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The Norwegian Fjords, or western Norway, is one of the most beautiful and idyllic parts of the world and we are fortunate that not only is it just a days sailing from the south coast and east coast of Britain to this popular cruise destination but there is also a great range of option from numerous ports and numerous cruise lines.
Whilst fjords can be found throughout the world, it was Norway that gave the world the word fjord and it is Norway that still remains the leader in Fjord cruises.
Cruises To The Norwegian Fjords
Cruise Holidays to the Norwegian Fjords
The fjords are simply archetypal Norway, form mountains that rise from the sea to the sky and with small friendly villages awaiting their next round of visitors- a Norway Fjord cruise is a must for many holidaymakers and on the bucket list for those who haven’t been fortunate enough to visit.
A fjord is a long, narrow and deep bay that is usually surrounded by mountains and many of them feature glaciers, waterfalls and have small towns and villages along the banks of them.
If the idea of been at sea and having nothing to look at for days on end doesn’t appeal to you then a Norwegian cruise is the right choice for you.
With a short crossing across to Norway and with land either side of the ship (sometimes seemingly within touching distance!) for much of the holiday, there is always something to look at on a Norwegian Fjords holiday.
In Norway, some of the fjords can extend for over 200km inland and are up to 1300m (4265ft) deep.
When it comes to cruise holidays in Western Norway, it is best to break it down into the following.
Nowegian Fjords Cruise Guide
Here are our top 10 cruise destinations in West Norway / the Norwegian Fjords.
Bergen, Geiranger, Flam, Alesund, Stavanger, Molde, Kristiansund, Haugesund, Olden and Trondheim
Popular Cruise Lines
Here are our top cruise lines offering holidays to the Norwegian Fjords / Western Norway.
Fjords of Norway
Western Norway, the region of the country that encompasses the entire Norwegian Fjords district, can be split into 4 regions, More og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland and Rogaland.
Rogaland is located in the south of the region and is often known as the gateway to the fjords as it is ports in this region that most cruise lines use as a starting or finishing point. The 2 most popular ports of call in this region are Stavanger and Haugesund.
Hordaland is just to the north of Rogaland and it is here that the biggest and most popular city in the Fordland’s is found as Bergen attraction 100’s of ships each year to enjoy its attractions and mountainous location.
Just to the north of Hordaland is Sogn og Fjordane and it is this region that features the biggest and deepest fjords and it is this region that many think about when thinking of the fjord lands of Norway.
This region is home to Sognefjord, one of the biggest fjords in the world which gives access to the popular ports of Vik, Flam and Sognal.
The most northerly region is More og Romsdal which is home to the popular coastal cruise ports of Kristiansund, Alesund and Molde as well as the beautiful deep fjord ports of Geiranger and Hellesylt.
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Norwegian Fjords Cruise Ports
When many people think of a village in the Norwegian fjords, it is Flam that comes to mind. Famed for its railway, the village sits at the end of the Aurlandsfjord branch of the Sognefjord and sits in a flood plain between mountains and waterfalls.
Geiranger is one of the most popular stopping points on a Norwegian fjords cruise and with good reason. The stunning entrance down the Geirangerfjord, see cruise ships go past the beautiful 7 sisters waterfalls before turning almost 90 degrees to dock in the heart of the small village of Geiranger at the very end of the fjord.
The village features a range of shops, cafes, an easy waterfall walk but it is the surrounding mountains that make this place such an incredible and memorable cruise port.
Bergen is one of the world’s most beautiful cities located on the south west coast of Norway that is surrounded by fjords and mountains.
The city is famed for its colourful wooden houses and the Floibanen Funicular that take passengers up the Floyen Mountain for a stunning panoramic view.
Alesund is a stunning port town at the entrance of the iconic Geirangerfjord which is known for its stunning views, art nouveau architectural style and for its breath-taking views.
Stavanger is a Cathedral city in the south west of Norway that has been built up on the riches of the Norwegian oil industry.
The towns cruise port is central to main tourist attraction of Gamie Stavanger and the main shopping district of the town centre.
Molde is an historic city in the north of Norway’s stunning west coast that is perhaps best fame for its view of 222 snow clad peaks, known as the Molde panorama that makes for great photos no matter where you are in the town.
Kristiansund is a small but beautiful municipality on Norway’s west coast that offers visitors a number of attractions including churches, historical sites and museums but it is the water front that is the major highlight of Kristiansund and is the place to spend some time simply walking around and enjoying the views out towards the islands that surround the town.
Olden is the quintessential fjordland village set amongst the mountains and waterfalls at the mouth of the Oldeelva river on the shores of the beautiful Nordfjorden.
Haugesund made its name on the back of fishing and oil and to this day you can stroll around the mansions of former boat line owners or enjoy strolling around the parks, shops, bars, and cafés of this friendly small town in the south west of Norway.