With long days merging into the midnight sun over the months of July and August, affording up to 24 hours of daylight, make the most of the longer days and surprisingly balmy temperatures by exploring the fjords and waterways around Greenland, Iceland and Norway on one of Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays Nordic summer departures.

norway by fjord
Exploring Norway’s fjords from a jacuzzi

Combining the best of a small cruise experience on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines with exceptional walks, both on and off the beaten track, discover extraordinary vistas from the ship. Joining special small group, guided hikes you’ll be able to explore a wilderness invigorated by fresh vegetation and wild blooms, cross glaciers and wander through small coastal villages as the sun magically touches the surface of the water before rising up again, on one of the following tours:

Greenland, Iceland & Norway  (moderate, grade 4)

Cruising the northern oceans around Greenland, Iceland and into the labyrinthine Norwegian fjords uncovers a plethora of wonders with Arctic wilderness giving rise to tumbling glaciers, steaming geysers and active volcanoes. Scheduled over summer to make the most of the scenery and wildlife, wander Greenland’s flower strewn valleys near the village of Tasillaq to a backdrop of glistening icebergs, walk the 18th century Icelandic trading route and hike from the Norwegian town of Olden to the Briksdal or Brennsdal glaciers, both arms of the mighty Jostedal glacier, Europe’s largest. Other highlights include Iceland’s thermal Golden Circle and Thingvellir National Park and Norway’s coastal Art Nouveau city Ålesund.

Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holidays (01707 386767) 14 night Greenland, Iceland & Norway cruise starts from £2,295/person and includes accommodation on board, all meals and snacks throughout your cruise, entertainment on board, port taxes, programme of guided walks, local transportation and some on board tips. Departures 25 July. 

Voyage to Greenland (moderate, grade 4)

Dotted with coastal settlements, Greenland is a remote land of wild mountain landscapes, glaciers and flower filled valleys in summer.

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Cruising its shoreline with stops at pastel-painted ports to explore vistas as viewed from the sea, enjoy walks along fjord, alpine and mountain trails with hikes over the vast Greenland Ice Cap and around Tasersuaq Lake. Cruise through the 60 Mile passage Prins Christiansund, where mountains, glaciers and waterfalls collide and afford great whale-watching with a chance of seeing polar bears.

Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holidays (01707 386767) 15 night Voyages to Greenland cruise starts from £2,895/person and includes accommodation, all meals, snacks and entertainment on board, all port taxes, programme of guided walks with tour leader, ports taxes, transport and some on board tips.  Departures 17 August.

Fjords of Norway (leisurely – grade 3)

Norway’s coast and fjords are a delight all summer long. Receding snows are replaced by apple blossom, giving way to lush green hills and deep blue waters beneath the towering peaks. Combining cruise, railway and cablecar rides with wood, lake and mountain walks, hike down to Berekvam past countless waterfalls to a backdrop of rugged peaks, step foot on Europe’s largest glacier and explore the tiny hamlet of Eiganes with various cruises finishing off this week-long itinerary with more expansive views from the peninsula overlooking the Art Nouveau seaport of Ålesund.

Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holidays (01707 386767)  7 or 8 night Fjords of Norway cruise starts from £1,175/person and include accommodation on board, all meals and snacks throughout your cruise, entertainment on board, port taxes, programme of guided walks, local transportation and some on board tips. Departures 12 & 22 July, 8 August.

For further information, contact Ramblers Walking Holidays Cruise & Walk  (01707386767)