Norwegian Fjords & North Cape

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    View of Bergen city with lift in Norway
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    Geiranger
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    Akureyri, Iceland
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    Alesund cityscape, bay at sunset
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    Eidfjord - fjord and lupines at sunset
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    Flåm in the Winter
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    View of Tromso Cityscape at Dawn
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    The Old Town, Stavanger

There is no experience that can even come close to the experience of cruising through the majestic Norwegian Fjords that are one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The narrow, crystal clear waterways you’ll sail are surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, ancient glaciers, remote fishing villages and incredible gushing waterfalls that cascade down the cliff faces.

The Norwegian Fjords are truly amazing, and cruising this region presents an incredible opportunity to see some of the most spectacular natural sights in Europe, and marvel at the beautiful scenery this Northern European destination has to offer. It is often said that there is no finer way to see the Norwegian Fjords than to sail through them, and we could not agree more.

Get Closer To The Fjords

Although there are many reasons to visit this region, the primary attraction is the Fjords themselves, and you simply can’t get closer to the action than by a cruise ship.

It’s a unique chance to soak up the enchanting history and revel in the photograph opportunities of breath taking glaciers and rapid falls.

Bergen

The places you’ll visit will vary considerably, despite staying in and around Norway. Bergen, is a wonderful example of an important old fishing port, and gives a glimpse into how Norway built its economy and how it maintains its importance in terms of international trade. Bergen is also home Bryggen, the bright and vibrant wooden buildings of all different colours, reminiscent of the old towns of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. As Bergen is home to one of Europe’s largest and most interesting fish markets be sure to enjoy lunch on shore whilst in port, as the vendors dotted around the fish market serve up delicious fresh offerings for all to try.

Geiranger

While Geiranger lacks the lively town atmosphere of Bergen, it certainly makes up for it with its stunning natural beauty. In fact, there is arguably no port more visually appealing than Geiranger in the Norwegian Fjords. The lush green foliage contrasted against the cool blue waters are picture perfect, and this really is somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their lives.

Awe Inspiring Moments

While the Fjords are frequently thought of as quite relaxing and slow-paced, don’t be mistaken into thinking there’ll be chances for plenty of lazy mornings and early nights! Some of the most awe inspiring moments during a Norwegian Fjords cruise happen in the early hours of the morning, and late at night. Depending on your exact itinerary, you may find that your ship enters a Fjord very early in the morning, ready to reach the port for mid-morning. Making the effort to get out on deck as you enter the Fjord is highly recommended, as the views are simply unbelievable. Similarly, standing out in the evening with a cocktail or a warming hot chocolate is a great way to bask underneath the magnificent midnight sun - a true phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.

Pulpit Rock

A cruise to this region appeals just as much to thrill-seekers as to those looking for a luxurious and chilled out getaway. Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock as it’s commonly known, is one of the most exciting places in Europe - and one of the most dangerous! Standing 1,900 feet above the beautiful Lysefjord, this jutting rock commands amazing views across Stavanger. However, to enjoy these views, you need to creep around the rock’s summit which is void of any safety bars or railings. With your heart pumping and face sweating for the sheer adrenaline, you’ll never forget this experience (and you’ll be pleased to hear there has never been an accident!).

Icy Waters of the Arctic Circle

Some Norwegian Fjords itineraries sail a little further afield, passing by the North Cape and venturing into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. Many cruisers liken the scenery and wildlife to that seen during an Alaska cruise, but the beauty is that the Arctic Circle can be cruised directly from the UK, with no need for flights or hotels - perfect for those who want to experience the beauty the world has to offer without travelling too far from home.

Of course, a further advantage to an Arctic Circle & North Cape cruise is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the bright, vibrant lights of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights - a natural phenomenon that only a select few get to enjoy.

When To Visit?

The Norwegian Fjords cruise season runs between spring and autumn, but the ‘best’ time to go is subject to debate. The early season brings the snow-capped mountains, melting snow, and heavily gushing falls, along with good chances to view the Northern Lights. The late season, however, typically brings nicer weather and better chances to enjoy the midnight sun.


Norwegian Fjords & North Cape Ports of Call

Akureyri

Akureyri is situated in a spectacular location right along Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s largest fjord. This alone makes it a truly beautiful port of call to visit but there is much more to come. Akureyi is a charming Icelandic town in a gorgeous setting and anyone visiting here will love the many fascinating attractions the town has to offer, with an intriguing collection of museums to meander to learn more the history and heritage of the town there.

Akureyi Museum

The Akureyri Museum boasts a fabulous selection of exhibits highlighting the centuries old history of the area as well as paying homage to early Icelandic homes. The most popular attraction here though without a doubt, is Akureyri’s stunning botanical garden. This is the most northerly botanical garden in the world and is famous for its fabulous collection of floral beauty not forgetting thriving plant life. The botanical garden is renowned for its diverse displays but also highlights the effects of the local climate, which in itself is surprisingly warm considering the town is situated so close the Arctic Circle. 

Renowned For Whale Watching 

Nature lovers will relish a visit to Akureyri. Just like Reykjavik, Akureyri is renowned for its whale watching excursions with over 18 different species being spotted here on a regular basis. Landscape sightseeing is just as amazing with magnificent glaciers combining with the most beautiful lake scenes to create a unique atmosphere. During your time in Akureyi be sure to also discover the thrilling sights of the town’s dormant volcanoes and the incredible structures that have been formed from the lava.  

