Motorbike-loving cooks Dave Myers and Simon 'Si' King have written more than 20 cookbooks together as the Hairy Bikers, with their popular diet book, The Hairy Dieters, scooping a National Book Award. They are a regular presence on TV screens in their own series and as special guests on popular cookery shows such as Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen. The Hairy Bikers have also toured the UK twice with their sellout live show Big Night Out.
Cruise the Norwegian fjords with the Hairy Bikers
With its dramatic cliffs and beautiful fjords, the coast of Norway has to be seen to be believed, and you'll have the chance to experience it yourself on this nine-day cruise.
You'll be joined by the fantastic Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, who will cook some of their favourite recipes for you in a private demonstration before answering your questions. They'll also sign copies of their new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers' British Classics.
As the Bikers say:
The first time we discovered Norway was when we filmed Bakeation in 2012, when we cooked on a ship going down one of the fjords. We always promised we'd go back, and now we are. The food and the people are amazing and the fjords are ridiculously beautiful!"
Your tour begins in Amsterdam, where you'll explore the historic city. From there, you'll board Holland America Line's wonderful Nieuw Statendam for your full-board, five-star cruise. Making your way up the magical coastline, you'll stop at Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord and the spectacular 2,600-feet-high cliffs and waterfalls of Geirangerfjord. It's then on to Alesund, the city of seven islands famous for its art nouveau design. Then returning to Amsterdam, your amazing trip will come to an end.
Meet the Hairy Bikers
The UK's most popular cookery writing duo, Si and Dave have explored Britain, Asia and the Mediterranean on their bikes, as well as the length of the Mississippi and places throughout Europe. Both huge fans of Norway, they will share their love of the scenery and local food during exclusive experiences. A private onboard cooking demonstration is sure to be hilarious, and they will also host a lively cocktail party.
Reasons to book
Delicious food on board
Your expert guides
- Return flights from a range of UK airports.
- Private group transfers**
- One night pre-cruise stay in a four-star hotel in Amsterdam, with breakfast included.
- Seven nights full-board*** on Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam.
- On-board cooking demonstration and cocktail party with the Hairy Bikers.
- Q&A session with the Hairy Bikers.
- Free copy of The Hairy Bikers' British Classics cookbook (one per booking).
***Drinks aboard Nieuw Statendam are not included and speciality dining is at a supplement.
Inside Stateroom: from £1,499
Oceanview: from £1,639
Verandah: from £1,769
Vista Suite: from £2,019
Signature Suite: from £2,829
All prices are per person, based on two sharing
Day1Arrive in AmsterdamAmsterdam, Netherlands
A night in Amsterdam offers you the chance to explore the sights of one of Europe's most colorful, dynamic and historic cities - one with a well-earned reputation as a laid-back and inviting place for people of all stripes. Visitors are naturally drawn to the historic city center where you'll find some of the world's top art museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. And at Dam Square, Amsterdam's largest public square, you can tour the Royal Palace before continuing to the tourist attractions on the Canal Belt. The iconic network of waterways that surrounds the downtown area offers a picturesque backdrop for sightseeing by bike or canal boat. Be sure to visit the floating Bloemenmarkt to peruse famed Dutch tulips, and take time to wander and window-shop among the narrow lanes of de Jordaan. And you won't have to look far in Amsterdam to find delicious Dutch treats along the way. Just duck into a cozy brown café to sample a plate of bitterballen with mustard and a beer, and grab a gooey sweet stroopwafel from a street vendor as you stroll.
The Hairy Bikers will join you in Amsterdam after your pre-cruise stay and from here you'll transfer to Holland America's Niew Statendam, embarking the ship around 5pm and enjoying dinner on-board that evening.
Day3Day at seaAmsterdam, Netherlands
Day4Eidfjord and HardangerfjordEidfjord, Norway
In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area's natural splendor.
Hardangervidda, near Eidfjord, is Europe's largest mountain plateau as well as Norway's largest national park. Interestingly, the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole, and Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland interior, both used Hardangervidda to prepare for their expeditions. Walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are popular, and the area is home to Europe's largest population of wild reindeer.
Numerous canyons, including the famous Måbødalen Valley, lead south from the Hardangervidda plateau to the fjords along the coast, and about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Eidfjord, visitors can see the dramatic 182-meter-tall (597-foot-tall) Vøringfossen waterfall. In the center of Eidfjord stands the 14th-century stone Eidfjord Kirke, while outside town the famous Kjeåsen Mountain Farm sits on a ledge some 600 meters (1,968 feet) above the Simadalsfjord.
From easy guided hikes and the summer-skiing resort on the Folgefonna glaciers to the serious hiking trails that encompass waterfalls and panoramic vistas, Norway's Hardangerfjord region offers truly exceptional outdoor experiences. Norway's Queen Sonja is known to favor the hiking trails around the village of Kinsarvik so much that a tough 16-kilometer (10-mile) hike is named after her.
