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Enjoy the music and vistas of Norway

An incomparable collection of fjords and mountains, remote villages and maritime ports makes Norway the perfect cruise destination. Take the chance to enjoy memorable performances of classical chamber music at the Hardanger Music Festival, and explore the Norwegian cities of Eidfjord, Haugesund and Stavanger on this cruise that will keep the party going into each night, with live music from a variety of bands and late-night buffets to sustain you!

Inspiring experiences to enjoy…watching mesmerising performances in a magical setting at the Hardanger Music Festival, gazing up at the mighty Pulpit Rock during a boat trip on Lysefjord, seeking out the thundering waterfalls of Langfoss and Svandalsfossen, and enjoying live music from Saga Pearl II’s on-board bands.

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Dover

Embark Saga Pearl II.

Depart 1700.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

FactFile

Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

Spend the day at sea.

Haugesund

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

You arrive in Haugesund on a national public holiday, as Norway celebrates its Constitution Day. This small but vibrant port combines the bustle of city life with the relative wilderness of the surrounding countryside. See the pink neo-classical city hall, or venture further afield to seek out the mighty waterfalls of Langfoss and Svandalsfossen. Alternatively, trace the legacy of Harald Hårfagre – the Viking who united Norway and became its first king over 1,000 years ago. His burial mound is a now a national monument that depicts scenes of his life, as told by the sagas of old.

The city of Haugesund is located beside the Karmsund Strait, the old King's Road, where seafarers have sought a safe fairway and a secure harbour since the Viking Age. This safe fairway, also called 'Nordvegen', is the origin of the name Norway. From the beginning of the 19th century, the coast of western Norway was blessed with vast amounts of spring spawning herring. Its safe harbour and proximity to these rich fishing grounds formed the basis of Haugesund's establishment as a town. Granted city status in 1854, the town rapidly grew thanks to the ever increasing amounts of herring being shipped further and further afield. By 1910 Haugesund was ranked as the country's fourth most important shipping town and today it is home to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. Haugesund is also the gateway to one of the most beautiful parts of Norway, as you can discover on our wide selection of shore excursions: fjords and mountains, waterfalls and eternal snow, as well as historical attractions are all within easy reach.

FactFile

Population 36,000 (approximate)
Language Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Kroner
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Temperate with frequent rain
Ship berths at Haugesund Cruise Pier
Distance from Centre Half a mile
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping A wide selection of shops can be found in the city centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops are open Monday to Friday 1000-1800 and Saturday from 1000-1600. Closed on Sundays.
Post Office The post office is located at Torggata 10, next to Our Saviour's Church. Open Monday to Friday 0900-1700 and Saturday from 1000-1400. There is a postbox at the pier and the Tourist Information kiosk sells stamps and postcards.
Tourist Office The main Tourist Information Office is located at Strandgaten 171. A smaller kiosk at the pier is open when a cruise ship is in port.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 113 for an ambulance, 112 for police and 110 for the fire service.
Banks DnB Bank is located at Haraldsgaten 125 and is open Monday to Friday from 0900-1530. There is a 24-hour ATM outside.

Shore excursions you may be able to enjoy:

On this tour you will experience the heart of Haugesund and get a good introduction to this small but vibrant Norwegian city. Among the sights you will pass is the City Hall, which is pink in colour and considered to be Norway’s most beautiful. It is located close to the most affluent area of the city where all the wealthy shipowners lived in the 1800s. You continue your tour to the north of Haugesund, towards Haraldshaugen. This is the place identified in Snorre Sturlason's (1178-1241) sagas as the site where Harald Fairhair is buried: it is also where Norway’s National Monument of Unification was erected in 1872, as part of the millennial celebrations to mark Norway’s unification as a kingdom. Your guide will explain more about the Viking Age and the Monument during your stop here. Your final stop will be at Steinsfjellet Mountain, to admire the 360-degree view of the surrounding Haugesund region and the mighty North Sea. Here you will hear about the importance of the fishing industry for the local people, as well as the newer oil and gas production industries. The Norwegian oil industry has strong roots in the Haugesund region, with a gas pipeline from the North Sea to Kårstø.

