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Set sail from Southampton to one of the most spectacular regions of the world - The Norwegian Fjords.

 

The next 7 nights will be onboard P&O's newest addition, the family friendly cruise ship Iona, designed to bring the outside in. Through innovative design and unique spaces, she connects you with the sea, sky and shoreline. 

 

Be amazed at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords, with incredible views guaranteed from your ship, and with a developed diverse range of exclusions and activities for guests from cultural encounters, to active adventure, this is a destination that is best experienced by sea.

  

Enjoy all the relaxation and entertainment Iona offers in between biking down mountains, hiking to glaciers, kayak gently along shimmering fjords and get a flavour of unique Norwegian food and local culture.

 

 

What's Included?

• 7 Nights Full Board Cruise from Southampton

• Luxury Accommodation in an inside 4 berth cabin

• Spectacular Entertainment

• Gym

• Pools & Relaxation

• Sports deck

• Dance Classes

 

 

Family of Four - Two adults and Two Children

From only £1,296 Total Price | Book now for only £65!

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Set Sail from Southampton

Southampton city centre is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.

 

 

Day 2: at Sea

 

Day 3 Stavanger, Norway 

Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white-painted wooden cottages (considered national heritage monuments in their own right), 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral, markets, craft stores and art galleries. 

 

Breathtaking natural beauty, crashing waterfalls and head-spinning vertical drops (600m from the flat-topped Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) can also be found about Stavanger. Then head to find out about more Viking antics in Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology.

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.

 

 

Day 4: Olden, Norway 

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park.  

 

 

Innvikfjorden, Norway 

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Nordfjord (Cruise-By)

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Day 5: Geiranger, Norway

As you cruise along to the ships anchorage off Geiranger cruise port, just marvel at the views as spectacular waterfalls with evocative names like Bridal Veil and The Seven Sisters cascade down from the steep rocky peaks that overlook the fjord from both sides. Geiranger welcomed its first cruise ship (carrying a group of Quakers from Scotland) in 1869 and its appeal for visitors has hardly changed since then. It is still just a small village resort which simply makes the ideal base for walking, boating, or motoring tours into a surrounding area full of natural beauty and magnificent scenery with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, plunging waterfalls and age-old glaciers. There are superb views from the Dalsnibban mountain plateau overlooking the fjord.

 

 

Geirangerfjord, Norway

As you sail through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's easy to imagine you're in a Norse fairytale. The mountains soar above you, up to 1,700 metres. The water drops to depth of 260 metres beneath your feet. Even the waterfalls have intriguing names, such as the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the best-known, the Seven Sisters. You sail past all three waterfalls, so have your camera at the ready. And if you have a sense that there's something familiar about Geirangerfjord's scenery, it was the inspiration for Disney's movie, Frozen.

 

 

Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway

On the way, you pass the historically important Me-kernes - a deserted Fjord farm, dating back to the 1600s and possibly as far as medieval times. Preserved for its unique siting, it's perched 100 metres above the water, tucked under over-hanging rock to protect it from avalanches. Me-kernes inspired Ibsen, who visited in 1862 and used its inhospitable setting in his play Brand. At its widest, Sunnylvsfjorden stretches to over a mile, narrowing to 600 metres in places. And at its deepest, it reaches a startling 452 metres below sea level.

 

 

Storfjorden, Norway

Translating as 'Great Fjord',Storfjorden more than lives up to its name, with sweeping waterscapes, soaring, snow-dusted peaks and forested slopes that plunge down to the water's edge. On a still day, the reflections of the mountains in the water are a sight to behold. This remote wilderness is a haven for wildlife. Keep a look out for dolphins and whales swimming alongside the ship and sea eagles passing overhead. As your ship winds its way along the peaceful waters, the views are ever changing, with occasional small settlements lying along the water and abandoned farms high up the rock faces. Norway's fifth longest fjord, Storfjorden is 68 miles long, cutting Norway's Sunnmre region into two, and taking you though magnificent scenery towards Sunnylvsfjord and Geirangerfjord.

