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Fjords Of Norway

The coast and fjords of Norway are made for cruising; there is no more beautiful scenery on earth.

From£1,299

  • Norway

    United Kingdom

  • 7, 8, 9 nights
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Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.

You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • The Norwegian fjords - stunning scenery
  • Norway’s lovely coastal cities
  • Bergen with its old merchant houses and fish market
  • The Flåm railway and a spectacular mountain walk

From powerful geysers and crashing waterfalls to soaring puffins and mesmerising Arctic foxes, you are never far away from an unforgettable moment when you head to the spellbinding Fjords of Norway. Here captivating days at sea spent sailing serenely through glimmering fjords, past remote towns, are perfectly complemented with active days spent exploring ashore. Without doubt, a cruise is the best way to experience the other-worldly setting of Norway’s coast and fjords, which are a delight from spring to autumn. Receding snows are replaced by apple blossom, giving way to lush green hills and deep blue waters beneath the towering peaks. Since the inception of our Cruise & Walk programme, Norway has consistently proven our most popular destination.

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 less 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. But words and photos cannot do it justice. You have to see it to believe it! And see it you will on this cruise which goes deep into Hardangerfjord, Nordford and Lysefjord.

Scenic Cruising - One of the most amazing things about a cruise to the fjords is, believe it or not, cruising the fjords! The journey between ports is always stunning. Cruises to Hellesylt navigate the twists and turns of the sublime Geirangerfjord. Cruising to Eidfjord we pass the gentler shores of Hardangerfjord where blossom covers the shore in spring. Most cruises to Stavanger also cruise along Lysefjord. Here two amazing sites lie high above the fjord - the Pulpit Rock, a plateau at the top pf a 600m sheer rock face, and Kjeragbolten, an egg-shaped chunk of rock sandwiched impossibly between two rock faces. Olden lies towards the eastern end of Nordfjord and we cruise along the Sognefjord to reach Flåm.

Norway does have a reputation for being expensive, but on a Ramblers Cruise & Walk holiday you benefit from excellent value and all the amazing scenery you would get on a land-based holiday. At the end of each day’s activities we return to the excellent food and comfort of Fred Olsen ship and sail on to another scenic destination.

Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.



  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship.
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Southampton

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Braemar in Southampton 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 Southampton 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. 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.

Day 3

Exploring Stavanger

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend an afternoon in the pretty town of Stavanger, visiting the cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and the cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides an unlikely but very entertaining way to spend some time.

Day 4

Hardangerfjord & Eidfjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 ½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

We have a morning in this remote village during which we have an easy walk to a lake, passing a Viking cemetery on the way.


Day 5

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!

 

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Day 6

Exploring Bergen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit, we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around.

Day 7

Cruising Lysefjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Lysefjord is one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly, there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’ a massive rock face, which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a huge egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. 

Day 8

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea on our way back to Southampton to enjoy the comforts on board Braemar.

Day 9

Arrive in Southampton

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive in Southampton at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Jul 2021 - 19th Jul 2021 (8 Nights)

12th Aug 2021 - 20th Aug 2021 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Newcastle

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Balmoral in Newcastle 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 Newcastle 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway & Cruising Lysefjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. 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.

Around 17.00 we reach the Norwegian Coast and then enter Lysefjord. The fjord is one of the country’s lesser known ones, but contains two spectacular sights. Firstly, there is the Preikestolen, a sheet rock face climbing 600m out of the fjord the top of which is flat. Secondly, there is the Kjeragbolten, a huge egg-shaped chunk of granite wedged between two slabs of rock. It has been known for people to pose naked on it.

Day 3

Hardangerfjord & Eidfjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1½ hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

This morning we cruise along Norway’s most famous southern fjord, the Hardangerfjord. English monks introduced apple trees to the area in the 13th century and now The banks of the fjord are lined with apple, cherry, pear and plum trees producing 40% of Norway’s fruit. At its far eastern end lies the village of Eidfjord where we spend the afternoon taking an easy walk to a lake, passing a Viking cemetery on the way.


