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Get Ready for an Unforgettable Experience: P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023
Are you dreaming of embarking on a breathtaking adventure to the stunning Norwegian fjords? Look no further than the P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023. This once-in-a-lifetime experience promises unforgettable moments, awe-inspiring landscapes, and a chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Norway. In this article, we will explore what makes this cruise so special and why you should start planning for it now.
Discover the Majestic Norwegian Fjords
One of the highlights of the P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023 is undoubtedly the opportunity to explore the majestic Norwegian fjords. These natural wonders are renowned for their picturesque beauty, with towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene blue waters that stretch as far as the eye can see.
During your cruise, you’ll have the chance to visit iconic fjords such as Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Hardangerfjord. Each fjord has its own unique charm and offers breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. Whether you’re sailing through narrow passages or admiring panoramic vistas from your balcony, every moment spent in these fjords will be truly unforgettable.
Immerse Yourself in Norwegian Culture
In addition to experiencing Norway’s natural wonders, the P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023 also offers ample opportunities to immerse yourself in Norwegian culture. From exploring charming coastal towns to visiting historic landmarks and museums, there is something for everyone.
Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords, is a must-visit destination on this cruise. Take a stroll through Bryggen Wharf with its colorful wooden houses or ride up Mount Fløyen on a funicular for panoramic views of the city. You can also explore the Hanseatic Museum to learn about Bergen’s rich trading history.
Another highlight of this cruise is a visit to Stavanger, a vibrant city with a fascinating mix of modern architecture and preserved medieval streets. Don’t miss the chance to wander through Gamle Stavanger, the old town, and marvel at its well-preserved white wooden houses. You can also visit the iconic Swords in Rock monument or take a hike to Pulpit Rock for breathtaking views over Lysefjord.
Indulge in Luxurious Onboard Amenities
While exploring the Norwegian fjords is undoubtedly the main attraction of this cruise, P&O Cruises ensures that your onboard experience is equally memorable. The cruise ship offers luxurious amenities and services that cater to your every need.
Relax and unwind in spacious cabins or suites designed for ultimate comfort. Enjoy world-class dining experiences with a variety of restaurants offering mouthwatering cuisine from around the world. From fine dining establishments to casual eateries, there is something to suit every palate.
Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, take a dip in the swimming pools, or stay active at the fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. With live entertainment shows, bars, lounges, and even a casino on board, there will never be a dull moment during your cruise.
Plan Ahead for an Unforgettable Journey
The P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023 is expected to be highly popular among travelers seeking an extraordinary adventure. To secure your spot on this unforgettable journey, it’s crucial to plan ahead and book early.
Start by researching different itineraries offered by P&O Cruises for 2023 and choose one that suits your preferences. Consider factors such as duration, ports of call, and any additional excursions or activities offered during the cruise.
Once you have selected your preferred itinerary, contact a trusted travel agent or visit the P&O Cruises website to make your booking. Keep in mind that availability may be limited, especially for peak travel periods, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.
In conclusion, the P&O Norwegian Fjords Cruise 2023 promises a truly unforgettable experience. From exploring the majestic Norwegian fjords to immersing yourself in Norwegian culture and indulging in luxurious onboard amenities, this cruise is a dream come true for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Start planning now to secure your spot on this remarkable journey and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
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Natural wonders and once-in-a-lifetime thrills await on a Norway cruise. From the towering mountains of Bergen to the dramatic waterfalls of Alesund, Norway is full of breathtaking surprises. Embark on one our Norwegian fjords cruises and marvel at the spectacular landscapes, verdant mountains, and gushing waterfalls that surround you. Watch as eagles soar in the blue skies above and whales and seals play in the deep waters.
Beyond the majestic fjords, Norway’s cities and villages provide bucket-list opportunities for history buffs, foodies, and adventure seekers. Soak up the magic of picturesque cities like Oslo. Photograph the colorful fishermen’s houses dotting the coast of Alesund. Sip local craft beer in Bergen. Climb the soaring heights of Pulpit Rock for one of the best views in the country.
With Celebrity, sail beyond the beaten path in Norway on a seven-night Norwegian fjords cruise, or embark on one of our European cruises that stops in Oslo. On board, experience total relaxation in your stylish suite or stateroom. Enjoy world-class dining and entertainment as you discover Norway in all its glory
Norway Cruise Highlights
Nature buffs and adventure seekers can’t miss seeing the stunning Norwegian fjords during their cruise. Bergen is a great jumping-off point to see fjords like Hardangerfjord, the country’s second-largest fjord. UNESCO World Heritage Site Geirangerfjord is known as the “crown jewel” of the country’s fjords, contrasting steep waterfalls with snow-peaked mountain caps. Go slightly off-the-beaten path to neighboring Hjørundfjord, where activities like fjord fishing and kayaking will captivate you.
