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Experience Norway’s spectacular fjords with Norwegian Cruise Line.

On your cruise to Norway, explore a fairytale landscape of cascading waterfalls, lush forests and rugged mountains that seemingly slide into the sea. From fly fishing and kayaking to hiking and more, this country truly is an outdoor playground with a diverse lineup of activities. Tour picturesque villages, including Geiranger , and vibrant cities like Olso where you can dive into Viking history, savour local cuisine and enjoy a glimpse of local culture set against a spectacular natural backdrop - all on one unforgettable cruise holiday.

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Unpack Once and Experience the Best of Norway

Enjoy front-row seats to incredible vistas whilst cruising Norway's dramatic fjords. Serene waters, rugged cliffs rising from the sea and unlimited outdoor adventures await your discovery. View Europe's largest mainland glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park, located outside Måløy. Enjoy a boating tour of Hardangerfjord - one of the world's longest fjords - and hike through lush forests to towering waterfalls.

Cruise from Bangkok , Hong Kong or Singapore and immerse yourself in the natural beauty, dramatic history and rich cultures of Southeast Asia on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. In Phuket , visit historic Buddhist temples or splash the day away on some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches. At the Samui Elephant Sanctuary on the island of Ko Samui , learn about these incredible animals during close-up encounters. Explore traditional kampung  (villages) in Langkawi or journey inland and hike among waterfalls and hot springs.

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Dive Deeper into the Country's History and Culture

Famous for its stunning art nouveau architecture, Ålesund stretches across seven islands and is surrounded by natural beauty. Tour the city's historical churches and unique architecture or reel in a grand adventure in what is considered Norway's fishing capital. Then in Oslo, explore the city's historic roots with a visit to the Viking Ships Museum which includes three well-preserved Viking-era burial ships.

Enjoy front-row seats to incredible vistas while cruising Norway’s dramatic fjords. Serene waters, rugged cliffs rising from the sea, and unlimited outdoor adventures await your discovery. View Europe’s largest mainland glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park, located outside Måløy. Enjoy a boating tour of Hardangerfjord — one of the world’s longest fjords — and hike through lush forests to towering waterfalls.

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Cruises to Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

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Geiranger, Norway

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Uncover the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Norway's fjords or journey into the region's dramatic past whilst exploring Viking history on a shore excursion with Norwegian.

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Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway

Cruise to Alesund, one of Norway's most beautiful towns, renowned for its Jugend-style architecture and art nouveau style.

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Before embarking on your fjords cruise, experience all Copenhagen has to offer. With 250 miles of bike lanes, the city is ideal for touring and riding alongside its peaceful canals. Stroll along one of Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping avenues, Strøget. Then visit some of Copenhagen’s historic sites including the 17th century Rosenborg Castle.

We’ve revamped everything from the carpets to the chandeliers and created brand new places and spaces in one of our most extensive ship renovation yet. Unwind in luxury and enjoy the breathtaking views from your spacious balcony in the new, exquisitely finished Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites. The brand-new Pit Stop, a 1950’s American bar, takes you back to the era when classic cars sported chrome finishes. And dance the night away at Bliss Ultra Lounge, the newest hot spot on the club scene. Come aboard the newly polished Norwegian Jewel and see what makes her shine.

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We’ve revamped everything from the carpets to the chandeliers and created brand new places and spaces in one of our most extensive ship renovations yet. Unwind in luxury and enjoy the breathtaking views from your spacious balcony in the new, magnificently refinished staterooms. Savor every bite at six new restaurants, including the addition of our fine Italian outlet, Onda by Scarpetta. And dance the night away at Bliss Ultra Lounge, the newest hot spot on the club scene. Come aboard the exquisitely updated Norwegian Spirit, completely reimagined from the outside in.

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Norwegian fjords and Europe’s largest glacier await you on a Norway cruise.

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Discover Awe-Inspiring Fjords on a Norway Cruise

Natural wonders and once-in-a-lifetime thrills await on a Norway cruise. From the towering mountains of Bergen to the dramatic waterfalls of Alesund, Norway is full of breathtaking surprises. Embark on one our Norwegian fjords cruises and marvel at the spectacular landscapes, verdant mountains, and gushing waterfalls that surround you. Watch as eagles soar in the blue skies above and whales and seals play in the deep waters.

Beyond the majestic fjords, Norway’s cities and villages provide bucket-list opportunities for history buffs, foodies, and adventure seekers. Soak up the magic of picturesque cities like Oslo. Photograph the colorful fishermen’s houses dotting the coast of Alesund. Sip local craft beer in Bergen. Climb the soaring heights of Pulpit Rock for one of the best views in the country.

With Celebrity, sail beyond the beaten path in Norway on a seven-night Norwegian fjords cruise, or embark on one of our European cruises that stops in Oslo. On board, experience total relaxation in your stylish suite or stateroom. Enjoy world-class dining and entertainment as you discover Norway in all its glory

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Nature buffs and adventure seekers can’t miss seeing the stunning Norwegian fjords during their cruise. Bergen is a great jumping-off point to see fjords like Hardangerfjord, the country’s second-largest fjord. UNESCO World Heritage Site Geirangerfjord is known as the “crown jewel” of the country’s fjords, contrasting steep waterfalls with snow-peaked mountain caps. Go slightly off-the-beaten path to neighboring Hjørundfjord, where activities like fjord fishing and kayaking will captivate you.

Art & History

Explore Oslo’s famous Viking Ship Museum and see three expertly preserved vessels. Spend a while at the Munch Museum, dedicated to the painter Edvard Munch, known best for his painting “The Scream.” In Bergen, Bryggens Museum is a mighty testament to life in the town before a devastating fire in 1955, where excavations uncovered beautiful reminders of everyday Norwegian life. Bergen is also home to its own art museum that uniquely preserves the homes of famous composers throughout history. Time travel at Sunnmøre Museum in Alesund, an open-air exhibit featuring preserved homes and boats dating back to medieval times.

Craft Breweries

Norway’s distilleries and craft microbrewing scene is rapidly growing in cities like Bergen and Alesund. After decades of mostly serving lagers, microbrewers around the country wanted to offer more variety for beer drinkers, so they started to brew their own IPAs, pale ales, and stouts. Ever since, Norway’s cities have brewed hundreds of their own unique drafts. Unwind after a day’s hike and try something new on the menu.

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Rows of deep red, burnt orange, and white houses near Bryggen Wharf is one of the top sights in the city. Enjoy a romantic wharfside meal or a cozy coffee there before you visit Bryggens Museum or St. Mary’s Church. Ride a funicular rail to the summit of Mt. Fløyen for incredible panoramic views of the city below. Explore the surrounding fjords on an unforgettable kayaking or hiking adventure.

Alesund, Norway

On a Norway cruise, you’ll visit the picturesque town of Alesund, frequently cited as one of the country’s most beautiful places to visit. Spend a leisurely day exploring the Art Nouveau District. Hike up nearly 500 steps to Aksla Viewpoint and admire the stunning vistas of the archipelago and breathtaking fjords beyond. The town is also the gateway to Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s most famous natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between imposing cliffs on all sides.

Oslo, Norway

Let Oslo’s metropolitan atmosphere energize you as you explore its opulent palaces and incredible museums. The capital of Norway is teeming with Viking history, from ships dating back to the 9th century at the Viking Museum to 17th-century art at the National Museum. Art lovers won’t want to miss seeing Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in person. When you move on from historic wonders, grab a craft beer or sample local salmon at any of Oslo’s trendy eateries.

