Cruising in the Norwegian Fjords gives an intimate insight into one of the world’s most stunning and unspoilt regions. With many areas designated as UNESCO world heritage sites for their outstanding beauty, the Fjords are dramatic, breath-taking, and bursting with wildlife.
Steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, and icy waters inspire awe and wonder in cruisers to this region. Small Nordic villages with pretty and colourful painted houses nestle along the coastline of vast, deep, and mysterious lakes and inlets. The Fjords are a photographer’s dream, with great prehistoric glaciers, pristine green coated mountainsides, and snow tipped peaks. It’s unsurprising that this is one of the most popular destinations for UK cruisers to visit. Some of the best known ports of call on a Norwegian Fjords cruise are Bergen, Geiranger, Alesund, and Edfjord, but the list of beauty spots along the coast of Norway seems endless.
There are so many reasons to visit the Fjords, in addition to the incredible scenery of the destination. Another bonus is that several cruises offer no-fly cruising from Southampton. You can avoid the stress of airports and the hassle of unspeakably early starts, and instead cruise from your nearest port in the UK straight to the pristine waters of the Fjords. You can get away for a mini-cruise, a week, or even two weeks depending on your preference.
A longer cruise will enable you to travel the length of Norway and even up to Greenland, and it is worth noting that the further north you sail toward the Arctic Circle, the more likely you are to witness the glory of the Northern Lights. If you head for mid-summer you’ll experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun -when the sun hardly sets and you’re bathed in sunshine around the clock.
Spring and early summer are a wonderful time to visit the Fjords because this is when days are the longest. Having said this, the Fjords are a year-round destination with each season offering a different vista. Autumn brings a fabulous array of reds and golds as the leaves turn, and harvest time yields up a bounty of tasty apples, pears, and plums. Winter sees the mountains covered in snow, and Christmas is a festive and pretty time to visit Scandinavia.
Most of the main cruise lines offer the Norwegian Fjords among their destinations, but for a really immersive experience try Hurtigruten. This cruise line offer holidays onboard working postal ships, stopping at many tiny ports off the beaten track to deliver goods along the way. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit some locations you might never otherwise see.
Call our sales team for more advice about cruising in the Norwegian Fjords, or for something a bit further afield, Baltic Cruises are also very popular.