Waterfall Of The Gods;

In the middle of the Skjalfandafljot River, sits the pretty Godafoss Waterfall. Nicknamed as ‘The Beauty’ by locals, the Godafoss Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, and is an impressive site any time of the year. If you’re cruising here during the spring, you might just catch a glimpse of the waterfall when the icicles are still present adn be sure to make sure you've got your camera to hand. 

Icelandic Christmas Traditions;

Looking to take home a souvenir from your time spent in Akureyri? Then the perfect place to visit is the charming Santa’s House. Though a Christmas store, Santa's House remains open all-year round with an amazing range of festive creations. Here you’ll learn more about the famous Icelandic Christmas traditions including the belief in 13 Santa Clauses and how children even put a shoe in the window for 13 nights leading up to Christmas a small gift for each individual Santa Claus.

Akureyri has become a regular stop for cruise ships visiting the island on a Norwegian fjords cruise, making for the perfect getaway to Northern Iceland. Keep a lookout for the rare chance of spotting Blue, Fin, Humpback, Minke and Sei whales and be sure to pack your hat and scarf and the winds can feel much colder than you might think.

Ålesund

Ålesund lies beautifully at the heart of the spectacular Geirangerfjord and is renowned for its stunning scenic cruising. A port of call on many cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, many will notice that Ålesund differs in sight to other Norwegian towns. After a devastating fire that destroyed the tow in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt and later became known for its Art Nouveau style. Though the town’s structural design may differ to other nearby ports of call; the delightful backdrop remains the same, with exquisite scenery and a truly magnificent opportunity to enjoy the peak of the Norwegian Fjords sightseeing locations.

Whether you decide to go hiking, admire the city’s beauty, explore the fjords or head enjoy a hot drink on the towns seafront, all we ask is that you soak up the beauty this port of call has to offer.

Sunnmøre Museum

Ålesund prides itself on its fascinating array of museums, with the open-air Sunnmøre being one of the town’s most popular. With the museums vast collection of old houses, visitors here can stroll between the picturesque houses and the indoor exhibitions, for a closer insight into the cultural and architectural history of

From Aksla to Viking Ship Replicas

Walk the 418 steps up from the Town Park or take the City Train up to Fjellstua and visit the Town Mountain and viewpoint of Aksla. From here, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town with views across to the Sunnmøre Alps. If heights are not your thing, keep your feet firmly on lower ground and stroll through the inner sights of the town marvelling at its Art Nouveau style that could be the backdrop for a Nordic fairytale, grab the chance to see Viking ship replicas or a cultural exhibition in the town that is now for its cultural centre.

Atlantic Sea Park

Away from the architectural beauty of the town, Ålesund is also a great port of call to discover a varied range of incredible wildlife. Ålesund is the fisheries’ capital, so why not head for the Atlantic Sea Park. Renowned for being one of Northern Europe’s largest aquariums with a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna this Norwegian aquarium is perfect for all ages. The largest aquarium tank is 36 metres long and 17 metres wide, containing 4 millions of litres of unfiltered sea water!

Stretching across three islands at the mouth of the magnificent Geirangerfjord, it’s difficult to imagine a location more beautiful than Ålesund and why this port of call so popular on a Norwegian cruise. The buildings dazzle with turrets and ornate carvings of dragons and mythical figures and nature plays its part too. However, you decide to do with your time in Ålesund, you’re sure to want to come back for more.

Alta

Known as ‘the town of the Northern Lights’ and home to the world’s first Northern Lights observatory, Alta is one of the very best places on earth to head in search of that elusive rainbow glow.  The largest town in Norway’s northernmost county offers a relatively mild climate, despite its position in the north, and is equally as appealing at any time of the year. During the winter months, darkness brings with it the possibility of an appearance by the aforementioned Northern Lights, whilst summer brings the Midnight Sun, lighting up the land all-day long. Whatever the season, make sure that you fill your time in Alta with outdoor tours, exploration and dog sledding, not forgetting to immerse yourself in the destination’s interesting past by experiencing the Sami culture up close.

Alta Canyon

Alta’s position along the inner regions of the Alta Fjord gifts the municipality with spectacular forest and mountain scenery, with such surroundings providing endless opportunities for those who are interested in the outdoor life and Arctic beauty that the region has to offer. Located less than 30 miles from Alta is the Alta Canyon, the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Several hundred metres of dominating cliffs cascade to form foaming rapids, the tales of which have formed the plot of many-a folklore story. The best way to appreciate the views of Alta Canyon is on a traditional riverboat, your experienced pilot negotiating his way through the shallow white water and deep into the canyon’s core. Ready your camera for a photograph or five, as the sights are truly unforgettable and will leave you awestruck long after you have left.

Alta Museum

Did you know that Alta is responsible for two of the seven Norwegian entries into the UNESCO World Heritage List? During the summer months, when the snow has melted away, a visit to Hjemmeluft is a must. Here you will find over 3,000 protected rock carvings, the oldest of which dates back around 7,000 years. Also worth a visit is Alta Museum, which is open all year round and hosts temporary exhibitions about everything from the Northern Lights to salmon fishing in the Alta River.

Winter Wonderland

Alta is a true winter wonderland and amongst the experiences it offers its trepid explorers is a chance to spend a night or more in an igloo ice hotel. Grab your winter woollies, climb into your sleeping bag and bed down in a room at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. The hotel is made entirely of ice, both inside and out, and opens its doors in early January each year before melting away in the spring. Thanks to its location away from the bright lights of the city, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is ideally positioned for spotting the Northern Lights, so long as luck is on your side.