Art & History
Explore Oslo’s famous Viking Ship Museum and see three expertly preserved vessels. Spend a while at the Munch Museum, dedicated to the painter Edvard Munch, known best for his painting “The Scream.” In Bergen, Bryggens Museum is a mighty testament to life in the town before a devastating fire in 1955, where excavations uncovered beautiful reminders of everyday Norwegian life. Bergen is also home to its own art museum that uniquely preserves the homes of famous composers throughout history. Time travel at Sunnmøre Museum in Alesund, an open-air exhibit featuring preserved homes and boats dating back to medieval times.
Norway’s distilleries and craft microbrewing scene is rapidly growing in cities like Bergen and Alesund. After decades of mostly serving lagers, microbrewers around the country wanted to offer more variety for beer drinkers, so they started to brew their own IPAs, pale ales, and stouts. Ever since, Norway’s cities have brewed hundreds of their own unique drafts. Unwind after a day’s hike and try something new on the menu.
Rows of deep red, burnt orange, and white houses near Bryggen Wharf is one of the top sights in the city. Enjoy a romantic wharfside meal or a cozy coffee there before you visit Bryggens Museum or St. Mary’s Church. Ride a funicular rail to the summit of Mt. Fløyen for incredible panoramic views of the city below. Explore the surrounding fjords on an unforgettable kayaking or hiking adventure.
On a Norway cruise, you’ll visit the picturesque town of Alesund, frequently cited as one of the country’s most beautiful places to visit. Spend a leisurely day exploring the Art Nouveau District. Hike up nearly 500 steps to Aksla Viewpoint and admire the stunning vistas of the archipelago and breathtaking fjords beyond. The town is also the gateway to Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s most famous natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between imposing cliffs on all sides.
Let Oslo’s metropolitan atmosphere energize you as you explore its opulent palaces and incredible museums. The capital of Norway is teeming with Viking history, from ships dating back to the 9th century at the Viking Museum to 17th-century art at the National Museum. Art lovers won’t want to miss seeing Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in person. When you move on from historic wonders, grab a craft beer or sample local salmon at any of Oslo’s trendy eateries.
Norway Cruise Itineraries
Embark on an unforgettable cruise to Norway aboard Celebrity Silhouette or Celebrity Reflection. Sailing from May to August, our Norwegian fjord cruises last anywhere from seven nights to nine nights. Longer itineraries give you the chance to see towns like the mountainous Flam or the remote Geiranger. On a Northern Europe cruise, you’ll overnight in Oslo on the way to cities like Copenhagen, Bruges, and Paris, or visit the capital before venturing to Sweden and Finland.
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On a Norway cruise with Celebrity Cruises, you’ll discover the best of Norway while enjoying the comforts of our luxury cruise ship. Celebrity’s impeccable service and world-class dining will elevate your vacation to new heights. Spend your days at sea exploring innovative onboard venues, splashing in the pool, or indulging in a relaxing spa treatment.
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Cruises to the Norwegian Fjords
Cruising with Fred. Olsen into the heart of the fjordland is the best way to appreciate the spectacular scenery of this other-worldly setting. We expertly craft our Norwegian fjords cruises to showcase the very best of this breathtaking part of the world, taking advantage of our extensive Norwegian heritage and smaller ships ready-made for navigating size-restricted waterways, to bring awe-inspiring natural wonders and enchanting destinations closer to you.
On a Fred. Olsen fjord cruise, you can sail the twisting Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord, National Geographic’s top Natural Heritage Sites worldwide; see the Briksdal Glacier; ride the famous Flamsbana Railway; go kayaking in Hardangerfjord; admire cascading waterfalls such as the Seven Sisters from the comfort of your ship; delve into the Hanseatic history of Bergen; and much more.
So, whether you’re embarking on your first exciting foray into the fjords, or returning – like many others – for another exploration of this astonishing region, you’ll find that the captivating beauty of Fred. Olsen’s homeland is as special as it gets. Find your perfect Norwegian fjord cruise below.
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Scenic Discoveries - Nærøyfjord
Surrounded by towering mountains, the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord is 20km long and 250 metres across at its narrowest point. Our Journey Planners build in diversions along this narrow fjord to enable our guests to witness the spectacular scenery, wildlife and mountainside villages. For us, the journey is as important as the ports themselves and our Scenic Discoveries enable guests to experience the beauty of the Fjords from the open decks of your ship.
Scenic Discoveries – Furebergfossen
The impressive Furebergfossen Waterfall has a visible drop of 98 metres and the best place to view the full might of this waterfall is from the Fjord itself. That is why our Journey Planners build in diversions along the pretty Maurangerfjord so our guests can get the best vantage point as the water crashes down the mountain and into the fjord.
Briksdal Glacier with a Geologist
The mighty Briksdal Glacier forms part of the Jostedal Glacier national park and is accessible via tours from Olden. Guests from all over the world come to experience the Glacier, set between crashing waterfalls. We provide our guests with the exclusive opportunity to visit the Briksdal Glacier under the expert guidance of a local Geologist, who has been studying the Glacier since 1980.