Norway Cruise Itineraries

Embark on an unforgettable cruise to Norway aboard Celebrity Silhouette or Celebrity Reflection. Sailing from May to August, our Norwegian fjord cruises last anywhere from seven nights to nine nights. Longer itineraries give you the chance to see towns like the mountainous Flam or the remote Geiranger. On a Northern Europe cruise, you’ll overnight in Oslo on the way to cities like Copenhagen, Bruges, and Paris, or visit the capital before venturing to Sweden and Finland.

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Why Sail on a Norway Cruise with Celebrity

On a Norway cruise with Celebrity Cruises, you’ll discover the best of Norway while enjoying the comforts of our luxury cruise ship. Celebrity’s impeccable service and world-class dining will elevate your vacation to new heights. Spend your days at sea exploring innovative onboard venues, splashing in the pool, or indulging in a relaxing spa treatment.

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Explore the most amazing nordic treasures with a norwegian fjords cruise.

The Norwegian Fjords are undoubtedly among the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, capable of inspiring awe with their majestic beauty and timeless atmosphere.   Norway has over a thousand fjords, Geirangerfjord and the Naerøyfjord being the largest. Since 2005, they have featured in the list of UNESCO heritage sites – and they’re now accessible on an exclusive MSC Norwegian fjords cruise.   The Norway fjords cruise is one of the best ways to visit these earthly and imposing spectacles thanks to the deep water surrounding them, which is both smooth and easy to navigate. During the Norwegian fjords cruise 2024 - 2025 seasons, you can admire these imposing examples of natural beauty first-hand and from the best possible vantage point.

Via the Fjord waters, it is possible to reach some of Norway’s most beautiful cities, including Bergen. Far-off the beaten path, Bergen is surrounded by the Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world which extends for 204 km.   For our adventurous guests, the natural landscape surrounding the fjords, with all their wild and untouched features, are nevertheless easy to explore. Book your Norwegian fjords cruise excursion in advance and you can look forward to special excursion routes, both in the mountains and on the glaciers themselves.   Select itineraries for MSC cruises to Northern Europe  include a Norwegian fjords cruise option. For a truly unforgettable holiday discovering the Norwegian fjords and the main cities of Norway, start browsing by passenger and destination above.

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Summer 2024 fjords cruises.

This summer, experience the pristine and unspoiled nature of the Norwegian fjords with MSC Cruises. Bask in the ultimate hospitality of MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Virtuosa and the gorgeous latest flagship MSC Euribia on six incredible routs around the majestic Norwegian fjords. Choose your 7-night cruise and uncover a realm of legendary tales and breathtaking landscapes in Bergen, Flam, Nordfjordeid, Stravanger and beyond. Take advantage of a wide range of carefully planned excursions, from fjords adventures to trekking mountain trails, and experience unique emotions that will last a lifetime. Book now your next fjords cruise!

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Looking for the ultimate Norway cruise to the Fjords and North Cape? From May to September, set sail on MSC Preziosa and choose from four different journeys of 11 or 12-night sailing to North Cape (Honningsvag) via Tromso or Alta. Immerse yourself in the beauty of northern landscape with a wide variety of excursions designed to give you indelible thrills in the land of the midnight sun. Would you like to visit the best Baltic Sea destinations as well? Leave in May with MSC Fantasia and treat yourself to a 10-night cruise that also includes Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn!

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Explore the most amazing Nordic treasures with a Norwegian fjords cruise

The Norwegian Fjords are undoubtedly among the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world , capable of inspiring awe with their majestic beauty and timeless atmosphere. Norway has over a thousand fjords, Geirangerfjord and the Naerøyfjord being the largest. Since 2005, they have featured in the list of UNESCO heritage sites – and they’re now accessible on an exclusive MSC Norwegian fjords cruise . The Norway fjords cruise is one of the best ways to visit these earthly and imposing spectacles thanks to the deep water surrounding them, which is both smooth and easy to navigate. During the Norwegian fjords cruise 2023 - 2024 seasons , you can admire these imposing examples of natural beauty first-hand and from the best possible vantage point.

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  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), Norway
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5 Best Norwegian Fjord Cruises

We share the best Norwegian Fjord cruises so you can choose the best option for your trip. This includes prices, ship types, and their pros and cons.

Picture yourself sailing on quiet waters, with giant cliffs and beautiful waterfalls all around. This is what it’s like to go on a Norwegian Fjord Cruise, where you can see some of the most amazing sights in the world. Planning a cruise holiday can be a challenge, especially if it is your first cruise, but these are some great options for you.

Norwegian fjords are famous for their big, beautiful views and are perfect for people who love nature and want to go on an adventure. In this article, we will talk about the top 5 Norwegian Fjord Cruises.

Each one gives you a special chance to see incredible places and lovely scenery.

On the cruise ship, you’ll get to see the best of what nature has made, and these memories will stick with you forever. Getting ready for this amazing trip means packing the right things.

Knowing the right cruise must-haves can make your trip even more enjoyable. So, come along as we go through Norway’s most beautiful natural spots and find out what’s best about Norwegian Cruises.

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Why Choose a Norwegian Fjord Cruise

Going on a Norwegian Fjord Cruise is like being in a beautiful picture come to life. You’ll see some of the most stunning parts of nature on this kind of trip. These cruises mix amazing views, peaceful sailing, and a special chance to feel close to nature.

The fjords in Norway, with their tall cliffs, green hills, and deep blue water, are incredibly beautiful. The view changes at every corner.

While on a Norwegian Fjord Cruise, you don’t just see the amazing fjords but you will also visit cute little villages and lively cities along the coast. These places show you Norway’s rich history and culture, from old Viking stories to how people in Norway live today.

The fjords are usually very calm, like a mirror, so the boat ride is smooth. This is great for people who haven’t been on a cruise before.

Plus, The peaceful fjords are perfect for relaxing and thinking, and many people choose these cruises to take a break from their busy lives.

Best Norwegian Fjord Cruises

Hurtigruten is one of the best norwegian fjord cruises

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten stands out as a premier choice for exploring the Norwegian fjords, offering an authentic and immersive experience. Known as “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage,” Hurtigruten provides a unique journey along Norway’s stunning coastline.

This cruise line is renowned for its smaller, more intimate ships that navigate closer to the fjord walls, offering unrivaled views and a closer connection to nature.

The Hurtigruten voyage is more than just a cruise; it’s an exploration into the heart of Norway’s natural beauty. The journey takes you through narrow passages and tranquil waters, showcasing the best of the fjords’ dramatic landscapes.

Along the way, you’ll visit remote villages and bustling coastal towns, gaining insights into the local culture and history.

What sets Hurtigruten apart is its focus on sustainability and eco-friendly practices, ensuring that the pristine beauty of the fjords is preserved for future generations.

With its unique itineraries and commitment to responsible tourism, Hurtigruten offers an unforgettable experience for those looking to explore the Norwegian fjords in depth.

Saga Cruises offers Norwegian Fjord Cruises to the older generation

Saga Cruises

Saga Cruises delivers an experience of luxury and tranquility, perfect for travelers who value comfort and a touch of sophistication. This cruise line is tailored for the over-50s, offering a calm and classy environment that’s ideal for a leisurely exploration of the fjords.