Alta offers countless activities for adrenaline junkies too, from hitting the ski slopes to embarking on a snowmobile safari and even ice fishing; local guides taking you through dense woodland to well-known lakesides, whilst regaling you with countless facts along the way.

Finnmarksløpet

Finnmarksløpet is one of Alta’s main attractions. As the longest dog race in Europe, Finnmarksløpet is now bigger than ever before and engages thousands of people to visit year after year. 146 team members bring with them 1,500 dogs, taking on a great test of strength as they travel over 600 miles through the snowy terrain of Finnmark; an adrenaline-fuelled journey that takes 5-6 days. Visitors to Alta can experience the same thrill themselves, taking their pick of the various dog sledding excursions that are on offer.

Bergen

Bergen is the gateway to Fjordland and a truly spectacular city to explore. This exciting port of call welcomes passengers with the sight of magnificent mountains flanking the glistening waters before the city emerges in sight along the western Norway coastline. Not only is the scenery sensational but the cultural features here are fantastic, especially the delightful art galleries.  Bergen is a former ‘European City of Culture’ and as such, this sublime destination never fails to deliver. The city was built on an original Viking settlement and possesses countless historical sightseeing opportunities. Bryggen is one of the most renowned points of interest and the iconic location is also a World Heritage Site. This feature lies at the harbour front with an extravagant collection of 11th century structures complimented by its own museum telling the story of its iconic past.

Funicular Railway

One of the most popular exploration options to do here is to enjoy the funicular railway, taking a trip right to the top of Mount Fløyen overlooking the city and its superb surrounding areas. This is one of seven hills surrounding the city and stands at a remarkable height of 1,050 feet. This is the ideal choice for passengers wishing to capture a once in a lifetime photograph as the view from this special location provides the ultimate vantage point over this picturesque destination. Many visiting guests here combine this trip with a leisurely drive to some of Bergens other captivating sights such as medieval King Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower. Many cruise lines will provide the excursion opportunity to combine the two together. 

Stretch Your Legs

Excursions here are fantastic and the range of choice is excellent no matter how you wish to spend the day. Leisurely options include a relaxing scenic coach tour of the city, taking in the majestic sights. Alternatively a walking tour is often another great way to see the city, often providing a detailed insight as you meander the eccentric architecture. Walking tours here take in such sights as the University of Bergen Library; the Botanical Gardens; Grieg Concert Hall; Lille Lungegaardsvannet Lake, the Town Hall and much more. Local guides will reveal all for a great day of exploring all the city has to offer. Guests looking to stretch their legs in a more strenuous fashion may enjoy the chance to take in a Begen hiking experience. Hike through the woodland terrain commencing from the peak of Mount Fløien.

Hardangerfjord

The ideal excursion option for scenic sightseeing revolves around the delectable Hardangerfjord. This brilliant tour, provided by many cruise lines visiting here, gives passengers the chance to enjoy a scenic drive to take in the many sights of Bergen before taking a ferry ride across the fjord to Venjaneset. Hardangerfjord will soon come into view welcoming visitors to one of the most beautiful areas of the Norwegian Fjords. Mountain peaks flank the beautiful waters, snow-capped and glorious to behold. Should the weather be kind, passengers may even have the chance to witness the fascinating sight of Folgefonna Glacier. The port of Bergen is a truly wonderful destination to visit as you travel aboard a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords. The city is easily walkable and as such is highly accessible to visiting guests. Café’s and bars line the harbour front for a picturesque view whilst enjoying some of the flavoursome local delicacies, especially the exquisite seafood.

Eidfjord

The cruise port itself is relatively small and welcomes passengers to a charming sleepy fishing village.  It is the surrounding attractions that make this port of call so exciting as Eidfjord sits on the edge of Norway’s largest national park not forgetting the spectacular Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau. 

Quaint Yet Charismatic

If you wish to head into Eidfjord itself then you will not be disappointed.  This quaint yet charismatic destination stands on the banks of the fjord, from which it takes its name and possesses many of its own attractions.  These include the incredible Viking Burial Place, home of the largest collection of ancient graves in western Norway as well as a superb 14th century church. 

You may prefer to head straight for the dramatic sights of Hardangervidda and if this is the case then you are in for a treat.  This remarkable experience is a must when visiting here and certainly worth considering being done as an excursion with your cruise line to get the most from your day.  Excursions here often combine the spectacular scenery of Hardangervidda with a visit to the Sysen Dam and the beautiful Vøringfoss Waterfall.  The journey alone is enough to get excited about as you will drive along the River Eio towards the village of Øvre-Eidfjord before taking in the awe inspiring mountain walls of Måbødal Valley.  It is then that you begin your assent of 2,460 feet above sea level to the mesmerising Hardangervidda mountain plateau.  This is the largest mountain plateau in all of Northern Europe and provides truly breath taking scenery.  Alongside the scenery, another huge attraction to this special place is the wildlife.  The majority of this area is a National Park and as such is home to a vast amount of vegetation and protected species.  You will witness an amazing array of wildlife here and this is one of the very few places now where you can see wild reindeer herds living untended. 

Phenomenal Sysen Dam

Sysen Dam is yet another magnificent sight to see here and remains one of the largest embankment dams in Norway.  Here you will experience a dam that holds over 127 billion cubic feet of water and is the main reservoir for Sima Power Station.  The phenomenal dam boasts walls standing at an amazing 262 feet high comprised of natural stone and gravel.  You can take a slow stroll along part of the dam to take in the sensational views and at times it is even possible to see the Hardangerjøkul Glacier from here, if the skies are in your favour. 

