Norwegian Fjords

 

Fjord
noun
plural noun: fjords
1. a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs, as in Norway and Iceland, typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley.
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Norway’s fjords are stunning in their majesty – tranquil blue waters lapping at lush green slopes, rising to towering mountain peaks. You will spend hours standing at the ship’s rail in the clean air gazing at granite cliffs punctuated by cascading waterfalls, remote mountain farms and pretty villages nestling in the valleys. So much beauty and splendour is packed into this vegan cruise with an unrivalled choice of optional excursions.

Now a UNESCO world heritage site, imagine a time when glaciers retreated and the inlets were flooded with seawater, and this is how you can envision the creation of these magnificent fjords. Though Norway has thousands of fjords, those found on the west coast, along our journey, are some of the most spectacular. Keep an eye on the sky to spot puffins or eagles, on land for Eurasian Elk as you walk through the forests or past lakes and rivers, and who knows what marine life may swim your way.

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Temperature

You can expect typical autumn climate during the cruise, with temperatures between 9-16 celcius, or 48-60 farenheit.

 

Ports of Call

 

Eidfjord
This area is known as the “Orchard” of Fjord Norway. Try the local fruits and ciders and meet the farmers as you stroll through town. However, the pull of Eidfjord is nature. Hiking, biking, waterfalls… you have it all. Here you will see the Vøringsfossen waterfall with a free fall of almost 600ft.
Fun fact: For a trip back in time, you can walk to the Hæreid Viking graves.

Flåm
This village with a population of only 400 is one of the most popular cruise stops in Norway. It is the innermost area in the Aurlandsfjord
It is actually English tourists who kickstarted tourism in this little village when they came for a fishing trip. Flam is also the final stop of the Flam Railway.
Fun fact: The Flam railway is one of the steepest railway tracks in the world.

Geiranger Village
The third biggest cruise port, but with our sailing date being slightly off season you will almost feel like you are having a private tour.
Geiranger is rumoured to have the most spectacular scenery in all of Scandinavia.
Fun fact: You can explore the heritage side in an eco-friendly electric car tour.

Bergen
Known as the city of seven mountains and was the capital of Norway in the early 13th century, Bergen is the second largest city in Norway.
Due to it’s oceanic climate Bergen’s winters are slightly warmer, but it does get some rain and can be comparable to the climate in Edinburgh.
Bergen is known to be the street art capital of Norway and actually paves the way to promote street art in Norway and through Scandinavia. Strret art by famous Norwegian artis Dolk can be found throughout the city
Fun fact: Bergen is a large city, but one with a small-town charm and atmosphere.