"Norway is beautiful, especially in Autumn, the ships ability to explore further into the fjords enhanced all of the experience".
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The Norwegian Fjords transform through the seasons. In spring the air is beautifully clear; the green foliage is bright and the waterfalls are at their most mighty – perfect for nature lovers.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Norway’s landscapes when they are at their greenest, and the longer days mean we can pack in more Scenic Discoveries and enjoy more time ashore.
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As part of our re-imagined on board experience, every Norwegian Fjords cruise will feature our five Signature Experience products, enabling guests to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.
As we explore the Fjordland together you’ll be able to sample various treats of the region in our on board restaurants – such as delicious oven baked salmon. Our talented Chefs will also provide cookery demonstrations throughout your cruise, where you will learn to recreate traditional dishes.
Each Norwegian Fjords cruise will feature a programme of events designed to give you a deeper insight into the history of the places we visit, the fjords themselves and the people who inhabit the fjordland.
Our Journey Planners build in scenic diversions along the prettiest and most picturesque fjords so guests can witness thundering waterfalls, tall granite mountain faces and the serenity of the glassy waters.
Experience stunning sunrises and sunsets as we sail through the dramatic landscapes of the Norwegian fjords. On special itineraries you can also experience the phenomena of the Midnight Sun or seek out the elusive Aurora Borealis.
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What better way to explore them than on a Norwegian fjords cruise specifically designed to help you experience the spectacular scenery of this other-worldly setting? Here's everything you need to know about Norway's awe-inspiring fjords.
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Norway has the world’s largest concentration of fjords — as well some of the biggest and deepest. These natural marvels were carved out when Ice Age glaciers retreated and created an awe-inspiring contrast of snowy mountain peaks and sheer rock faces plunging into clear azure waters. Norway is also prime territory to spy the northern lights dancing across the polar sky and, come summer, experience the round-the-clock daylight of the midnight sun. Accommodation and food is pricey here, so a holiday afloat will keep costs down and you’ve got plenty of cruise lines to choose from. Here are some of the best.
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Hurtigruten is a pioneer of cruising the Norwegian fjords. Its history goes back to 1893 when the company was founded to provide a daily passenger service for locals and deliver freight to inaccessible towns and villages along the length of the coast. These days the 11-night original route, from Bergen to Kirkenes, is available on passenger vessels, with the voyage passing about 100 fjords with 34 stops along the way. Ships hug the coastline so there’s always something to see and, on selected sailings, Hurtigruten’s northern lights promise means you get another sailing for free if the aurora borealis don’t put on a show.
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2. Saga Cruises
Saga’s two 999-passenger ships, Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery, get brownie points for their size; they’re small enough to dock at towns and quays that larger vessels simply can’t reach. The adult-only line’s fjords cruises include overnight stays in towns such as Flam and Geiranger, providing plenty of time for excursions — one being a trip on the Flamsbana Railway, which is one of the steepest in the world. Dedicated northern lights sailings visit at peak time and shore tours seek out viewing spots that provide the best chance of seeing them.
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The all-inclusive line Scenic is launching its second ocean ship, Scenic Eclipse II, to join its original namesake vessel Scenic Eclipse. The 228-passenger vessels combine all the trappings of luxury with the thrill of expedition sailing in Norway. Soar above cascading waterfalls in one of the two onboard helicopters or dip underwater to get a different perspective of the fjords from the Scenic Neptune submarine, which can carry six passengers and dive to depths of nearly 300m (1,000ft). Back on the ship, chill out in the champagne bar or back in your spacious suite — some have private hot tubs.
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4. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
This line is a natural choice for a fjords itinerary just as it was in 1848 when the Olsen family started sailing commercial ships in their homeland. The Olsen Art Studio has been introduced on the latest ships in the fleet, Borealis and Bolette, and they’re used for classes such as painting the northern lights. Fred Olsen’s smaller ships are perfectly proportioned for navigating the narrow waterways, and passengers can get even closer to the scenery with an exhilarating ride on the inflatable RIB boats, now carried on all of its vessels.
As its name suggests, this is another line with a Scandinavian pedigree. Viking’s carefully curated Norway cruises feature longer port calls and overnight stays that take advantage of the midnight sun in summertime and northern lights-spotting opportunities in winter. The fleet of near-identical adult-only ships all feature a Mamsen’s restaurant, named in honour of owner Tor Hagen’s mother. The 14-night Iceland & Norway’s Arctic Explorer itinerary crosses the Arctic Circle to visit the far north.
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6. Holland America Line
The Unesco-listed landscape of Geirangerfjord is lined with dramatic waterfalls and it winds for nine miles, plunging to depths of 500m (1,640ft). You can see it in style from the decks or balconies on Holland America Line’s new music-themed, 2,668-passenger flagship Rotterdam — the seventh vessel to bear the historic name for Holland America — with itineraries that include midnight sun sailings. Shore trips include Eidfjord, with the chance to go kayaking or sit back and enjoy a scenic drive to a cider and apple brandy factory.