This tour is panoramic and any walking at the photo-stops is optional. However, you will encounter some uneven ground if you wish to get off the coach at Steinsfjellet Mountain. Those wishing to go right up to the Haraldshaugen Monument will need to walk about 100 yards and negotiate more than 30 steps. The Haraldshaugen Monument

Travel back in time to experience the place in Norway that was first ice-free, Avaldsnes: this historic site was also home to the first king - Harald the Fair-Haired. At the Nordvegen History Centre, the past is brought alive by the most modern audio-visual techniques: the senses are stimulated to enhance the overall experience. With sound, lights, images and movies, Harald the Fair-Haired himself will guide you on a journey through 3,500 years of Norwegian history. Outside the history centre stands St Olav's Church, built by King Haakon Hakonson around 1250 AD. At this time, Norway was at the height of its power, and this stone-built church can be seen as a symbol of the unification of the Norwegian Kingdom that took place during Håkon Håkonson’s reign. Learn more about this important church on a visit to the interior. By the north wall of the church stands an unusual obelisk: it is called the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Sewing Needle, and it is the last survivor of several monumental stones that once stood in the vicinity of the church. It leans towards the church, and a local legend states that the Day of Judgement will come when the stone comes into contact with the church wall. On your return journey to the port, a short stop for photos will be made at the Haraldhaugen National Monument.

You will need to walk about 200 yards at the History Centre, with a few stairs to negotiate, and around the same distance at the Church, where you should take care as the paths are uneven: any further walking at the photo-stop is at your discretion. The visit to the History Centre involves walking and standing for about one hour and ten minutes. The interior of the church may be closed at short notice for funerals or other services. Let Harald the Fair-Haired be your guide

This excursion starts with a drive past Haugesund’s city hall, voted the most beautiful in the whole of Norway. Your journey to the Åkrafjord takes you out from the city centre into residential areas and finally to the countryside. This fjord is home to the Langfoss waterfall, voted by CNN as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Boarding a small boat, you will be taken across the fjord and right up to the waterfall. The water from Langfoss is said to have magic effects, giving people an energy boost and perhaps even making them more fertile! The boat will drop you off at Eljarvik farm. From here you will have the best views of the waterfall, and after enjoying this wonderful spectacle, you stop at the farm for a well-deserved lunch. Before heading back to Haugesund, you will make another stop close to the waterfall, where you have the chance to go shopping for souvenirs.

The journeys to and from Åkrafjorden take about 1½ hours each way, and the boat trip takes about 45 minutes. To access the boat, you will need to walk 100 yards down a steep incline and negotiate a gangway and a couple of steps. Walking at each of the other stops will not amount to more than 100 yards with the occasional step. Dietary requests must be advised to the Shore Excursion Manager on board ship at least 72 hours prior to arrival. The beautiful Åkrafjord

On the half-hour journey to Forresfjord you first pass the pink City Hall, regarded as the prettiest in all Norway. You then drive through the older and most affluent area of the town where the wealthy ship owners lived in the 1800s, on your way to the Arquebus Museum. This interesting museum retells the dramatic history of the five dark years of occupation during World War II. Through a series of scenes, re-created using more than 100 mannequins dressed in wartime clothing, you can experience the reality of everyday life, including life on the home front, weapon drops, secret radio transmissions as well as the contribution of the Merchant Navy. See the reconstruction of a fully-equipped German coastal defence battery, as well as a showcase depicting the final hours of the war in Europe as two Russian tanks approach the Reichstag building in Berlin. Your guide will point out the main exhibits, and afterwards you will have the opportunity to explore the museum further at your leisure, with the aid of a guide book. On your return journey, stop at the Steinsfjellet viewpoint which overlooks Haugesund and the North Sea some 745 feet below.

Walking on this excursion amounts to less than 200 yards, with a few steps at the museum entrance which can be avoided by using the ramp. It should be noted however that there are a couple of smaller displays on the first floor which are only reachable by climbing flights of stairs. Inside the Arquebus Museum

Leaving the pier by coach, you first pass the pink City Hall, which is considered to be the most attractive such building in Norway. Leaving the town, drive through the older and more affluent districts, where rich shipowners lived in the 19th century, before crossing the Haugesund Bridge to the island of Karmøy. You then continue to the charming old town of Skudeneshavn, which consists of 130 white timber houses originating from the 1800’s, when herring-fishing was at its peak. Entrance is included to the Mælandsgården Museum, a complex of old wooden buildings that have been restored to show what life was like in the 1840s: they include a typical shop, a wealthy merchant's house and a dentist's surgery. Your guide will also take you on a stroll through the streets of Gamle Skudeneshavn and share stories about the locals that lived here. Later, at a local restaurant, you have the opportunity to try some homemade fish soup, after which there will be free time to explore the town on your own before returning to Haugesund. Your return journey will take you alongside the sheltered Karmsund Strait, the original 'Northern Way' that gave the country its name.

