Rock" Monument, three giant crossed Viking swords commemorate King Harald Fair Hair's unification of Norway in 872 following his victory at the Battle of Hafrsfjord.
By the mid-19th century, European travellers were cruising the waters of the Nordfjord and visiting the village of Olden. The Romantic Movement inspired this new taste for dramatic landscape - and Norway had plenty of dramatic landscape.
Then as now, travelers were impressed, moved, and not frequently overwhelmed by the stark contrast between peaceful rural farmsteads and a towering wilderness of mountain peaks and glaciers.
Hellesylt is your gateway to the scenic wonders of the Geirangerfjord district. Traveling overland from this old Viking port, the traveler can visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Norway's last remnant of the Ice Age. Trek to Briksdal Glacier, and look at its massive beard of ice. The dramatic landscape also offers stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers teeming with salmon.
At over 4000 feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers dramatic views that stretch from Jostedalsbreen National Park to the waters of Geirangerfjord.
Please note: Hellesylt is a cruise-by port. Only those passengers participating in Hellesylt tours will transfer to shore by ship's tender.
Like the spear it's named for, Geirangerfjord thrusts nine miles into Norway's mountains. Over 900 feet deep, the narrow fjord is lined by sheer cliffs that rear some 2,000 feet above its surface. Waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls, plummet from cliff to fjord.
At the head of this magnificent spectacle sits the tiny village of Geiranger. No wonder travelers have come to call for over a century and a half. Geirangerfjord is often described as the "most beautiful fjord in the world."
Please note: Geiranger is an anchorage port. Passengers will transfer to shore by ship's tender.
Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war.
In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg.
The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.
Day 1: Southampton, England
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Stavanger, Norway
Day 4: Olden, Norway
Day 5: Hellesylt, Norway
Day 5: Geiranger, Norway
Day 6: Bergen, Norway
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Southampton, England
Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:
- 7 night cruise on board the Sapphire Princess in an inside stateroom
- $50 on board credit
Please ask us about adding great value:
- Flights from Cork or Dublin to Southampton
- Travel insurance
- Upgrade to a balcony stateroom from €1099pp, with $100 on board credit
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.
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