Bergen and the Spectacular Western Fjords
10 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Through the rocky isles, islets and skerries north of Bergen lies the world’s second longest and deepest fjord, the ethereal Sognefjord. Further north the unexplored Geiranger Fjord and the art-nouveau town of Ålesund conceal a host of hidden treasures. Cruise into the superlative majesty of Norway in inimitable Hebridean style.
Embark in the picturesque port of Bergen and cruise northwards into the sublime scenery of Fensfjord and Sognefjord en-route to Florø for a visit to the local coastal museum. At the fishing town of Måløy we enjoy a walking tour before heading to the island of Selje and its ancient monastic settlement. A relaxing cruise of the steep-sided Storfjord leads us to Eidsdal at the elbow with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geiranger fjord, perhaps the most spectacular fjord in Norway, allowing a full day exploration.
A day in Ålesund unveils this ‘Pearl of the North’, destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in unusual art-nouveau style, ahead of a spectacular glacier trip from Olden at the head of Nordefjord. Heading south we cruise into Sognefjord and embark on a walking tour of the village of Eivindvik with its ancient history and centuries old church.
Onwards to the island of Lysøen, the ‘Island of Light’, and the holiday villa of the eccentric 19th century violinist Ole Bull, before concluding our voyage with a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century.