The guided tour of Gamle Skudeneshaven takes approximately one hour, and covers just under a mile. There are a few steps in the Museum, and 20 steps at the restaurant. Further walking during your free time is at your discretion. You should be prepared for changeable weather. Dietary requests must be advised to the Shore Excursion Manager on board ship at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Pretty Skudeneshavn

Stavanger

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

In this picturesque fjordland port, the old quarter of cobbled streets and white 18th-century wooden houses contrasts vividly with the cosmopolitan centre of stylish shops and restaurants. The cathedral, which stands amid streets lit by gas lamps, is small and intimate, and especially well preserved. To see truly amazing fjordland scenery, you may like to enjoy a boat trip along the scenic Lysefjord, which will take you past the massive cliffs of Pulpit Rock. Rising vertically to almost 2,000 feet, it's an impressive sight.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Stavanger flourished in the 19th century as a fishing port. While other towns in Norway have suffered with the decline of this industry, Stavanger has kept its economy booming by diversifying, first into shipbuilding and now into oil. These two contrasting industries have created a city of two halves – a modern area of high-rise buildings and a historic centre with cobbled streets and old wooden houses. The city centre was the birthplace of Alexander Kielland, one of the great 19th-century Norwegian novelists. Stavanger Cathedral, dating from 1125, is an impressive building and the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has not been substantially altered since it was first built. From Stavanger you can explore the attractive blue waters of Lysefjord, surrounded by cliffs and striking rock formations, and also visit Hafrsfjord where the Viking King Harald won an important battle that started the Unification of Norway. Those preferring to explore on their own may wish to visit the interesting Petroleum Museum.

FactFile

Population 130,000 (approximate)
Language Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Kroner
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Temperate with frequent rain
Ship berths at Strandkaien
Distance from Centre 300 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Various shops and shopping malls can be found near the quayside.
Shopping Opening Hours Most are open Monday to Saturday from 1000-1700.
Post Office Located at 9 Haakon VII Gate. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 0900-1800 and Saturdays from 1000-1500.
Tourist Office Located at Domskirkesplassen, and is open daily from 0900-1600.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 113 for an ambulance, dial 112 for police and 110 for the fire service.
Banks Banks are located in the centre of Stavanger. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 1000-1530. ATMs are available.

Shore excursions you may be able to enjoy:

Start with a city tour of Stavanger, and stop at the Swords in the Rock monument that commemorates the unification of Norway in 872AD, during the Viking Age. Then head out of the city and experience the Norwegian landscape of mountains, valleys and farmland. Drive south towards Sandnesand continue on smaller roads, passing lakes and farmland, until you reach a small settlement called Lauvik. Opposite the entrance to the magnificent Lysefjord, you stop at a delightful and idyllic little hideaway called 'Bakernes Paradis' - the Baker's Paradise. Originally a poor smallholding, settled around the year 1800, this farm was taken over by the Bakers' Union in the 1920s and became their holiday place - hence the name! The old houses have been carefully restored and this beautiful place now has a café and a small gift shop. You can even borrow a fishing rod and fish from the pier. Coffee and freshly-made waffles with sour cream and jam will be served. Fully refreshed, you head back to Stavanger. On your way to the port, you will pass the ruins of Sola Church, Sola beaches, Stavanger city centre and the Cathedral.

Very little walking is required on this excursion, but some of it may be over uneven ground. There are a few steps at the gift shop at Bakernes Paradis. Lauvik at the head of the Lysefjord

Located on the small fjord island of Sør Hidle, 'Flor and Fjære' is a unique botanical garden bursting with exotic flora, palm trees, lemon groves and a variety of plants that you would not expect to find in a garden so far north. This excursion begins with a scenic boat ride of around 20 minutes to reach the island, which you can then explore at your own pace. A member of the gardening staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about this unusual place. Tea and coffee will be served in a pavilion which provides stunning sea views. Flor and Fjære was established in 1965 by Åsmund Bryn who planted rows of pine trees and sika spruce to protect less hardy plants from the wind. He also built a small cottage on the island for his family to use as a holiday home. The gardens are now run by his son Olav and his wife Siri who decided to open the gardens to the public. One of the many visitors was Queen Sonja of Norway, who chose to celebrate her 70th birthday in the magical garden, adding to its popularity among tourists. After around one-and-a-half hours on the island, reboard the boat for the return sailing to Stavanger.

