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Fjords & Norway cruises

Fjords & Norway cruises

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Norwegian Fjords cruises give 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 cruises to the Norwegian Fjords. Small Nordic villages with colourfully painted houses nestle along the coastline of vast, deep and mysterious fjords and inlets. The Fjords are a photographer’s dream with great prehistoric glaciers, pristine green coated mountainsides and snow tipped peaks, so it's unsurprising that this is the most popular destination 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 is endless.

Most of the main cruise lines offer the Norwegian Fjords as a destination but for a really immersive experience try Hurtigruten who offer cruises on board working postal ships, stopping at many tiny ports off the beaten track to deliver goods along the way. P&O Cruises, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Fred. Olsen and Holland America Line all offer cruises to the Fjords, as do the luxury cruise lines too.

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When is the best time to cruise the Norwegian Fjords

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 will experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun when the sun hardly sets and you’re bathed in sunshine around the clock.

Springtime and early summer are a wonderful time to visit the Fjords and the days are longest but 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 time sees the mountains covered in snow and Christmas is a festive and pretty time to visit Scandinavia. For cruises further afield Baltic Cruises are also very popular.

When it comes to the weather in the Norwegian Fjords, the warmest temperatures are from June to August. However, the season runs from May to September, so if you don't mind it being slightly cooler but with less crowds, travelling off-peak is also a great choice. Due to its northern location, when travelling in the summer, you'll also be able to enjoy long summer days, although for the famous "midnight sun", you have to travel into the Arctic Circle.

Types of cruises to Norway

From no-fly cruises from Southampton, avoiding the stress of airports, to a mini cruise, or a longer cruise that will enable you to travel the length of Norway all the way up to Svalbard flying from regional UK airports to Bergen, you'll find out for yourself just what makes this part of the world such a special destination. Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned voyager, travelling alone or as a family, a Norway cruise will leave you with lifelong memories from start to finish with something for everyone.

Norwegian Fjords Cruises Special Events

Throughout the year, various ports of call across the Norwegian Fjords come to life with animated festivals celebrating everything from history to food and nature:

Northern Lights Festival - held at the end of January, this music festival is held in Tromso to celebrate emerging from the dark winter period. Featuring both international and local musicians, you can enjoy jazz, classic, chamber and contemporary music over 10 days.

Bergen International Festival - the largest arts festival in the Nordic countries, this international celebration brings together music, art, opera, visual arts and more over two unforgettable weeks in late May and early June.

Midsummer's Eve - occurring all across Norway, this popular festival celebrates Midsummer's Eve on June 23 with bonfires and parties all day long.

Viking Market - taking place in a UNESCO World Heritage-listed village in Gudvangen, history enthusiasts will love watching re-

Norwegian Fjords Cruises Highlights

From awe-inspiring scenery to busy cities and quaint port towns, Norway has a diverse range of activities to keep every type of cruiser happy. Relaxed strolls, fast-paced thrills, unforgettable sights- it's all on the cards when you sail these incredible fjords.

Outdoor adventures - boasting serene waters, rugged cliffs, lush forests and towering mountains, the best way to see the complete beauty of Norway is by heading off on outdoor excursions. Whether you'd like a rewarding hike to the top of the Monk's Steps over the Hardangerfjord, to explore the Lofoten Islands or get closer to the waters on a kayak, everything is possible during your cruise.

City Tours - a Norway cruise isn't just about the landscapes passing by, it's also about discovering the heart of the ports of call along the way. Bergen and Oslo are just two of the charming, colourful and quaint cities you may get to visit during your voyage.

Northern Lights - depending on the time of year and how far your cruise goes, you may just catch a glimpse of this eerie natural light show. For the best chance of getting front row seats, head to Tromso, located deep into the Arctic Circle.

Alternatively, you can embrace the colder winter months- and enjoy the festive feeling of Scandinavia around Christmas- with Hurtigruten, who offer cruises in Norway all year round.

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