At 161 kilometers (100 miles) long, the fjord is the fourth-longest in the world and plunges down almost 914 meters (a half mile) at its deepest point. Take in the best of the landscape from the unique vantage point provided by the fjord as you sail inland from the island of Stord toward the ever-more-imposing mountains of the Hardangervidda National Park. Waterfalls, islands and shoreline villages dot the journey. Dangling more than 610 meters (2,000 feet) above Lake Ringedalsvatnet is the Troll's Tongue, a unique rock formation and one of Norway's most famous hikes-and photo opportunities.
The deep waters of the fjord are home to plentiful stocks of fish, while brown trout and wild salmon fill the rivers and lakes of the region. The mountainous national parks east of the fjord are the natural habitat of wild reindeer herds, elk and the mountain fox.
Beautiful Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. Bergen's rich maritime tradition goes back nearly 1,000 years, including the years the town played an important part in the Hanseatic League, the trading empire that dominated maritime commerce in the region between the 14th and 18th centuries. The city is one of Europe's oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It's also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs.
Surrounded by mountains and thick forest, and sitting halfway between Geiranger to the north and Stavanger to the south, Bergen offers plenty to do outside the city too. Whether you sign up for a guided excursion or venture out on your own, you'll be sure to fall in love with Bergen.
Day6Geiranger and GeirangerfjordGeiranger, Norway
Geirangerfjord is one of the most beautiful spots in Scandinavia-if not the world. These are among the planet's longest and deepest fjords, with steep walls of rock dropping some 500 meters below the water's surface and rising 1,400 meters above sea level. Waterfalls tumble down from high above, free-flowing rivers snake through forests and glacial lakes stretch for miles. It's no surprise that these glacially carved masterpieces cut into Norway's western coast were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Nærøyfjord, in 2005.
The small village of Geiranger lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, and being here is all about being outdoors in the clean, crisp Norwegian air to enjoy the stunning scenery. Cruise ships anchor at the end of the Geirangerfjord and passengers can hike, kayak, bicycle and ski to see the gorgeousness up close.
The coast of Norway is fringed with jagged fjords cut into the shoreline by glaciers eons ago. One of the most spectacular inlets is the mighty Geirangerfjord, a popular cruising destination and, along with the nearby Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When Norway's glaciers retreated they left deep valleys in their wake that filled with seawater, in the case of the Geirangerfjord to a depth of nearly 500 meters (1,640 feet). Above the surface, the fjord's sheer rock walls shoot straight up three times as far.
You'll want to wake up early to catch the exhilarating views during the nine-mile cruise up the Geirangerfjord to the tiny village of Geiranger; your ship will likely make this trip in early morning to give you a full day in port. If you've sprung for a balcony cabin, you won't regret it. Otherwise, head for the open decks to soak up the stunning scenery and the crisp, fresh Norwegian air as the ship moves up the calm, glasslike channel.
Ålesund, a quaint fishing town of approximately 45,000 in western Norway, has been called Norway's most beautiful city. A fire in 1904 destroyed much of it, resulting in the town being rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style-also known as Jugendstil-that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. A year after the fire, Norway gained its independence from Sweden, which led to a campaign to build a "Norwegian town" to mark the creation of the new nation. The colorful buildings feature castlelike turrets and spires with intricate facades of ornamental flowers, gargoyles and Viking-inspired decorations.
Bordering the Norwegian Sea, this area is also famous for its mountain ranges and fjords. For those looking for a more active visit, Ålesund offers great hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. One of the highlights is climbing the 418 steps that lead up Mount Aksla for a spectacular view of the city and the Sunnmøre Alps. Nearby is the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful waterfalls. This is also home to Atlanterhavsparken, or the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Europe.
Day8Day at seaÅlesund, Norway
Arrive into Amsterdam at 7am this morning. Enjoy a final breakfast on-board before transferring to the town and returning home via plane or train. You may have some extra time today to explore Amsterdam's streets and canals at leisure.
Holland America Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam carries forward the nautical heritage, gracious service and classic style for which Holland America Line is known — while setting a new standard for 21st-century elegance
Launched in December 2018, Nieuw Statendam, a sister ship to Koningsdam and the second Pinnacle-class ship, features a design inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments. Guests can savour her innovative speciality restaurants*- from the French-styled seafood brasserie Sel de Mer to the Pan-Asian Tamarind; enjoy culinary demonstrations, digital workshops, and be wowed by BBC Earth Experiences presentations at the spectacular two-story World Stage. As well as comfortable staterooms and luxury suites, the ship offers a Rolling Stone Rock Room, BB Kings Blues Club, classical chamber music performed by Lincoln Centre Stage and by BLEND, a wine-blending experience by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State's oldest and most acclaimed winery.
There are 300 connecting staterooms on Nieuw Statendam, as well as 32 dedicated family rooms, 12 single-occupancy rooms and 27 accessible staterooms in a variety of categories. Additionally, 53 staterooms located near the Greenhouse Spa on Decks 10 and 11 are designated as spa accommodation; rooms come with complimentary Vitamin Water, pedometers, yoga mats and a Bluetooth speaker for use during the cruise.
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