The Saga fleet features ships that are elegantly furnished, boasting roomy cabins, exquisite dining experiences, and top-notch amenities.

As you sail through Norway’s peaceful waters, enjoy the stunning fjords from the luxury of your spacious cabin or the ship’s various lounges and viewing decks.

Beyond the onboard experience, Saga Cruises offers diverse excursions that take you deep into the fjords. You’ll have the chance to visit charming seaside towns and immerse yourself in Nordic history and culture.

Saga’s focus on luxurious, intimate cruising, along with its stellar service, makes every part of your voyage both delightful and unforgettable.

If you’re in search of a luxurious, relaxed pace on your journey, Saga Cruises offers an exceptional way to experience the splendor of the Norwegian fjords.

Bergen City in Norway is a popular spot on these cruises

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises is renowned for blending luxury with cultural enrichment, making it a top choice for a Norwegian Fjord cruise.

This cruise line is celebrated for its elegant, Scandinavian-designed ships that offer a blend of comfort and style, providing an intimate setting for exploring Norway’s dramatic landscapes.

Aboard Viking Cruises, guests enjoy spacious staterooms, many with private verandas perfect for fjord-gazing. The dining experiences are a highlight, with a range of gourmet options that include regional specialties, offering a taste of Norwegian cuisine.

What sets Viking apart is its focus on immersive cultural experiences. The cruise includes expert-led lectures about Norwegian history and culture, as well as enriching shore excursions that delve deep into the heart of each destination.

Whether it’s exploring historic Bergen, the gateway to the fjords, or visiting remote, picturesque villages, Viking ensures a journey that is as informative as it is breathtaking.

For travelers seeking a luxurious and educational journey through the fjords, Viking Cruises offers an experience that is both indulgent and enlightening.

Holland America Line is another one of the best norwegian fjord cruises

Holland America Line

Holland America Line stands as a beacon of classic cruising elegance, offering a refined experience on its Norwegian Fjord cruises.

This cruise line is known for its graceful, mid-sized ships that provide a perfect balance between the grandeur of large ships and the personalized feel of smaller vessels.

On a Holland America cruise through the Norwegian fjords, passengers can expect a journey filled with breathtaking scenery complemented by top-notch service and amenities.

The ships boast beautifully designed staterooms, world-class dining options, and a wide range of entertainment and enrichment activities.

Holland America Line is particularly praised for its extensive excursion program, which allows passengers to deeply explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of Norway.

Excursions range from scenic hikes and kayaking adventures to cultural tours of historic Norwegian towns and cities.

With its commitment to creating memorable and enriching cruise experiences, Holland America Line offers an exquisite way to discover the majestic beauty of the Norwegian fjords.

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises offers a distinctly intimate and luxurious sailing experience through the Norwegian fjords, perfect for those seeking a blend of adventure and refinement.

Known for its small, sleek yachts and sailing ships, Windstar provides an up-close and personal view of Norway’s stunning landscapes, making it feel like a private fjord exploration.

With Windstar, guests can enjoy a yacht-like experience, where the smaller size of the ships allows access to narrower passages and more secluded harbors that larger cruise ships can’t reach.

This unique aspect ensures a more immersive experience in the fjords, providing opportunities to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations and hidden gems of Norway.

The onboard experience on Windstar is characterized by luxurious accommodations, exceptional service, and gourmet dining, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients.

Moreover, Windstar’s commitment to delivering personalized experiences means guests can enjoy tailored excursions and activities, enhancing their journey through the fjords.

For travelers seeking an exclusive and adventurous exploration of the Norwegian fjords, Windstar Cruises is an unparalleled choice.

What to pack for your Norweigan cruise

What to pack for your Norweigan cruise

Packing for a Norwegian Cruise requires thoughtful preparation to ensure comfort and enjoyment.

Firstly, layering is key in Norway’s variable climate, so pack lightweight, warm layers like fleece jackets, thermal wear, and waterproof outerwear.

Comfortable, sturdy footwear is essential for shore excursions and deck walks. Don’t forget binoculars for wildlife spotting and a camera to capture the fjords’ beauty.

For long summer days, bring sunglasses and sunscreen.

Finally, consider a reusable water bottle for hydration and eco-friendly travel. By packing these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to fully enjoy the awe-inspiring experience of a Norwegian Fjord Cruise.

A Norwegian Fjord Cruise is an unforgettable journey into some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes. Each cruise option offers a unique experience, from intimate yacht-like adventures to luxurious voyages.

There are many ways you can save money on cruises but the Norwegian Fjords are a more expensive destination to explore, so book in advance for the best prices.

With the right preparation and an adventurous spirit, you’re set for an extraordinary journey through Norway’s breathtaking fjords.

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The best fjord cruises in Fjord Norway

The best way to see the fjords is from a boat! Here is our list of the top day cruises available.

Read more about the Norwegian fjords :

  • The most famous fjords in Norway
  • The little-known fjords you mustn’t miss
  • The best activities to experience the fjords

1. From Bergen city centre to Mostraumen

Join a fjord cruise from Bergen through spectacular fjord landscape! Narrow fjords, steep mountain sides, mighty waterfalls – a unique fjord experience ! Daily departures all year. Book your fjord cruise to Mostraumen from Bergen here

2. Fjord cruise from Stavanger to the Lysefjord and Preikestolen

On this fjord cruise from Stavanger, we sail silently with our brand new electric boat MS Rygerelektra into the beautiful Lysefjord and Preikestolen. Gaze up at majestic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) from the sea. See the mysterious Vagabonds Cave. Be charmed by goats at summer pasture. Feel the refreshing spray from the impressive Hengjane waterfalls. Have an unforgettable adventure in any weather! Book your fjord cruise from Stavanger to the Lysefjord with Rødne Admire the breathtaking Pulpit Rock from below and explore Fantahålå from the comfort of a modern and comfortable catamaran. As the wind blows through your hair, you will also have stunning views of small islands, waterfalls, traditional farms and local wildlife as you cruise along Lysefjord. The fjord is exceptionally straight and is lined with granite walls which you can appreciate from the deck or the large panoramic windows on board Go Fjords cruises. Book your fjord cruise on the Lysefjord with Go Fjords

3. From Stavanger to Flørli 4444

The cruise into Lysefjord is an adventure in itself. We sail through spectacular fjord scenery past impressive Preikestolen and on to the Hengjane Falls before arriving at Flørli at about 10:30 in the morning. Flørli is perhaps best known for its world-record wooden staircase, with 4,444 steps. You can climb the stairs on the way to the old power plant 750 meters above the village, with spectacular views during the trek. Book your fjord cruise to Flørli here

4. From Ålesund to famous Geiranger

3 fjords in 3 hours! From Ålesund you travel through three different fjords and spectacular scenery before you arrive in Geiranger. You can either choose to stay in Geiranger, or take the boat back again, after a few hours in Geiranger where you can have lunch and go for a short sightseeing tour to the closest viewpoints Ørnesvingen (the Eagle bend) or Flydalsjuvet. Book your fjord cruise from Ålesund to Geiranger

5. The car ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger

On your way to Geiranger you can enjoy the Geirangerfjord, see the famous Seven Sisters waterfall and the Bridal Veil (Brudesløret) waterfall and gaze up at the abandonded farms clinging on to the mountain sides.

