Written by on Wednesday May 6, 2015
Spectacular scenic cruising, intricate coastlines and the incredible Northern Lights...
According to Lonely Planet, Northern Norway is among the top ten regions to visit in 2015. Witness some of the most incredible scenery, sail the winding waterways and see the dramatic landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords on a voyage of discovery. A cruise really does let you appreciate the scenery up close, and allows you to see the intricate coastline in greater detail - your days at sea will just be as captivating as your days ashore.
Smaller is better
A smaller more intimate ship is the ideal way to cruise Norway, they can take you to places that some of the larger ships can’t visit and dock right in the heart of the Norwegian cities. Smaller ships like Fred Olsen and Hurtigruten are perfectly sized to weave through the narrow waterways and fjords - you’ll be so close you can almost feel the spray.
On “top of the world”
If you have a bit more time, why not opt for an itinerary that takes you into the Arctic Circle, renowned for the Midnight Sun and the incredible Northern Lights. The light reflected across the landscape of the North Cape is an unforgettable sight which has been fascinating travellers for generations. With clear skies, away from the cities bright lights a cruise offers the perfect way to see the vivid display of green and purple lights dancing across the clear Arctic skies above you.
The Northern Lights Promise is back
Hurtigruten is so confident that the Northern Lights will make an appearance during your voyage in Norway, that if they don’t they’ll give you another 6/7 day voyage FREE OF CHARGE*
Favourite Ports of Call
Framed by magnificent mountains, Bergen is rich in maritime heritage and it’s 900 year old Bryggen Wharf collection of buildings along the waterfront is a must to explore. Take to Mount Floyen on the funicular railway for spectacular views of Bergen’s harbourside or take a walk up the cobbled stairways to the interesting shops and cafés. I was lucky enough to see Bergen in the summer when it is particularly pretty, with colourful flowers filling the air with their perfume.
With over 1000 years of seafaring tradition and history, narrow streets, intriguing museums and a beautiful old market selling local fresh fish and vegetables Stavanger is utterly charming, but also very cosmopolitan. Often referred to as the “Oil Capital of Norway” it is now a bustling, vibrant and exciting city to explore.