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Fjords Explorer

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Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful scenery on a Fjord cruise to western Norway. Rugged mountains, waterfalls tumbling down sheer cliffs into freezing lakes and traditional Norwegian towns with their colourful wooden houses are waiting to be explored.

Ports visited*

* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Newcastle, England

Departs: 16:00

Make sure you arrive in Newcastle early enough to do some sightseeing in this culture-packed city. Head to the redeveloped Quayside and visit the impressive Jacobean Bessie Surtees House before exploring underground along the Victoria Tunnel. Wander through the medieval chambers and network of passages in Newcastle Castle or visit the 14th-century St Nicholas Cathedral and its impressive lantern tower.

If art is your thing, the Laing Art Gallery houses an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings including works by Gauguin and Henry Moore.

Day 2 - At Sea

Spend day two of your Fjords Explorer cruise getting to know Marella Explorer, a new addition to the Marella line. This contemporary ship boasts 10 restaurants, serving everything from sushi to steak, and pasta to tapas, as well as a range of fine dining options. You’re also bound to find your favourite tipple in one of the 10 bars onboard.

Pop to the pool for a swim or join in with the daytime activities organised by the entertainments team. Head to the Sports and Family Deck for a game of table tennis or mini-golf. In the evening, the Indigo Club awaits those with their dancing shoes on or catch a show in the Broadway Show Lounge.

Day 3 - Bergen, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

From the old harbour to the concert hall of Bergen’s most famous son, the composer Edvard Grieg, Bergen will surprise and delight you. Streets lined with colourful houses lead you to cultural monuments like the medieval Haakon’s Hall and Troldhaugen, Grieg’s home.

Immerse yourself in the olden days with a visit to the Old Bergen Museum or hop on the funicular (mountainside railway) and enjoy the views on a 1,000 feet climb to the top of Mount Fløyen.

Day 4 - Geiranger, Norway

Time in port: 09:00 - 16:00

Hellesylt, Norway

Time in port: 17:00 - 18:00

Day four of your Fjords Explorer itinerary finds you in Geiranger where you can savour the snow-capped scenery surrounding the Geirangerfjord. The best way to see this natural wonder close up is in a kayak. Paddle across the calm waters to ‘Preachers Pulpit’ and see the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

If you prefer looking down rather than up, grab some four-wheeled transportation to Eagle’s Bend viewpoint high above the town, and prepare yourself for unforgettable views of the region. Then, it’s onto the Norwegian Fjord Centre where you’ll learn about the history and culture of the area and experience the power of nature through a simulated avalanche.

You'll also be making a short stop in the Viking port of Hellesylt. You’ll be able to take lots of photos from the ship’s decks, but you won’t be able to disembark unless you’re booked on an organised tour.

Day 5 - Olden, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

The tiny village of Olden is surrounded by striking mountains, clear blue skies and turquoise lakes. Close by is one of the shining jewels in Norway’s collection of natural wonders, the not to be missed Briksdal Glacier. On your way there, stop at Rustoen and watch waterfalls thunder down ice fields into the lake below. Hike to the Briksdal Glacier valley or catch a Troll Car up rocky walls to take in the views across the encompassing wilderness.

Day 6 - Haugesund, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Your Fjords Explorer cruise wouldn’t be complete without seeing the birthplace of Norway, Haugesund. In 872, 29 Norwegian kingdoms were unified after a huge battle. Now, pastel buildings mingle with Viking sites and a bright pink Neoclassical Town Hall. Visit the Haraldshaugen Monument, an obelisk marking the burial place of the first king of Norway.

If you want to learn about the history of Norway, go to Karmøy Island and the Nordvegen History Centre. You’ll watch re-enactments of Norse life and hear legends of the ancient kings. For an insight into how the Vikings lived, head for the Viking Farm at Bukkøy to see sword fights and traditional craft demonstrations.

Day 7 - Flåm, Norway

Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00

Flåm is a small settlement of wooden lodges, nestled into the longest and deepest fjord in the world, Sognefjord. This picture-perfect town, surrounded by mountains, green fields and glass lakes is home to the world’s steepest railway. If you think your stomach can handle the hairpin bends and tunnels burrowing into the cliffs, then climb onboard the Flåmsbana for the ride of your life.

Go on an underground adventure in the White Caves of Gudvangen. This network of tunnels takes you past underwater pools and ponds and treats you to multi-coloured light shows, classical music and a bar to relax in.

Day 8 - At Sea

Another day at sea and another day to enjoy the luxurious facilities Marella Explorer has to offer. Relax on the sunbeds in The Veranda, an adult-only space where you can order a drink at the touch of a button. You could also enjoy a facial or a body wrap in state-of-the-art Champneys spa.

If you’re feeling lucky, shimmy into your cocktail dress or tux and head for the Indigo Casino or sip on a frozen cocktail while enjoying the sea views on the terrace in The Mediterranean Bar.

Day 9 - Newcastle, England

Arrives 06:00

Before saying a final ha det to your holiday, why not take one final look around Newcastle? Jesmond Dene is a lovely city park worth a visit. You’ll find the Old Mill, Millfield House and several nature trails to follow. Head to Eldon Square Shopping Centre with its charming arcades, designer boutiques and antique shops before hitting the road and heading home.

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