This excursion involves a walk of less than 200 yards between the pier and the boat. Once you arrive on the island, there are a couple of steps and a gangway to negotiate. However, to fully explore the garden you should expect to walk for up to half-a-mile over gravel paths and grass, some of which are on an incline. Good flat walking shoes and a rainproof jacket are recommended. On some departures, the boat may not be exclusive to Saga, and the overall duration of the tour may be up to 30 minutes longer. This tour operates subject to a strict minimum number of participants being reached. Flor and Fjaere Gardens

Pulpit Rock is one of southwest Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. Towering 1,982 feet above the Lysefjord, this flat mountain plateau was called Hyvlatanna or ‘planed tooth’ in ancient times. It is an amazing, much photographed landmark and its bare rock tabletop shape is in stark contrast to the green slopes and mountainsides that surround it. Having boarded the chartered boat you sail across to Lysefjord, a ribbon-like waterway that stretches 30 miles into the heart of the fjordlands, flanked on both sides by steep slopes, verdant mountainsides and the occasional small, picturesque farm. You pass directly below Pulpit Rock and pause for a while at the eerie Vagabond's Cave, before stepping ashore at Helleren Beach to enjoy coffee and waffles under the shelter of an overhanging cliff. You then sail back to the quayside in Stavanger.

The walk from the ship to the boat will amount to approximately 200 yards, and there is a further walk of 100 yards, over uneven ground, to the refreshment venue. There might be a number of steps to the upper deck of the boat. The boat may not have sufficient outside seating, and the views from some inside seats could be restricted. The boat is not always exclusive to Saga. Views of Pulpit Rock are dependent upon the weather conditions on the day. Owing to the boat times, you may need to take an packed lunch from the ship. Enjoy great views from your boat

Your tour starts with a drive out to a beautiful residential area located on a number of small islands, where nearly all the houses are built from wood and enjoy lovely views of the fjord and city. You next stop for photographs at Ledaal Manor, former home of writer Alexander Kielland and now the King's residence when he is in town. From here it is just a short stroll to Eiganes Cemetery, where the graves of 45 British war casualties of the Allied-Norwegian campaign in 1940 are located. Your drive then continues to Hafrsfjord and the 'Swords in Rock' Monument to hear how the Viking King Harald I defeated the last of the regional princes and started the unification of Norway. Returning to the city centre, stop at Stavanger Cathedral for photos. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Cathedral is one of the few churches in Scandinavia that has kept its original design. Your tour ends with an optional walk through the cobbled streets of Old Stavanger. The small white-painted wooden houses were all built between the late 1700s and mid-1800s, and were the homes of the large families employed in the district's many canning factories. The area is now protected by a preservation order.

Walking at photo-stops is largely at your discretion, and should not exceed 200 yards. The ground at the 'Swords in Rock' monument is very uneven, and further walking with about 12 steps will be needed at the cathedral, which will only be viewed from the exterior. The guided walk through Old Stavanger amounts to just over one mile and involves cobblestones and uneven surfaces, but you may omit this part of the tour and return directly to the ship. There are limited restroom stops on this tour and the order in which sights are seen may vary. Stavanger's scenic waterfront

On this tour you can learn more about life in Stavanger during the Second World War, after it was occupied by German soldiers on April 9, 1940. Your first stop is at Eiganes Cemetery, home to the graves of 45 British war casualties of the Allied-Norwegian campaign in 1940. The proximity of Sola Airfield, now Stavanger Airport, to Great Britain, along with its good landing beaches and flat inland areas, made the area important in terms of strategic military planning for both German and Allied forces. Admission is included to the Fly Historisk Museum, located alongside the Hafrsfjord and housed in an authentic German aircraft hangar built in 1942. The exhibits include 32 vintage aircraft alongside a large assortment of engines and other aviation related artefacts. Of particular note are very rare Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Arado Ar 96 aircraft. Refreshments will be served in the museum. On your return journey to the ship, you drive past the Swords in the Rock Monument, which commemorates the Viking King Harald's defeat of the last of the regional princes and the start of the unification of Norway. You also see the ruins of Sola Church, an early 12th-century Romanesque stone church.

