Iona- the ultimate way to see Norwegian Fjords
That’s right- the largest cruise ship ever dedicated to the British market, P&O‘s Iona, will be taking you to the Norwegian Fjords!
In 2020, Iona will be sailing to ports here with a completely unique experience every time, bringing you closer to the charms of the unforgettable region.
Dates For Your Diary
3rd September 2018 (9am): pre-registration opens! Itineraries and fares released!
10th September 2018 (8am): IONA – ON SALE – Caribbean, Baltic & Ligurian tiers!
12th September 20108 (8am): IONA – GENERAL SALE – MAY-SEPTEMBER 2020 DEPARTURES!
17th September 2018 (8am): EXISTING FLEET – ON SALE – Caribbean, Baltic & Ligurian tiers
19th September 2018 (8am): EXISTING FLEET – GENERAL SALE – MARCH-JUNE 2020 DEPARTURES!
20th September 2018 (8am): EXISTING FLEET – GENERAL SALE – JULY-OCTOBER 2020 DEPARTURES!
Departing from Southampton, Iona is the absolute ideal ship to sail to Norway in with her design to maximise views and let the outside in!
The glass walls of the Grand Atrium and wow-factor indoor and outdoor spaces will bless you with the best panoramas of Norway’s dramatic landscapes.
With departures throughout the spring and summer of 2020, the itineraries have been carefully designed as the perfect introduction to the unforgettable region.
Feeling active in Norway? P&O are giving you five adventures to get you feeling the thrills that will stay with you forever…
Making a splash
One thing that makes paddling through crystal-clear waters that bit more special: Norwegian sunshine!
In Olden, the glassy green waters of the dramatic Nordfjord will greet you (and did you know it was once dominated by the Vikings!)
Snow-capped mountains, soaring waterfalls, dense forests, glittering blue and white of the glaciers- absorb it all in utter peace and quiet.
Geirangerfjord is a masterpiece you won’t believe is a product of nature. Virtually free from wind, kayaking will never have been smoother as you make your way through the water.
You’ll feel blessed to be gliding past the waterfalls the fjord is famous for like The Seven Sisters and The Suitor!
Hike to the highest
Bergen is blessed with Mount Fløyen and with that comes your chance to soar to the summit by funicular and wander round its pretty trails to Skomakerdiket Lake.
Take in a 360-degree panorama from the highest point of Rundemanen or take the dramatic Loen Skylift from Olden to speed straight to the summit of Mount Hoven!
Zigzag your way across the mountain path to the spectacular Storsæter Waterfall for a very dramatic, memorable and suitable reward for your athletic efforts…
Take the Nordic walks in your stride
We’re not talking about a stroll in the park here! It’s a lot more fun, a lot more high-energy and a lot more popular all over the world.
Where better to hone your technique than in the utterly beautiful Norwegian countryside? Did you know Nordic walking burns around 50% more calories than a regular walk and counts as an all-over toning workout?!
Locals stride out with their poles so seize the opportunity to join them on one of Stavanger’s most popular trails; you can head out to Godalen, the glorious route that takes you around the Storhaug peninsula.
Prepare for a 3km coastal walk that encounters small harbours, pretty beaches, open countryside, rocky outcrops and magnificent vistas of Gandsfjord and the mountains beyond.
Highs with the lows
It’s about both ascent and descent with the Fjords, tying in perfectly with the old saying “What goes up must come down”.
Add some adrenaline whilst you take in some serious views; Geirangerfjord’s steep cliffs and waterfalls are natural wonders worth getting on your bike for!
Go for the locals’ favourite descent in the 17km route down from Djupvasshytta mountain lodge, on the shores of Lake Djupvatnet at 1,030m above sea level.
If you just love taking it one big step further, you can see Bergen by zipline! Norway’s fastest zipline soars 300m from Mt Ulriken to Mt Fløyen with panoramic views that will take your breath away…
River rafting gets your heart racing
Norway’s beautiful rivers do not get the attention they deserve! But don’t just walk past them- raft through them!
From Hellesylt, you’ll travel to Valldal, a valley north of the Norddalsfjorden- and the piece of paradise near the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord is a completely unspoilt.
You can paddle down the 8km fast-flowing river but it’s the scenery along the way that will take your breath away!
All your energy will be rewarded with lunch around a bonfire on the banks Norddalsfjord for a tranquil end to an unbelievably memorable day…
Are you excited Iona will be sailing to the Norwegian Fjords? Has this made you think about booking with her in 2020? Which of the five activities above would you jump at? Leave us your thoughts!
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