A delightful mix of some of Norway’s prettiest towns and villages set against a backdrop of spectacular seasonal scenery, this cruise brings you some of the best of Fjordland. MV Columbus takes you deep into the heart of the Norwegian fjords during autumn and every day promises a host of new and exciting landscapes from towering peaks and beautiful valleys to tumbling waterfalls and deep blue waters.
- United Kingdom
- 50 plus
- UK Coach Departures
Day 1: Embark London Tilbury
You'll travel by coach to London Tilbury, where we’ll begin our cruise on board the MV Columbus. (Dinner)
Day 2: Rotterdam, Holland
Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands. Europe's largest port is known for Erasmus University, its riverside setting, and the array of cultural attractions including some world-class museums. You'll also have the chance to discover the city's maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: At Sea
Relax at sea as we make our way to Norway. Make the most of the MV Columbus’s facilities, enjoying the daytime activities, leisure facilities and great entertainment on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Sognefjord - Flam, Norway
Surrounded by towering mountains is the tiny village of Flam, nestled at the head of Aurlandsfjord. This is at the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord which you'll experience the otherworldly magic of as we sail through. Flam's popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers including Europe’s royals attracted by the salmon fishing in the Flam River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Nordfjord - Olden, Norway
The charming village of Olden sits amongst tidy, well-kept farms on gently sloping, fertile hillsides, which then rise steeply into thickly wooded and rugged peaks. From the village the beautiful Oldendalen Valley runs between towering mountains to the edge of the mighty Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Briksdal Glacier is one of the more accessible arms of the Jostedalsbreen. The creeping pitted tentacle of ice features in optional excursions from Olden together with glorious waterfalls, glacier fed rivers and wonderful mountain lakes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Geirangerfjord - Geiranger, Norway
From a small farming village that was relatively isolated in the 1800’s, Geiranger has grown into one of Norway’s most popular tourist resorts. It sits at the head of beautiful Geirangerfjord against a backdrop of splendid mountain scenery. From Geiranger steep mountain roads snake their way up to dizzying heights and panoramic views that are quite breathtaking. Snow dusted peaks, wild tumbling waterfalls, lush green valleys and dramatic gorges stretch as far as the eye can see with their reflections in the mirror-calm waters of the incredible Geirangerfjord far below. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Bergen, Norway
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Yet with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town. It is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Floien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Overlooking the harbour the colourful Bryggen wharf is the face of Bergen. The characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: At Sea
Relax as our cruise continues across the North Sea on our return journey home. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Disembark London Tilbury
We’ll arrive in London Tilbury today, ready to return home by coach after a wonderful cruise. (Breakfast)
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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