Walking at the Fly Historisk Museum amounts to between 200 and 300 yards, with a couple of steps to enter the museum building. Exhibits at the Fly Historisk Museum

From the the pier, take a short walk through the picturesque city of Stavanger to join a tour that will show you a typical Norwegian Home. Norwegian houses are distinguished by their wooden weather-boarding and slate roofs, and it is typical for them to be painted in bold colours such as red, blue, yellow or white. Traditionally, houses were built with small rooms that were easy to keep warm in the winter, and the steep roofs were designed to help the snow slide off. Windows are small, as glass lets out the heat, and there is always a fireplace or wood-burning stove in the centre of the house to keep it warm during the cold winters. You will be shown around by the owner, who will tell you all about what it is like to live in one of these beautiful old houses. Learn how they look after their gardens, how they furnish their homes, and about traditions that have been handed down through generations. You also have the opportunity to enjoy some typical Norwegian refreshments, including hot drinks and home-made waffles. After this fascinating look at local life, walk back to the pier with your guide.

This excursion involves walking a total distance of about 700 yards, mostly on the flat, with a few steps to be negotiated inside the house. Typical wooden houses in Stavanger

Eidfjord

Arrive 0800 on May 19. Depart 0700 on May 20.

Nestling at the head of a fjord, Eidfjord is surrounded by spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls and towering mountains. During the daytime you may like to explore the Hardanger Nature Centre, where you’ll see exhibitions depicting local wildlife, before heading to the thundering Vøringfoss Waterfall. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Hardanger Music Festival, which takes place in a different scenic fjordside setting every year. Top class musicians will entertain you during special classical concerts, and we’ll have an expert on board to speak about the history of this festival too.

The village of Eidfjord nestles at the head of a fjord that was formed during the last Ice Age some 8,000 years ago. The steep mountains and cascading waterfalls emptying into the fjord create some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. It is the gateway to Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Europe and situated east of the Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second longest fjord. Its landscapes are characterised by rolling fells, wide stretches of level ground, and rivers cutting through rocky surfaces. People have been visiting since the early 19th century when aristocrats from Europe began to explore the myriad of natural sights in the area such as the Hardanger Glacier and the 600-foot Vøringfoss waterfall. Whilst here, perhaps take a stroll in the Nils Bergslien Art Gallery adjacent to the pier. Nils Berglien (1853-1928) was a local artist who took inspiration from legends, fairy tales, the history of Norway and the west Norwegian mountain landscape. Entrance to the gallery is free. Our port call coincides with the Hardangerfjord Music Festival, a festival of Chamber Music.

FactFile

Population 900 (approximate)
Language Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Kroner
Time Difference UK +1
Climate Temperate with frequent rain
Ship berths at Eidfjord cruise pier
Distance from Centre 200 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping A small selection of shops can be found on the main road.
Shopping Opening Hours Monday to Saturday between 0900-2000 and 1200-1600 on Sundays.
Post Office Located in the Joker Grocery, 200 yards from the port. Open Monday to Saturday 0900-2000 and Sunday 1200-1600.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located at Ostangvegen 1 which is virtually on the quayside and is open Monday to Friday between 0900-1800 and between 1000-1800 on Saturday and 1100-1800 on Sunday.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the STD code (omitting the first 0) and then the number.
Emergency Services Dial 113 for an ambulance, 112 for police and 110 for the fire service.
Banks There is an ATM located about 200 yards from the port.

