Norway , like Alaska, is best seen from the water. Its spectacular scenery and long coastline and the range of cruise product available make this a popular cruise destination. How else would one experience the splendour of Geirangerfjorden, the majesty of the Harangerjord, the great magnificence Sognefjord.
Nowhere are there fjords to match the grandeur of those in Norway, where the deceptively clear water reflects the mountains like a mirror. Immerse yourself in the Norwegian culture by visiting the various museums and exhibits depicting life in Norway. Here, the people are friendly, flowers are everywhere and the sun shines at midnight so you can savour it all.
The majority of cruises here from the major cruise lines are 7 nights or longer. Most give their passengers the opportunity to view the amazing scenery of the Fjords as well as visit the small townships along the way to experience rural and coastal Norwegian life. Longer cruises go further north or combine visits to Iceland.
Most famous of all the cruise experiences here is the Hurtigruten. This local company runs a fleet of ships which sail year round servicing all the coastal towns from Bergen to Kirkness. While the ships provide a lifeline to these communities they are comfortable cruise ships in their own right and over the 6 night journey give a most complete view of the scenery and culture of the region. Many passengers do the 11 night return trip.
While the Hurtiguten (Norwegian Coastal Voyages) does run a year round schedule, the cruise season here is quite short with cruises operating between May and September to take advantage of the long northern summer days.
Cruises to the Norwegian Fjords commence in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Southampton
Weather during the cruise season is mild to warm and the days are long and generally sunny. However in this latitude weather can change quickly and passengers should take note of the cruise line's advice on what clothes to take.
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