 

  

Day 6: Haugesund, Norway

Surrounded by beautiful coastline, spectacular waterfalls and majestic fjords it's no wonder the kings called this extraordinary setting home. Populated for thousands of years, you can walk in the footsteps of the great kings at the Nordvegen History Centre and travel back over 3,500 years. St Olav's Church, dating from 1250 AD, is a monument to the former days of glory, and next to the church stands one of Norway's tallest pillars, Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle. In nearby Rehaugene you can explore the 'Pyramids of the North' - six intriguing Bronze Age, earthen burial mounds. And if you are feeling like a spot of retail therapy, you're in luck - not only is Haugesund filled with charming markets it's also home to Norway's longest pedestrian street.

 

 

Day 7: at sea

 

 

Day 8: Southampton, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Correct as of 06/01/2020. Price is based on a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children (maximum age 17) sailing from Southampton onboard P&O's cruise ship Iona. Departing 22nd May 2021.Stated itineraries may change in the case of operational circumstances outside of our control. Prices are subject to availability and reconfirmation at the time of booking.  Standard T&C's also apply. E&OE.

 

 

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Set sail from Southampton to one of the most spectacular regions of the world - The Norwegian Fjords.

 

The next 7 nights will be onboard P&O's newest addition, the family friendly cruise ship Iona, designed to bring the outside in. Through innovative design and unique spaces, she connects you with the sea, sky and shoreline. 

 

Be amazed at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords, with incredible views guaranteed from your ship, and with a developed diverse range of exclusions and activities for guests from cultural encounters, to active adventure, this is a destination that is best experienced by sea.

  

Enjoy all the relaxation and entertainment Iona offers in between biking down mountains, hiking to glaciers, kayak gently along shimmering fjords and get a flavour of unique Norwegian food and local culture.

 

 

What's Included?

• 7 Nights Full Board Cruise from Southampton

• Luxury Accommodation in an inside 4 berth cabin

• Spectacular Entertainment

• Gym

• Pools & Relaxation

• Sports deck

• Dance Classes

 

 

Family of Four - Two adults and Two Children

From only £1,296 Total Price | Book now for only £65!

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Set Sail from Southampton

Southampton city centre is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.

 

 

Day 2: at Sea

 

Day 3 Stavanger, Norway 

Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white-painted wooden cottages (considered national heritage monuments in their own right), 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral, markets, craft stores and art galleries. 

 

Breathtaking natural beauty, crashing waterfalls and head-spinning vertical drops (600m from the flat-topped Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) can also be found about Stavanger. Then head to find out about more Viking antics in Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology.

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.

 

 

Day 4: Olden, Norway 

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park.  

 

 

Innvikfjorden, Norway 

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Nordfjord (Cruise-By)

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Day 5: Geiranger, Norway

As you cruise along to the ships anchorage off Geiranger cruise port, just marvel at the views as spectacular waterfalls with evocative names like Bridal Veil and The Seven Sisters cascade down from the steep rocky peaks that overlook the fjord from both sides. Geiranger welcomed its first cruise ship (carrying a group of Quakers from Scotland) in 1869 and its appeal for visitors has hardly changed since then. It is still just a small village resort which simply makes the ideal base for walking, boating, or motoring tours into a surrounding area full of natural beauty and magnificent scenery with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, plunging waterfalls and age-old glaciers. There are superb views from the Dalsnibban mountain plateau overlooking the fjord.

 

 

Geirangerfjord, Norway

As you sail through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's easy to imagine you're in a Norse fairytale. The mountains soar above you, up to 1,700 metres. The water drops to depth of 260 metres beneath your feet. Even the waterfalls have intriguing names, such as the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the best-known, the Seven Sisters. You sail past all three waterfalls, so have your camera at the ready. And if you have a sense that there's something familiar about Geirangerfjord's scenery, it was the inspiration for Disney's movie, Frozen.

 

 

Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway

On the way, you pass the historically important Me-kernes - a deserted Fjord farm, dating back to the 1600s and possibly as far as medieval times. Preserved for its unique siting, it's perched 100 metres above the water, tucked under over-hanging rock to protect it from avalanches. Me-kernes inspired Ibsen, who visited in 1862 and used its inhospitable setting in his play Brand. At its widest, Sunnylvsfjorden stretches to over a mile, narrowing to 600 metres in places. And at its deepest, it reaches a startling 452 metres below sea level.

