We did a similar cruise aboard Oriana a few years ago and at the same time of year. We had every kind of weather imaginable and wore everything from shorts to fur coats! My advice is to be prepared for everything.
Would suggest you book the train excursion at Flaam. We did not when we were on Oceana - very much regret this as it is such a popular excursion.
Had a great time and sure you will enjoy it. Brilliant fish market at Bergen. I am sure you will have a great time.
The railway trip - Norway in a nutshell from Flam is a must - I would go prepared for every weather - have been in Norway at that time of year and had hot sunny weather and also pouring rain - the day we were in Flam was in May and it poured but the mist over the mountains did make it a bit different. Olden is such a lovely location - we have been their a couple of times and never done any excursions just walked one way in the morning to the two little churches and church yard - such a lovely setting and then walked the other way in the afternoon it is so peaceful - There is plenty to do in Bergen - the last few times it has rained but years ago I got sunstroke in May so you can never tell - if it is a clear day it is worth going up the venicular.
Stavanger; walk around the harbour and take the trip to Pulpit Rock on one of the local boats, it will be half the price of P&O.
Bergan; There is enough to see in Bergan without going on an excursion, go through some of the small passages into the depths of the Brygaan, you won't get lost. If you like music the Greig trip to Troldhagen is good.
Flaam; Walk to the train station and book your own return trip.
Olden; Not a lot in the village so take a trip. Try one to the Glacier but check to be sure of your walking distances.
Agree about taking one of the local boats in Stavenger, but make sure you get off the boat straight away and get the morning trip otherwise the next one will not get you back in time for the ship sailing out of Stavanger. The trips go from the harbout quite near to where the boat docks. We were a little disappointed with Stavenger and foujnd it very tiring just walking around and because we had not booked a trip we were too late to get on the local morning boat so it is worth taking the trip recommended to Pulpit rock.
The fenicular is superb in Bergen but expect a long queue but you should have enough time to do it even allowing for the queue and it is much cheaper doing it yourself.
Also make sure you get off the boat as soon as you dock in Flamm because the trip trips start booking up and you need to get your tickets as soon as possible in order to have enough time to do the trip and get back down in time for leaving Flamm. Dont miss seeing the lady in blue at the half way waterfall stop. You get off the train and go on to a platform, the music plays and a lovely lady appears near the waterfall while lovely etherial music plays. She is easy to miss, but if you do miss her as we did, they do it again on the way down again.
We went last August on board Oceana and loved the trip. Scenery is spectacular. We were lucky with the weather but took all sorts of clothing just in case it was cold. In actual fact it was never lower than 60 while we were there but sometimes you can get very cold weather and will need warmer clothes.
Hope you have a really lovely time and enjoy the trip .Also take a light umbrella especially in Bergen where it is raining more often than not.
Having come back from the fjords cruise on the grand princess this year in july.the weather was fantastic in flaam and bergen, we did all the excursions on our itinarary, in order to get the best out of our cruise.beware prices are very expensive, especially the beer,£8 a pint needless to say we did not drink.clothes very expensive also. sorry cannot say anything about the other ports, as we did none of them.but the weather was a treat as was the scenery. hope this helps.
You can easily do Bergen by yourselves, don't waste money on a tour. The Flam railway is a must as is the Gereinger (sp?) fjord which is a day trip from Stavanger or Hellysit. We did the cruise in May a couple of years ago. Glorious sunshine and very cold. You will have a great time!
We visited the Fjords in May 06 on QM2 and have written a review. Here's what I said about Flaam:
None of us are keen on coach excursions and tend to do our own thing. For our visit to Flaam we had done some internet research and decided on train plus bike hire. I highly recommend, to anyone reasonably fit, that a bicycle is hired from the shop in the port and a one-way ticket (including bike transport) is purchasd for the famous train to the top of the mountain. Ride the train up and then cycle down the mountain. Fantastic, downhill so quite easy to do, but don't forget some warm clothes (there was snow at the top) and your camera. Other passengers who stayed on the train couldn't believe what we were doing!
I travelled on a cruise this year in May 2008 to the Ffords and we were very lucky with the weather. We had a lovely calm sea crossing to Norway and the weather was very sunny, but it can still be cold, as some mountain areas were still covered in snow, which was beautiful!!! Take thick fleeces and padded waistcoats to wear incase it is breezy on board. We needed everything on, including hat, scarf and gloves for the early morning entrance to the Ffords to watch the sun rising up over the mountains. It was lovely to see at 5am but very cold!!! Regarding tours, Flaam railway trip was very good and it takes you high up the mountains in the snow and we had lunch in Voss in a hotel, which was superb. Have done that trip twice now as I enjoyed it the first time I went. Olden is a very pretty harbour, but we only walked around the port. Sognefjord is the largest and prettiest fford, worth a trip up high to see the view. Bergen is a must to see. It is the second largest city after Oslo. It is possible to do on your own. It is a walk into town from the port and the Funicular Railway is worth a visit, as the view from the top is great. There are cafes and shops up there too. Very good ice cream! You can see for miles out to sea and islands and the surrounding countryside. There is also a small tourist train that runs around the town from the port, near the fish market. If you are there on market day, the stalls are increased to include tourist stalls, which are cheaper than the shops. The shops in Bergen are very good and plentiful and much cheaper than anywhere else, although everything is quite expensive in Norway. If it is your last stop, leave your shopping until you get there to buy anything. If you are thinking of buying any of the knitted goods, there is a very good and reasonably priced shop on the approach to the town, near Bryggen area. You can also get the tax back on board the ship for any large purchases bought. Take a look around the Bryggen area, as it is quite different from anywhere else. Very old wooden buildings which look like they are tumbling down. I haven't been to the other places, so I can't help you with those. The first time I went to the Ffords, I went in August and the weather was very cold and the sea very rough, so we were very lucky last year in May with the weather. I didn't take enough short sleeved tops as I was expecting it to be colder than in August. I would take a variety of summer and winter clothes, just incase. We only wore our thick coats on the early morning day on the top deck. We did get burnt on the first day at sea and again in Bergen last year. We sat up the top area from the Funicular and had our lunch there in the sunshine. We didn't expect it to be so warm, which was lovely. Hope you enjoy your trip. I loved the experience and did it twice!
Can anyone tell me if there were any fishing trips included in the p&o tours as i am going in may 2009 and would like to try one.