- Waterfalls in spring
Visit Norway’s fjordlands in the springtime when the waterfalls are at their mightiest.
- Panoramic views
From Rosendal, follow one of the many hiking trails into the surrounding hills for incredible fjordland scenery.
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, yet has a small town feel.
- Norway in bloom
As you cruise Hardangerfjord, admire the blossoming apple and cherry orchards lining the shore.
- Flor and Fjaere
Discover the man-made tropical gardens of Flor and Fjaere on a shore excursion to the island of Sør-Hidle.
- Langfossen waterfall
Enjoy a scenic boat ride to the foot of the magical falls, and admire the water thundering down the cliff face.
Explore the old quarter of cobbled streets and white 18th-century wooden houses.
- Local cuisine
Perhaps take the opportunity to try local delicacies in each of your ports.
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Experience the fjords in full bloom
Visit Norway’s fjords in spring, plus remember Dunkirk with a rendezvous with a flotilla of ‘Little Ships’.
Join Spirit of Discovery for a week-long voyage celebrating the joys of the spring season in the Norwegian fjordlands. Begin in the ‘Oil Capital of Norway’, Stavanger, with its heart of charming neighbourhoods of traditional white clapboard homes and Norway’s oldest cathedral. Here you’ll have the chance to admire a kaleidoscope of colours at the Flor and Fjaere Gardens. As Spirit of Discovery sails north, get your first taste of Norway’s fjordlands where majestic mountains reveal dramatic gorges and sparkling waters. The waterfront city of Bergen welcomes you with its colourful harbour of brightly painted warehouses of Bryggen Wharf, home to shops selling traditional souvenirs. To appreciate the port’s coastal setting, you can catch the cable car up to the summit of Mount Ulrikken or take to the skies for a memorable seaplane flight over the city and surrounding fjords.
Sail past stately mountains tinged with snow, slopes covered in green forest and shores lined with blossoming apple and cherry trees as you cruise Hardangerfjord, known as Norway’s orchard. Continue to the charming village of Rosendal, perfectly placed for experiencing the natural beauty of the fjordland landscapes, including the mighty Langfoss waterfall. Complete your cruise with a unique experience as you rendezvous with a flotilla of over 50 ‘Little Ships’ off the coast of Ramsgate to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk. On board there will be insightful talks about military history and current affairs.
On board activities
- Talks from reporter, television presenter and author Peter Snow
Saga price includes...
- All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
- Selected drinks
- All on-board gratuities
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Entertainment and activities
- Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- All port taxes and visas
Embark Spirit of Discovery. Depart 1700.
Spend the day at sea.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
Stavanger has flourished over the past century thanks to its role in the shipbuilding and oil industries, which have created a city of two distinct halves. The old quarter of cobbled streets and white 18th-century wooden houses contrasts vividly with the cosmopolitan centre of stylish shops, restaurants and bars. Its 12th-century cathedral stands amid streets lit by gas lamps, and is believed to be the only cathedral in Norway to retain all its original features. The city also has a choice of museums, including the Petroleum Museum reflecting the city’s main industry of North Sea oil, which you may like to explore independently.
To see truly amazing fjordland scenery, why not take a hike to Pulpit Rock? This sheer cliff towers almost 2,000 feet above Lysefjord, and you can walk on its wide, flat surface for magnificent views. Alternatively, to witness the Norwegian spring in full bloom, perhaps join an excursion to the Flor and Fjaere Gardens. A scenic boat trip across the fjord to the tiny island of Sør-Hidle will reveal a unique botanical garden where, surprisingly, exotic flora flourish.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
Embraced by seven mountains and on the shores of a pretty fjord, Bergen’s postcard-perfect wharf – Bryggen – completes the picture. The colourful harbour, featuring brightly painted warehouses which were built by Hanseatic merchants between the 14th and 16th centuries, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow streets climbing away from the waterfront are lined by interesting shops, colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled stairways, all bathed in the spring sunshine.
