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Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom, 2010/09/23 - Nothing can surpass the awesome sight of the Norwegian Fjords. Fred Olsen takes its guests to a cruise through Northern Europe on a truly cultural experience set to the backdrop of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.
With Fred Olsen and its northern Europe cruise excursions it’s possible to explore the Hardangerfjord, the second-longest Fjord in Norway. Once you have boarded the coach at Bergen pier, it’s time to experience the beautiful fruit orchards and surrounding mountains.
Once you have boarded the coach the excursion passes through Bergenhus Fortress, King Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, buildings which date from the time of the Hanseatic League. The trip continues on to the short fjord located in the village of Os, enjoying the views of snow-capped mountains, before taking a ferry crossing from Hatvik to Venjaneset.
The tour continues to take in Gjøna Lake and the farming hamlet of Eide, before moving onto Hardangerfjord itself. After a drive along this ‘Queen of the Fjords’ a stop is made in Øystese for lunch. Once refreshed the guests head inland to see the Steinsdal Waterfall, with an opportunity to walk right behind it. After reaching the peaks of Tokagjel Gorge, Kvamskogen and Gulbotn, the tour proceeds to Sørfjord (South Fjord), where Oster Island – the largest island on the west coast – is in view.
Back in Bergen, the guests can rejoin Fred Olsen cruise ship after a truly memorable day.
This excursion involves scenic driving and several tunnels. There is a moderate amount of walking and steps involved. The walk behind the waterfall contains rocky, uneven terrain and will be wet and slippery. A waterproof jacket is recommended. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair users. Lunch will typically be buffet style.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (fredolsencruises.co.uk) offers cruise destinations that can suit any client. From the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean to the beauty of the Canaries, to the tranquillity of the Mediterranean, or the history of the Baltic to remarkable journeys around the world. For more information and Norway cruise offers, the Fred Olsen Cruises brochures are available on the official site also for download.