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Iona will spend her maiden season sailing Norway, offering spectacular scenic cruising opportunities of five Norwegian Fjords. Iona's programme includes calls to Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger and Bergen, as well as two calls to Alesund. Details of each destination are listed in the section below.

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.

Stavanger

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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.

Olden

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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.

Geiranger

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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.

Bergen

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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.

Alesund

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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.

Iona's exciting new shore excursions for families

  • Explore the Atlantic: Find out what wonders lie below the Atlantic Ocean in Ålesund in the Atlantic Sea-Park. One of Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. Built into the coastline with fantastic vistas across the ocean to nearby islands. The park has 11 massive aquariums crammed with north Atlantic sea life from the ocean. Let the kids get hands-on in the open touch pools. See seals and penguins and wonder at the wildlife in the gargantuan tank that holds 900000 gallons of seawater.
  • Kayak Fjord Adventure: Get close to the waters of Geirangerfjord – one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces – on the Geirangerfjord Kayaking guided adventure. Hear fascinating regional stories as you glide by thunderous waterfalls and picturesque farms clinging to onto the emerald hillsides. At Preacher’s Pulpit, peer up at the sheer cliff face that climbs almost 610m.
  • Zip through the treetops in Cadiz: Zip-wires, bridges, Tarzan swings, a flying car and a spider’s web can all be found at In Between Branches adventure in Cádiz. Deep in the Roche pine forest, close to Cádiz’s most beautiful beaches. Entre Ramas Adventure Park offers families hours of fun. Comprising 58 games spread over six circuits with varying degrees of difficulty. Families will be given a demonstration and a safety briefing by specialised instructors who will teach them to move safely through the park, before heading off on a family adventure to remember, climbing ladders, balancing on bridges, plummet between trees on a zipwire and much more.
  • Having a ball in Barcelona: For any football fan a visit to Camp Nou – Europe’s largest football stadium – is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Home to F.C. Barcelona, known locally as Barça, the stadium can now accommodate up to 98,000 fans. Guests will walk through the visiting team’s changing room and continue along the corridor where players enter the ground. They can also check out the press and interview rooms and visit the Barça Museum, with its extensive displays of memorabilia and trophies.

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