Day 4

Exploring Bergen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit, we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around.

Day 5

The Flåm Railway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    525m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal. It’s likely that there will still be a lot of snow at this altitude, so we’ll take the train back down to Berekvam and then walk back down along a broad mountain track to Flåm with spectacular views. There are also short walks available in Flåm.


Day 6

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised along Naeroyfjord we head west into Sognefjord before turning back east in Norfjord to reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The Brennsdal walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 7

Cruising to the UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea on our way back to Newcastle to enjoy the comforts on board Balmoral.

Day 8

Arrive in Newcastle

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive in Newcastle at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Jul 2021 - 21st Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

24th Jul 2021 - 31st Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Liverpool

Accommodation

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.

 At 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.

Day 2

Sailing to the Shetland Islands

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard 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.

Day 3

Walking on the Shetland Islands
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

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. After the walk there should be time to explore Lerwick.

Day 4

Exploring Bergen

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city there will be time to wander around.

Day 5

Exploring Ålesund

Ålesund, where we spend the day, is famous for its spectacular waterside situation, in between the sea and the mountains, and it’s beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. We take a short, easy loop of the old, cobbled streets and dockside areas. There should also be time for a walk on well maintained paths around and along the top of the Novoya Peninsula to a high café/viewpoint looking out over the town.  On leaving Alesund we cruise the rugged and historic Hjorundfjord late into the night as we head south.

Day 6

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent! 


Day 7

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    525m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal, then walk back down along a broad mountain track with spectacular views. We walk as far as the mountain station at Berekvam, and then continue down by train. There are also short walks available in Flåm. Walking between Myrdal & Berekvam (Alan & Mandy Williams). Leaving Flåm we cruise along Naeroyfjord. National Geographic has rated it as the world’s number one natural heritage site. The fjord is 18km long and 500m wide at its narrowest point which means that only relatively small ships like Fred Olsen’s are allowed into it. It is the epitome of remote fjordland with waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides and remote farms perched on the hillsides.

Days 8 & 9

Cruising to the UK

We have two days at sea on our way back to Liverpool to enjoy the comforts on board Black Watch.

Day 10

Arrive in Liverpool

We arrive in Liverpool at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,799

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Jul 2020 - 27th Jul 2020 (9 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Dover

Accommodation

Today we board Boudicca in Dover 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. At Dover 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard 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.

Day 3

Exploring Bergen

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit, we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    525m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal, then walk back down along a broad mountain track with spectacular views. We walk as far as the mountain station at Berekvam, and then continue down by train. There are also short walks available in Flåm.


Day 5

Walking from Olden, Nordfjord
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 6

Cruising Lysefjord

Lysefjord is one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly, there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’ a massive sheer rock face, which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a massive egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. People have been known to pose naked on it.

Day 7

Sailing to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Dover to enjoy the comforts on board Boudicca.

Day 8

Arrive in Dover

We arrive in Dover at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,449

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Aug 2020 - 11th Aug 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Southampton

Accommodation

Today we board Braemar in Southampton 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. At Southampton 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard 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.

Day 3

Exploring Stavanger

We spend an afternoon in the pretty town of Stavanger, visiting the cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and the cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides an unlikely but very entertaining way to spend some time.

Day 4

Exploring Bergen

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit, we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city, there will be time to wander around.

Day 5

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 6

Hardangerfjord and Eidfjord
  • Time

    1 ½ hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

We have a morning in this remote village during which we have an easy walk to a lake, passing a Viking cemetery on the way.


Day 7

Cruising Lysefjord

Lysefjord is one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly, there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’ a massive rock face, which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a huge egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. People have been known to pose naked on it.

Day 8

Cruising to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Southampton to enjoy the comforts on board Braemar.

Day 9

Arrive in Southampton

We arrive in Southampton at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,449

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st Sep 2020 - 9th Sep 2020 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sailing from Dover

Accommodation

Today we board Boudicca in Dover 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. At Dover 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard 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.

