There are many beautiful and charming stops on a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords. Some, like the small city of Alesund, with a curious history worth knowing, others with a university atmosphere, like the youthful Trondheim, and some with great mysticism like the North Cape, a place any traveler would want to reach.
A stop in this northern city allows you to discover one of the most spectacular fjords in the country, the Geirangerfjord, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an impressive landscape. Its lush vegetation is surrounded by waterfalls and snow-covered peaks.
Before reaching the city, the famous Seven Sisters waterfall (Syv Søstre) enchants any traveler who sees it. During the stop, to better admire the beauty of the fjord and its surroundings, it’s perfect to take a kayak ride or hike to one of its viewpoints at the top of the fjord, where the panoramas are simply majestic.
Flam is a small town at the foot of the Aurlandsfjord, almost 200 km from the east coast of the country. Here begins the Flåm Railway, a train line that allows you to discover the wonders of the region, such as Lake Vangs or the Kjosfoss Waterfalls.
The train covers a distance of 20 kilometers with a slope of about 800 meters. To explore the region, it’s also possible to participate in zodiac excursions organized by cruise companies.
Surrounded by numerous fjords, such as Byfjord and Sørfjord, Bergen is a city built in the southwest of Norway with a prominent heritage and one of the most popular and entertaining stops on a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords.
In this city, you can visit Bergenhus Fortress, built in the Middle Ages. The well-preserved place encompasses a building where the king hosted banquets and a tower that accommodates the royal quarters. You can also explore Bryggen, an area dotted with colorful and typical Norwegian houses, where there are restaurants and souvenir shops, and one of the most iconic images of Norway.
Who are Norwegian Fjord cruises for?
Norwegian Fjord cruises are, above all, a destination for travelers who want to enjoy a vacation in the midst of nature. Certainly, these cruises don’t target those seeking a beach with coconut trees for sun enjoyment.
In Norway, temperatures in the fjord region are colder than in other parts of the country. For example, in July, temperatures recorded in Geiranger, a city at the foot of the Geiranger Fjord, range between 10 and 15°C.
A cruise through the Norwegian fjords is perfect for those who want to spend an unforgettable vacation while enjoying nature and a good dose of relaxation and comfort, taking advantage of the navigation through these valleys that stretch for about 100 kilometers. Comfortably seated in a deck chair and protected by a thick coat, it’s possible to admire dizzying cliffs covered in green or dotted with waterfalls.
Some of these waterfalls are the result of the melting snow at the top of the fjords. The most impressive waterfall is the aforementioned Seven Sisters, which flows down the sides of the Geiranger Fjord. At the foot of the cliffs surrounding the fjords, you can contemplate and visit picturesque villages composed of brightly colored houses.
Traveling through the Norwegian fjords is also the perfect choice for those seeking the beautiful Northern Lights that occur between the Autumn Equinox and the Spring Equinox or even to enjoy the curious midnight sun, an effect that occurs during the summer months and extends sunlight well into the early morning.