It has been argued that the only way to truly witness and appreciate the Norwegian Fjords scenery is to sail through them and who are we to disagree?
A cruise to the Norwegian Fjords is a special experience. Set sail and discover a world of glass-like fjords in the most incredible surroundings you can imagine. This is scenic cruising at its best. Not only are Norwegian Fjords destinations fantastic, you can also enjoy the convenience of sailing straight from Southampton as well as several other UK ports. Cruising from the UK could not be simpler, with minimal luggage restrictions and none of the airport hassle such as security queues with the kids and waiting with baited breath for your cases to arrive the carousel.
Upon departing the UK, it is just a short trip into the heart of the Norwegian Fjords and you’ll head straight to the sights. From the moment you arrive a whole new world reveals itself, where the sun forever seems reluctant to go down and where crashing waterfalls thunder into serene fjords below are regular features.
Sound good so far? Well, we have only just begun to scratch the surface of the Norwegian Fjords experience. There’s a thrilling variety of cruises offered to the fjords, visiting the most popular ports of call in the region along with some lesser-known locales. A range of cruise lines and ships can show you this part of the world.
P&O Cruises and Cunard are two of the leading operators that offer unforgettable cruises in this stunning region. Both cruise lines offer a wide range of itineraries in the Norwegian Fjords and also provide the option of heading further north, combining your cruise to Norway with a visit to the North Cape. Ports of call on itineraries include Stavanger, Bergen and Olden as well as many more, while evenings on board are equally exciting as you sail through some of the region’s most jaw-dropping sights. These leisurely nights and serene mornings present the perfect opportunity to appreciate the beauty and pre-historic magnitude of the ice carved inlets.
A cruise to the Norwegian Fjords is all about the scenery, from glassy waterways to towering rock faces that loom large above your ship and thunderous waterfalls that feed on the meltwater of the mountains overhead. The wildlife is spectacular, especially in peak summer months, when the countryside leaps into life. The summer sun makes wandering the streets of quaint fishing villages and trading towns all the more enjoyable too.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ports of call, starting with Bergen, a former European City of Culture. Bergen’s cruise port nestles perfectly between the mountains of Norway’s western coastline and the port is known as the gateway to Fjordland. Norway’s second largest city sets the tone for a special cruise with plenty to do. When it comes to sightseeing in Bergen, look no further than Bryggen, the one-time home of the Hanseatic League. The 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site lines the harbour with wooden buildings, each with a story to tell. Alternatively, make the most of the epic scenery and take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, from where the view is spectacular.