Day 3

Cruising Lysefjord

You may never have heard of Lysefjord, but it has two of Norway’s most famous fjordland sights – Pulpit Rock and the Kjeagbolten. The first is a massive slab of rock which rises sheer 600m above the fjord and a popular destination for thrill-seeking hikers. Meanwhile the Kjeragbolten is an oval chunk of rock somehow lodged between two rock faces, again high above the fjord. Leaving Lysefjord we enter Åkrafjord to cruise past the spectacular Langfoss waterfall.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    523m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal. It’s likely that there will still be a lot of snow at this altitude, so we’ll take the train back down to Berekvam and then walk back down along a broad mountain track to Flåm with spectacular views. There are also short walks available in Flåm.

Day 5

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk to the former is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 6

Exploring Stavanger

We have a full day in and around the pretty town of Stavanger, mixing the city’s sights with a countryside walk around the Store Stokkavatnet lake. Back in the city we can stroll the cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and visit the cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides an unlikely but very entertaining way to spend some time.

Day 7

Cruising to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Dover to enjoy the comforts on board Boudicca.

Day 8

Arrive in Dover

We arrive in Dover at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

24th Apr 2021 - 1st May 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Newcastle

Today we board Balmoral in Newcastle 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. At Newcastle 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.

Day 2

Crossing the North Sea and cruising Lysefjord

We have most of today at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the onboard 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. Late afternoon we enter Lysefjord, one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’, a massive sheer rock face which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a massive egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. People have been known to pose naked on it.

Day 3

Exploring Bergen

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city there will be time to wander around.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    525m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal, then walk back down along a broad mountain track with spectacular views. We walk as far as the mountain station at Berekvam, and then continue down by train. There are also short walks available in Flåm. 

Day 5

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!

Day 6

Geirangerfjord & Hellesylt

Breakfast time finds us is the small fjordland village of Hellesylt. We have the morning here to look around, take some pictures of the famous waterfall and admire the towering mountains all around. Lunchtime finds us back on board as we cruise the spectacular serpentine curves of Geirangerfjord. We start by heading towards Geiranger itself so we can view the Seven Sisters Waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, then head back towards the coast via three further fjords. This will be a day to remember.

Day 7

Sailing to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Newcastle to enjoy the comforts on board Balmoral.

Day 8

Arrive in Newcastle

We arrive in Newcastle at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Sep 2020 - 16th Sep 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Newcastle

Today we board Balmoral in Newcastle 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.  At Newcastle 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.

Day 2

Cruising Lysefjord

We have most of today at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the onboard 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. Late afternoon we enter Lysefjord, one of Norway’s southernmost fjords. The name may not ring any bells, but it has two of the most famous rocks in the whole country. Firstly there is the Preikestolen or ‘Priest’s Rock’, a massive sheer rock face which rises sheer 600m out of the fjord, crowned by a plateau. Further along the fjord is the Kjeragbolten, a massive egg-shaped chunk of granite somehow wedged between two rock faces. People have been known to pose naked on it.

Day 3

Exploring Bergen

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day. During our visit we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city there will be time to wander around.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    523m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal. It’s likely that there will still be a lot of snow at this altitude, so we’ll take the train back down to Berekvam and then walk back down along a broad mountain track to Flåm with spectacular views. There are also short walks available in Flåm.


Day 5

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!

Day 6

Geirangerfjord & Hellesylt

Breakfast time finds us is the small fjordland village of Hellesylt. We have the morning here to look around, take some pictures of the famous waterfall and admire the towering mountains all around. Lunchtime finds us back on board as we cruise the spectacular serpentine curves of Geirangerfjord, We start by heading towards Geiranger itself so we can view the Seven Sisters Waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, then head back towards the coast via three further fjords. This will be an afternoon to remember.

Day 7

Sailing to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Newcastle to enjoy the comforts on board Balmoral.

