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Norwegian Fjords

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Embark Le Boreal for this 8-day coastal cruise along the Norwegian coastline, whose vertiginous cliff faces have been sculpted by the wind and the sea, giving rise to many unspoiled fjords. Visit some of the most beautiful capitals of the North Sea and their fascinating architectural treasures. Begin in Copenhagen and make your way to Bergen, viewing remote coves, stunning fjords, and experiencing the beauty of small, coastal villages.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2 : Kristiansand, Norway
Day 3 : Stavanger
Day 4 : Olden
Day 5 : Hellesylt | Geiranger
Day 6 : Aalesund - Sailing the Fjords
Day 7 : Flam | Vik
Day 8 : Disembark in Bergen, Norway

Highlights

  • Sail to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
  • Discover the charm of Bergen and its colorful houses
  • Cruise along the glaciers of Olden
  • Attend guest lectures in philosophy and political science by Dr. Luc Ferry

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A small home in the Norwegian fjords The stunning fjords of Norway Explore the charming coastal city of Bergen Birds soar above colorful buildings in the Norwegian fjords Brightly colored houses decorate the pier.

Day 1 Embark in Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen. Board the Le Boreal between 4 and 5 PM. Settle into your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her staff.

Day 2 Kristiansand, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an optional city highlights tour to discover Kristiansand, visiting the most important sites in and around the city. First stop at the largest open-air museum in Norway, Vest Agder Cultural Heritage Museum, with its 30 re-erected houses. Next start a guided walk of the city, visiting Posebyen, the historical region, and the cathedral Kristiansand Domkirke. Walk through the fruit and vegetable market Torvet and continue down the shopping street Markens until arriving by the seaside and the Christiansholm Fortress. Enter for a look at the canons and enjoy the spectacular view over the marina and the ocean. Stop at the local fish market and the new concert house Kilden before returning to your ship.

A second option is to start a tour in the city center, enjoying the typical architecture, the charming wooden houses, small‑boat harbor, and Christiansholm fortress. Stop at the Vest-Agder County Museum and then visit Søgne Old Church. The interior of this church is richly adorned with renaissance decorations from the 17th century as well as baroque paintings from the 18th century. Return to Kristiansand via the coastal road, passing idyllic summer‑houses.

Day 3 Stavanger

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the pier in Stavanger, choose between three optional excursions. The first is a walking tour to Old Stavanger, an area of the town consisting of well-preserved wooden houses surrounded by tiny, colorful gardens dating back to the 18th and 19th century. The houses were mostly built for seafaring people, craftsmen and trading people. This particular area is today considered to be unique and the city's most important rehabilitation project. Visit the old Canning Museum, which recaptures the industry that was perhaps even more important to the town in former days than the oil industry is today. Then, a short walk takes you to the market square at the head of the harbor bay. Just behind stands the cathedral, the best preserved of Norway’s medieval churches, built around 1125 by Bishop Reinald of Winchester. Carry on through the adjacent pedestrian street with many tempting shops and a bustling life. At the far end, reach the Valberg tower, built in 1850-53 and used as a fire watchtower. Your tour ends back at the pier.

A second option is to explore an Iron Age farm. Drive past rich agricultural countryside before arriving at Ullandhaug with its reconstructed farmhouses from the Iron Age and an introduction into life during that time. In one of the low houses with a turf roof, learn more about the living conditions around the year 500 A.D. After your visit, drive toward a viewpoint nearby at Ullandhaug Hill and enjoy a magnificent view over Hafrsfjord, where the Viking‑king Harald Haarfagre (the Fair-haired) in 872 defeated the last of the regional princes and founded the Kingdom of Norway by uniting the 29 small kingdoms under one crown. Enjoy a photo stop at the Sword in Rock with its three Viking swords more than 9 meters high. You may stroll through Old Stavanger and its charming wooden houses on your own at the end of the tour.