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7. Windstar Cruises
After a bow-to-stern renovation on Windstar’s all-suite 312-guest Star Legend, passengers can now glide through the fjords in refined comfort. Kayaking, biking, walking and small-boat excursions are among the options to fill your lungs with fresh Norwegian air. View one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock, on an RIB excursion along the Lysefjord. Look out for sea eagles, seals or porpoises before gazing at the vertiginous rock that projects out from the rock face 600m (1,969ft) above the fjord.
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8. National Geographic Expeditions
This cruise line gives you the chance to join a National Geographic photographer and get tips on taking the best snaps on shore tours and in the onboard photo workshop. Begin by focusing on the Crayola-coloured wooden houses in Bergen — the starting point for sailings that follow the fjords to Tromso on the 126-passenger Endurance, the first polar-class new-build ship in the company’s history, or Resolution. Cruises are operated in partnership with the experienced small-ship specialist Lindblad Expeditions.
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Upmarket Cunard is renowned for cultural immersion. Expect shore excursions in Bergen to include a visit to the former home of the composer Edvard Grieg with a concert in the unusual, turf-covered Troldsalen concert hall. Sailings are available on Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2, including a week-long Southampton round-trip fjords itinerary. Cruises follow Viking trading routes along the 1,300m (4,300ft)-deep Sogneford — dubbed King of the Fjords because it’s the largest and deepest in Norway.
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10. P&O Cruises
Sail from Southampton on a choice of four P&O ships, including the 5,200-passenger Iona which is one of the largest cruise ships built specifically for UK cruisers. Families and multi-generational groups can opt for a school holiday cruise and there are also sailings on the line’s adult-only vessels Arcadia and Aurora. Scenic sailing is combined with plenty of opportunities to go ashore with stops including pretty Stavanger, the gateway to the fjords.
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11. Ambassador Cruise Line
The newest British cruise line in more than a decade provides a great-value cruise experience on the 1,400-passenger Ambience with a second ship, the 1,200-passenger Ambition, joining the fleet in 2023. You can enjoy cruises to the Norwegian fjords with no-fly sailings from Tilbury. These cruises are primarily aimed at the mature market, though you can expect the addition of special multi-generational cruises to Norway during the summer holidays.
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This is another line with a Norwegian heritage and specialises in ultra-luxury cruising on its fleet of small ships. The 600-passenger Seabourn Ovation offers a range of Norwegian itineraries including the epic 25-night Iceland, North Cape & Majestic Fjords sailing. The Ventures by Seabourn programme provides exciting excursions such as an exhilarating Zodiac boat trip to Storstappen Islands, home to thousands of puffins, snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog and reindeer sledding.
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13. Princess Cruises
Princess has round-trip sailings from Southampton on its cruise ships Sky Princess and Island Princess, with a range of quirky excursions. Our favourite? The chance to take a leisurely walk with llamas through fjord meadows. You’ll wander from the hamlet of Skjolden and follow trails set against a backdrop of some of the highest peaks in Europe. For something more conventional, there’s a stroll around Unesco-world heritage Bryggen, a medieval port founded by wealthy merchants and lined with paintbox-coloured wooden buildings.
14. Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian’s latest vessel is a Prima Class ship carrying 3,215 passengers. Features include infinity pools and a glass-walled sauna in the outdoor spa — the perfect hot spot to watch the cool passing scenery. It will sail to Norway and its 2023 itineraries will also feature sailings from Southampton. Stops are set to include the coastal village of Maloy, a mile-long silver sand beach that’s considered one of the most stirring places in Norway to brave a bracing plunge.
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15. Celebrity Cruises
Get a unique panoramic view of the fjords from the 2,900-passenger Celebrity Apex. An innovative feature on this ship is the Magic Carpet, a glass-sided cantilevered platform projecting from the side of the vessel that can be raised up and down between different decks and is variously used as a bar and restaurant. Alternatively, sail out of Southampton on round-trip Norwegian cruises on Celebrity Silhouette. Both vessels feature The Retreat, an exclusive area for suite passengers, with its own sun deck, restaurant and lounge.
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Havila mirrors Hurtigruten and carries cruise passengers and locals between Bergen and Kirkenes on eco-friendly ships that can sail for up to four hours on battery power. There is a big accent on Norwegian cuisine and dishes on the menu change every couple of days to reflect the destinations being visited — they even include tasting-sized plates so you can try a bit of everything. If you don’t see the northern lights on sailings from October 1 to March 31 you’ll get another cruise free of charge.
You’ll travel to this part of the world in style with the French line Ponant. Norwegian voyages feature a selection of no-fly cruises from Scotland and some sailings are run in partnership with Smithsonian Journeys, the travel offshoot of the renowned Smithsonian Institution. These cruises are specifically tailored for English-speaking passengers and include talks and discussions with world-class experts, plus a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that reflects the local environment and culture. New itineraries include the ten-night Nordic Discoveries & Traditions sailing and gastronomy-themed cruises.