6. Fjord tour Flåm - Gudvangen - Flåm

Experience the Nærøyfjord, the narrowest and most spectacular of the inlets of the Sognefjord, at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Available all-year! Start your fjord cruise from Flåm or Gudvangen. If you travel from Flåm, you will first sail through the idyllic Aurlandsfjord, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Then, the boat continues through the narrow Nærøyfjord before arriving Gudvangen, innermost in the Nærøyfjord. The trip takes around two hours one way.

7. Hjørundfjorden from Ålesund

See unspoilt nature on this cruise from Ålesund to Øye, through the 35 km long Hjørundfjord! The Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with mountains streching up to 1700 m.a.s.l. Pass villages along the way, some without road connection. You can disembark at Trandal, where you can try the world's most instagrammable swing. Book your fjord cruise from Ålesund to the Hjørundfjord here .

8. Wonderful Rosendal from Bergen

The most beautiful and fastest way to travel from Bergen to Hardanger! A day trip to charming Rosendal - or the perfect starting point for the trip on to Trolltunga. In Rosendal you can visit the Barony, Scandinavia's smallest castle from 1665, visit the Folgefonnsenteret or just stroll in the center with narrow streets, cozy cafes and nice galleries. Book your fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal .

9. Cruise on the Lovatnet lake in Nordfjord

Technically not a fjord cruise (it's on a lake), there are few boat trips more beautiful than the trip on Lovatnet lake in the Lodalen Valley, encircled by high mountains and glacier tongues of Jostedalsbreen glacier.

10. Full day cruise from Haugesund

Go on an unforgettable trip to famous natural gems along the coast. The fjord cruise consists of a guided tour to destinations such as Flor & Fjære, Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri and Espevær. When you arrive at your destination, you will be given a tour by a local guide, followed by a delicious dinner.

Emma Cruises

Norwegian Fjords Cruise: 32 Tips You NEED to Know

In June 2018 I took a cruise around the Norwegian Fjords with my lovely Mum. In this post, I’ll share with you the things I wish I knew before my first cruise to Norway. Including:

When to cruise to Norway What to pack on a Norwegian Fjords cruise What to do onboard What to do in: Bergen, Olden, Stavanger and Aldalsnes.

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When is the best time to cruise the Norwegian Fjords?

The Norwegian Fjords cruising season runs from May until September. The only cruise line that offers Norwegian Fjords cruises all year round is Hurtigruten. Peak time tends to be in July and August with this itinerary being particularly popular with families.

In the UK children are off school from mid-July until early September so if you can avoid travelling at this time I would, not only will it be busier but it’ll be significantly more expensive!

When is The Best Time to Cruise to Norway? – Season Price Guide

Norwegian Fjords tip #1

  • I would recommend cruising at the beginning or end of the summer season. You’ll get the best deals at this time and the ships won’t be too busy. May-June or September would be be my recommendation. You still have a good chance of some sunshine but more on that later in the post…

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Norwegian Fjords tip #2

Be aware that if you travel in the summer, it will be light a lot of the time. Sleeping is never a problem for me, but it is a bit confusing when you have been out for dinner, watched the show, come out and it is still daylight! – Gaynor Le Teace (my mum)

It’s true! In some parts of Norway they even have a ‘midnight sun’. Cruise ship cabins usually have pretty thick curtains so I don’t have any trouble sleeping but if you are somebody who cannot tolerate even the smallest amount of light in the room when you sleep then you might want to consider an inside cabin.

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What is the weather like on a Norwegian Fjords cruise?

The weather in Norway is unpredictable and very often wet. The weather in Summer SHOULD be dry and can even be pretty warm. We cruised in June and it rained every single day… However, I have a few friends who cruised two weeks earlier had glorious sunshine every day and temperatures reached 30c! (90f). I would not base your decision on when to go around the weather. It’s extremely unpredictable!

The weather means that you need to remember to bring the following things…

What to bring

Norwegian fjords tip #3.

  • Take sensible shoes, a waterproof jacket, jeans, jumpers (sweaters). As I mentioned above we had rain every single day. Annoyingly the UK was experiencing a heat wave at the time! A waterproof jacket/a coat is without a doubt the most important thing you should pack. I wore my red coat every single day.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #4

  • Make sure you pack some dresses/shorts! This one might seem a bit silly given what I said above but the weather can reach 30c (90f). It can also vary a lot between ports so just because you have one rainy day doesn’t mean it will rain for the entire cruise.

Norwegian Fjords tip #5

Pack some small binoculars – I forgot mine. Obviously didn’t pay enough attention to the holiday packing spreadsheet in my excitement! – Gaynor Le Teace (my mum)

The views are INCREDIBLE as you sail around the Norwegian Fjords. I don’t really use binoculars but mum likes to so if you’d like to spy on people as you go by it can be worth packing binoculars. A good camera with a zoom can also work the same way.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #6

  • Bring the best camera you have! (Or at least your phone). All of my photos were taken on my iPhone because quite frankly I have no idea how to use a decent DSLR camera. You’ll want to take SO many photos. Look at this!! It’s INCREDIBLE.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #7

  • Bring your phone and use it. I usually say you should keep your phone in airplane mode when you are at sea. However, when cruising around the Norwegian Fjords you’re often close enough to land to be able to pick up 4G from land. If you are in doubt about how your phone will work at sea I have another post about that here: How do mobile phones work at sea? (If you’re American a mobile phone = a cell phone). I know we don’t go on cruises to spend all of our time on our phone but being able to send messages/emails/photos to friends and family back home is always a bonus.Mum mostly used it to send photos of me to my dad…

 What to do onboard

These tips are general to the whole of Norway. There are more specific tips about the ports that we visited at the end of this post.

Norwegian Fjords tip #8

Book a balcony cabin!

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Norwegian Fjords tip #9

  • Make sure you book whatever tours you’d like to do as early as possible. We booked ours onboard and a lot of them were already sold out which limited our options. Ideally, you should book the tours before you travel. It’s usually possible to do this on the website of most cruise lines. If not try and book the tours on the first day to avoid disappointment!I am below looking very pleased with myself at the Briksdal glacier in Olden.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #10

  • Be aware that a lot of things are closed on Sundays! If you are docking on a Sunday don’t assume that shops will be open. It’s always best to do your research and check before you cruise.

Norwegian Fjords tip #11

  • Look out for weird things in the souvenir shops… I managed to find a whale sausage!

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Norwegian Fjords tip #12

Always get up early to see the sail in to port, the views are incredible. (Even if you have to wear the aforementioned jeans, jacket, jumper, hat etc. – Gaynor Le Teace (my mum)

Norwegian Fjords tip #13

  • Bring your quilt onto the balcony! (Duvet). I’m not kidding. If you can also make yourself a cup of tea that’ll make it even better! I mostly had to do this because I hadn’t planned for such cold weather so didn’t bring the right clothes. Hopefully by reading this post you won’t make the same mistake that I did! (I thought June would be okay!)

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Norwegian Fjords tip #14

Unless there is somewhere you particularly wish to visit, look at at the weather forecast before booking excursions..

It is rather a waste of money to book an expensive trip up a mountain or to see the Troll Wall when everything is shrouded in fog, and you can’t see anything anyway! When we got to the top of the funicular railway in Bergen this is the view that we were greeted with…

View of the fog in Bergen, Norwegian Fjords cruise, Funicular railway

This is what it was meant to look like!