Hardangervidda Nature Centre

The Hardangervidda Nature Centre is another fabulous place to visit when sailing into this cruise port.  The Nature Reserve is renowned for its superb methods of showcasing the areas rich heritage with many interactive methods used to portray the culture and history of the region.  You may prefer to experience more scenery here and if this is the case then the Troll Train is a great opportunity for this.  This experience travels through the Mabodalen Valley and offers the chance to take in the most famous waterfall in Norway, Voringsfossen, free falling an incredible 500 feet. 

Queen of the Fjords

Hardangerfjord is consider by many as the ‘Queen of the Fjords’ and is certainly what makes a visit here so special.  Referred to as one of the loveliest locations in Norway, a visit here is truly special when cruising this wonderful part of the world.  

Flaam

Flaam welcomes passengers to its shores to experience a unique intimate village atmosphere. The journey into the port of Flaam is extremely beautiful as the ship will make its way along the Sognefjord, renowned for being one of the most memorable cruising opportunities throughout the world. Sognefjord is the world’s longest and deepest fjord and portrays are truly spectacular cruising experience overlooked by cascading waterfalls and dramatic mountainous scenery. The Sogneford is not Flaam's only claim to fame, it also has the extraordinary Flam Railway.

Flaam Railway

The entrance to this wonderful destination would be enough to excite, but Flaam itself is a truly brilliant port of call to visit with a fascinating array of sightseeing opportunities. Flaam is renowned for its railway which winds its way around the Sognefjord, providing guests on board with unforgettable views of Europe’s longest fjord. In the span of an hour the train takes guests from sea level at the Sognefjord to the Myrdal mountain at 867 metres above sea, travelling through spectacular scenery alongside the Rallar Road through plunging waterfalls, the mountainside and through 20 tunnels. This trip alone is just one of the ways you can experience an unmissable vantage point over the port and capture some of the magnificent views Flaam has on offer. 

Scenic Fjords

A journey on Flaam’s Railway isn’t the only way guests here can experience Flaam’s scenery as there are many ways to take it in. Boat trips are fantastic for heading off the beaten track and down several of the many branches leading off the Sognefjord. One of the most popular boat trips features a trip through Aurlandsfjord to Beitelen and back again. Away from Flaam itself, other options include a trip towards the Nærøy Valley and the entrancing sights of Glashamaren. This tour is often by coach and provides a leisurely panoramic experience for the day. 

Stegastein Viewing Platform

The the Stegastein viewing platform is a popular sightseeing attraction in Flaam and sits 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. The four-metre-wide, 30-metre-long platform that juts out from the mountain and offers unsurpassed views of Flaam.

Sample Nordic Cuisine

For guests looking to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Norwegian culture, there are many opportunities to sample the delicious Nordic cuisine. A popular excursion for many visitors in Flaam is to head for the midst of the Norwegian mountain region heading towards Storestølen Lodge. Guests are then treated to a beautiful array of divine dishes including smoked sea trout and sour cream porridge, not forgetting the outstanding salmon dishes here.  This culinary delight is accompanied by local entertainment such as traditional folk dancing.

Flaam is a wonderful port of call and one not to be missed if you’re looking for a spectacular Norwegian experience.

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord may only be nine miles long, but its sheer beauty and outstanding landscapes provide a unique experience for cruise passengers. Geiranger is the most photographed area of all the Norwegian Fjords and once you arrive it is certainly not hard to see why. Glistening waterfalls flank the cruise port as they flow from the edges of the overlooking peaks of the fjord and The Seven Sisters waterfall is particularly remarkable to see.

Explore The Natural Beauty

The port of Geiranger is actually just a small village making it an extremely accessible destination for cruise guests. The mountainous scenery and natural beauty can be explored through various means of transport including panoramic coach tours and boat tours, though Geiranger also makes for the ideal base for walking. If you’re looking for something truly magnificent then head for Dalsnibban Mountain, overlooking the dramatic fjord scenery and soak up the exquisite atmosphere, perfect for a once in a lifetime photograph. A tour to this iconic location often includes coach transport up the hill and with a stop at the superb Flydalsjuvet Gorge. Once at the peak of the mountain and should the weather be in your favour, it is possible to see as far out as 100 miles.

Guided Kayak Tours

Excursion opportunities here are fantastic with so much to see and do. For an action packed adventure opt for a kayaking experience and witness one of the world’s masterpieces up close and personal from the Seven Sisters waterfall to the Geirangerfjord Preacher’s Pulpit. The local guides will provide you with a rich insight into the history of the area and the miraculous landscapes as you pass by. Another method of taking in the sights by water is to opt for the opportunity to board a high speed RIB boat. Your professional pilot and guide will navigate the waters with impressive manoeuvres whilst explaining the heritage of the impressive region. Marvel at such sights at Bridal Vail Waterfall for a picture postcard experience.

Spectacular Scenery

The views of Geiranger are equally fabulous on land. A panoramic coach journey passes Flydal Gorge to Dalsnibban Mountain but the hairpin bends of the Stryne Road are also not to be missed. This route leads down to Hornindal Lake; the deepest fresh water lake in Europe. Coach trip transfers also provide the opportunity to take in Briksdal Glacier. This fascinating feature located in Jostedalsbreen National Park is part of the largest glacier formation in mainland Europe, known as the Jostedal Glacier Icefield. Trips here are filled with exciting scenery before finishing off at the famous Briksdal Inn for a delightful lunch and the chance to sample some local Nordic cuisine.

