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Norwegian Fjords

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Embark Le Soleal 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. Discover the beauty of Norway on this cruise from Oslo to Bergen, viewing remote coves, stunning fjords, and experiencing the beauty of small, coastal villages.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Goteborg, Sweden
Day 3 : Kristiansand, Norway
Day 4 : Stavanger
Day 5 : Alesund
Day 6 : Hellesylt | Geiranger
Day 7 : Olden
Day 8 : Bergen, Norway | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
  • Admire the wonderfully preserved 18th-c. fishermen's houses of Stavanger
  • Explore the fjords of Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the famous Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters waterfalls

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the charming coastal city of Bergen A small home in the Norwegian fjords The stunning fjords of Norway Birds soar above colorful buildings in the Norwegian fjords A market in Bryggen, Bergen, Norway

Day 1 Oslo, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Oslo and board the Le Soleal between 5 and 6 PM. Oslo is a green city and the capital of Norway. Its many parks and gardens make it the reputedly pleasant city it is. Must-sees include the 80 hectares of Vigeland sculpture parks and its 212 open air exhibitions, the Munch Museum dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, plus the Akershus fortress which symbolizes Oslo’s rich history. For culture, the national gallery shelters the largest Norwegian collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures open to the public. For sports enthusiasts, the Holmenkollen district with its ski museum and famous ski jump offer the most stunning, all-encompassing view of the city. 

Settle into your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her staff.

Day 2 Goteborg, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Göteborg, a lively harbor town located on the west coast of Sweden, at the crossing of the Göta älv River and the bay of Cattégat. Peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés on the ground floors of old Haga's traditional wood houses. Observe elegant neoclassical buildings on the majestic Gustave-Adolphe square and visit the municipal museum dedicated to the town’s history. In addition, you can sail along Göteborg’s numerous canals. As for eating, it’s the fish and shellfish which make the gastronomic reputation of this beautiful stopover.

Day 3 Kristiansand, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the region of Sørlandet, the town of Kristiansand has prospered for a long time from its building industry and shipbuilding installations. Today, the town offers its timeless charm and mild climate the whole year round. Feel amazed by its vibrant pastel colors, and its streets laid out in right angles. Among the districts worth exploring is Posebyen, with its wooden houses inhabited in the olden days by workers and craftsmen. Here you can really get to grips with the town’s energy.

*Today choose between two optional excursions:

- Kristiansand Highlights: Discover Kristiansand by joining this city highlights tour, visiting all the most important sights in and around the city. Explore the Vest Agder Cultural Heritage Museum and drive to the city center for a guided visit to the cathedral Kristiansand Domkirke. Enter the Christiansholm Fortress for a look at the cannons and a spectacular view over the marina and the ocean. At the end of the tour, walk past the new concert house Kilden, an amazing display in modern times architecture, design and technology, before returning to the pier and your ship. 

- Vestadger Museum & Sogne Church: Coach tour in the city center, enjoying the typical architecture, the charming wooden houses, as well as the more modern parts. Continue past new residential areas, the small‑boat harbor, and Christiansholm fortress. Further, pass Oddernes Church, one of the oldest Olav‑churches in Norway, and stop at Vest-Agder County Museum, one of the largest open-air museums in Norway. After the museum visit, stop at Søgne Old Church and return to Kristiansand via the coastal road, passing idyllic summer houses.

Day 4 Stavanger

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Stavanger, a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. During your stopover, walk the paved streets and admire the wonderfully preserved fishermen's houses that date from the 18th century. This particular area is today considered to be unique and the city's most important rehabilitation project. Other notable sites include the 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, the market square at the head of the harbor bay, the best preserved of Norway’s medieval churches built around 1125, and the Valberg tower, built in 1850-53 and used as a fire watchtower.
 
*Today choose between two optional excursions:

- Iron Age Farm: Coach tour to Ullandhaug for a visit to the reconstructed farmhouses from the Iron Age. Learn how Norwegians lived their life at this time and how they made flour or wove their clothes. On the sightseeing drive to the farm enjoy a photo stop at the Stavanger Cathedral, the best preserved of Norway’s Medieval churches. After the visit, re-board your coach and drive toward a viewpoint nearby at Ullandhaug Hill for magnificents view over Hafrsfjord. Finally make another photo stop at the Sword in Rock, and before your return to the ship enjoy some time to stroll on foot through Old Stravanger. 

