essential cruise - Spectacular Fjordland
A no-fly cruise sailing from Newcastle
A wonderful opportunity to experience Norway’s breathtaking scenery, as you follow the coastline to picturesque villages, charming towns and spectacular ice-carved fjords. Each port of call offers opportunities to enjoy the local culture or take an optional excursion to get closer to incredible landscapes. Docking first in Dundee for a chance to visit historic Glamis Castle, our first taste of Norway is a cruise along Hardangerjord - the Queen of the Fjords - where steep-sided mountains are reflected in mirror-calm waters and Europe’s largest mountain plateau is within easy reach. The mighty Sognefjord, where towering mountains dwarf our ship, takes us to Flåm, home of one of the world’s most spectacular railway journeys. And a day in Bergen is a delightful finale with its historic wharf and beautiful mountain backdrop.
- 7 nights cruise on the Magellan
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Newcastle
At Port of Tyne, Newcastle, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - Dundee
Step ashore after lunch to discover the highlights of Dundee. Explore the city streets and the charming suburb of Broughty Ferry with a beautiful 15th century coastal fort, or visit Discovery Point, the final resting place of the RRS Discovery, used by Captain Scott for his remarkable Antarctic expedition. Maybe ascend ‘The Law’, an extinct volcano which stands 572ft tall, dominating Dundee and offering views over three counties. Or maybe travel through the countryside to Glamis Castle, childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret. This 11th century hunting lodge became a 17th century spectacle of towers, turrets and heraldic embellishments.
Day 3 - At sea
Relax on board Magellan today as we sail the North Sea, perhaps taking a dip in one of the pools or enjoying the live entertainment in the lounges.
Day 4 - Ulvik - Cruising Hardangerfjord - Eidfjord
Nestled at the head of the peaceful Ulvikfjord and framed by a beautiful backdrop of glorious mountains, the pretty village of Ulvik is a scattering of attractive houses and a white-clapboarded church. The village sits in the heart of one of Norway’s largest fruit growing districts with hillside orchards stretching down to the fjord’s picturesque shores. Passengers taking an optional overland excursion which highlights the charms of Hardangerfjord, go ashore in Ulvik and reunite with the remaining passengers after the excursion. After cruising along the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Magellan docks in Eidfjord. Surrounded by mountains up to 1,900 metres high, this small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. Nearby the stunning Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and features in optional excursions along with the impressive Sysen Dam.
Day 5 - Cruising Sognefjord - Flåm - Cruising Nærøyfjord
Passing through the beautiful wild scenery of Sognefjord, we reach Flåm, a tiny city rich in traditions and surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys. Choose to take this chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways for an unforgettable experience. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Our cruise continues through Nærøyfjord, the world’s narrowest fjord where mountains rise steeply from the tranquil waters, just 250m apart.
Day 6 - Bergen
Bergen is Norway’s second city, yet still has the feel of a small town. The colourful Bryggen Wharf is a popular destination; the characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs. Maybe view Troldhaugen, the home of the composer Edvard Grieg, where he composed many of his famous works, or visit the Fantoft Stavechurch, a classic example of Norway’s churches of the Middle Ages, complete with dragonheads and serpents on the roofs to frighten away evil spirits. Alternatively you may like to take a funicular ride from the city into the beautiful mountains. At the summit of Mount Floien you are treated to wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. For more gorgeous views, you may have the opportunity of an excursion into the local countryside, travelling over hills, across gorges and alongside glimmering lakes.
Day 7 - At sea
Relax on board Magellan as we make our return journey towards Newcastle. Enjoy a dip in one of the heated pools or perhaps unwind with a massage in the Wellness Centre.
Day 8 Newcastle
Arrive at Port of Tyne, Newcastle.