 

 

Storfjorden, Norway

Translating as 'Great Fjord',Storfjorden more than lives up to its name, with sweeping waterscapes, soaring, snow-dusted peaks and forested slopes that plunge down to the water's edge. On a still day, the reflections of the mountains in the water are a sight to behold. This remote wilderness is a haven for wildlife. Keep a look out for dolphins and whales swimming alongside the ship and sea eagles passing overhead. As your ship winds its way along the peaceful waters, the views are ever changing, with occasional small settlements lying along the water and abandoned farms high up the rock faces. Norway's fifth longest fjord, Storfjorden is 68 miles long, cutting Norway's Sunnmre region into two, and taking you though magnificent scenery towards Sunnylvsfjord and Geirangerfjord.

 

  

Day 6: Haugesund, Norway

Surrounded by beautiful coastline, spectacular waterfalls and majestic fjords it's no wonder the kings called this extraordinary setting home. Populated for thousands of years, you can walk in the footsteps of the great kings at the Nordvegen History Centre and travel back over 3,500 years. St Olav's Church, dating from 1250 AD, is a monument to the former days of glory, and next to the church stands one of Norway's tallest pillars, Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle. In nearby Rehaugene you can explore the 'Pyramids of the North' - six intriguing Bronze Age, earthen burial mounds. And if you are feeling like a spot of retail therapy, you're in luck - not only is Haugesund filled with charming markets it's also home to Norway's longest pedestrian street.

 

 

Day 7: at sea

 

 

Day 8: Southampton, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Correct as of 06/01/2020. Price is based on a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children (maximum age 17) sailing from Southampton onboard P&O's cruise ship Iona. Departing 22nd May 2021.Stated itineraries may change in the case of operational circumstances outside of our control. Prices are subject to availability and reconfirmation at the time of booking.  Standard T&C's also apply. E&OE.

 

 

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About this offer

Set sail from Southampton to one of the most spectacular regions of the world - The Norwegian Fjords.

 

The next 7 nights will be onboard P&O's newest addition, the family friendly cruise ship Iona, designed to bring the outside in. Through innovative design and unique spaces, she connects you with the sea, sky and shoreline. 

 

Be amazed at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords, with incredible views guaranteed from your ship, and with a developed diverse range of exclusions and activities for guests from cultural encounters, to active adventure, this is a destination that is best experienced by sea.

  

Enjoy all the relaxation and entertainment Iona offers in between biking down mountains, hiking to glaciers, kayak gently along shimmering fjords and get a flavour of unique Norwegian food and local culture.

 

 

What's Included?

• 7 Nights Full Board Cruise from Southampton

• Luxury Accommodation in an inside 4 berth cabin

• Spectacular Entertainment

• Gym

• Pools & Relaxation

• Sports deck

• Dance Classes

 

 

Family of Four - Two adults and Two Children

From only £1,296 Total Price | Book now for only £65!

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Set Sail from Southampton

Southampton city centre is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.

 

 

Day 2: at Sea

 

Day 3 Stavanger, Norway 

Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white-painted wooden cottages (considered national heritage monuments in their own right), 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral, markets, craft stores and art galleries. 

 

Breathtaking natural beauty, crashing waterfalls and head-spinning vertical drops (600m from the flat-topped Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) can also be found about Stavanger. Then head to find out about more Viking antics in Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology.

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.

 

 

Day 4: Olden, Norway 

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park.  

 

 

Innvikfjorden, Norway 

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Nordfjord (Cruise-By)

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Day 5: Geiranger, Norway

As you cruise along to the ships anchorage off Geiranger cruise port, just marvel at the views as spectacular waterfalls with evocative names like Bridal Veil and The Seven Sisters cascade down from the steep rocky peaks that overlook the fjord from both sides. Geiranger welcomed its first cruise ship (carrying a group of Quakers from Scotland) in 1869 and its appeal for visitors has hardly changed since then. It is still just a small village resort which simply makes the ideal base for walking, boating, or motoring tours into a surrounding area full of natural beauty and magnificent scenery with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, plunging waterfalls and age-old glaciers. There are superb views from the Dalsnibban mountain plateau overlooking the fjord.