- Utstein Monastery and Organ Recital: Join a guided visit to the Utstein Monastery, the best preserved monastery building in Norway, situated on Mosteroy Island. Drive through an underwater tunnel close to 3 miles long that goes down to nearly 700 ft. After the guided visit, the tour ends with a short music recital in the chapel (20 mns).

Day 5 Alesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep your camera close at hand as you sail amongst the majestic Norwegian fjords. Alesund's Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum consists of various types of farmhouses, boathouses, and old boats that have been moved to this site from all over the region.

*Today choose between three optional excursions:

- Alesund Surrounding & Museum: Tour along the Borgundfjord, through the modern suburbs to the old trading center of Borgund, with visits to Borgund Church (also known as St. Peter's Church), and to the Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum. Detour up on Mount Aksla to enjoy the view (weather permitting) over the town and its surroundings before returning via the central parts of the town to your ship.

- Giske & Godoy Islands: Tour to the Giske's old marble church, built as a family chapel for one of most powerful families. Visit to Godoy Island and Alnes village located on the seaside, a classic fishing village with a well-preserved and picturesque architecture.

- Hiking Aksla: Hiking tour beginning with a short drive up to Fagerlia school-center. Climb up to the ridge of Mount Aksla and see the remarkable view to both sides of the hill. Pass the so-called "dams" and after an approximately 75 mns walk, arrive at the viewpoint near "Fjellstua" restaurant. Continue on the last leg of the hike that consists of descending the 418 steps to the little park at the foot of mount Aksla.

Day 6 Hellesylt | Geiranger

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today arrive at Hellesylt, a small village located 20 kilometers from the Geiranger site. Here, you can get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village, including colorful houses, wooden walkways, and rustic stalls where you can have a refreshment before heading off to discover more of the local color. The surroundings are simply magnificent with cliffs, mountains and lakes with peaceful waters. The village is crossed by a river whose charming cascade tumbles into the fjord waters.

*Today choose to join an optional excursion:

- Hellesuylt to Geiranger: Coach tour through the west of Norway, a land of majestic mountains and emerald green lakes. Make your first stop in Hornindalsvatnet, one of the deepest lakes in Europe at 1695 ft/ 514m deep. Continue your route along the River Stryn, an excellent spot for salmon fishing, to Nordfjord and the village of Stryn where you have some leisure time to stretch your legs and stroll around the streets. Drive along the shores of Lake Stryn, the emerald-green color of which is so typical of the area due to the melting Jostedalen glacier that you see further on. After lunch, head for Mount Dalsnibba, climbing up through a beautiful landscape of mountains, waterfalls, and lakes that follow one after the other before arriving at Lake Djupvaten.

Afterwards visit Geirander, a must-see stopover in Norway, located halfway between Bergen and Trondheim. Geiranger offers stunning beauty and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The splendor of the sheer cliffs, dark rock, and crystalline water are the stars of the show here. The sides of the fjord offer many possibilities for hiking: the Eagle’s Road takes you up to a steep stretch offering a gorgeous panoramic view.

Day 7 Olden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its two wooden churches, one red and the other white, plus its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Oldeelva, Olden looks just like a picture postcard. Located a few kilometers from the Jostedalsbreen Park, home to one of the last glacier polar icecaps, this little village is a definite must for exploring the blue languages of the Briksdal or Kjennalen glaciers. Make sure you find some time to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Absolutely amazing. Another gem is Lake Lovatn and its turquoise waters, inviting you to quiet contemplation.

Day 8 Bergen, Norway | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following an early breakfast on board, disembark in Bergen. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels or explore the city of Bergen. Founded in the year 1070, Bergen 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.

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

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Optional excursions are NOT included in the cruise fare. Please contact us for details.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24h Room service (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer 
• 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
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Complimentary boot rental on select cruises 

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
• Transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure

Cruise fares do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
• Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Port and safety taxes
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
• Luggage handling
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
• Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
• 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)

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

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