11 to 25 June 2017
A cruise along the west coast of Norway
We cruise 100 miles along the Hardangerfjord to the village of Eidfjord, surrounded by deep valleys, high mountains, glaciers, mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The village is situated within the Hardangervidda National Park, and tours will take in the outstanding landscapes of the largest mountain plateau in Europe.
Flåm and Vik
The next day we head for the Sognefjord where we will call at the charming village of Flåm. Here you can take a cruise along the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, drive up into the mountains or take a trip on the world-famous Flåm Railway, one of the steepest railway lines in the world. There also be the option of a full-day tour through the mountains by train and coach, rejoining the ship in the late afternoon in the village of Vik.
The next morning will see us cruising deep into the county of Møre & Romsdal. We will head along a series of fjords to the town of Åndalsnes, where we will spend the afternoon amongst the steep and jagged mountains. From here the Rauma Line railway follows the river with its thundering waterfalls in the shade of the Romsdalen valley.
The next morning we arrive at Narvik. An Arctic wildlife park, a thrilling cable car ride, challenging hikes and RIB adventures are amongst activities on offer nearby. There will also be the option to take a train journey along the spectacular Ofoten railway through rugged mountains into Sweden.
The glacier-carved peaks of the Lofoten Islands rise straight from the sea. Between the mountains are stretches of fertile farmland, fjords and deep ravines, while the coastline is sprinkled with fishing villages. Firstly we call at the northern town of Svolvær where there is a wealth of small art galleries to explore, with exhibitions of paintings, photography and even ice sculptures.
After an evening cruise along the spectacular Trollfjord, we will head towards the south of the Lofoten archipelago and visit the island of Moskenesøya. Here we find the traditional fishing village of Å. The unsalted cod is still dried in the traditional method on outdoor wooden racks, and the resulting stockfish has been Lofoten’s main export since the Middle Ages.
Continuing south we come to the Vikna archipelago where we will call at the village of Rørvik. The archipelago is made up of nearly 6,000 islands, many of which form a conservation area home to nesting birds, otters, porpoises and several species of seal. The village is home to the Norveg coastal museum, exploring Norwegian maritime history and culture.
We will spend the following morning in the historical capital of Trondheim. The medieval Nidaros Cathedral, the picturesque streets of Bakklandet, the old wharves and wooden town bridge and the botanical gardens are just some of the sightseeing highlights. The afternoon will see us cruise along the Trondheimsfjord.
Our next day will be spent at the head of the Nordfjord in the village of Olden. The Jostedal Glacier, the largest in continental Europe, is nearby; the National Park Centre and the Briksdal and Kjenndal glacial arms all make interesting excursions.
For our final day in Norway, we will visit the village of Geiranger. This archetypal fjord landscape has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty. After a busy morning of scenic tours and hikes, we will spend a relaxing afternoon cruising along 70 miles of fjords.