 

 

Geirangerfjord, Norway

As you sail through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's easy to imagine you're in a Norse fairytale. The mountains soar above you, up to 1,700 metres. The water drops to depth of 260 metres beneath your feet. Even the waterfalls have intriguing names, such as the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the best-known, the Seven Sisters. You sail past all three waterfalls, so have your camera at the ready. And if you have a sense that there's something familiar about Geirangerfjord's scenery, it was the inspiration for Disney's movie, Frozen.

 

 

Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway

On the way, you pass the historically important Me-kernes - a deserted Fjord farm, dating back to the 1600s and possibly as far as medieval times. Preserved for its unique siting, it's perched 100 metres above the water, tucked under over-hanging rock to protect it from avalanches. Me-kernes inspired Ibsen, who visited in 1862 and used its inhospitable setting in his play Brand. At its widest, Sunnylvsfjorden stretches to over a mile, narrowing to 600 metres in places. And at its deepest, it reaches a startling 452 metres below sea level.

 

 

Storfjorden, Norway

Translating as 'Great Fjord',Storfjorden more than lives up to its name, with sweeping waterscapes, soaring, snow-dusted peaks and forested slopes that plunge down to the water's edge. On a still day, the reflections of the mountains in the water are a sight to behold. This remote wilderness is a haven for wildlife. Keep a look out for dolphins and whales swimming alongside the ship and sea eagles passing overhead. As your ship winds its way along the peaceful waters, the views are ever changing, with occasional small settlements lying along the water and abandoned farms high up the rock faces. Norway's fifth longest fjord, Storfjorden is 68 miles long, cutting Norway's Sunnmre region into two, and taking you though magnificent scenery towards Sunnylvsfjord and Geirangerfjord.

 

  

Day 6: Haugesund, Norway

Surrounded by beautiful coastline, spectacular waterfalls and majestic fjords it's no wonder the kings called this extraordinary setting home. Populated for thousands of years, you can walk in the footsteps of the great kings at the Nordvegen History Centre and travel back over 3,500 years. St Olav's Church, dating from 1250 AD, is a monument to the former days of glory, and next to the church stands one of Norway's tallest pillars, Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle. In nearby Rehaugene you can explore the 'Pyramids of the North' - six intriguing Bronze Age, earthen burial mounds. And if you are feeling like a spot of retail therapy, you're in luck - not only is Haugesund filled with charming markets it's also home to Norway's longest pedestrian street.

 

 

Day 7: at sea

 

 

Day 8: Southampton, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Correct as of 06/01/2020. Price is based on a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children (maximum age 17) sailing from Southampton onboard P&O's cruise ship Iona. Departing 22nd May 2021.Stated itineraries may change in the case of operational circumstances outside of our control. Prices are subject to availability and reconfirmation at the time of booking.  Standard T&C's also apply. E&OE.

 

 



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About this offer

Set sail from Southampton to one of the most spectacular regions of the world - The Norwegian Fjords.

 

The next 7 nights will be onboard P&O's newest addition, the family friendly cruise ship Iona, designed to bring the outside in. Through innovative design and unique spaces, she connects you with the sea, sky and shoreline. 

 

Be amazed at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords, with incredible views guaranteed from your ship, and with a developed diverse range of exclusions and activities for guests from cultural encounters, to active adventure, this is a destination that is best experienced by sea.

  

Enjoy all the relaxation and entertainment Iona offers in between biking down mountains, hiking to glaciers, kayak gently along shimmering fjords and get a flavour of unique Norwegian food and local culture.

 

 

What's Included?

• 7 Nights Full Board Cruise from Southampton

• Luxury Accommodation in an inside 4 berth cabin

• Spectacular Entertainment

• Gym

• Pools & Relaxation

• Sports deck

• Dance Classes

 

 

Family of Four - Two adults and Two Children

From only £1,296 Total Price | Book now for only £65!

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Set Sail from Southampton

Southampton city centre is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.

 

 

Day 2: at Sea

 

Day 3 Stavanger, Norway 

Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white-painted wooden cottages (considered national heritage monuments in their own right), 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral, markets, craft stores and art galleries. 