Geiranger is a wonderful port of call to explore whether you wish to do an excursion or not. The village is easily walkable from the port and provides a beautiful location to enjoy one of the sublime café’s and marvel at the sensational scenery, however you choose to spend the day here, Geiranger never fails to leave a fabulous lasting impression.

Honningsvaag

This fascinating location is considered the ultimate North Cape cruise port and when you arrive and witness the incredible scenery, it is not hard to see why.  The busy fishing port welcomes passengers to Mangeroya Island and is the capital of Norways most northerly municipality, Nordkapp.  The welcome setting of Honningsvaag is truly spectacular and Nordkapp is bounded by the beauty of the Barents Sea. The mainland offers many exciting attractions but the main place to visit here is the North Cape Plateau, situated just 20 miles from the cruise port. 

The North Cape Plateau

The North Cape Plateau is an awe inspiring experience and is set on a cliff top at over 900 feet above sea level. This is the final frontier before the Arctic Ocean and the most northerly point in the whole of Europe. This exact point is home to one of the greatest photograph opportunities you could ever hope to capture. It remains famous as many guests take the chance to be photographed alongside the globe sculpture on the cliff top. This exquisite photograph opportunity is made all the more special by the glowing backdrop of the Midnight Sun, which shines here on approximately 77 nights of the year and is often in place during peak North Cape cruising periods. Of course there’s more than just the views to experience here, there’s also the tremendous history of the North Cape and for this there is no finer place to visit than the North Cape Heritage Museum in Honningsvaag itself. 

The journey to the North Cape Plateau takes you along dramatic terrain for a wild and desolate adventure. It is usually a 45-minute journey to reach the climb of the North Cape. This is the point where the Norwegian Sea meets the Barents Sea combining the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean together. The aforementioned globe structure was erected here in 1978 and has since become more than just a photographical wonder and is now considered the actual symbol for the North Cape.

The North Cape Hall is a fantastic place to explore, especially the ‘Experience Centre’. This attraction offers guests a film about the area’s history and a guide through the seasons.  There’s a gift shop here for anyone wishing to purchase a souvenir to take home and you can even see the post office to purchase the sought after North Cape postmark. Should you wish, there is also a fabulous restaurant here offering the most stunning panoramic views whilst you dine, the foods not too bad either!  Afterwards take a stroll once more out to the top of the cliff and take in the amazing views. If there’s one piece of advice we would definitely give for a visit here though it’s to take a warm jacket with you as even on sunny days the wind chill at the cliff top can still be quite harsh and certainly requires you to wrap up a little bit to avoid a chill. 

Artico Ice Bar

Aside from the usual popular excursion opportunities here, there are other unique options to try should you be looking for something a little different. One of which is the chance to visit the Artico Ice Bar, a modern and elegant bar that is in fact re-created each and every year by a group of artists. The work that goes into the bars creation is absolutely amazing and the artists are renowned for heading to the Lapland Lakes to source the finest and most exquisite natural ice to use as the bars structure and to create the cool masterpiece. Winter magic is created here from the moment you see it. Step inside and enjoy a range of drinks available amongst the ice, snow and 23 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. You’ll be wrapped up warm as you head inside and all seats have warm reindeer skin covers, you can even experience the novelty of an igloo should you wish and take a sip of a drink from an ice shot glass. 

RIB Boat Adventure

The other sensational unique excursion opportunity here for something truly different is to head out on a RIB boat adventure to the King Crab pots. The King Crab can live to 30 years old, measure up to 6 feet between its claws and weigh as much as 22 pounds. The catch in the crab pots will most likely be smaller, between 6 and 15 pounds.

Lofoten Islands

A fantastic destination when cruising this wonderful part of the world, the Lofoten Islands offer a remote Arctic archipelago and provide some of the finest natural beauty even by the high standards of Norway.  Despite this spectacular natural beauty, cruise lines did not truly begin to take an interest in visiting here until the mid-1980’s and even then it was only on occasion with calls to Leknes, Svolvaer and Stamsund.  In recent years this stunning destination has seen its popularity with cruise lines rapidly rise. 

Pristine Fjords

Although a late comer to Norwegian itineraries, the Lofoten Islands have more than made up for lost time.  This majestic destination has quickly risen to fame thanks to magnificent landscapes and spellbinding scenery.  Remote fishing villages ooze traditional charm whilst the amazing pristine fjords showcase tremendous views, not to mention an array of incredible wildlife.  If you search hard enough here, you can even find several hidden white sand beaches, often an ideal place to relax and unwind considering the islands impressively mild, Gulf Stream-influenced climate.

The thought of attempting to see numerous islands within one visit can seem a little optimistic but all of the Lofoten Islands are connected by bridge or tunnel and therefore it is possible to see many of the best sights here in the one visit.  Fishing villages are the life and soul of this destination and as such, the fishing museum can often be a great place to see to learn more about the islands impressive history. Another fascinating museum option is the Viking Museum located inside the larges reconstructed Viking Longhouse in the whole of Scandinavia

A Real Insight Into The Fishing World

For a real insight into the fishing world here, visit Ballstad, one of the largest and most contemporary fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands.  This area is an ideal place to make a stop and capture the tremendous views and is also home to 1,000 residents.  The scenic landscapes make a visit here truly worthwhile and like many of the fishing villages throughout the islands, this is a wonderfully picturesque and traditional place to see.  You’ll discover many of the diminuitive fishermen’s dwellings, many of which have been converted into holiday homes as the area continues to grow in popularity.  This location is also nearby to Haukland Beach, which in truth looks a little more like a tropical island but without the temperatures to match.  One thing Haukland Beach does have though is the element of surprise.  One minute you are exploring the dramatic green hills and mountainous scenery of the Lofoten Islands and the next you are walking across the white sands of a glorious beach setting.

