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Enjoy a 7 nights cruise around the Norwegian Fjords. 

Itineraries

Day 1 (Embark)

Time : 12:00 am

Southampton, UK

The vibrant port city of Southampton has always had a rich history in seafaring and is still a popular embarkation port for cruises today.

Day 2

Time : 9:00 am

Cruising (Day at sea)

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger is a former European Capital of Culture, and it’s not hard to see why. The city is heaven for culture vultures, boasting an impressive mix of museums, galleries and events celebrating Norway’s rich heritage. The gateway to Norways spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger is also a town with its own rich heritage as it is regarded as the 'Cradle of the Vikings'. This small city celebrates its lively heritage dating back to 872 when Viking King Harald Hårfagre founded the Kingdom of Norway in nearby Hafrsfjord. But there’s more to the Vikings than pillaging and plundering. As you’ll find out, these bearded warriors were pioneering explorers, canny traders, skilled craftsmen and artful storytellers with a dark sense of humour.

During their 250-year rule, Vikings sailed to Britain, France, Spain, Italy and North Africa – and journeyed overland through Russia and to modern-day Turkey and Iraq. The area of Rogaland has several sites of archaeological interest, while museums and exhibits in Stavanger bring Viking culture to life. Look out, too, for the Swords in Rock monument on the site of an epic battle. Three giant Viking swords (symbolising peace, unity and freedom) mark the spot and celebrate the unification of Norway.

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am

Olden, Norway

The peaceful village of Olden has the perfect Fjordland cruise setting - nestling at the southern end of one branch of the beautiful Nordfjord and at the entrance to the gorgeous Oldedalen Valley.

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park. Other tours head overland to the inner Nordfjord area with its wind-blown rocks, towering mountains and verdant valleys. Also in the area are folk and glacier museums, a skiing centre on the glacier plateau and northern Europe's deepest lake - Hornindalsvatnet.

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am

Innvikfjorden (cruise-by), Norway

Sailing through the Norwegian fjords is one of the great maritime experiences. Formed during the Ice Age when the glaciers retreated, the deep valleys and narrow inlets were flooded with seawater creating these natural wonders. Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

There are more spectacular sights on offer on a Norwegian Fjords cruise holiday including Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjorden, Storfjorden and Nordfjord.

Day 4

Time : 7:00 am

Nordfjord (cruise-by), Norway

Sailing through the Norwegian fjords is one of the great maritime experiences. Formed during the Ice Age when the glaciers retreated, the deep valleys and narrow inlets were flooded with seawater creating these natural wonders. Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

Day 5

Time : 12:00 pm

Alesund, Norway

Everything about Ålesund is pretty. From its location at the entrance of Geirangerfjord to its unique architecture, it’s the kind of place that sticks with you long after you’ve left. Because it was completely rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1904, Alesund looks quite different to other Norwegian towns along the country's west coast now better known as simply 'Fjordland'.

Stretching across three islands at the mouth of the magnificent Geirangerfjord, Ålesunds architecture is now an eclectic mixture of mock-Gothic and neo-classical with more than a dash of Art Nouveau. Turrets and spires dot the skyline and you can trace the towns trend setting style development at the Art Nouveau Centre, one of several fascinating museums in the town. The pick is the open-air Sunnmre while the Atlantic Sea-Park is also worth a visit as one of the largest aquariums in northern Europe.

Ålesund is also a lively fishing town and home to one of Norway’s most important traditional fishing harbours – in fact, more than two thirds of the world’s production of klipfish comes from here.

Day 6

Time : 9:00 am

Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund, homeland of the Viking kings and birthplace of Norway, is a place where you can inhale the Viking spirit. Surrounded by beautiful coastline, spectacular waterfalls and majestic fjords it's no wonder the kings called this extraordinary setting home. Populated for thousands of years, you can walk in the footsteps of the great kings at the Nordvegen History Centre and travel back over 3,500 years. St Olav's Church, dating from 1250 AD, is a monument to the former days of glory, and next to the church stands one of Norway's tallest pillars, Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle. In nearby Rehaugene you can explore the 'Pyramids of the North' - six intriguing Bronze Age, earthen burial mounds. And if you are feeling like a spot of retail therapy, you're in luck - not only is Haugesund filled with charming markets it's also home to Norway's longest pedestrian street.

Day 7

Cruising (Day at sea)

Day 8 (Disembark)

Southampton, England, UK

The vibrant port city of Southampton has always had a rich history in seafaring and is still a popular embarkation port for cruises today.

Fancy some relaxation, exploration or your own perfect blend of both? We have got you covered! Enjoy 8 days riding to the tops of towering mountains, kayaking gently along serene fjords, getting a flavour of local food and chilling out aboard Iona.

As the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Iona is our greenest, largest and most innovative ship yet. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining and entertainment on board. Iona has a host of surprises in store.

Prices & Dates: Norwegian Fjords (7 Nights)