Day 8

Arrive in Newcastle

We arrive in Newcastle at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,299

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th May 2021 - 13th May 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sailing from Dover

Accommodation

Today we board Boudicca in Dover 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. At Dover 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.

Day 2

Sailing from Norway

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. 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

Day 3

Cruising Lysefjord

You may never have heard of Lysefjord, but it has two of Norway’s most famous fjordland sights – Pulpit Rock and the Kjeagbolten. The first is a massive slab of rock which rises sheer 600m above the fjord and a popular destination for thrill-seeking hikers. Meanwhile the Kjeragbolten is an oval chunk of rock somehow lodged between two rock faces, again high above the fjord. Leaving Lysefjord we enter Åkrafjord to cruise past the spectacular Langfoss waterfall.

Day 4

The Flåm Railway
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    523m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal, then walk back down along a broad mountain track with spectacular views. We walk as far as the mountain station at Berekvam, and then continue down by train. There are also short walks available in Flåm.

Leaving Flåm we cruise along Naeroyfjord. National Geographic rate it as the world’s number one natural heritage site. The fjord is 18km long and 500m wide at its narrowest point which means that only relatively small ships like Fred Olsen’s are allowed into it. It is the epitome of remote fjordland with waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides and remote farms perched on the hillsides.

Day 5

Walking from Olden
  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord we reach Olden. We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk to the former is quite steep, but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 6

Exploring Stavanger

We have a full day in and around the pretty town of Stavanger, mixing the city’s sights with a countryside walk around the Store Stokkavatnet lake. Back in the city we can stroll the cobbled streets of Gamle Stavanger and visit the cathedral. Normally the Sardine Museum is open, which provides an unlikely but very entertaining way to spend some time.

Day 7

Cruising to the UK

We have a day at sea on our way back to Dover to enjoy the comforts on board Boudicca.

Day 8

Arrive in Dover

We arrive in Dover at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£1,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Sail from Rosyth

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Today we board Balmoral in Rosyth 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.

 At Rosyth 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.

Day 2

Sailing to Norway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea during which time we can relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities.  There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard 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.

Day 3

The Flåm Railway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Descent

    523m

On arrival in Flåm at the end of Sognefjord we take the stunning classic train trip on the Flåm railway to Myrdal. It’s still likely that there will still be a lot of snow at this altitude, so we’ll take the train back down to Berekvam and then walk back down along a broad mountain track to Flåm with spectacular views. There are also short walks available in Flåm.

Day 4

Exploring Bergen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Bergen is popularly known as the Gateway to the Fjords. It is surrounded by seven big hills, so has that special combination of mountains and water which makes any city attractive. Add to this the old timbered merchants’ houses, hundreds of years of history going back to the Hanseatic League and beyond, and you have a great place to spend the day.   During our visit we walk past these old houses on our way to the Fløyen funicular which takes us to 320m above the city. From here we walk along good paths through the woods, past small lakes, and up to viewpoints over the countryside, city and sea. Returning to the city there will be time to wander around.

Day 5

Walking from Olden

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 ½ hours

  • Distance

    3.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Having cruised most of the way along Naeroyfjord and Gudvangen we reach Olden.

We take transport south up the Olden valley then walk towards the snout of either the Brennsdal or Briksdal Glaciers, small arms of the mighty Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The walk is quite steep but can be taken slowly – the views at the top are magnificent!


Day 6

Andalsness, Romsdalfjord

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

Viewpoint Rampestreken is a fantastic experience. The lookout is 550 meters above sea level, and Åndalsnes is beneath your feet. Continue to the top of Nesaksla. The view is simply breathtaking!

We hit the ground running, so to speak, with our hike up to the Rampestreken viewpoint above Åndalsnes. This is fast becoming one of Norway’s most famous hikes, ranking alongside the Pulpit Rock, Kjeragbolten and the Troll’s Tongue. It’s quite a hike, with steps and fixed staircases at times, but the path is well maintained and the views over the fjords and mountains are breathtaking. From the start point in Åndalsnes town center the trail ascends steeply until reaching the view point, Rampestreken, 580 metres above sea level. The locals love this hike, and they often do this for exercising to be rewarded with a magnificent, breathtaking view. It’s classified as a moderate hike, however the last part is quite steep – but manageable. When you reach about 430 masl the trail steepens into stone steps, where the path is made durable thanks to wonderful pieces of stone construction works by Nepalese Sherpas. The steps provide a solid path most of the way to the top.

