For those planning a cruise around Northern Europe, Norwegian trips should rank highly on your shortlist. Filled with small cities and villages possessed over an overawing scenic beauty, fantastic museums, strange but delicious cuisine, and the breath-taking grandeur of the Artic, they have everything you could hope for in a seafaring itinerary.
Their true claim to fame, however, is the ethereal fjords of Norway. Tumbling waterfalls that cascade over verdant cliffs and jagged mountainsides, they’re picture-perfect and awe-inspiring – a sight that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
If you’ve fallen for their enchantment and are ready to experience them up close, here are a few other places that we recommend adding to your cruising itinerary.
Bergen is overflowing with art and history, and is a great place to step ashore for a closer look around. Easily navigable on foot, its old wharf area should be your first port of call. Filled with museums, shops, and restaurants, it will allow you to get a real taste of Norwegian culture and cuisine. Don’t miss a ride on the funicular, which will take you to the top of Mount Floyen and treat you to a stunning scenic vista.
We also suggest paying a visit to the tiny town of Flam. Beautifully situated between snow-capped mountains and the immense Aurlandsfjord, it’s a fantastic place to hike or bike. If you want to see it from a slightly different perspective, you could even try kayaking. Don’t forget to take a ride on its railway for picturesque views of the surrounding area.
Your next stop should be the perfectly pint-sized village of Geiranger. Located at the end of the fjord it shares its name with, it’s the ideal starting point for exploring the surrounding area. We suggest taking to the water by kayak to view the UNESCO World Heritage Site up close, or else bussing up to the nearby viewpoints for a stunning look out over its immense waterfalls.
Oslo has to have a place on your list too. Ideally you’ll want to stop here for at least two days, because there’s just so much to fit in. You might want to begin with the Nobel Peace Centre, where the achievements of the storied laureates are celebrated. Or perhaps you’ll want to pay a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of its multitude of nautical museums, or a cute and quirky café. If you’re hoping for a cultural tour de force, this is where you’ll get it.
Where will you choose to visit? Contact a company like Bolsover Cruise Club today and start planning your perfect trip.