Norway is a faraway northern land, the type of place where myths and legends are born amongst dramatic landscapes and quaint, colourful towns. Its southwestern coastline is a wonderland of jagged inlets, steep-sided fjords and rocky islands, the southern region a little more gentle with fabulous culture and urbanity, and these form the setting for the cruise during which our Cruise Sale Finder team will discover what's in store for P&O's new dynamic duo.
Meghan and Sarah will set sail from Harwich in the UK on Saturday and begin the journey on the vessel which is now Holland America's Ryndam but will soon undergo the transformation to become the Pacific Aria. Here's what they'll see- remember to follow along and also ask questions about the refit with the hashtags #CSFSpotlight and #CSFTellMeMore.
Oslo and its Fjord
Oslo is the first stop on the itinerary, a cosmopolitan capital city nestled at the head of a scenic fjord. The ship will stop in central Oslo for a chance to visit the world-class museums and attractions, as well as allow some beautiful scenic cruising through the Oslo Fjord.
Located in the southerly reaches of Norway, Kristiansand is a sunny part of the country with a rich culture and sandy shores. It is especially suited to history lovers, with a small section of Old Town left untouched by a major fire in 1892 offering a glimpse into unique traditional Norwegian architecture. The city is also home to an historic former naval base on Odderoya Island, and a vintage railway.
The ocean influences all aspects of life in Stavanger, and has done since the days of vikings. Arriving by ship is a great way to get a feel for the place which has a reputation as a good-sized city with a small-town atmosphere. It is a very pretty region and is a jumping-off point for some trips into the dramatic Lysefjord.
Ulvik and Hardangerfjord
This lovely holiday town is surrounded by lush green hills and mountains, and a stop here includes scenic cruising on the Hardangerfjord, Norway's second longest. Highlights of the Hardangerfjord and surrounding area include the Trolltunga (troll's tongue) cliff, the massive Folgefonna Glacier, the 182-metre Vøringfossen Waterfall and, of course, all of the wonderful views along the length of the fjord.
Have you cruised in Norway? What was your favourite sight?