You may also opt to visit Utstein Monastery on Mosteroy Island, accessible via an underground tunnel which is almost 3 miles long. From the 13th century onwards, Augustine‑Monks lived here in the peaceful countryside. The reformation in 1537 put an end to monastery life and the King's vassals took over the property. After a guided visit of the monastery, enjoy a short music recital in the chapel and experience the peace of the surroundings.
 

Day 4 Olden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Hellesylt | Geiranger

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At your morning stop in Hellesylt, join an all-day excursion to Geiranger that brings you through this region's many historic and natural wonders. Travel by coach to Hornindalsvatnet, one of the deepest lakes in Europe at 1695 ft/ 514m deep. Continue to the River Stryn, an excellent spot for salmon fishing, and along the shores of Lake Stryn. After lunch head to Mount Dalsnibba, climbing up through a beautiful landscape of mountains, waterfalls, and lakes that follow one after the other before arriving at Lake Djupvaten. Your route continues on up Mount Dalsnibba to a height of 4930ft/ 1,495m from where you will have an exceptional view.

Alternatively, you may cruise with the ship to Geiranger, and choose to join one of two optional half-day excursions: head to Mount Dalsnibba by coach, or join professional guides on a 2-hour kayak tour of the fjords. Glide along the steep mountain walls and see thundering waterfalls such as the "Seven Sisters" and the "Bridal Veil".
 

Day 6 Aalesund - Sailing the Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep your camera close at hand as you sail amongst the majestic Norwegian fjords. Choose between two optional half-day excursions, the first to Giske and Goody Islands. The famous Gange - Rolv, or Rollo, was from Giske. This great warrior conquered Normandie in 911 and became the ancestor of William the Conqueror, sire to the English Royal Family. The old marble church in Giske was built in the Norman style and is a typical product of the architecture prior to 1200. Continue to Godoy Island and Alnes Village, a typical fishing village with a well-preserved lighthouse.

The second excursion, of Aalesund's surroundings and its open air museum, starts along the Borgundfjord, through the modern suburbs to the old trading center of Borgund. Visit Borgund Church (St. Peter's Church), the Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum consisting of various types of farmhouses, boathouses, and old boats that have been moved to this site from all over the region, and Mount Aksla with its views over the town.

Day 7 Flam | Vik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An optional 1.5-hour kayaking excursion is offered from the Flam pier. Paddle between the rugged mountains on the smooth Aurlandsfjord, a branch off of the main Sognefjorden, Norway's longest fjord and a part of the World Heritage Area surrounding Nærøyfjord (UNESCO's World Heritage). Breathe in the fresh air and drink the pure water straight from one of many waterfalls and rivers flowing into the fjord. Alternatively, you may join a full day train ride on the Flåm Railway to Vik, which winds down the steep and narrow Flåm Valley. Along the way enjoy countless viewpoints, gushing rivers and waterfalls, agricultural areas and charming villages, and the Hopperstad Stave Church built in the 12th century with dragon head ornamentation.

In Vik, join a tour to the Hopperstad Stave Church and to the old Hove stone church. After your visit, climb to Vossesvingen Viewpoint for an overview of Vik and its surroundings. Drive along the fjord to Vangsnes, an important ferry junction, to admire the giant statue of the Viking Chieftain Fridtjof, a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II.

Day 8 Disembark in Bergen, Norway

  • 1 Breakfast
Bergen was founded in the year 1070. Up to the 1830’s the city was the largest in Norway and a center for commerce and shipping. For several centuries the Hanseatic Merchants had one of their four major overseas trading offices in Bergen - The German office at Bryggen. Following an early breakfast on board, disembark in Bergen. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$4,830
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phon

Notes

Children Welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• Flight from Bergen to Paris in economy class on European airline
• Transfers to and/or from the ship 
• Half day visit to the open air museum of Old Bergen, including lunch
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• 24h room service (special selection)
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected areas

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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