Lofoten Heritage Trail

Excursions here are excellent and offer great opportunities to get the most from your visit.  The Lofoten Heritage Trail is a great excursion option and offers the chance to gain a greater perspective on the dramatic countryside here.  This type of excursion compromises both coach and walking tours.  You’ll enjoy the sights of Flakstad Bay towards the Flakstad Church before getting an insider’s guide to the works of local craftsmen at Sund Museum.  A tour such as this also offers the opportunity to experience the remarkable Nusfjord, one of the best preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands.  This fantastic location has now even been transformed into an Open-Air Museum.

Svolvaer

For something different and to try something new, another popular excursion opportunity here is to visit the historic town of Svolvaer with its awe inspiring landscapes.  Often the main attraction here however is the Magic Ice Bar and Gallery.  The unique bar boasts an outstanding array of ice sculptures, all lit to perfection to provide the most amazing setting combined with music and imagery to tell the stories of the islands traditions. 

Olden

A fantastic destination when cruising this wonderful part of the world, the Lofoten Islands offer a remote Arctic archipelago and provide some of the finest natural beauty even by the high standards of Norway.  Despite this spectacular natural beauty, cruise lines did not truly begin to take an interest in visiting here until the mid-1980’s and even then it was only on occasion with calls to Leknes, Svolvaer and Stamsund.  In recent years this stunning destination has seen its popularity with cruise lines rapidly rise. 

Pristine Fjords

Although a late comer to Norwegian itineraries, the Lofoten Islands have more than made up for lost time.  This majestic destination has quickly risen to fame thanks to magnificent landscapes and spellbinding scenery.  Remote fishing villages ooze traditional charm whilst the amazing pristine fjords showcase tremendous views, not to mention an array of incredible wildlife.  If you search hard enough here, you can even find several hidden white sand beaches, often an ideal place to relax and unwind considering the islands impressively mild, Gulf Stream-influenced climate.

The thought of attempting to see numerous islands within one visit can seem a little optimistic but all of the Lofoten Islands are connected by bridge or tunnel and therefore it is possible to see many of the best sights here in the one visit.  Fishing villages are the life and soul of this destination and as such, the fishing museum can often be a great place to see to learn more about the islands impressive history. Another fascinating museum option is the Viking Museum located inside the larges reconstructed Viking Longhouse in the whole of Scandinavia. p>

A Real Insight Into The Fishing World

For a real insight into the fishing world here, visit Ballstad, one of the largest and most contemporary fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands.  This area is an ideal place to make a stop and capture the tremendous views and is also home to 1,000 residents.  The scenic landscapes make a visit here truly worthwhile and like many of the fishing villages throughout the islands, this is a wonderfully picturesque and traditional place to see.  You’ll discover many of the diminuitive fishermen’s dwellings, many of which have been converted into holiday homes as the area continues to grow in popularity.  This location is also nearby to Haukland Beach, which in truth looks a little more like a tropical island but without the temperatures to match.  One thing Haukland Beach does have though is the element of surprise.  One minute you are exploring the dramatic green hills and mountainous scenery of the Lofoten Islands and the next you are walking across the white sands of a glorious beach setting.

Lofoten Heritage Trail

Excursions here are excellent and offer great opportunities to get the most from your visit.  The Lofoten Heritage Trail is a great excursion option and offers the chance to gain a greater perspective on the dramatic countryside here.  This type of excursion compromises both coach and walking tours.  You’ll enjoy the sights of Flakstad Bay towards the Flakstad Church before getting an insider’s guide to the works of local craftsmen at Sund Museum.  A tour such as this also offers the opportunity to experience the remarkable Nusfjord, one of the best preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands.  This fantastic location has now even been transformed into an Open-Air Museum.

Svolvaer

For something different and to try something new, another popular excursion opportunity here is to visit the historic town of Svolvaer with its awe inspiring landscapes.  Often the main attraction here however is the Magic Ice Bar and Gallery.  The unique bar boasts an outstanding array of ice sculptures, all lit to perfection to provide the most amazing setting combined with music and imagery to tell the stories of the islands traditions. 

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a fascinating place to visit and there’s no wonder this incredibly beautiful city has become so popular with cruise lines in recent years.  The Icelandic city is the most northerly capital in the world set in what is described as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ but in truth, the city itself is now extremely modern and boasts a cosmopolitan metropolis with many attractive features. You won’t find ice unless you travel outside of the capital and opt for a glacier safari excursion.

There is so much to see and do here, Reykjavik really is a special place to see but be sure to plan your day in advance as it is almost impossible to cover everything in a limited time. It is for this reason that many cruise lines port overnight here to give passengers more time to explore and experience the many treasurable sightseeing pleasures of the city. 

Blue Lagoon

Without a doubt, the most popular attraction when visiting here is the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa for the opportunity to enjoy an immersive experience in war, aquamarine waters. Sound good so far? Well it gets even better. Here you are surrounded by the most spectacular volcanic landscape. You can visit here independently if you wish but we highly recommend opting for a cruise line organised excursion here to get the most from your time. Excursions offer the chance to learn more about the history as well as the scientific elements behind the creation of the geothermal spa.  The Blue Lagoon is considered to be one of the most relaxing experiences, as the water itself is highly enriched with silica, algae and sulphur, renowned for melting away the stresses of day to day life. Some passengers may be also interested in the exfoliation options in an array of wooden boxes that have been placed around the lagoon. These boxes contain silica mud, which is known to cleanse and strengthen the skin. Many believe the experience enhances the complexion of skin as well as giving an energy boost. And Reykjavik itself means ‘Smoky (or Steamy) Bay’.

