Discover the breath taking Norwegian Fjords on a round trip cruise from Dover.
The Norwegian Fjords are one of the most spectacular regions of the world, and many argue that the only way to truly appreciate the scenery is to sail through them.
Even the largest cruise ships are dwarfed by the grandeur of Norway’s dramatic fjord-land. You will discover beautiful emerald green coloured fjords, stunning mountain pastures and crisp clean mountain air.
Sognefjord is the largest and best known fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world, extending over 200 km inland and at its deepest plunges to a depth of more than 1,300 metres, whilst the mountains along the fjord rise to more than 1,700 metres.
Norwegian Fjord cruise itineraries will often call at scenic ports such as Stavanger, Bergen and Olden. Enjoy breath taking sights as you sail between ports allowing you to truly appreciate these pre-historic ice carved inlets and spectacular waterfalls.
What’s the best time of year to cruise to the Norwegian Fjords?
Cruise lines normally start their Norwegian Fjords cruise programme from early May and extend sometimes as late as mid September. The best months weather wise are the summer months from June to August. May and June see the banks of the fjords springing to life with fresh flowers and more dramatic water falls from recent melt water. July and August are perfect if you want time to get out and explore a bit more with wild meadows, lush forests and a warming sun that makes wandering the streets of the fishing villages and trading towns all the more pleasurable. It’s very common to get three seasons in a day, so pack light weight layers and a rain coat to be prepared for all weather conditions.
Norwegian Fjords Points of Interest:
Gateway to the Fjords and featured on the majority of Norwegian Fjord cruise itineraries is Bergen – the second largest city in Norway and famous for it’s fish market and old town called Bryggen, where you will discover colourful wooden cottages and wharf shops selling souvenirs, local handicrafts and a popular year-round Christmas shop. Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains and you can take a funicular railway (Fløibanen) which takes you in 6 minutes to the top of Mount Fløyen for magnificent view of Bergen, wooded mountain walks and café.
Olden (for Jostedal Glacier / Briksdal)
Olden is a tiny picturesque village by a lake with less than 500 inhabitants, located around 1oo miles down the Nordfjord. The small village of Olden is just a 10 minute walk away from the dock or you can take the Troll Land Train for a short tour around the local area. Your cruise line will no doubt have excursions to visit the Jostedal Glacier (the largest in mainland Europe) and the Briksdal arm of this glacier.
Probably one of the most photographed ports of call in the Fjords – Geiranger is a World Heritage site and is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world. The fjord is best known for its spectacular waterfalls and deserted fjord farms high up on the steep cliffsides. The fjord is 260 metres deep while the surrounding mountains are 1600-1700 metres high and its idyllic nature and dramatic mountains will impress any visitor. The local population of 300 can swell on busy days as sometimes there may be 3 or 4 ships making a call which do require a tender (ships lifeboat) to get ashore.
Norwegian Fjords Top Cruise Tips:
- Don’t think it’s just for old people – the Norwegian Fjords does attract a higher average age group on many ships but is an amazing destination for families and adventure seekers young and old!
- Ideally, go for a smaller ship – check the cruise itinerary and avoid those that often use ‘tenders’ – (the lifeboat which takes you ashore ), rather than docking. This means less time queuing and more time ashore!
- Try to avoid Bergen and Stavanger on the same itinerary. Both are great places to visit in their own right but are large cities which means on a 07 night Fjords cruise you will see less of the more charming ports of call.
- Upgrade to a balcony – take in the stunning scenery at every turn.
- No need to book all the expensive excursions – many of the tours are by coach and unless you are going to see something specific like Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), or the Briksdal Glacier. You can often just walk off the ship independently. Many of the ports run ‘troll trains’ which take you on a short land-train to points of interest and you simply pay locally.
- Watch your spend ashore – Norway has a high cost of living and can be very expensive!
- Leave the Euros at home – the local currency is the Norwegian Krona. (around 10 NOK to £1). Take some with you or exchange on ship if you have to.
- Take a good camera, you’ll be surprised how many snaps you’ll take.
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Geirangerfjord (main image) – taken by Andreas Trepte