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Top Tips for Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

14th October 2019

With waterfalls tumbling down cliffs, quaint villages home to fascinating history, and countless excursions to immerse you in the outdoors, a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords is a bucketlist-worthy holiday. We’ve put together the ultimate guide on voyaging this fantastic destination, covering the best time to go, where to visit and more. [More]

Get Even Closer with Fred. Olsen’s RIB Rides

21st August 2018

To help cruisers get even more out of their holiday, Fred. Olsen Cruises offer some incredibly thrilling and invigorating RIB rides during cruises onboard Black Watch and Boudicca. A RIB - Rigid Inflatable Boat – can take you into the heart of the action in no time at all, enabling you to see some beautiful views and enjoy once in a lifetime experiences.


 

At the start of one of Fred. Olsen’s RIB shore tours, those onboard will be given a brief overview of what to expect, but the details and hidden treasures will be kept quiet to ensure that the adventure is full of exciting surprises. The trip will last between 60 to 90 minutes, during which you could be transported to a tranquil scene of hills and fjords, a dolphin playground, or to see an imposing glacier, to name a few possible outcomes!

 

 

Each individual experience is likely to differ from the next, with the driver of the RIB reacting to the surroundings. They might pause or travel slowly if approaching wildlife, or there might be chances to rev up and speed through the waters in an adrenaline-fuelled ride.

The RIB rides allow cruisers to get up close and personal with new destinations, exploring them in such a way that no detail is missed. Imagine being taken right up to a sparkling waterfall, or to the shores of what seems like an undiscovered beach. Or you could get close enough to luscious forestry to see eagles soaring and woodpeckers chittering away on the trees.

 

 

From 2019 RIB rides will be offered wherever and whenever possible onboard the two Fred. Olsen cruise ships, but the excursions will be subject to local weather conditions and port restrictions. It’s possible to book the tours at an additional cost, simply speak to your sales advisor when you have secured a cruise booking. Take a look at our range of Fred. Olsen 2019 cruises to find out where in the world you could discover next.


P&O Iona in the Norwegian Fjords

10th August 2018

It has recently been revealed that P&O Cruises’ latest ship, Iona, will enjoy her inaugural sailing season in the magnificent destination of the Norwegian Fjords. This stunning part of the world has such a fantastic variety of things to see and do, making it a great choice for a family-friendly line like P&O Cruises. Discover more about what makes a cruise in this region so special (here you can find our Iona cruise deals, with itinerary and prices).

 

 

The Scenery

 

When sailing on a Norwegian Fjords itinerary, guests will be blessed with vision after vision of beautiful surroundings. Whether it’s the view of otherworldly Geirangerfjord from the ship or sweeping sights of Bergen from the funicular that climbs up Mount Fløyen, there is seemingly no end of amazing scenery. Just be sure to pack your charger or plenty of batteries for your camera!

 

The Food

 

Norway is considered by many to be an up and coming foodie haven, with its simplistic but beautifully designed dishes. While cruising here be sure to indulge in a few delicacies, from coffee and skillingsbolle (like a cinnamon bun) to brunost (a sweet-flavoured cheese made with goat’s and cow’s milk). And of course, those who enjoy a tipple will want to sample Scandinavia’s favourite spirit – aquavit – and visit a local brewery for a refreshing beer.

 

 

 

The Adventures

 

Cruisers looking to channel their inner explorer will revel in the vast amount of active excursions on offer in this part of the world. Norway is a natural playground, and offers the perfect environment for some exhilarating activities;

 

  • Zip-lining. With P&O Cruises it’s possible to have a go on the 300-metre zipline between Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, enjoying views from a 643-metre vantage point on the way!
  • Kayaking. The waters in and around the fjords are ideal for kayaking as the lack of wind means you should stay steady and able to paddle around easily and comfortably.
  • Rafting. Rivers such as the Valldøla in Valldalen offer the chance to go rafting on some fast-paced rapids, so jump in and get the blood pumping!
  • Hiking and Climbing. With ample mountainous land waiting to be explored, Norway is a brilliant spot for those who enjoy climbing, hiking, and Nordic walking.
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    The History

     

    When we think of Nordic history, our minds tend to go straight to the Vikings. These fearsome people ruled for around 250 years, conquering lands all over the world along the way. Today you can see remnants of their existence dating back to 872, especially in towns such as Stavanger, also known as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’.

    As well as exploring this aspect, a visit to Bryggen in Bergen is another must for history-lovers. Here you can explore the wharf that was one integral to the German confederation of merchant communities – the Hanseatic League – from around 1350 to 1750. See fascinating exhibits at the Hanseatic Museum to learn more about this period of history in Norway.

     

    Why sail to the Norwegian Fjords onboard Iona?

     

    Iona is an ideal ship for your visit to the Norwegian Fjords for a few reasons. Like the destination, the ship truly offers something for everyone, with plenty of choices when it comes to dining and activities. In addition, the design of the ship and its focus on the surrounding ocean and natural views is perfect for the fjords. Imagine sipping on your morning coffee in the glass-walled atrium, whilst drinking in the gorgeous views of fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls? Find out more about life onboard P&O Cruises' Iona.

    Cruises onboard P&O’s Iona will go on sale to past passengers on Monday 10th September, and on general sale on Wednesday 12th September. It is possible to pre-register on Monday 3rd September.

    Pre-register your interest with us to be among the first to get more information.


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