Seeking stunning vistas? Head up to the summit of Mount Fløyen by funicular railway for panoramic views of the city and surrounding attractive coastline. For a truly unique experience, take to the skies for a memorable seaplane flight over Bergen and Veafjord, often referred to as the ‘Queen’ of fjords.
Rosendal ⚓, Norway
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
Sail past stately mountains tinged with snow, slopes covered in green forest, sparkling waters and even the occasional islet, as you cruise along the ‘Queen of fjords’ early this morning. Keep your camera ready as, in the springtime, Hardangerfjord is at its best. Blossoming apple and cherry orchards line the shore, and cascading waterfalls are at their most powerful, with the melting of the winter snow.
Arrive in pretty Rosendal on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, framed by a panorama of soaring peaks. Take a stroll around this peaceful village, follow one of the many hiking trails into the surrounding hills, or perhaps visit Norway’s smallest palace, the Baroniet Rosendal – at this time of year the gardens are filled with spring flowers, including dozens of roses. Set deep in the heart of the Hardangerfjord region, Rosendal is perfectly placed for experiencing the natural beauty of the fjordland landscapes. Take the opportunity to see one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, Langfoss, on a shore excursion. Enjoy a scenic boat ride to the foot of the magical falls, and admire the water thundering down the cliff face, some 2,000 feet, with mesmerising force.
Spend the day at sea.
Rendezvous with 'Little Ships'
After sailing back across the North Sea, Spirit of Discovery will rendezvous with a flotilla of over 50 ‘Little Ships’ off the coast of Ramsgate. The ‘Little Ships’ make a commemorative return to Dunkirk every five years, to honour the 850 civilian vessels which took part in the evacuation of 340,000 soldiers from Dunkirk between May 26 and June 4, 1940. Today, the task of taking these ships, some close to 85 years old, across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, is by no means insignificant. This unique opportunity to witness the flotilla, and commemorate the 80th anniversary of the evacuation, offers a poignant, yet memorable end to your cruise.
Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.
Joining you on board
On-board talks from Peter Snow…
Peter will give a talk about his latest book and host a Q&A session
A little bit about Peter
Peter began his career as a script-writer and reporter for ITN, and spent a decade reporting from around the world as a Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent. Moving over to join the BBC in 1979, he was one of the first presenters of the current affairs programme, Newsnight, and went on to cover elections and live political events until the mid 90s. After leaving Newsnight, Peter presented Battlefield Britain and The World’s Greatest 20th Century Battlefields, working with his son, Dan Snow, whilst his passion for model trains has led to presenting roles for programmes such as Trainspotting Live and Great Train Restorations. Peter has written a number of historical and biographical books with colleagues and family members over the years, including Leila’s Hijack War, To War with Wellington, Treasures of World History, and War Stories, Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion.
Experience Norway as she wakes up from her winter sleep. Hardangerfjord is centrally situated in the heart of the fjordland, and has been attracting tourists with spectacular scenery since the 19th century. As you sail along the majestic ‘Queen of Fjords’, drink in the first signs of spring. See the apple and cherry blossom blooms clinging to the green pastures of the fjord shores and be awed by the sheer volume of waterfalls at their mightiest.
Discover Europe’s major hiking destination
Our Explore Ashore team recommends exploring the many hiking trails surrounding the charming village of Rosendal. Those seeking a challenge might like to hike to the peak of Malmangersnuten mountain, standing at 890 metres high. The summit will reward you with unspoiled, panoramic views of Rosendal, Hardangerfjord, and Folgefonna glacier.
An island paradise
Take a short boat ride from Stavanger to the island of Sør-Hidle, and explore the man-made tropical gardens of Flor and Fjaere. Founded in 1965 by the Bryn family, the garden was opened to public in 1995, and now offers daily tours. Be dazzled by this island bursting with exotic flora of warmer climes, from roses to cacti, successfully grown this far north.
Please note⚓Land by launch or tender.
The rendezvous with the flotilla of Little Ships is weather dependent.
All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.