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In the next section of this post, we talk about the ports of Bergen, Olden, Stavanger and Andalsnes.

Bergen cruise port tips

Norwegian fjords tip #15.

  • Take the funicular railway! The number one attraction in Bergen appears to be the funicular railway. It is a gentle stroll to the bottom of the railway, and easy to pay by credit card – no kroner needed. Approx £9.75 for two adults one way. Once at the top it is a lovely walk back down the hill on a tarmacked road, through the wooded hillside. No need to pay for an excursion!. We found out from a fellow passenger later that there is actually a lake ten minutes from top of the hill, may be worth a look if its a sunny day.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #16

  • If you do take the funicular railway go later in the day. We went in the morning and couldn’t see a thing because of the fog! We could have been anywhere. If you are physically able to, make sure you walk back down. The path is a winding road and you’ll see some amazing sights along the way! It was really cool for us to be able to get below the clouds and see the ships.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #17

  • Look out for the trees that have their own jumpers! I’m not kidding.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #18

  • Be aware that you may sail away from Bergen quite early. I’m not too sure why they do this but a sail away of 3 pm can be quite standard. It’s probably just because this is the last port on the itinerary for cruise lines like P&O and Princess. The cruise line will let you know what time the ship is set to sail.

Stavanger Cruise Tips

Norwegian fjords tip #19.

  • Visit the old town. It is easy to wander around is and genuinely just a lovely place! There will be a lot of tourists here. I wonder what it would be like to live in one of these houses with thousands of tourists wandering up and down your street. No wonder they all have net curtains.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #20

  • Visit the petroleum museum. Okay, this one is a little weird. I had no idea that there was a petroleum museum in Stavanger but SO many people have asked me if I went. They all seem to love it! It has a 4.5/5 star rating on trip advisor so must be something special…

Norwegian Fjords tip #21

  • Be careful when walking around the roads. Even in the newer part of town, the roads can be a little difficult. If you are in a wheelchair it may be a good idea to stick to the main streets and not venture up and down all of the little cobbled streets that I found myself wandering around.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #22

  • Check out the other ships. There are usually multiple cruise ships docked in Stavanger at the same time. Make sure you get out and have a peek at the other ships! This is always one of my favourite things to do in a port. We were docked beside the MSC Orchestra and the Viking Sun. (Bit ironic since it rained every day on this cruise).

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Norwegian Fjords tip #23

  • Wander around the lake at Stravanger park. There is a lovely little park not too far from the cruise port. It is easy to walk there and wandering around the lake is very pleasant. Even in the rain, it was lovely. The park is right beside a cathedral.

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Olden Cruise Tips

Norwegian fjords tip #24.

  • Have your photo taken with a troll. Go on, you know you want too!

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Norwegian Fjords tip #25

  • Visit the Briksdal glacier. I would 100% recommend doing this. The glacier is SO COOL (mind the pun) and there are lots of lovely paths to walk around near it. There is even a couple of toilets here which I really appreciated. It takes around 45 minutes to get here from the cruise ship but you’ll get to see some amazing views on the way.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #26

  • Skip the Loen Skylift. We took the Loen Skylift and I honestly wouldn’t recommend it. The price of this is around £50 per person! (I know Norway is expensive but that is mad). The skylift only goes up and down every 30 minutes and 35 people fit in one skylift meaning you can’t really see anything on the way up or down. I really hate to be negative and tell people not to do things but I honestly just thought this was a waste of money. The views are really good but I don’t think £50 worth of good. Maybe it would have been better if it wasn’t so blooming cold!!

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Norwegian Fjords tip #27

  • Take as many photos of the ship as you can! There is NO better backdrop than that of the Norwegian Fjords. Even in bad weather, the ships look amazing. I honestly think the clouds and fog add a little something which makes it seem mysterious?!

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Norwegian Fjords tip #28

  • Do NOT miss the sail away! As we departed Olden a small cafe on the ship blasted out ‘I am sailing’ by Rod Stewart followed by ‘Time tooo…. say… goooddbyyyyyeee’ by Katherine Jenkins.  Don’t pretend you didn’t just sing that in your head. I did!

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Andalsnes Cruise Tips:

Norwegian fjords tip #29.

  • Take a gamble on the troll wall? I’m not TOO sure if this really counts as a tip but I would say think twice about booking a trip to the bottom of troll wall. If the weather is bad you won’t see a thing. I hadn’t ever looked up the troll wall before so I had no idea what I was meant to be seeing.

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Norwegian Fjords tip #30

  • Head UP the troll wall. I made some friends on this cruise and they told me that they had been UP the troll wall and had amazing views from up there. If I went again I would pick a tour that took you to the top of the wall whereas ours just took us to the bottom where we stared up at the clouds.

Other bonus tips!

Norwegian fjords tip #31.

Put a currency converter on your phone for Norwegian Kroner. Its pretty expensive, and you don’t want to get a nasty shock when you open your credit card bill! Do you really need a wooden troll or reindeer sausages? I think not… – Gaynor Le Teace (my mum)

Norwegian Fjords tip #32

  • Eat as much food as you can on the ship so that you don’t have to eat in port… Norway is really expensive and I have no interest in paying for food when I have an unlimited supply on the ship! Make sure you eat a big breakfast and you’ll be fine for a while. If you have kids though it may be worth bringing some snacks.

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My cruise onboard Britannia

This was my first P&O cruise and I was REALLY impressed with the food and service onboard. If you are cruising onboard Britannia make sure you check out this post. P&O Britannia: 8 free ‘must do’ activities.   Britannia is an amazing ship but she is HUGE and it can be difficult to make the most of your time onboard.

I also filmed a tour video when I was onboard and will be posting daily vlogs in each port.

Are you taking a cruise around the Norwegian Fjords? (Or would you like to?)

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FURTHER READING:

A CRUISE ADDICTS GUIDE TO EXPLORING THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS. – CRUISE ADDICTS BLOG

CRUISING THE FJORDS OF NORWAY – THE CRUISE BLOGGER

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Ulvik, Norway

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Hand-crafted highlights.

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise to show you Norway’s awe-inspiring natural surroundings as summer turns to autumn, a time of year that’s renowned for the fruit harvest. Ulvik is ideally placed for sampling the local seasonal produce, from apple juice to cider and brandy, while a scenic cruise along Hardangerfjord will showcase orchard-covered valleys and mountains. Balmoral will also sail the picturesque Nordfjord, passing Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff. There will be opportunities to admire the remarkable landscapes ashore too, during a visit to the Briksdal Glacier from Olden, accompanied by a local geologist; or on a boat tour from Haugesund.

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Bergen, Norway

Experience Bergen like a local

Join a walking tour of Bergen, and experience it like a local rather than as a tourist. After reaching the summit of Mount Fløyen via the funicular train, not only will you be presented with spectacular views over the fjord below; but your hike will take in Mount Sandviken and Øvre Eide Farm, where you’ll have the chance to learn of traditional Norwegian farm life.

Nordfjord, Norway

Scenic Norwegian fjords

A journey along the spectacular Nordfjord aboard Balmoral offers a multitude of opportunities for Scenic Discoveries. At the entrance from the ocean, you’ll see low-lying lands and smooth beaches, but as your cruise ship continues deeper into the fjord, the landscapes become taller with huge cliffs and alpine mouintains.