 It’s pushing the grade a bit, but there’s one way up and one way down, so you can take it at whatever pace you wish. Remember to bring plenty of water and use footwear suitable for a rough hike.

Day 7

Sailing to UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea on our way back to Rosyth to enjoy the comforts on board of Balmoral.

Day 8

Arrive in Rosyth

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We arrive in Rosyth at around 7.00am for disembarkation after breakfast.

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Jun 2021 - 9th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Braemar (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on.

Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment. From the grand Neptune Lounge, which hosts lectures and live shows, and the Coral Club, with its resident bands and large dance floor, to the welcoming Morning Light Pub and the intimate Observatory Lounge, there's a venue to suit every occasion on board Braemar. Spend time at the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, indulge yourself at the Atlantis Spa, relax in the pools or Jacuzzi or feel the sea breeze on a walk around the ship's open promenade.

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. Braemar 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 Braemar 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.

Balmoral (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Our cruise ship is the Balmoral, Fred Olsen’s largest and newest cruise ship. She is however still compact enough to offer an intimate, homely atmosphere and the combination of Balmoral's comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and onboard facilities are second to none.  On board facilities 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, 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.The main restaurant is The Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants - Avon and Spey - are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland's most beautiful salmon rivers.There's a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge

After dinner there are always shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino?  Our accommodation is in twin and single cabins with shower and wc. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy on board and smoking is not permitted in any cabin. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Main or Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use.   Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition throughout your stay, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Balmoral 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 Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop.

Deck plans for the Balmoral can be viewed at the following address: 

https://www.fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/balmoral/deck-plans 


Black Watch (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

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.

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.

Boudicca (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory. If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade

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. Boudicca 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 Boudicca 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.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Currency in Norway

In currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Tipping

Fred. Olsen operates a system whereby the recommended level of gratuities will be automatically added to guests’ onboard accounts at the end of the cruise. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays include the tips for the dining room waiters but £2.50 per guest per day will be added to all onboard accounts for cabin stewards. Anyone wishing to vary the amount given can do so via reception and guests are free to remove the charge from their onboard account and tip the relevant staff in the traditional ‘envelope & cash’ method if they prefer.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Your luggage allowance is 200lbs or 90kg. For safety reasons, each piece of luggage should weigh less than 44lbs or 20kg.

Approximately 10 days prior to departure, we will send you your cruise tickets and luggage labels. 

Please be advised that there are a number of items that are prohibited to be taken on board. To avoid any items being confiscated at check-in, please familiarise yourself with our prohibited items policy at www.fredolsencruises.com and search for ‘prohibited items’.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Fred Olsen Holiday and Passport Info

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from the date you return from the cruise and have enough spare pages to accept immigration stamps/visas. Ramblers Walking Holidays will not be held responsible for any guest refused entry to a country/countries for non-compliance with the above, and passage will be refused to any guest at point of embarkation with insufficient passport validity. We would suggest a minimum of four clear pages excluding pages required for any visas you are required to apply for in advance of sailing. It is also a requirement of all immigration authorities that your passport is not damaged in any way or has no missing pages - we strongly recommend you check the condition of your passport prior to travel.

Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as Black Watch has two small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

The voltage on board is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. If for any reason you are yet to do so, please contact Ramblers Walking Holidays.

We do not insist that you insure with us, but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. Please see our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Norway

  • Capital

    Oslo

  • Currency

    Norwegian Krone

  • Language

    Norwegian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • February

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • April

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • May

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • June

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • July

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • August

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 98mm

  • September

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 129mm

  • October

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 138mm

  • November

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

  • December

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 112mm

United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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