Welcome to Scandinavia
You can expect a warm welcome at every destination on this immersive Scandinavian adventure, with friendly locals ready to greet your arrival into a trio of charming Swedish, Norwegian and Danish towns and cities with traditional festivities, and two of Europe’s most amenable capitals awaiting your exploration.
FREE Drinks Package & Gratuities included
As one of the region’s most interesting and welcoming destinations, Oslo – Norway’s capital and largest city – is the perfect place for an introduction to Scandinavia. Known as the ‘Capital of Culture and Nature’, Oslo boasts plenty of artistic and aesthetic treasures; Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the National Gallery – home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream – and the medieval Akershus Fortress are among many attractions you can uncover before departing the city via the idyllic Oslofjord. A short overnight sail to Sweden is then followed by a call at Helsingborg. From the moment the city’s locals welcome you to the city with traditional festivities, you’re in for an authentic Swedish experience here. After revelling in your very special arrival, you’ll have a full day to explore at your leisure. Perhaps, you’ll opt to take in Helsingborg’s many monuments and museums, such as the remains of the medieval Kärnan and Fredriksdal Open-air Museum; visit Sofiero Castle and Gardens, with its beautiful architecture and flora; or even relax at the city’s Tropical Beach.
Two days in Denmark will be packed with diverse delights. Copenhagen – the cosmopolitan Danish capital – offers a host of highlights, from the pretty Nyhavn district and the iconic Little Mermaid statue to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the impressive Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, which are rich in Royal history and heritage. With Balmoral docking close to the centre of the city too, you’ll be perfectly places to see the city’s sights. Then there’s Fredericia, where ceremonial cannon fire and locals looking resplendent in traditional dress, will provide an unforgettable welcome to this historic town. Again, you’ll dock close to the town centre here, so old military ramparts and landmarks including the Foot Soldier Statue will be within easy reach. Fredericia is also your gateway to the original Legoland in nearby Billund; and Odense, birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Finally, it’s back to Norway for another memorable welcome into Arendal, a town made famous by the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in the hit Disney animation Frozen.
- Return flights Dublin to Newcastle
- Return Transfers airport / port
- 8 nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral based on 2 sharing
- Fine dining on a full board basis
- All onboard entertainment
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
- Taxes and charges of €130
Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.
Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot. Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo. Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland. Oslo is an overwhelmingly green city. It has recently been awarded European Green Capital for 2019, and boasts one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The city has excellent public transport, and the city planning has put pedestrians first. Most noticeable in the city, is Oslo’s commitment to sustainable food production and green space. From hotdogs to Michelin-starred restaurants, the dining is always of a high-quality, as is the city nightlife. Outside of the city centre, the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord await discovery. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo, has lush green valleys and diverse fauna such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the impressive, photogenic Oslofjord stretches over 120 kilometres.
Sailing the length of the 100 Kilometre-long Oslofjord, your smaller ship’s route to Oslo, offers you a chance to admire the waterway’s wonderful scenery on a cruise taking in Norway’s fantastic capital city. While Oslofjord doesn’t boast landscapes quite as dramatic as other Norwegian fjords which may feature on your itinerary, there’s still plenty to see as you glide along the glassy waters, including a number of pretty islands, fishing villages and bays. The Oslofjord is also a haven for birdwatchers too and various species can be seen resting on the shores or flying high above the fjord.
The charming city of Helsingborg offers a wonderful snapshot of traditional Sweden. Scenic, interesting and welcoming, the city is popular with tourists and locals alike, as it is easy to navigate and home to a number of sights and sounds to see and experience. Located on the shores of south-west Sweden, this coastal city has an abundance of beautiful beaches and a pretty harbour to enjoy, as well a large number of restaurants serving fine cuisine from around the globe and tasty local delights. If you wish to explore the city’s diverse culture and interesting history, there are plenty of monuments and museums to visit, including Kärnan, the city’s 14th century medieval tower, the beautiful Church of St. Mary and The Fredriksdal Open-air museum. Plus, with over 500 shops in its city centre, Helsingborg is perfect for a little retail therapy too. The magnificent Sofiero Gardens, home to the stunning Sofiero Castle – one of the Swedish Royal Family’s former residences – is without doubt one of the city’s greatest sites. Today, the castle and the surrounding gardens are Helsingborg’s most popular tourist attraction, thanks to its incredible collection of flora – including over 500 different species of Rhododendrons – its beautiful architecture and number of events that take place in the grounds throughout the year.
With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe’s oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience. The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too. Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is home to a number of wooden ships and many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants.
The Danish fortress town of Fredericia in Eastern Jutland boasts an intriguing medieval and military past, stretching back to the Thirty Years’ War. Founded by Frederick III in 1650, the old ramparts and historic fortifications can be seen on a stroll through the delightful town centre, and are peppered with statues, cannons and gates. The Prince’s Gate – the main gateway into the town until 1925, the Old Town Hall and the iconic Foot Soldier Statue are all worth discovering. The town is now a major barracks, and home to the Royal Danish Army’s Signals Regiment. A blue-flag beach is a short distance from the town centre, as is the Gunpowder Tower, built in 1675 and said to be the town’s oldest building. From Fredericia visitors can tour the fairy-tale city of Odense, which is home to the fascinating Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the beautiful, gothic-style Sankt Kunds Cathedral and Funen Village – a unique open-air museum showcasing what life was like in 18th and 19th century Denmark. Billund, the home of Lego, is also easily accessible.
As the inspiration for the name of the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in the hit Disney animation Frozen, this quaint, sleepy town in Southern Norway is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought-after tourist spots. And although much of the famous film’s settings are actually based on the beautiful city of Bergen, those who visit Arendal won’t be disappointed by the abundance of sights to discover. Formerly an important shipbuilding and shipping town, Arendal’s pretty harbour was once a bustling industrial zone, but today it’s is where the town’s busy fish market, finest restaurants and welcoming pubs are found, as well as the striking Town Hall – the tallest wooden building in Norway. In Tyholmen – the delightful historic centre of the town – you’ll discover protected narrow alleyways, fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and fine examples of 17th century architecture, including brightly-painted wooden houses and towering Trefoldighetskirken Church.
Once you have disembarked the Balmoral and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.
Balmoral is the largest ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board. The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers. There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
- Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.