Spotlight on the Norwegian Fjords

Posted December 24th, 2015

If soaring peaks, gushing waterfalls and lush mountainsides are your idea of a perfect holiday escape, look no further than the Norwegian Fjords. Naturally created by retreating glaciers carving inlets that were then flooded with seawater, this intricate work of nature is a magical sight.

P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line all offer trips to the Norwegian Fjords.

Northern Lights. Photo Credit: Christina Stefurak

Cruise Port – Bergen

Step out into the crisp, cool air and peer at your reflection in clear, glassy waters as you glide by picturesque fishing villages and rich green mountainsides. Cruise liners either set off or stop at the historical town of Bergen, a city full of medieval architecture and culture. Home to one the oldest symphony orchestras and numerous museums and art galleries, Bergen is an old soul but with a young heart – full of life, colour and activity. Wander along the waterfront and admire the colourful coastal houses before stopping in at the bustling marketplace. Make sure you take the railway up to the top of Mount Fløyen for spectacular, panoramic views of the city.

Cruise Port – Geiranger

Find yourself sailing along narrow waters and between dramatic, sheer mountains to marvel at one of Norway’s most stunning sights. Known for having the steepest mountains of the Fjords, Geiranger fjord is a surprisingly lush, green landscape of alpine forests. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil – three tumbling waterfalls foaming into the fjord. Get a little closer by climbing the rugged mountains on foot or by bike, or find yourself floating along its emerald-green waters on a sea kayak tour.


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Weather

Fjord Norway's mild climate sees summers reaching around 25 degrees Celsius from late June to early August. Autumn brings stunning golden landscapes before the snowfall starts in November. Be sure to pack warm clothes regardless of the season, as the weather tends to change as you sail north along the fjords. The temperature also tends to vary throughout the day.

Tips

    • The weather tends to fluctuate from port to port so remember to pack layers, along with a waterproof and windproof jacket. It also recommended that you bringing along comfortable walking shoes, a scarf and gloves.
    • The sun can be surprisingly harsh off the mountains and water, so be sure to bring sunglass and sunscreen, even if the temperature is cool.
    • Make sure you pre-book your shore excursions to avoid missing out, as the Norwegian Fjord ports are popular cruise destinations.
    • If you travel during the summer time, be prepared for long days and sunsets at 11pm! The more north you travel, the more likely you are to witness the Midnight Sun, where the sun never sets.
    • Step out onto your balcony or head up to the deck as you arrive into the ports to catch incredible views.To find out more about our cruises to the Norwegian Fjords or to book your next cruising adventure, contact one of our friendly cruise experts on 1300 954 661 today!

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