The Viking Museum

The Blue Lagoon is certainly an impressive experience but the city has far more to offer than just this geothermal attraction. The volcanic landscapes and enchanting scenery in itself is enough to want to stay here but combine this with a rich historical heritage and you have the makings of a special day in port. The Viking Museum in particular is fascinating. The museum hosts a variety of excellent exhibitions including artefacts, models and outstanding audio-visual displays. These exhibits tell the story of the incredible Viking development and how the expansion over the North Atlantic took place. Another striking building here is The Pearl. This unique structure can be seen for miles and is made up of a huge water tanks and at the peak you will see a glass observation dome. The Pearl’s dome is the perfect place to capture some of the best views of the city and its stunning surrounding areas. Other thrilling sights close by include the lava fields, something the city has become hugely famous for. 

See An Active Volcano

Whilst visiting Reykjavik you also have the chance to see an active volcano and marvel at the natural resources Iceland boasts, which continue to provide heat and power to the city. The Hengill Volcano last erupted over 2,000 years ago but the sheer amount of hot springs and steam vents produced ensure that it is still classed as very active. It is the geothermal and hydro power of the volcano that produces significant amounts of energy. This energy is then used to provide hot water and electricity supplies to the surrounding areas. If you wish you can even enhance your visit here with a trip to the Geothermal Plant to learn more about the technology involved in the utilisation of the islands natural resources. 

Thingvellir National Park

The natural beauty here continues at the phenomenal Thingvellir National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site primarily due to the cultural heritage it possesses but this is also supported by the sheer geological importance of the site. This site is a hugely popular place to visit when cruising into Reykjavik to witness mid-Atlantic ridge. It is at this location in Iceland that Eurasian and North American tectonic plates come together. These two tectonic plates are renowned for disrupting the earth’s crust and this occurs when it is pulled in opposite directions. This disruption causes significant rifts to form, which in turn has added to the already stunning landscape. Here not only do you have the chance to explore this fascinating site but you can also head to the nearby farmlands to see the magical sight of the Gullfoss Waterfall.  Many know this point as the Golden Waterfall and it certainly is a sight to behold. Not only is the landscape truly breath-taking, the extraordinary power of the waterfall is astonishing as it crashes from the rock face into the waters below. 

Whale Watching Capital

The landscape sightseeing opportunities here really are outstanding but you may prefer to head out on the water as Reykjavik is renowned for being one of the best locations in the world for whale watching with Iceland often referred to as the ‘whale watching’ capital of northern Europe’. This trip is hugely exciting as no matter how many times you did this excursion, two trips would never be the same. It is this anticipation that makes it so good and you have the chance to see half of the 36 different whale species living in European waters here, something not many other locations can state. 

The city itself is a vibrant cosmopolitan with a range of fabulous restaurants and thrilling nightlife. Reykjavik is a wonderful port of call to visit aboard Norwegian Fjords and North Cape cruise itineraries.

Stavanger

Stavanger is a port steeped in history, and acts as a wonderful gateway to the heart of the stunning fjordlands, and the town itself boasts an impeccably rich heritage. Regarded by many as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’, this sensational port of call welcomes passengers to the cruise terminal lying right alongside the Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter of the town.

Gamle Stavanger

The 200 year old white wooden houses line the streets showcasing sublime architectural design and these fabulous structures are even considered national heritage monuments in their own right.  The old quarter area also holds a variety of charming attractions in the form of local markets, craft stores and eccentric art galleries to entice passengers upon arrival. Not only are the shopping opportunities excellent here but the sightseeing opportunities are endless. The landscape is eye-wateringly beautiful with outstanding views as far as the eye can see. Inland guests will discover the 12th century cathedral reminiscent of the famous Winchester Cathedral.

Viking Heritage

To capture the Viking heritage of this port of call, be sure to take in the iconic Three Swords monument in the Hafrsfjord rock. This monument pays testament to the battle won by King King Harald Haarfagre in the 9th century founding the kingdom of Norway; a hugely important moment in Norwegian history and a captivating sight to behold.  The swords were designed to symbolise the end of the battle.

Pulpit Rock

Landmarks here are breathtakingly beautiful and do not come much finer than the incredible 2,000ft high Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). To arrive here guests will need to take a short boat trip through the Stavanger archipelago but the journey is most certainly worth it to experience something truly special.

Take In The Best of Stavanger

Excursions at Stavanger are extremely interesting with many opportunities to explore this unique port of call. Often the most popular tour is the chance to experience an overall perception of the destination by enjoying a leisurely coach drive. Such an option provides local guides to provide insight into the history of Stavanger as you travel along the immaculate setting. Excursions provide a great chance to take in the best of Stavanger and often take passengers further afield as well as allowing for time in the old quarter. A drive south west will take guests towards the Church of Sola nestling beautifully at Sola Bay. Jæren is a pleasurable experience to see sandy coastal stretches and be sure not to miss the alluring charms of Eiganes. This delightful area boasts the Ledaal Manor, residence of the King when he is visiting Stavanger. Within Stavanger itself the impressive Cathedral dominates the scene whilst the harbour provides a visually stunning backdrop. The old quarter portrays a unique charm unlike any other destination on earth with entrancing scenery and a fabulous indication of the rehabilitation project that has taken place in the area.