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18. MSC Cruises
MSC’s bright and blingy cruise ships provide a perfect floating home for families, couples and friends looking for a fun-filled holiday while enjoying some of the world’s most striking natural landscapes. The wide age range of MSC passengers means there are plenty of shore tours to pick from which span leisurely walking tours to exciting activities such as e-biking in Tromso, exploring Bergen on a Segway and stand up paddle boarding in Alesund. MSC offers the flexibility of being able to join cruises at ports located across Norway or sailing from Southampton.
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19. Explora Journeys
Explora Journeys, which is a luxury offshoot of the MSC Group, makes its debut in July 2023. The maiden voyage of the 922-passenger Explora 1, which will be followed by second ship Explora II in 2024, is a sailing from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords with other trips to the region during the inaugural season. Itineraries feature longer stays and overnights in ports to provide passengers with more time to explore ashore. An extensive choice of excursions ranges from energetic hiking, kayaking and horse riding treks to thrilling helicopter rides over the fjords and coastline.
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20. Swan Hellenic
The Swan Hellenic name was revived in 2020, marking the return of the 70-year-old discovery cruise brand under new ownership and with new ships. Launching in April 2023 is the line’s third boutique expedition vessel, SH Diana, which carries 192 passengers and has an ice-strengthened hull to explore some of the world’s most remote regions. Multiple observation points provide you with the best views of the Norwegian scenery. The ship has a hybrid engine to allow for silent sailing through the fjords such as the Trollfjorden with the chance to spot white-tailed eagles soaring overhead.
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1. From Bergen city centre to Mostraumen
Join a fjord cruise from Bergen through spectacular fjord landscape! Narrow fjords, steep mountain sides, mighty waterfalls – a unique fjord experience ! Daily departures all year. Book your fjord cruise to Mostraumen from Bergen here
2. Fjord cruise from Stavanger to the Lysefjord and Preikestolen
On this fjord cruise from Stavanger, we sail silently with our brand new electric boat MS Rygerelektra into the beautiful Lysefjord and Preikestolen. Gaze up at majestic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) from the sea. See the mysterious Vagabonds Cave. Be charmed by goats at summer pasture. Feel the refreshing spray from the impressive Hengjane waterfalls. Have an unforgettable adventure in any weather! Book your fjord cruise from Stavanger to the Lysefjord with Rødne Admire the breathtaking Pulpit Rock from below and explore Fantahålå from the comfort of a modern and comfortable catamaran. As the wind blows through your hair, you will also have stunning views of small islands, waterfalls, traditional farms and local wildlife as you cruise along Lysefjord. The fjord is exceptionally straight and is lined with granite walls which you can appreciate from the deck or the large panoramic windows on board Go Fjords cruises. Book your fjord cruise on the Lysefjord with Go Fjords
3. From Stavanger to Flørli 4444
The cruise into Lysefjord is an adventure in itself. We sail through spectacular fjord scenery past impressive Preikestolen and on to the Hengjane Falls before arriving at Flørli at about 10:30 in the morning. Flørli is perhaps best known for its world-record wooden staircase, with 4,444 steps. You can climb the stairs on the way to the old power plant 750 meters above the village, with spectacular views during the trek. Book your fjord cruise to Flørli here
4. From Ålesund to famous Geiranger
3 fjords in 3 hours! From Ålesund you travel through three different fjords and spectacular scenery before you arrive in Geiranger. You can either choose to stay in Geiranger, or take the boat back again, after a few hours in Geiranger where you can have lunch and go for a short sightseeing tour to the closest viewpoints Ørnesvingen (the Eagle bend) or Flydalsjuvet. Book your fjord cruise from Ålesund to Geiranger
5. The car ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger
On your way to Geiranger you can enjoy the Geirangerfjord, see the famous Seven Sisters waterfall and the Bridal Veil (Brudesløret) waterfall and gaze up at the abandonded farms clinging on to the mountain sides.
6. Fjord tour Flåm - Gudvangen - Flåm
Experience the Nærøyfjord, the narrowest and most spectacular of the inlets of the Sognefjord, at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Available all-year! Start your fjord cruise from Flåm or Gudvangen. If you travel from Flåm, you will first sail through the idyllic Aurlandsfjord, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Then, the boat continues through the narrow Nærøyfjord before arriving Gudvangen, innermost in the Nærøyfjord. The trip takes around two hours one way.
7. Hjørundfjorden from Ålesund
See unspoilt nature on this cruise from Ålesund to Øye, through the 35 km long Hjørundfjord! The Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with mountains streching up to 1700 m.a.s.l. Pass villages along the way, some without road connection. You can disembark at Trandal, where you can try the world's most instagrammable swing. Book your fjord cruise from Ålesund to the Hjørundfjord here .
