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.
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 and take small group, guided hikes to explore in a wilderness invigorated by fresh vegetation and wild blooms, cross expansive glaciers, wander through small coastal villages and see the sun magically touch 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, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) 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 2018.
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. 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, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) 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 2018.
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, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) 7 or 8 night Fjords of Norwaycruise 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 2018.
For further information, contact Ramblers Walking Holidays Cruise & Walk (01707386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk)
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the core brand for RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Having celebrated its 70th Anniversary of holiday operating in 2017, other brands within the group include Adagio holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays – in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In total, the company operates over 250 holidays across over 60 countries.
Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, with categories ranging from Grade 1-3/Leisurely (usually two hours walking); to Grade 4-6/Moderate (a combination of full and half day walks); and Grade 7-9/Challenging (full day walks where stamina is key).
On some holidays, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples and friends who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
Adagio holidays are largely ungraded.
To help clients choose the type of walking holiday that will appeal to their interest, Ramblers Walking Holidays also uses symbols that depict the main interest, style or theme of the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.
With its not-for-profit philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust which supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole – an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.
RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership – an initiative which champions walking at the ‘grass roots’ level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which has been pioneering and championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA & ATOL. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.