The floral scenery of Stavanger is superb and many cruise lines will provide excursion opportunities to witness the magical array of flowers and wildlife throughout the countryside. Along with the charm of the old quarter, the scenery here makes for a fantastic day in port at this enthralling destination.

Tromso

The port of Tromso welcomes passengers to its shores for an enthralling experience of superb sightseeing, blissful scenery and fantastic culture. This is Norway’s most northerly cruise port and is not to be missed, especially during the summer months for the incredible ‘midnight sun’ shining around the clock.  This enchanting location is bound to the Arctic and boasts a fascinating choice of excursion opportunities for passengers to enjoy whichever cruise line you are travelling with. 

Arctic Cathedral to the Tromso Museum

Tromso revels in modern architectural design with unique charisma and artistic flair. One sightseeing exploration not to be missed is the Arctic Cathedral to discover the impeccable stained glass windows that were designed to depict the return of Christ. Not only this but the astonishing strength of the ice pack can be witnessed here for an enthralling insight into this wondrous destination. The Tromso Museum is also a wonderful attraction to visit whilst here and the rich historical heritage of the area is emphasised in the many extravagant museums both ethnological and geological. For passengers looking to discover the world of the Arctic Circle, Tromso’s Polaria Science Museum is the perfect place to do so.  Tromso actually lies just 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and as such this museum provides the perfect chance to learn more about the ecosphere of snow and ice.  The Polaria Science Museum creates the chance for guests to get up close and personal with local wildlife, take a virtual tour of the wilderness to come across polar bears and the magic of the Northern Lights and even experience an Arctic snowstorm.  This really is an amazing place to come to during your stay.

Aside from the fabulous sightseeing opportunities here, Tromso is also a great place to relax and unwind. This port of call actually has more bars than any other destination in Norway, making it the perfect place to quench your thirst. A day of exploration is complemented brilliantly by a great choice and there’s also a wide selection of cafés and restaurants to sample local cuisine.

Husky Adventures

For a unique excursion and a once in a lifetime experience, many cruise lines provide passengers with the chance to sample the wilderness via their own husky adventure. Tromso Wilderness Centre is the starting point for the day and guests will be met by experienced locals with over 100 Alaskan huskies. The local guides will entertain with their incredible expedition stories, and such guides often include Tore Albrigsten who is currently the only man to have completed the Finnmark Race over 621 miles with only one dog; an amazing achievement. 

Island of Sommarøy

Guests will also have the opportunity to head further afield and in particular to the west of Tromso towards the island of Sommarøy, which translated is Summer Island. This is the biggest fishing village of Tromso and boasts stunning beach scenes and mountain scenery. Cross the Sandnessund Bridge and witness the magical coastal landscapes of this spectacular location.

Tromso is an exquisite port of call to visit aboard a North Cape itinerary and definitely not to be missed. This magnificent destination has it all so get ready for a fabulous day of excitement.

Trondheim

This is one of the most popular fjordland cruise ports and from the moment you arrive you will understand why. The third largest city in Norway and Norway’s first ever capital, Trondheim is a fantastic destination to visit. The scenery here is spectacular and varies wonderfully depending on the way you face.  To the north is the captivating sight of the Arctic Ocean whilst the south portrays a stunning visual of the valley and the lush rainforest backdrop. This location is perfect for those looking to capture a once in lifetime photograph.

Cultural Exploration

The Trondheim Fjord provides the perfect welcome to the port with its breath taking views and beautiful scenery. This is the picture postcard image of the Norwegian Fjords and presents a wondrous gateway to the city itself. As if the attractions could not get any more inviting, the city then opens itself up to passengers with its outstanding range of cultural structures and sublime architecture. Take in the dramatic Archbishops Palace, Scandinavia’s oldest secular building and an impeccable construction. Follow this with a visit to see the famous Stiftsgarden, home to the King of Norway and also renowned for being the oldest wooden building in whole of northern Europe. Cultural exploration continues in the form of the vast array of superb museum in Trondheim. There are many to witness, all boasting magnificent exhibits of 16th century ceramic and decorative arts. 

Not only is Tromso fantastic for its scenery and culture but the area also possesses a great choice of bars and restaurants. The local cuisine is delicious so be sure to sample some of the delicacies and enjoy a thirst quenching drink at one of these enchanting locations. Bakklandet waterfront district is particularly impressive for its selection of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Tour The City

Excursions at Trondheim allow for numerous opportunities and adventures. The city itself is easily accessible from the port should passengers wish to travel of their own accord, however, should guests opt for an excursion, there are many to choose from. The overall city tours come in several formats with most cruise lines visiting here. A walking tour is often extremely popular, especially for extended time in Market Square and the delightful Monk Street; however the alternative option is to explore the city via bus and tram. The Gråkall Line Trolley began in 1924 and still remains a familiar part in everyday life for the locals of Trondheim. Whichever options you do decide upon, should you wish to enjoy this type of excursion, they will both provide a great tour of the city and the chance to see some of the finest sights, especially the Viking King Olav Tryggvason statue.

The Thamshavn Vintage Railway dates back to 1908 and is a great excursion opportunity to see the world’s oldest railway running on alternating current. Alternatively if you feel like enjoying a strenuous activity then try a hike as Trondheim is the perfect place. The Gråkallen Hill stands an approximate 1,700 feet above sea level and provides a brilliant opportunity to reach a sensational peak for towering views over the surrounding areas.

Trondheim is a fascinating port of call and definitely makes for a superb day of adventure and exploration. This excellent destination is not to be missed when setting sail aboard a cruise of the delightful Norwegian Fjords.

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