8. Wonderful Rosendal from Bergen
The most beautiful and fastest way to travel from Bergen to Hardanger! A day trip to charming Rosendal - or the perfect starting point for the trip on to Trolltunga. In Rosendal you can visit the Barony, Scandinavia's smallest castle from 1665, visit the Folgefonnsenteret or just stroll in the center with narrow streets, cozy cafes and nice galleries. Book your fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal .
9. Cruise on the Lovatnet lake in Nordfjord
Technically not a fjord cruise (it's on a lake), there are few boat trips more beautiful than the trip on Lovatnet lake in the Lodalen Valley, encircled by high mountains and glacier tongues of Jostedalsbreen glacier.
10. Full day cruise from Haugesund
Go on an unforgettable trip to famous natural gems along the coast. The fjord cruise consists of a guided tour to destinations such as Flor & Fjære, Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri and Espevær. When you arrive at your destination, you will be given a tour by a local guide, followed by a delicious dinner.
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Norway - a land of untouched nature, characterized by the beauty of its picturesque fjords . A feeling of space that can hardly be put into words, but you can experience it first-hand during a Norway cruise. In contrast to fascinating landscapes and unique natural spectacles you can also undertake exciting city trips , for example Olso, Bergen or Trondheim. Go on a cruise to Norway and discover this magical land - including Spitsbergen!
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There is a lot to discover in the towns along the Norwegian coast. After arriving at the Lysefjord, you can hike on the 600 metre high Preikestolen and enjoy the breathtaking views of the fjord and the surrounding mountains from above. If you are looking for a special thrill, you can dare a basejump here. In the Oslofjord , on the other hand, the capital city with its museums attracts visitors. The Bygdøy Peninsula is home to the Norwegian Maritime Museum - Norsk Maritime Museum - and the Vikingskipshuset Museum with Viking ships from the 9th century. The 371-metre-high Holmenkollen mountain offers a magnificent view of the fjord and the city , The time-honoured ski jumping facility is not only known to Winter sports enthusiasts. In the associated ski museum, you can also learn about the history of Winter sports in Norway - and especially in Oslo. --> Oslo cruises
If your cruise ship takes you on a journey through the unique Norwegian fjord landscape in Flåm , you should not miss a trip on the Flåm Railway. Along the route you can enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and the train stops at the mighty Kjosfossen waterfall for a photo stop.
If you’re a nature lover, you're in the right place on a Norway cruise anyway. With a little luck, in the evening in Tromsø you will be able to watch the special plays of light in the sky as the Northern Lights illuminate the night. If you want to travel against the midnight sun, the Norway cruise is just as exciting for you. In Honningsvåg - the northernmost point of Europe - drive to the North Cape . There you can find an informative visitor centre or you can head to the bird cliff near Gjesværstappan, where countless puffins, cormorants and gannets can be admired. --> North Cape cruises
The Lofoten islands, offshore to the Norwegian mainland offers one thing: peace and solitude. Here you can go fishing or hike on one of the more than 50 islands. At the same time you can also visit the Lofotr Viking Museum , paddle a kayak tour to the secluded coves or discover old fishing villages. --> Lofoten cruises
A unique nature experience is a visit to the Arctic islands of Spitsbergen , where you can observe not only polar bears on guided tours, but also a variety of animals that have adapted to the freezing weather. An absolute highlight are hot air balloon rides. From lofty heights, you will not only see your cruise ship at anchor, but you will also be able to admire the natural beauties from a bird's eye view much better. --> Spitsbergen cruises
Not to be forgotten is also the Nordland region - the gateway to the North of Norway. The region lies above the Arctic Circle and is the beginning of the North of Norway. Here you can expect an incredible, beautiful landscape with a cultural, mystical and historical background. Clear lakes, breathtaking panoramic views and fabulous mountains that create a magical atmosphere, can be found here as far as the eye can see.
When trolls dance through fjords and the northern lights shine
There is something mystical about spending the Summer evenings on your cruise ship in one of Norway's many fjords and looking up to the sky. There are rarely stars to see, because the further North you come, the shorter the nights. At the North Cape, the sun does not set any more between late May and mid-July. This unique natural spectacle is hard to beat and yet the colourful, often blue-green coloured northern lights - Aurora Borealis - are certainly just as spectacular. You can see them especially well in the Spring and Autumn times as no ships visit Norway in the Winter.
Most Norway cruises offer a stop in the famous Geiranger Fjord . Get off the ship in Hellesylt and go kayaking on a discovery tour of the UNESCO World Heritage. Almost vertically falling waterfalls are fed by the snow-capped mountain peaks. And with the appropriate position of the sun, the cascades of the " Seven Sisters " provide a rainbow-like illumination of the rocks. On a spectacular trip over the Trollstigen you drive on a mountain road that winds along the steep cliffs and provides unique views on the way. At the same time, you can get an idea of the amount of work involved in road construction at this point in 1936.
In Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, stroll comfortably against the backdrop of the old harbour front Bryggen - also called Tyskebryggen - past small shops, restaurants and museums. All this once housed the old trading offices of the Hanseatic League. Visit the Hanseatic Landungsbrücken, evidence of Bergen's flourishing business with the world. --> Bergen cruises
During a trip to the stave church Fantoft you will get to know the special architectural style of these buildings, which were built entirely of wood and without a single screw. The stave church here was modelled on the original building from 1150, after it was completely burned down. Originally the church stood in the Sognefjord and was moved to Fantoft in 1883, where it fell victim to the flames in 1992.
In southeastern Norway Ålesund the unique natural landscape and the special architecture meet. Allow yourself a view of the city and the sea from the viewpoints on Aksla, the city hill of Ålesund. The Fjellstua and Kniven observation decks are within walking distance of more than 400 steps from the Stadtpark or can be easily reached by tram. Below them is the city with small offshore islands and opposite the Sunnmøre Alps .
On an excursion to the Alnes lighthouse in the fishing village of the same name, you will get to know Norway's lighthouse construction and you will be able to hear some of the history of the Vikings, who once were masters of the Northern seas.
For those who, in addition to all the breathtaking nature, still fancy a big-city feeling should pay a visit to Trondheim. The 11th-century Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is sure to captivate every visitor. For a shopping stroll and a cozy coffee, there are various shops and cafes. Enjoy the nature and the history of Scandinavia marked by the Vikings and sailors during your Norway cruise.
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Discover the beautiful land and seascapes of Norway on our self-guided fjord cruise and rail tours. These packages combine the priceless local knowledge of our travel experts with the freedom of independent travel. When you book a Nordic Visitor self-guided tour, you can expect:
•An authentic travel experience operated by an established and trusted agency •A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your tour • All relevant bookings for your chosen itinerary/package •A detailed online personal itinerary and all of your tickets emailed at least a month in advance • Handpicked accommodation for a restful and comfortable stay • 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it as easy as possible to plan your tour. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour 2. Confirm your package 3. Check your confirmation email 4. Book your flights 5. Get ready for your trip
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Secure your trip your way with Nordic Visitor. Book a tour with as little as 10% deposit. With a 20% deposit or more, you will receive our cancellation insurance free of charge. You can also pay the full price right away to guarantee today’s exchange rate. Terms & conditions apply.
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Nordic Visitor has been creating unforgettable travel experiences in Norway since 2005. Our English-speaking consultants have all travelled extensively throughout the country, and use their in-depth knowledge of locations, train routes, fjord cruises and hidden gems to make your itinerary extra special.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence . We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Nordic Visitor is a travel agency with a trusted network of hotels, local guides and local suppliers, so when you book with us, you know that we’ve done the legwork and have extensively tested every aspect of a package. This also saves you time meaning you can focus on enjoying your epic Norwegian adventure.
Your trip is planned before you arrive with trains booked, Hurtigruten tickets bought and cruise cabin and hotel room reservations made. Your travel consultant will have already organised any extra excursions or days, so when you touch down, you know that you will have a stress-free journey awaiting you.
We’ve got many years of rail and cruise tour experience under our belts, so we’re well versed in customising an itinerary to suit your travel wish list. By choosing our packages, you can choose your prefered dates, add extra days and optional activities such as fjord kayaking or city walks.
Enjoy the service of a dedicated travel consultant, before, during and after your trip. When you travel with us, you will have access to our 24/7 helpline in case of any urgent issues and if anything interrupts your travel plans, we will modify your itinerary as needed so you don’t miss a thing.
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Your Fjord Cruise and Train Highlights
Imagine a Nordic adventure of a lifetime, where you will sail through ancient fjords and see the mountainous lands where Vikings once lived. Book our tour, and soon you could …
- Start the Norway in a Nutshell journey from the historical and cultural cities of Oslo and Bergen
- Ride the famous trains of Norway and see the deep valleys and verdant mountains from the Flåm , Dovre and Rauma railways
- Sail on a fjord cruise through the Unesco World Heritage site Geirangerfjord , and see the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls
- Marvel at Sognefjord , the ice age fjord that is the longest and deepest in Norway
- Cross the arctic line, and visit North Cape where you’ll see breathtaking scenery of mainland Europe’s northernmost point
- Feed your inner culture vulture and see a range of art nouveau works, sculpture and installations at the Kode Museum of Bergen
- Hike to the 1982 ft high sheer cliff, Pulpit Rock and view the Lysefjord in all her glory
- Go wildlife watching on the Lofoten Islands where you could see seals, puffins and if you’re in luck, a pod of orca whales
- Engross yourself in the history, culture and customs of Northern Norway at its unofficial capital, Tromsø
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Frequently Asked Questions About Fjord Cruise & Train Tours
You may have a few questions about your self-guided fjord and cruise tour, so we’ve gathered the important ones for your convenience. You can also find more information about Norway in our travel guide , or if you want information about payment details and processes, check out our FAQs .
