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Should We Cruise the Norwegian Fjords? The Answer is...

Updated: Mar 17



The other day, I hosted the "Cruising Scandinavia" group Zoom call, as part of the newly launched "My Cruise Connoisseur" consulting service. It was such an exciting call, and I was so pleased to be able to share everything I know and have experienced, while cruising in Scandinavia, the Norwegian Fjords and Svalbard.


As a former Onboard Future Cruise Sales Director, I had the pleasure of booking hundreds of cruisers on a Norwegian Fjord cruise. Each booking completed, made me a bit more envious, as this destination is one of my favorites and I can't wait to visit it again soon.



Choosing the best Norwegian fjords for a cruise largely depends on your preferences and interests, as each fjord offers its own unique charm and scenic beauty. However, several fjords are particularly renowned for their stunning landscapes and cultural significance. Here are some of the best Norwegian fjords often featured in cruise itineraries:


Geirangerfjord:

Geirangerfjord is one of Norway's most iconic fjords, renowned for its dramatic cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and pristine wilderness. Highlights include the Seven Sisters Waterfall, the Bridal Veil Waterfall, and the Eagle's Road viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of the fjord. Many cruises offer scenic sailing through Geirangerfjord, allowing passengers to marvel at its natural wonders from the comfort of the ship.


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Sognefjord:

Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, extending over 200 kilometers inland from the coast. Known as the "King of the Fjords," Sognefjord boasts majestic landscapes characterized by towering mountains, crystal-clear waters, and charming villages. Popular stops along Sognefjord include Flåm, known for its scenic railway, and the picturesque village of Balestrand.


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Hardangerfjord:

Hardangerfjord is the second-longest fjord in Norway and is famous for its stunning orchards, vibrant spring blossoms, and picturesque fjord scenery. Highlights include the dramatic cliffs of Folgefonna National Park, the towering Vøringfossen Waterfall, and the charming village of Eidfjord. Many cruises include stops at Hardangerfjord to allow passengers to explore its natural beauty and cultural attractions.


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Lysefjord:

Lysefjord is known for its sheer granite cliffs, including the iconic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjeragbolten boulder. Cruises through Lysefjord, offer breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls. Some cruises may also include opportunities for hiking or scenic boat tours to get up close to the fjord's natural wonders.


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Nærøyfjord:

Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its narrow, steep-sided cliffs and tranquil waters. Cruising through Nærøyfjord offers an intimate experience of one of Norway's most stunning natural landscapes, with opportunities to spot wildlife and marvel at the fjord's pristine beauty. Some cruises combine visits to Nærøyfjord with nearby attractions such as Flåm and Gudvangen, allowing passengers to explore the region's cultural and natural heritage.


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When choosing a cruise itinerary, consider which fjords you most want to explore and whether you prefer a more comprehensive journey or a focused exploration of specific fjords. Regardless of the itinerary you choose, cruising through the Norwegian fjords promises unforgettable scenery and unparalleled natural beauty at every turn.

 

Cruising the Norwegian fjords is an unforgettable experience, offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.


Here's a comprehensive guide to help you plan your cruise to this stunning region:



Choosing the Right Cruise Line:

Research cruise lines that specialize in Norwegian fjord cruises or have a strong presence in the region. Consider factors such as the size of the ship, onboard amenities, dining options, entertainment, and the overall atmosphere of the cruise line.



Selecting the Itinerary:

Look for itineraries specifically focused on the Norwegian fjords. These cruises typically depart from ports like Bergen, Oslo, or Copenhagen and include stops at iconic fjords such as Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Hardangerfjord.

Pay attention to the duration of the cruise and the ports of call included in the itinerary. Longer cruises may offer a more comprehensive exploration of the fjords and additional stops in coastal towns and cities.


Exploring the Fjords:

Norwegian fjords are the main highlight of your cruise. Research the fjords you'll visit and learn about their unique features, such as towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque villages.

Take advantage of shore excursions offered at each fjord stop, such as scenic boat tours, kayaking adventures, hiking trails, and cultural experiences in nearby towns.



Packing Essentials:

Pack appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, including layers, waterproof outerwear, and sturdy walking shoes for exploring onshore. Don't forget to get powerful binoculars and your camera, to capture the stunning landscapes.


Timing Your Cruise:

Norwegian fjord cruises are most popular during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is mild, and daylight hours are long. However, shoulder seasons (late spring and early fall) can offer fewer crowds and lower prices. Consider any specific events or festivals happening in the region during your cruise dates, as these can enhance your experience.


Booking Considerations:

Consider adding pre- or post-cruise stays in embarkation cities like Bergen, Oslo or Iceland to explore their attractions and immerse yourself in Norwegian and Viking culture.



So, should We Book a Norwegian Fjords Cruise? The Answer is YES!!!


By considering these factors and planning ahead, you can make the most of your cruise to the Norwegian fjords and create unforgettable memories amidst the stunning natural beauty of this remarkable region.


 

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