Admire the natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords
With summer beginning to arrive in the UK, Pullmantur Cruises has begun the process of positioning its ships throughout Europe. Many cruisers enjoy the delights of the Mediterranean, with the opportunity to visit a range of stunning destinations including Rome, Barcelona, Athens and many more. This region will be more than adequately served by Horizon and Sovereign, but there are also other options available.
From 3rd June 2017, Monarch will operate alternating itineraries to the Norwegian fjords between the ports of Rostock and Bergen. Over the course of seven nights, you will visit a number of stunning destinations throughout Norway while soaking in the beautiful natural surroundings. This week, we take a closer look at highlights you will be able to experience during one of these fabulous sailings.
Stavanger is Norway’s fourth largest city and offers a range of cultural and historical landmarks of particular interest. Just outside the city are the three swords – a monument which commemorates the 800’s battle of Hafrsfjord, in which Harald Harfagre beat eastern opposition to become the first King of Norway. This is also a great photo opportunity, as the fjord itself can be seen in the distance behind the swords. Also worth visiting is the city’s cathedral, which was built in Romanesque style in the 12th century and is considered to be Norway’s best example of medieval architecture.
The village of Flam is known for the famous Flamsbana – a scenic railway which climbs from sea level to 866 metres across a distance of 12 miles, therefore making it the third steepest railway in the world. This is an absolute must-experience for anyone visiting the village, with breath-taking views of the surrounding scenery. There is also a museum dedicated to the museum – Flamsbanamuseet – which depicts how the railway was constructed.
Although much of the historical architecture in Alesund was destroyed in a fire in the early 20th century, the city has been handsomely restored with plenty of Art Nouveau-style architecture. These beautiful buildings can be found in many forms and is one of the best ways to fully appreciate the architectural beauty of Alesund. Additionally, if you want to admire the natural surroundings of the fjords and mountains, a short climb to the top of the stairs from the city park is highly rewarding.
Known also as the ‘City of Roses’ for its vast collection of beautiful rose gardens, Molde offers plenty to see and do. Many of these gardens can be visited and admired, while the Town Hall Square is home to the bronze statue of Rosepiken which compliments the city’s status. Elsewhere, visitors can visit the largest folk museum in Norway and the Fisheries Museum. Alternatively, if you just want to soak in your surroundings, you can head to the Varden viewpoint – which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Throughout the summer and autumn seasons of 2017, Pullmantur Cruises will operate itineraries that can take you to each of the destinations listed above. After each busy day on-shore, you will be able to take advantage of a great-value all-inclusive package on board Monarch, which includes all drinks, meals, and much more.
For more information about the range of great value cruises available with Pullmantur, contact us today via the freephone number above or by completing the online enquiry form.