1. How were Norway’s fjords formed?
A fjord is a narrow inlet connected to the sea with steep cliffs and is created when a glacier retreats from land, leaving behind a U-shaped valley that was “cut” or segregated by the ice.
Want some travel inspiration and photos of the fjords? Read our blog on the best Instagram locations in Norway.
2. What is a self-guided tour?
When you travel on a self-guided tour, you travel without a guide or a group. You’re certainly not alone though, as you’re provided with all of your itineraries, tickets, bookings and recommendations. We have a 24-hour emergency helpline as well, so should anything unexpected arise, we’re only a phone call away.
3. What is the best way to see the fjords in Norway?
The fjords were formed during the ice age. Each one is a natural phenomenon that brings travellers from across the world to view its clean waters, steep cliffs and natural wildlife. Named as one of the top places to visit in Northern Europe this year , the best way to discover the fjords really depends on how you like to travel.
Our rail and cruise tours offer you the best of both worlds. You have an expert guide to help you plan your route and bookings, but all of the perks of self-guided travel. These include choosing how much time you want in each area, and having the freedom to add dates and activities within the tour.
Each fjord cruise and train package features iconic rail journeys such as Norway in a Nutshell® , as well as Norwegian cruise journeys on the equally famous Hurtigruten coastal ferry .
On the other hand, self-drive options are also popular due to the flexibility that comes with our packages. Our driving tours allow you to venture to restaurants and attractions that are further off the beaten path, all in your own time.
If you’d prefer a local guide to show you around, then a small group tour could be the right match for you. Our group tours are unique in that we keep numbers low so that you have more time to spend learning from your guide. We also use smaller minibuses that are more versatile when sightseeing.
However you prefer to see the fjords, you can rely on your travel consultant to help you plan out your Norway holiday and be there each step of the way.
4. What is the best time to cruise the fjords?
Each travel season has pros and cons so there’s no straight answer to this – however we can give you a good idea of what it will be like in Norway during different times, so that you can make the best decision for your trip.
Chasing the northern lights is understandably on many people's bucket lists. Many travellers head to Northern Norway hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive “dancing” aurora borealis.
The best time to see them is in the autumn and winter seasons, between September and March. So be ready to wrap up warm as these months bring wintry conditions such as snowfall and chilly temperatures.
If you’re keener to experience Norway in milder weather, though, the spring and summer seasons are well-known for long days, " midnight sun ", and warm weather. Perfect if you want those summer snaps of the fjords and the opportunity to join bird watching and kayaking excursions.
Whichever you prefer, we have reliable departure dates and most of our packages can be booked in any month.
Learn more about seeing the northern lights in Norway on our blog on the best time and areas to see them.
5. What is the best fjord in Norway?
No two fjords in Norway are alike as they are naturally formed geological features. The sights from a fjord cruise along Sognefjord will differ greatly to those seen in Geirangerfjord. However, we can recommend the most popular choices that you could see on our rail and cruise packages:
Check out our comprehensive blog article on the most beautiful fjords in Norway for detailed information on which ones may be best for you.
6. Can I choose the arrival date?
Yes, you can choose your preferred arrival date as most of our packages have daily departures. We recommend booking as soon as you can, though, as you will want to secure your ideal dates.
Also, please be aware that we need a few days to confirm bookings. Once we have organised all your travel plans in Norway, and confirmed this via email, then you can book your flight tickets with confidence.
7. Can we add extra nights in some areas?
Our travel consultants understand that you may want more time in the charming fjord villages and cities. You can add days before, during and after the tour. Simply add these on when booking online or if you’ve already booked and want to add dates then contact your dedicated travel consultant as soon possible.
8. How much can we customise a tour?
We appreciate that our customers have travel wishlists when they come to Norway, so we cram as many must-see attractions and insider recommendations as we can into our packages. But you can still add extra days to your trip.
If you have a particular must-do activity, or a must-see place, discuss it with your consultant. We’ll do our best to add it to your itinerary.
Also, our standard Norway in a Nutshell® itineraries go from Oslo to Bergen , but you can also travel in the opposite direction. Keep an eye out for links that say, "Looking to start your tour from Bergen instead?" if this is your preference.
9. Are hotels far away from train stations or cruise terminals?
We carefully choose accomodation that’s both comfortable and convenient for our guests. The majority of our hotels are based in the city centre and are within walking distance of the stations. However, your hotel can book a taxi for you to get to the station if that is your preference.
10. What should I pack and wear for a Norwegian fjord cruise?
You should always bring a variety of sensible layers to add or remove when travelling in Norway. The weather can be unpredictable, so don’t forget to pack:
- A warm jumper or fleece
- A waterproof jacket
- Gloves, scarves and hats
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots/trainers
- Warm socks (specifically for winter travel)
An umbrella can also come in handy, and cruise passengers may wish to bring binoculars to see the fjords and the local wildlife better. To get ideas on how to dress well for the Nordic climate, check out our useful packing guide .
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