The Norwegian Fjords have been a popular cruising destination for generations and are still ranked amongst the top regions to visit whilst cruising. Fortunately for us, itineraries to Norway’s stunning coastline are a staple throughout the year, with plenty of operators sailing from the UK. The obvious draw to the Scandinavia is the spectacular Aurora Borealis but, depending on the time of year you visit, you might have other highlights in mind.
Although Norway boasts 1,000+ fjords, you are likely to only see a dozen or so. But, while this may seem a small number, you will quickly learn that the Fjords are more about quality than quantity and sailing gives you the best chance to see each from the most spectacular perspective. Nothing beats sailing alongside a monumental glacier or discovering a new path to an authentic Norwegian village, all while indulging in the luxuries of a five-star vessel.
The other benefit of cruising is the option to take a shore excursion. Whether you want to get up and close to these deep valleys or see many as possible on an exhilarating rib ride, there is no end to the options available to cruisers on and off the vessel. Even if you are not planning to leave the ship, there are plenty of different venues on board that are excellent for admiring the highest peaks in all their glory.
Tucked away behind colossal mountains are the small communities that have thrived amongst this spectacular scenery for generations. Villages such as Olden, Andalsnes and Geiranger are all charming destinations that you need to see. Be sure to get a taste of Norway’s extensive cuisine, take the perfect opportunity to pick up a souvenir or two and learn more about the laissez-faire lifestyle that the Norwegian people lead.
The Aurora Borealis remained a mystery for a long time, but today we are fortunate enough to understand more about it. The beauty of these dancing lights is unlike anything else you can find around the world and they are known for their appearances during particular seasons.
The rule usually states that the further north you are, the better your chance of seeing them. The lights can be seen from late-August to mid-April, but the best time is between late-September and late-march. Keep this in mind when choosing your sailing date.
When you reach a destination, there are plenty of ways to see the surrounding landscapes and one of the best is by rail. Norway has one of the most scenic railways in the world, weaving in and out of the fjords and leaving travellers breathless. This mode of transport is also perfect for travellers who don’t want to take the extensive hikes around the peaks but still want to marvel at the beauty of Norway’s peaks. Most railway journeys can be pre-booked on board your chosen vessel and even at a discounted price.
Finally, Norwegian’s are amongst some of the friendliest people around the planet and are always happy to see new faces. A mixture of amazing views, rich heritage and hidden gems is what makes Norway the perfect destination for first-time cruisers.
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