Shore excursions you may be able to enjoy:

Enjoy a concert in Eidfjord’s Bergslien Gallery, named after the romantic artist and illustrator Nils Nilsen Bergslien (1853-1928), who was born in Voss and was fascinated by the legends and landscapes of Norway. The concert will include Classical piano music from Nordic masters, recitals by leading Norwegian clarinet and saxophone players, and traditional Norwegian folk music played on the Hardanger fiddle. The star performer is Bengt Forsberg , one of Sweden's leading pianists, who is especially in demand as a recital accompanist. He has become known for his wide repertoire and for his constant interest in finding neglected music. Among the artists he regularly accompanies are cellist Mats Lidström and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf. With the well-known mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, he has maintained a long-standing partnership: they have made numerous recordings together on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

This excursion requires minimal walking, as the Bergslien Gallery is almost adjacent to the pier. The concert takes place in the early evening, and you will be back on the ship in time for dinner on board. Our allocation of tickets for this performance is limited, so early booking is recommended to ensure your place. Dress code is smart. The Bergslien Gallery

This excursion begins with a visit to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, a living activity centre opened in 1995. View the exhibitions depicting local wildlife and watch a film that will take you on a journey past fjords, mountains and waterfalls. Continue to Måbødal Valley before reaching the edge of Hardangervidda Plateau, then visit the Sysendammen viewpoint, which overlooks one of four dams supplying the nearby Sima hydroelectric plant. Here you can walk to the dam, admiring the view of Hardangerjøkul with its white canopy visible at a height of over 6,000 feet (weather conditions permitting). Afterwards, head back to the port, stopping at the Fossli Hotel for refreshments and to admire the Vøringsfossen waterfalls, where the thundering waters cascade over 600 feet into the canyon below.

Walking at the Sysendammen Dam extends to some 200 yards but is optional as is the 100-yard walk to view the Vøringsfossen waterfall, along a sloping and uneven path. There are 20 steps to reach the seating in the cinema, but it is wheelchair accessible and all other floors can be reached by lift. The film gives a graphically realistic impression of high-speed motion, and vertigo sufferers may find it disturbing. There are also a couple of steps to access the refreshment venue. Visit the Hardanger Nature Centre

Join your coach and travel first past turquoise lakes and the salmon-rich river Eio en route to Fossli Viewpoint. Here you pause to see the thundering Vøringfossen Waterfall, 600 feet high. You then continue your journey through the Måbødal Valley, beautifully set amid distant glaciers and rivers to the mighty Sysen Dam - for another photo opportunity. Admire the dramatic Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in the distance before continuing across the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, Norway's biggest national park with its abundance of lakes, streams and wild moors. After enjoying lunch in the ski resort of Geilo, you board a train on the scenic Oslo-Bergen Line for a spectacular ride through the mountainous scenery as far as Voss. Here you re-join your coach for the return journey to the port, pausing first at the impressive Skjervfossen Waterfall before passing the picturesque lakes of Granvin and Espeland and the idyllic village of Ulvik situated beside the Hardangerfjord. Using the recently opened Hardangerbrua suspension bridge, which at 4,530 feet is the longest in Norway, you cross to Bu on the southern side of the fjord, and from there drive the short distance back to Eidfjord, arriving back in time for dinner on board your ship.

During your rail journey you will pass through several tunnels. Walking at the Sysendammen Dam extends to some 200 yards but is optional, as is the 100-yard walk to view Vøringfoss Waterfall along a sloping uneven path which can be slippery. On occasions this itinerary may operate in reverse. Dietary requests must be advised to the Shore Excursion Manager on board ship at least 48 hours in advance. Norwegian Rhapsody splendour

Your excursion begins with a scenic drive through the village and up the steep Måbødalen Valley to Hardanger Mountain Plateau, the largest in northern Europe and situated in Norway's biggest national park. This is one of the few places where wild reindeer herds still roam untended, although they are seldom seen. Next, travel to Halne Mountain Lodge, in the heart of the mountain plateau, 3,700 feet above sea level. Stop for refreshments and a waffle served with jam and sour cream. Afterwards return to the Måbødalen Valley to view Vøringsfossen Waterfalls, one of the most famous falls in Norway. These majestic waterfalls cascade more than 180 metres into the valley below. After driving through a series of tunnels emerge to breathtaking views of Hardangerfjord, the surrounding mountain ranges and the Hardangerjøkuln glacier, before passing the Sysen Dam on the return route to the ship.

Walking on this excursion amounts to 100 yards at the Vøringsfossen Waterfalls on a sloping and uneven path. Walking at Halne Lodge is limited to just a few yards but there will be six steps to enter the lodge and a further flight of ten steps down to the toilets. However, there is one toilet with disabled access located on the ground floor. Vøringsfossen Waterfalls

Spend the day at sea.

Dover

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Saga Pearl II after breakfast.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

FactFile

Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

Please note

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.


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