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Introducing balmoral.

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising.  Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Our Signature Tours

At each port of call, we have carefully researched and hand-selected some wonderful tour options for you, designed to help you see the real destination and not just the tourist hotspots.

Below, you will find some examples of the kind of tours which could be available on your itinerary. Your Shore Tours will be available to book around 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Briksdal Glacier Hike With a Local Expert

This special tour affords you the opportunity to accompany a local expert graduate in geomorphology, who has worked as a glacier guide at the site, on a visit to view this famous glacier arm.

Hiking Like a Local

Walk to Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO-listed Heritage Site, before ascending to the summit of Mount Fløyen on the funicular train. After a hike to the top of Mount Sandviken, descend into the valley to Øvre Eide Farm for a taste of creamy fish soup.

Syse Fruit Farm

Visit Syse Gard, a traditional family-run farm situated beside the Hardangerford. Gain an insight into the daily life and history on the farm, explore the orchard and sample produce such as apple juice, cider, and dried meats.

Boat Trip to Lysefjord

Enjoy a scenic tour of the Stavanger Archipelago and Lysefjord. Cutting deep into Rogaland County, Lysefjord offers views of mountain farms, islands, waterfalls and Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock.

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Dr. Anjana Khatwa

Anjana has over 25 years experience working within the natural conservation sector and holds an international reputation for excellence in geoscience and communciation. She will be delivering a series of talks about the Norwegian Fjords.

Kjersti Farrier

Kjersti, who was born in Norway, will be joining us to share some insight into Norwegian culture and way of life.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

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Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Last few cabins remaining!

Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Balcony Cabin (BA)

Located on Deck 8 & 9, Balcony Cabins have a private balcony and spacious cabin area

Ocean View (F)

Two portholes in Balmoral's F Grade Ocean View cabins offer ocean views

Ocean View (E)

The E Grade Ocean View cabin on Balmoral features a picture window

Ocean View (D)

Balmoral’s D Grade Ocean View cabins have a picture window

Superior Ocean View (C)

Balmoral's C Grade Superior Ocean View cabins feature a picture window.

Superior Ocean Fully Obstructed View (CO)

CO Grade Superior Ocean View cabins have a fully obstructed picture window.

Superior Ocean View (B)

These cabins feature a picture window offering ocean views

Superior Ocean View (A)

These cabins feature a picture window offering ocean views.

Interior Cabin (I)

I Grade Inside cabins on Balmoral offer everything you need on a cruise.

Interior Cabin (H)

Balmoral’s H Grade Interior cabins offer all the features you need on a cruise

Superior Interior Cabin (G)

G Grade Superior Inside cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing cruise

Single Interior Cabin (N)

N Grade Single Interior cabins are located on decks 3 & 6

Single Interior Cabin (M)

M Grade Single Interior cabins are perfect for a relaxing cruise

Single Ocean View (K)

K Grade Ocean View cabins on Balmoral offer scenic views from the picture window

Single Ocean View (L)

Balmoral's L Grade Single Ocean View cabins offer ocean views from the porthole

Single Balcony Cabin (J)

On Lido Deck 8, Balmoral's J Grade Balcony cabins have a picture window

Single Balcony Suite (JB)

Balmoral's Single Balcony Suites have a private balcony and airy inside area

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Cruise Offers

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As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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Aurora Borealis Activity, Norway

SEE THE CELESTIAL SKIES

Norway cruises.

Explore Viking Age history and jaw-dropping fjords.

In Norway, you'll admire everything from the deep blue fjords to the snow-capped mountain peaks. Cruise to Norway and head to the inner end of the stunning Aurlandsfjorden to join a fairy tale ride along the Flam Railway, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world. In Honningsvag, situated above the Arctic Circle, admire the views across the sea to the Svalbard Islands and the North Pole, and watch the indigenous Sami people herd raucous reindeer through the area. Stroll through Bergen's Bryggen neighborhood, with its medieval cobblestone alleyways and colorfully painted houses, or go shopping in the small boutiques that offer handmade Sami crafts. Whether you're looking to feast on traditional Nordic king crab or hoping to see the massive glacial walls of the Svalbard Islands, you can do it all in this northern paradise.

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Beautiful Snow Covered Mountains, Norway

WELCOME TO THE ICE AGE

Set off for the north to see the sparsely populated, mountainous country of Norway. Among the thousands of pristine lakes, isolated islands and stunning fjords, you'll feel like you've stepped back into the Ice Age. 

Norway, Stavanger Majestic Cliff

THE JEWELS OF THE NORTH

Norway is famous for its fjords, the narrow, steep-sided inlets formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the Ice Age. Head to Geiranger to see Europe's highest fjord, or explore Molde's 12-mile fjord that winds through the archipelago. No matter how you choose to ford the fjords, you'll see why Norway is known for these natural wonders.

Norway, Bergen Local Fishmarket

SAVOR THE SEA

Different parts of Norway offer unique specialties and tasty delicacies. Most dishes include fish and seafood straight from the sea, but you can head to Naboen Pub and Restaurant in Bergen or Dovrehallen in  Oslo  for meat dishes featuring mutton, beef or reindeer. Try pancakes stuffed with bacon, sour cream and lingonberry jam, or warm up with a creamy fish soup.

Norway Dalsnibba Mountain Plateau

HIGH UP HIDEAWAYS

In Norway, you're never far from the natural world. Cruise to Norway to hike or bike the many trails of  Mold e to see views of 222 mountain peaks, or trek along the  Geiranger Skywalk  to see aerial views of glaciers below. In Stavanger, hike up the well-marked paths to the impressive cliff of Prekestol, or simply enjoy the tranquility and quietness of  Flam Valley .

Norway, Bergen Historical Buildings

ANCIENT HISTORY, MODERN CHARM

From the old city quarters to the modern architecture, Norwegian towns off wonderful sights. Take a stroll to Oslo's Opera House for a view of its striking design, or shop for trendy  Scandinavian  souvenirs in the streets of Bergen. You'll be in heaven no matter where you go with Norway cruises. 

Norway, Bergen Historical Town

GAMBLE ON GAMLEBYEN

Explore the remains of medieval Oslo in Gamlebyen (Old Town), and admire the charming wooden houses. In Bergen, wander alongside the wharf and through the narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen founded in 1070. Here you'll walk amongst colorful UNESCO-listed wooden buildings, preserved or rebuilt in their original Medieval style.

Norway, Kristiansand Cannons at Fort Marina

PIRATES AHEAD

Travel to the southern city of  Kristiansand  to visit the picturesque Christiansholm Fortress, built in the 17th century on the seaside promenade in the city center. Walk along five-meter-thick walls, built to protect the city from pirate assaults. In Oslo, don't miss the Akerhus Castle and Fortress built in 1299, which has also functioned as a royal residence and a prison. You'll find history everywhere you look during your Norway vacation.

Norwegian Rosemaling Flower Art

SCANDINAVIAN SOUVENIRS

In Norway's larger cities, like Oslo and Bergen, you can go shopping in big malls and department stores, but there are also many small boutiques, antique shops and markets all throughout the country. The small trendy design stores are stocked with gifts and souvenirs like Norwegian brown cheese or knitted sweaters. In the smaller towns, you'll often find unique shops with handmade crafts like Viking drinking horns.

