Majestic mountains cut with winding fjords, dotted with traditional fishing villages and bustling cities await on a cruise to the striking northern European destination of Norway. Each region of the country boasts its own distinct personality, with breathtaking coastal scenery and a host of natural wonders. As one of the most expensive countries in the world, embarking on a cruise to Norway keeps things affordable. You can explore this northern land on one of the many competitive Norway Cruise deals that can be found all year round.
Explore the Norwegian Fjords
Western Norway is home to a maze of narrow fjords, winding through towering mountains adorned with cascading waterfalls and dense forests. Formed during the Ice Age, the unique landscape hasn’t changed a great deal since its creation. However, alongside quaint, traditional villages you’ll find some of Norway’s largest cities.
If you’re short on time, take advantage of one of P&O Cruises’ shorter voyages onboard the extravagant Arcadia. Departing from Southampton, when you’re not on deck admiring the spectacular landscapes, you’ll be amazed by the array of fine dining restaurants and entertainment onboard. Sample gourmet cuisine in Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill, relax in the Oasis Spa complete with hydro massage pool or opt for a night rolling the dice in the Monte Carlo Casino.
Your Norway cruise itinerary is likely to include stepping back in time on an excursion through the historic city of Stavanger, admiring the eclectic mix of Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture in Alesund and taking a ride on the funicular railway in Bergen for panoramic views from the top of Mount Floyen. Even on the shortest voyages you can enjoy two days sailing down Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, with a visit to the tiny village of Flan.
Marella Cruises offers a similar itinerary with their Wonders of the Fjords cruise onboard the dazzling Marella Discovery. Out here, days are spent rock climbing and enjoying drinks at Bar Eleven, one of the ship’s highest points, while you sail as far north as the World Heritage Site at Geiranger.
Traverse the Norwegian coast
Renowned as one of the most beautiful voyages in the world, Norway’s coastal route boasts more than 100 fjords, 1000 mountains and 34 ports. Passing through tiny fishing villages and historic cities, travel from Bergen in the south through to Kirkenes in the north east, 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Voyages with Princess Cruises take passengers to a number Norway’s coastal highlights, hitting much-loved spots like Tromso, Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Stavanger. On the line’s more extensive voyageas, cruisers loop all the way around from Dover the full-length of Norway’s coast and back again. Sailing onboard Pacific Princess, you’ll have an elegant set-up at your feet, complete with a range of lounges and bars, plus the Lotus Spa and fitness centre and a pool to keep you busy.
Norway’s northern positioning also puts it in prime territory for Arctic Circle cruises. Princess Cruisesoffers an incredible voyage that hits all of the northerly highlights including Scotland, Iceland and New York, as well as dotting the Norwegian coast. On the first half of your trip you’ll be strolling through Central Park while the second half is all about dog-sled adventures, fjord excursions and journeys into Norway’s North Cape.
In search of the Northern Lights
Winter in Norway brings a totally new experience as you sail through the snow covered landscape, breathing the pure, crisp air on deck. This is a truly magical experience and the best time to catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights as they are more commonly known.
Marella Cruises offers some of the top Norway cruises to see the Northern Lights, many of which depart from Southampton. From the comfort of Marella Discovery, you can marvel at Sognefjord’s heights before heading towards Tromso, known as the Paris of the North. It’s here where many an explorer heads out for polar exploration in the curious glow of the Midnight Sun, with the chance to see the dancing lights in the sky.
Norway’s Arctic destinations – such as the university city of Tromso, Honnigsvag and the North Cape, Svalbard and the Lofoten Islands – offer visitors unique experiences across the most sparsely populated region of the country. Enjoy long, bright evenings at the height of the summer and experience the polar twilight and northern lights throughout the winter months. From whale and puffin safaris to dog sledding and excursions or visiting historical museums, the unique range of activities on offer caters for all ages and abilities.
You can take an ultimate Arctic adventure onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ magnificent MS Marco Polo. In addition to the ports of call along the Norwegian coast from North Cape to Bergen, guests will have the opportunity to explore Iceland and the scenic Faroes, too.
Whether you’re looking for a quick voyage around the fjords or would prefer to explore the distinctive country in depth, cruises to Norway have never been more accessible and affordable.
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