 

Breathtaking natural beauty, crashing waterfalls and head-spinning vertical drops (600m from the flat-topped Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) can also be found about Stavanger. Then head to find out about more Viking antics in Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology.

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.

 

 

Day 4: Olden, Norway 

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park.  

 

 

Innvikfjorden, Norway 

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Nordfjord (Cruise-By)

Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream these natural wonders are virtually ice free and easily explored. Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You'll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater. The sixth longest in Norway, Nordfjord's deep-blue waters stretch 106 km (66 miles) from Stad on the coast, deep into the town of Stryn on the east. It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

 

Day 5: Geiranger, Norway

As you cruise along to the ships anchorage off Geiranger cruise port, just marvel at the views as spectacular waterfalls with evocative names like Bridal Veil and The Seven Sisters cascade down from the steep rocky peaks that overlook the fjord from both sides. Geiranger welcomed its first cruise ship (carrying a group of Quakers from Scotland) in 1869 and its appeal for visitors has hardly changed since then. It is still just a small village resort which simply makes the ideal base for walking, boating, or motoring tours into a surrounding area full of natural beauty and magnificent scenery with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, plunging waterfalls and age-old glaciers. There are superb views from the Dalsnibban mountain plateau overlooking the fjord.

 

 

Geirangerfjord, Norway

As you sail through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's easy to imagine you're in a Norse fairytale. The mountains soar above you, up to 1,700 metres. The water drops to depth of 260 metres beneath your feet. Even the waterfalls have intriguing names, such as the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the best-known, the Seven Sisters. You sail past all three waterfalls, so have your camera at the ready. And if you have a sense that there's something familiar about Geirangerfjord's scenery, it was the inspiration for Disney's movie, Frozen.

 

 

Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway

On the way, you pass the historically important Me-kernes - a deserted Fjord farm, dating back to the 1600s and possibly as far as medieval times. Preserved for its unique siting, it's perched 100 metres above the water, tucked under over-hanging rock to protect it from avalanches. Me-kernes inspired Ibsen, who visited in 1862 and used its inhospitable setting in his play Brand. At its widest, Sunnylvsfjorden stretches to over a mile, narrowing to 600 metres in places. And at its deepest, it reaches a startling 452 metres below sea level.

 

 

Storfjorden, Norway

Translating as 'Great Fjord',Storfjorden more than lives up to its name, with sweeping waterscapes, soaring, snow-dusted peaks and forested slopes that plunge down to the water's edge. On a still day, the reflections of the mountains in the water are a sight to behold. This remote wilderness is a haven for wildlife. Keep a look out for dolphins and whales swimming alongside the ship and sea eagles passing overhead. As your ship winds its way along the peaceful waters, the views are ever changing, with occasional small settlements lying along the water and abandoned farms high up the rock faces. Norway's fifth longest fjord, Storfjorden is 68 miles long, cutting Norway's Sunnmre region into two, and taking you though magnificent scenery towards Sunnylvsfjord and Geirangerfjord.

 

  

Day 6: Haugesund, Norway

Surrounded by beautiful coastline, spectacular waterfalls and majestic fjords it's no wonder the kings called this extraordinary setting home. Populated for thousands of years, you can walk in the footsteps of the great kings at the Nordvegen History Centre and travel back over 3,500 years. St Olav's Church, dating from 1250 AD, is a monument to the former days of glory, and next to the church stands one of Norway's tallest pillars, Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle. In nearby Rehaugene you can explore the 'Pyramids of the North' - six intriguing Bronze Age, earthen burial mounds. And if you are feeling like a spot of retail therapy, you're in luck - not only is Haugesund filled with charming markets it's also home to Norway's longest pedestrian street.

 

 

Day 7: at sea

 

 

Day 8: Southampton, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Correct as of 06/01/2020. Price is based on a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children (maximum age 17) sailing from Southampton onboard P&O's cruise ship Iona. Departing 22nd May 2021.Stated itineraries may change in the case of operational circumstances outside of our control. Prices are subject to availability and reconfirmation at the time of booking.  Standard T&C's also apply. E&OE.

 

 

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