Norway Tromso Winter

THERE'S NOR-WAY YOU'LL WANT TO MISS THIS

Enjoy the impressive views of the steep mountainsides, flowing waterfalls and narrow valleys of the Norwegian countryside. Immerse yourself in the local culture by admiring the colorful wooden houses and medieval ruins and indulging in the fresh regional cuisine. When you visit Norway, you'll find like you've entered a whole new world.

Norway, Aurlands Fjorden

FJORD FOR DAYS

Originally a Norwegian word describing a narrow inlet formed within a glacial valley, the term "fjord" has since gone international. Norway is home to no less than 1,000 fjords, so be sure to check out the country via these winding waterways. Admire the Geirangerfjord in  Geiranger , the Aurlandsfjord in  Flam  or the Lustrafjord in  Skjolden  for a heavenly view.

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NORTHERN EXPEDITIONS

While you're in the region, why not explore some other  Northern European  cities? Norway's neighboring countries, such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland and  Iceland , each have their unforgettably unique characteristics, so be sure to relax in  Reykjavik , Iceland's geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic vistas, or stroll through the stylish Swedish capital, built across 14 islands.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Prepare for Nordic Adventure

As an Arctic wonder, Norway offers adventure, attractions and charm all year round.

If you visit the country in the summer, you'll avoid the chilly temperatures, you'll be able to witness the Midnight Sun and will find that more attractions are open. In winter, however, you'll be able to see a northern wonderland covered in a magical layer of snow, which you can enjoy by snow shoeing, skiing or snowboarding. Between late September and late March, it's dark from early afternoon until late morning, and this is the best time to see the Northern Lights.

No matter what season you decide to visit, just remember the Norwegian saying, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." While the climate between different areas of the country varies widely, the Norwegian winters are long and cold in general. If you wear the right clothes, though, you'll be just fine.

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The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, taxis and shops.

For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.

At the local Tourist Office, you can usually rent a bicycle or pick up some helpful walking and cycling guides.

CUISINE NORDIC NOMS 

In Norway, you'll find many higher-end restaurants transforming local ingredients into refined, modern plates. But there's also no shortage of hearty traditional far in the smaller towns or hiparagraphCopy international cuisine in the bigger cities. If you're looking for delectable seafood dishes during your vacation, Norway is the place to go.

Norwegian Cinnamon Buns

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH

Northern Europeans know a thing or two about pastry. If you're in the mood for a sweet treat for breakfast or with afternoon tea, pop into a traditional Norwegian bakery and try the norsk kanelboller, a cardamon-scented dough pastry, or skillingsboller, the Scandinavian cinnamon bun.

Norwegian Fresh Seafood

STRAIGHT FROM THE SEA

Throughout Norway, menus in both high-end eateries and humble, family-run spots reflect the long-held local fishing traditions. King crab risotto, creamy fish soup, mussels, poached salmon, tasty fish soups and crispy cod tongues are some of the regional favorites.

Swedish Meatball with Cream Cuisine

MEAT YOUR NEW FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD

Kjottkaker, a popular dish of pan-fried meatballs with onions and spices, can be found nearly everywhere in Norway. It's typically served in a stick-to-your-ribs gravy or lingonberry jam and enjoyed alongside potatoes and vegetables.

Related Ports

Viking history, sky-high breathtaking fjords, the northern lights, and cozy costal towns all complete the vibrant picture of a Norway Cruise. Make your way to ports like Skjolden, Geiranger, Flam, and Bergen. 

Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes

Bergen, Norway

Alesund, Norway Rocks and Seawall

Alesund, Norway

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Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway

A Replica Viking Boat with Mountains in the Background, Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway

Geiranger, Norway, Snowcapped Fjord

Geiranger, Norway

Northern Lights Over Arctic Terrain in Norway, Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway

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Kristiansand, Norway

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Molde, Norway

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Stavanger, Norway

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Nordfjordeid, Norway

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What currency is used on the Fjords cruise?

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On the Fjords cruise, the currency used in Norway is the Norwegian krone (NOK). While some places may accept other currencies, it is recommended to have Norwegian krone for your purchases.

What is the currency and the price level in Norway?

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian krone, abbreviated to NOK. The price level in Norway is generally high compared to many other countries.

Does Norway accept US dollars?

No, US dollars are not accepted as a currency in Norway. You will need to exchange your US dollars for Norwegian krone at a currency exchange or bank.

Is it better to pay by cash or card in Norway?

Paying by card is more convenient and widely accepted in Norway. Debit and credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are accepted almost everywhere. However, it is still a good idea to have some cash on hand for small purchases, as some places may prefer cash.

Do I need krone for Norway cruise?

Yes, you will need Norwegian krone for your Norway cruise. While credit cards are widely accepted, it is still advisable to have some cash for tipping and smaller purchases.

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Should you bring cash on Norwegian Cruise?

It is recommended to bring some cash on a Norwegian Cruise for tipping and small expenses. While major credit cards are accepted, having cash on hand can be convenient in certain situations.

How much is $1 USD in Norway?

As of the latest exchange rate, 1 USD is equivalent to approximately 10.18 Norwegian krone.

Is Norway mostly cashless?

Yes, Norway is mostly cashless. The majority of Norwegians use debit cards for their transactions, and mobile payment apps are also widely popular. Only a small percentage of point of sale transactions are paid for by cash.

Is the US dollar strong in Norway?

The strength of the US dollar in Norway can vary. As of the latest exchange rate, 1 USD is equivalent to approximately 10.30 Norwegian krone.

Do you tip in Norway?

Tipping in Norway is not expected, but it is appreciated. If you receive excellent service, rounding up your bill or leaving a 10% tip is considered generous.

How much is a 1 krone coin worth in US dollars?

As of the latest exchange rate, 1 Norwegian krone is equivalent to approximately 0.098 US dollars.

How much money should I bring to Norway?

The amount of money to bring to Norway depends on your budget and travel plans. For budget travelers, around $50 to $100 per day is sufficient, while mid-range travelers can expect to spend around $150 to $250 per day. It is essential to plan ahead and research activities and costs to create a budget that suits your needs.

Is a Norwegian fjords cruise worth it?

Yes, a Norwegian fjords cruise is definitely worth it. The breathtaking scenery and unique experience of cruising through the fjords make it a popular choice among travelers. Additionally, there are hidden gems in the ports of call that offer further exploration and memorable experiences.

Do you have to pay for water on Norwegian Cruise?

No, water is complimentary on Norwegian Cruise. Along with water, other non-alcoholic beverages such as lemonade, fruit juices, coffee, and tea are also provided at no additional cost. However, if you prefer a broader selection or alcoholic beverages, you can purchase them individually or opt for drink packages.

What currency is used on Norwegian Cruise Lines?

The currency used on Norwegian Cruise Lines is the US dollar. When you check in, you will open a shipboard account that is tied to a major credit card such as VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. All onboard expenses are charged to this account using your cruise card, which also serves as your room key.

What is the best way to pay for things in Norway?

The best way to pay for things in Norway is by using debit or credit cards. Card payments, especially BankAxept cards, are widely accepted and convenient. Mobile payment apps are also popular in Norway. It is recommended to have some cash on hand for small purchases, although it is not necessary for most transactions.

How much is a cup of coffee in Norway?

