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PORTS OF CALL
CRUISING TO

THE NORWEGIAN
FJORDS
Photo Tour*
OVERVIEW

  THE DESTINATION

   
 Norway’s western coast offers some of the most
spectacular scenery anywhere.  Indeed, it has been called
“the world’s best travel destination.”  What makes this
area so spectacular is the fjords - - inlets that cut deep into
the country’s interior surrounded by mountain walls that
tower as much as 5,000 feet over the sea.  

   Looking up at the sheer rock cliffs, it is easy to lose
perspective.  It is not until one sees a “ladder farm”
perched on a small patch of arable land cut into the rock
that one realizes how immense these mountains are.  
Clouds and snow can be whirling around the peeks above
while the greenery of Spring or Summer adorns the valleys
that intersect with the fjords.    

   For the most part this area is undeveloped and in its
natural state.  There are a few small cities, towns and
villages.  However, the overall feel is that 21st Century
civilization is quite remote.

   While the primary attraction of a fjord cruise is the
scenery, there is also a cultural element.  There are historic
landmarks and museums devoted to Norwegian history
from the time of the Vikings to today’s North Sea oil
exploration.  For outdoor enthusiasts, there is hiking and
kayaking.

   Prices in Norway tend to be expensive relative to
elsewhere.  Thus, shopping focuses primarily on local
Norwegian crafts and products.  Norway is not a member
of the European Union and has its own currency - - the
Norwegian kroner. As of this writing 10 U.S. dollars
equals 67 kroner; 10 British pounds sterling equals about
92 kroner; and 10 Euros equals about 87 kroner.
Above:  Queen Mary 2 in Geiranger fjord.
Below:  Hapag Lloyd's Christoher Columbus.
Above left : P&O Cruises' Ventura calls in Flam.   Above right: MSC Opera cruising the fjords.
Cruise ports - photo tour - Norwegian Fjords- page 1
CRUISING TO THE FJORDS

   ruise ships are a perfect way to see this area.  
Because the area is so mountainous, it is difficult to
travel overland.  That is one of the reasons the Vikings
turned to the sea as their primary mode of
transportation.  Many Norwegians still use ships to get
from one fjord town to another.  In addition, the fjords
were carved by ancient glaciers that retreated with the
end of the last Ice Age.  As a result, they are quite deep
- - in some cases deeper than the surrounding sea - -
and thus cruise ships have no problem navigating these
waters.  Moreover, one can see much of the remarkable
scenery without leaving the comfort of the ship.

   The cruise season runs from early May into
September.  The weather tends to be cool.  It is also
variable.  A sunny day can become stormy and vice
versa.

   Since they are close to the Artic Circle, the fjords
have lots of daylight during the Spring and Summer.  
Late in the evening, the sun dips below the horizon only
to reappear a short time later in the wee hours of the
morning.

   Cruise ships are able to dock in most fjord ports.  
However, in the smaller towns, if there are a number of
ships calling, one or more may have to tender its
passengers ashore.

   Just about all of the major cruise lines have at least
one ship that will call in the fjords during the course of
a season.  Many of these sail from the British ports,
especially
Southampton.  However, there are also
some fjord cruises from other European ports.

   In addition to the major cruise lines, there are some
smaller cruise lines offering fjord cruises.

   Also, Norwegian passenger ships and ferries that
call in the towns and cities in the fjords.  Hurtigurten is
the most prominent of these lines.

   Not all cruises to Norway go to the fjords.  What the
industry often refers to as a “Scandinavian cruise”
usually will call in Norway’s capital Oslo but then
will enter the Baltic to visit Denmark and Sweden
rather than go up Norway’s coast.

   Along the same lines, most fjord cruises do not go
above the Artic Circle.  However, what are referred to
as “North Cape cruises” sometimes will call in one or
more of the fjord ports on the way to or from the area
north of the Artic Circle.

   In this photo tour, we look at several ports in the
fjord region.  Not every cruise stops in all of these
ports and there are cruises that stop in other ports.  
However, the ones included here give a feel for the
variety of this region.
NORWEGIAN FJORDS CRUISES OVERVIEW........................................Page One

ALESUND.....................................................................................................
Page Two

BERGEN.......................................................................................................Page Three

FLAM........................................................................................................... Page Four

GEIRANGER................................................................................................Page Five

OLDEN..........................................................................................................Page Six

STAVANGER...............................................................................................Page Seven

TRONDHEIM...............................................................................................Page Eight
* This photo tour and the accompanying commentary should only be viewed as a general guide that is based upon one writer's research
and experiences.  Accordingly, readers should do their own research prior to their journey.  Beyondships is not affiliated with any of the
entities depicted or mentioned herein and assumes no responsibility for their actions and for the products and/or services they provide.
Nor is inclusion in this photo tour a recommendation of the entity shown, its products, services or facilities.
Bermuda boasts the smallest draw bridge in the world.  
It only opens enough for the mast of a sailboat to pass
through.
CRUISE SHIPS - - The following are links to
Beyondships' profiles of some of the cruise ships that  
cruise to the Norwegian Fjords

Artemis
Aurora
Balmoral
Celebrity Constellation
Costa Atlantica
Crown Princess
Crystal Symphony
Eurodam
Grand Princess
Maasdam
Oceana
Ocean Princess
Oriana
Prinsendam
Queen Mary 2
Queen Victoria
Ventura
Norwegian Fjords page

Alesuand page

Bergen page

Flam page

Geiranger page

Olden page

Stavanger page

Trondheim page
See these Norwegian Fjords ports  - -

ALESUND

BERGEN

FLAM

GEIRANGER

OLDEN

STAVANGER

TRONDHEIM

Visit Norway.com (official tourism site)
Fjords.com

These links are provided as a service.  
Beyondships is not affiliated with any of these
sites and has no control over their content, the
accuracy of their information or over any
products or services they offer.