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Tuesday, September 22, 2020, for 8 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Treasures of the Fjords itinerary, Decks 4/5 Inside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Southampton.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 1: Southampton
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 2: Ship at Sea
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 3: Haugesund
What better way to experience Norway than with a visit to its birthplace? The battle that marked the unification of 29 Norwegian kingdoms into one country took place in the Haugalandet region – just down the road from Haugesund – in the year 872. Nowadays, the town is home to pretty, pastel coloured buildings and stunning natural landscapes. Plus, it’s becoming a hotspot for glitzy film and music festivals.
- Pay a visit to Haraldshaugen – it’s the national monument of Norway and commemorates the unification of the country. Its tall granite obelisk is surrounded by 29 memorial stones – one for each former kingdom.
- See the town from above at Haugesund’s best viewpoint – on top of Steinsfjellet Mountain. If you look over the fir tree forests, you can see out to the North Sea and the picturesque islands that are dotted along the coast.
- In Haugesund, you’re within easy reach of Karmøy island, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. They’ve got soft, white sand, and there are some grassy dunes to hike along, too.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 4: Eidfjord
With v-neck valleys, jagged mountain peaks and glossy lakes, Eidfjord showcases all of Norway’s trademark scenery. But that’s only half the story. Set in the Hardangerfjord region, the town has a slightly milder climate than some of its northern neighbours. And, as a result, the landscape has got a look all of its own. In fact, the area surrounding Eidfjord is known as Norway’s orchard because of the apple, pear, plum and cherry trees that grow here. Visit in May or June and the whole place will be covered in a confetti of fresh blossom petals.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 5: Vik I Sogn
You’ll find the area of Vik I Sogn pulled up along the southern shoreline of Sognefjorden – Norway’s biggest fjord. The first thing you’ll notice here is the textbook Norwegian countryside. Think snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills and plenty of easy-going, waterfront walking trails. A few pocket-sized villages are sprinkled along the coast for you to explore, too. They’re a good place to learn about the area’s Viking-filled history. Make sure you also sample some fresh raspberries during a walk around one of the local fruit farms.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 6: Nordfjordeid
The village of Nordfjordeid sits at the end of a 15-kilometre-long fjord that’s surrounded by steep mountains to the north and south. But despite its cut-off location, 3,000 people call this place home. Take a walk along the village’s waterfront and soak up the scenery. Or head off to tour the nearby lakes. You can reach Hornindalsvatnet and Breimsvatnet lakes by road in less than an hour.
- Looking for the best view of the area? Head to the Loen Skylift – a cable car that climbs up the mountainside. There’s even a restaurant at the top with panoramic views of the fjords.
- Western Norway’s famous for the fjord horse, a small breed that’s been used in farming for over 4,000 years. See them up close at the nearby equestrian centre.
- If you’re looking for a quiet day out on the water, sign up for a boat ride or kayaking session along the fjords. You might even see killer, sperm and humpback whales in the summer.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 7: Stavanger
This sophisticated little city thrives in a patchwork of heather-covered hills and breathtaking fjords. Whether you come here to unravel its spellbinding history or just to soak up the magical scenery, Stavanger puts it all there on a plate for you.
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 8: Ship at Sea
Treasures of the Fjords - Itinerary day 9: Southampton
Cruise Ship Details - Marella Explorer 2 :
- 8 restaurants
- 9 bars
- Coffee shop
- Outdoor pool
- Beauty salon
Marella Explorer 2 is the sister ship to Marella Explorer, so you can expect some similar qualities, like a range of restaurants, a Champneys Spa and Indigo – a chic bar-club-casino space. But there’s one big difference between them – Marella Explorer 2’s reserved for adults.