The price of a cup of coffee in Norway can vary, but on average, a standard cup of black coffee costs around 20 to 45 NOK (approximately 2 to 5 USD). Specialty beverages like lattes and cappuccinos can be more expensive, sometimes exceeding 50 NOK.

Is Norway very expensive?

Yes, Norway is known for its high cost of living and prices are generally higher compared to many other countries. Travelers should be prepared for higher expenses during their visit to Norway.

Is it expensive to eat in Norway?

Eating out in Norway can be expensive compared to some other countries. Prices at restaurants and cafes may be higher, but there are also more affordable options available. By exercising prudence and choosing wisely, you can keep your dining expenses at a reasonable level.

How much is a cup of coffee in Norway in US dollars?

The price of a cup of coffee in Norway, in US dollars, is approximately 2 to 5 USD for a standard cup of black coffee. Specialty beverages may cost more.

What are you not allowed to bring on a Norwegian cruise ship?

On Norwegian cruise ships, guests are not allowed to bring intoxicating liquors/beverages, travel irons, firearms, weapons, ammunition, explosive substances, or any goods of a dangerous nature. Animals, except for service or guide animals, are also not permitted unless prior notification is given to Norwegian Cruise Line.

How much cash should I have on hand on a cruise?

It is recommended to have around $50 to $100 in local currency per day for your cruise. This amount should cover any small purchases and tipping. Additionally, it’s advisable to have smaller bills for tipping purposes.

What is the best way to pay for things on a cruise?

On a cruise, the best way to pay for things is by using your cruise card, which is linked to your onboard account. This card also serves as your room key and allows for easy swiping when making purchases on the ship.

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Jacksonville will get a second cruise ship when Norwegian Cruise Line joins Carnival

N orwegian Cruise Line is on its way to Jacksonville in 2025, giving cruise travelers boarding here a second option for their tropical voyages.

The JaxPort board unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday for a 2,394-passenger Norwegian Cruise Line ship that will offer seasonal sailings starting in November 2025 from Jacksonville to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean. Some of the trips will be 11-day and 12-day voyages, adding a longer cruise option than exists today from Jacksonville.

"There's been a lot of buzz around town about this move, so let's get right to it," JaxPort CEO Eric Green said as he brought the agreement before the board at a special meeting.

The ship called the "Norwegian Gem" will depart from Jacksonville between November and April every year through 2028. It will use the same JaxPort cruise terminal as Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Cruise Line has had a ship sailing out of Jacksonville since 2004, currently with the Elation ship to the Bahamas. Carnival will keep doing its year-round trips out of Jacksonville.

Green said Carnival is the cruise line "that got us to the dance" and will continue to be a mainstay of the city's cruise business.

"It was always a question of whether or not we could host two cruise lines at the same time, but we're able to do it," he said.

What does Norwegian bring to Jacksonville?

Norwegian , known for its colorful hull art , is one of the biggest cruise operators in the world with trips spanning the globe. Headquartered in Miami, Norwegian has used Port Canaveral, Miami and Tampa as its departure ports from Florida. Norwegian cruises also go to Key West. Jacksonville will become its latest homeport.

"Today marks a new milestone in the relationship between Norwegian Cruise Line and JaxPort," company president David J. Herrara said.

Norwegian is no stranger to Jacksonville. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwegian moved three of its ships — the "Norwegian Sky," “Norwegian Gem“ and "Norwegian Pearl" — to JaxPort docks in 2020 because of the industry's  voluntary suspension of cruises . That shutdown forced cruise lines to bring their ships back to ports and PortMiami didn't have enough room for all the ships, so Jacksonville stepped in to offer dock space.

The cruise ships didn't let any passengers on board during their time in Jacksonville. Now Norwegian is set to put the "Norwegian Gem" on the itinerary for cruise passengers out of Jacksonville.

Norwegian will start taking reservations on Feb. 15 at its web site ncl.com for a mix of travel itineraries.

The three 12-day and two 11-day round-trip journeys each year will depart Jacksonville and make calls on Great Stirrup Cay, the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas, with other stops at Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, Basseterre in St. Kitts, San Juan in Puerto Rico, and other destinations.

Norwegian also will have four-day and five-day cruises to the Bahamas with stops at Great Stirrup Cay, Freeport, and Nassau.

The "Norwegian Gem's" capacity of 2,394-passengers would be a bump up in size from the Carnival Elation whose normal guest capacity is 2,052 when estimating two guests per stateroom, according to JaxPort.

The "Norwegian Gem" was built in 2007 and refurbished in 2015. It sails now from Boston.

The JaxPort cruise terminal is off Heckscher Drive west of Interstate 295 and the Dames Point bridge. The height of the bridge limits the size of cruise ships that can pass under its so the jumbo-sized ships that use Port Canaveral and Miami are too large to call on Jacksonville.

Jacksonville has built its cruise business by catering to travelers who like the convenience of boarding here rather than driving farther south. In November, Jacksonville surpassed the 3 million mark for cruise passengers . JaxPort says the city is a growing drive-to cruise market with 98 million consumers living in driving distance of the cruise terminal.

How did JaxPort strike the deal with Norwegian?

The four-year agreement will have three two-year renewal options. JaxPort will pay Norwegian a $2.7 million trademark licensing fee. Norwegian will pay $1.6 million per year to JaxPort to use the cruise terminal.

The contract talks began late last year and moved quickly to reach a deal for Norwegian to use the JaxPort cruise terminal.

In addition to Norwegian's experience of JaxPort from when its ships docked here during the pandemic, the company's Seven Seas Navigator boat has come to Jacksonville for port-of-call visits. A division of Norwegian operates the 496-passenger Seven Seas.

"Today's agreement is a natural evolution of that partnership," Green told the board.

The deal also had a personal connection between Green and Juan Kuryla, the senior vice president of port development and construction for Norwegian. Kuryla previously was port director and CEO of PortMiami so he knew Green from their work in the port industry. In the "it's a small world" nature of that industry, JaxPort almost hired Kuryla to be its CEO in 2013 but Kuryla decided to stay at PortMiami.

When he interviewed for the JaxPort CEO job back then, Kuryla said he would want to bring more cargo and cruise ships to Jacksonville.

He represented the company Tuesday afternoon and told the board Norwegian was pleased at the relationship it has with JaxPort.

"Something we like to say is we go where we are wanted," he said. "We go where we are felt as a partner and as a stakeholder."

City Council President Ron Salem and Mayor Donna Deegan's chief of staff Darnell Smith joined JaxPort leaders for the ceremonial signing of the agreement.

"We all know our city is a gem, and soon it will be fitting to have this ship at our port," Salem said in remarks to the board.

Smith noted a study found the cruise industry in Jacksonville generates about 800 jobs, thousands of hotel room nights, and $187 million of economic impact.

He said when people come to Jacksonville for their cruises, he hopes they will spend time and money in the city's various neighborhoods as part of their vacations.

"We want them to enjoy Jacksonville," he said. "We want them to see all the great things we have to offer."

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville will get a second cruise ship when Norwegian Cruise Line joins Carnival

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship "Norwegian Gem" heads west down the Saint Johns River as it passes under the Dames Point bridge on May 27, 2020. Norwegian temporarily docked the Norwegian Gem and the Norwegian Sky in Jacksonville during the cruise shutdown that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Bob Self/Times-Union]

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