8/10 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
This enchanting cruise goes deep into the heart of Norway’s fjordland, revealing a landscape of pine-clad mountains and placid blue-green waters, fertile farmland and fruit-filled orchards, waterfalls and icy rivers sprung from glaciers.
Our journey starts with a tour of the colourful city of Bergen. Onwards through Bjørnafjord to Hardanger, Norway’s second longest fjord known as the Orchard of Norway. We follow its course to Jondal to wonder at the dramatic Folgefonna Glacier and watch craftsmen in the smithy and making ropes and wooden boats at the Hardanger Maritime Museum.
Sailing through Bømlafjord, en-route for the homeland of the Viking Kings, Haugesund, we visit the local museum and church. On the island of Karmøy we learn about the sovereigns who controlled the coast of Norway at the Nordvegen History Centre, ahead of a cruise picture-postcard Vindafjord. The Ryfylke Museum preserves a unique cultural heritage through its collection of 70 historic buildings, most of which are located where they were originally built. At Jelsa we visit the white, wooden church built in 1647.
Sailing south to Jøsenfjord and Lysefjord, Hebridean Princess negotiates the tight turn into this narrow gorge, past the soaring Pulpit Rock. We pass spectacular waterfalls as we make for Lysebotn to take a panoramic drive to Øygardstøl.
A tour of Stavanger and some free time allows us to explore this fascinating port, with its old town and the largest concentration of 18th century timber buildings in Europe. Sadly guests returning home by air disembark in Sandnes and those opting to return to Invergordon can reflect on their adventure as we steam the North Sea.