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Stavanger is known as the old capital of Norway, and offering a taste of city life in Norway. It is an attractive harbour city, and the ship will berth in the heart of the destination. It has an old town which features Northern Europe’s largest concentration of old wooden houses. The modern section of the city offers shopping from high street names to traditional souvenir shops, restaurants (from fast food to gourmet), bars and cafes .
Stavanger is Norway’s food capital and has a rich cultural scene (from street art to many museums). It was the European Capital of Culture in 2008, and the waterfront hosts a number of summer festivals and events. The Stavanger region boasts beautiful long beaches, mountain scenery and islands. One of the well known land marks is Pulpit Rock which attracts over 60k visitors per year climbing up to the summit.
Olden is a small village at the end of Nordjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Top attractions are the Briksdal Glacier, Kjenndal Glacier and the newly opened cable-car Loen Skylift. The natural scenery and views of the fjord and surrounding mountains are stunning.
Loen Skylift is a new attraction which takes guests, by cable-car, from the fjord to over 1000 metres into the mountains. At the top is a restaurant and viewing platform, as well as providing a base for hiking in and exploring the mountains. Part of the Jostadelbreen National Park, the Briksdal Glacier attracts guests from all over the world. At 1200 metres, the glacier falls away into the Briksdalen Valley.
Geirangerfjord is rated as the best cared for UNESCO World Heritage site by National Geographic. Scenery is the main attraction, with the narrow fjord arms, steep mountains and deep blue water. Top sights in the ‘jewel of the crown of Norwegian fjords’ include Mount Dalsnibba, the Flydal Gorge, 7 Sisters Waterfall and the Eagles Bends road.
The Geiranger Skywalk, located on Mount Dalsnibba, is Europe’s highest fjord view road, at 1500 metres, offering spectacular views of Geirangerfjord. A visit to the Norwegian Fjord Centre, which is also a UNESCO world heritage centre, can be combined with a walk to Storfossen Falls.
Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, and largest cruise port. The city is a European City of Culture, World Heritage City and its medieval quayside of Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is easy to navigate on foot.
Bergen combines nature, culture and urban attractions. The Ulriken643 cable-car is one of the most popular attractions, offering amazing views of the city and surrounding mountains. Bergen is famous for its unique charm and atmosphere, from old streets and alleyways and the Wharf at Bryggen, to the Fish Market, Aquarium, KODE Art Museum and Old Bergen Open Air Museum.
Alesund is known for its art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. The town has a beautiful setting across several islands and is situated at the entrance to Geirangerfjord. Mount Aksla provides a platform for panoramic views of Alesund and Sunnmore, with 418 steps to reach the Fjellstua Viewpoint. Alesund is a larger destination than the deep fjord ports, and as such offers a greater choice of activities and experiences, with highlights including the award winning Atlantic Sea Park Aquarium, and the Sunnmore Open Air Museum, where guests will find old well preserved medieval buildings.
And sensational sea days in between. Nowhere offers vistas like the Norwegian fjords. And no other ship offers you such astonishing views. Iona’s itineraries include cruise-bys in five magnificent fjords as you work your way along the coast. All you have to do is sit back and soak it all in.
Innvikfjorden At 4.5km long, this arm of Nordfjord is small but perfectly formed with forested banks and lush green pastures surrounding the pretty community of Innvik, after which it’s named.
Nordfjord As you travel through this 106km-long sea fjord, drink in views of pristine pastures and farms, gleaming glaciers, waterfalls and towering mountains that plunge straight down to the sea.
Geirangerfjord Cameras at the ready as you pass through ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Norwegian fjords. Let unforgettable scenes unfurl along this S-shaped beauty. Among them are the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, three astonishing waterfalls and highlights of the route.
Sunnylvsfjorden Be wowed by 26km of craggy cliffs, impressive waterfalls and glassy deep waters before reaching the town of Hellesylt. Don’t miss the historical old farm perched 100m above the water and tucked under an overhanging rock. At its widest, Sunnylvsfjorden is more than 1.5km; at its narrowest, a dramatic 600m.
Storfjorden With sweeping waterscapes, soaring peaks and forested slopes, Storfjorden (the Great Fjord) lives up to its name. The wide and peaceful waterway running inland for 110km from the North Sea is a haven for wildlife. Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales in the waters and sea eagles soaring overhead.