Such An Amazing Trip To Visit The Norway Fjords
We were delighted when we booked two back-to-back Oceania Cruises trips that took us to visit the Norway fjords and then up to Iceland and Greenland. The first leg of our amazing adventure along the Norway Fjords was visually stunning! And we had the most amazing weather!
We enjoyed our chance to cruise through the Norway fjords. But we discovered there were so many ways to explore the fjords! Ferries travelled between port towns. And the railway connected many areas. We were sure it would be stunning to explore some of the areas by car. We loved to taste test new locations cruising. And we discovered some great reasons to plan a return visit.
Return To Skagen Denmark
After a short stay in Oslo, we headed off to visit the Norway fjords. But the first cruise port stop was a slight detour to Skagen, Denmark. We visited Skagen on a previous Baltic cruise. But we were very happy to re-visit with bright blue skies.
With no excursion booked, we took the ship shuttle into town and wandered around. Skagen was a very busy tourist spot. The tourist population ballooned and Skagen was known as the “biggest small town in Denmark”. The streets were busy with people as they enjoyed the outdoor patios and shopping.
We walked to the Brondums Hotel for what was billed as the best hot chocolate in Skagen. Even though the restaurant was not open, we were seated on the patio for our coffee and hot chocolate. We had a great view of the steady stream of people in this part of town to visit the museum.
After our break we headed to the water tower and were happy we found it open on this visit. We did not let the 145 steps to the top deter us as we headed up the steep and narrow staircase.
From the top, we got a great view back to the port and our cruise ship. As we walked around the top platform, we got views back to the lighthouse and Grenen point that we visited on our first visit to Skagen. The red tile roofed houses were visible in all directions. It was a great first stop on our cruise through the Nordic countries.
A Day Trip From Haugesund To The Akrafjorden Fjord
The second port stop was in Haugesund at the beginning of the Norway fjords. Our day excursion took us from Haugesund to the Akrajforden fjord. We boarded a boat at the top of the fjord and cruised down to the Langfoss waterfall. Several other stops that day gave us other perspectives on this beautiful waterfall.
Lunch at a local farm provided more of the idyllic fjord views. And some delicious local products. We got another view of local life when we stopped at Unni Marie’s workshop. We browsed the art and then enjoyed the trolls and more views of the fjord.
Our day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord was a great first close up fjord view on our cruise along the Norway Fjords.
Ride On The Flam Railway
The ship cruised all the way up the Sognefjord fjord to Flam. We opened our curtains in the morning to a beautiful country town view.
We boarded the Flamsbana Railway for a trip up into the mountains. The scenes along the route had us straining for a view out of the window.
The train stopped along the way to see the thundering Kjosfossen waterfall. The sound of hauntingly beautiful music seemed to come from the waterfall. And then we saw the dancer on the high ledge. What a great stop!
The train let us off at the Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel for a sweet treat. And more views down over the Kjosfossen waterfall. We felt sorry for the people staying at the hotel when a full train of tourists descended on their tranquil retreat.
It was great to get up into the mountains from Flam on our cruise along the Norway Fjords.
Overland From Hellesylt To Geiranger
When the ship docked in Hellesylt we departed for an 8 hour bus trip overland to Geiranger. We saw so many great sights as we drove along. Glacier rivers and lakes shone with emerald hues. Green valleys were filled with small farms.
And as then we saw the high mountains and glaciers at the heights. The bus climbed to the Geiranger Skywalk at the Mount Dalsnibba summit and then at the lower Flvdalsjuvet Viewpoint. We got stunning views that overlooked the Geiranger Fjord. Our cruise ship was far below in the harbour. A great end to a stunning trip over the fjords.
We were so glad we planned to the long inland trip from Hellsylt to Geiranger. It was one of our favourite day trips on our cruise along the Norway Fjords.
We awoke tied up beside the larger port city of Alesund for our next stop. The views of this small town were beautiful in both directions. But not as stunning as the sight from the viewpoint high above the city.
It was a great little city to walk around during our day in port. The buildings were decorative and colourful. We loved when we found interesting art on our walks.
Allesund was a great change of scenery on our cruise along the Norway Fjords.
Our Second Small Coastal Town In Kristiansund
It was great to be right in the main port when we docked in Kristiansund. When we walked along the pier we found the local ferry that took us around the harbour. We paid for a round trip ticked. But there was also a hop-on-hop-off ticket. That would have let us get off and explore the small islands around Kristiansund.
The walk into town was all uphill. When we found the garden and statues, we sat to cool down and get our bearings. It was a quiet oasis away from the port.
The Kirkelandet Church was an interesting surprise. When we sailed into town, we saw this unusual church perched high in the town. With very modern and unique architecture, it did not look like a church at all. And the inside stained glass wall went up above the open rafters. Much different than more traditional churches we saw.
As we walked back in the direction of the port at this upper level, we found a great viewpoint that looked out over the harbour. It was interesting to get this different perspective.
We found interesting sights when we wandered in Kristiansund on a cruise along the Norway Fjords.
A Walk Through Bodo
Through the night we crossed over the Arctic Circle. On another cruise, when we crossed the equator, we got a fun ceremony to celebrate. We were sorry there was not a similar ritual for the Arctic Circle.
The morning view as we cruised into Bodo was very different. Steep snow covered peaks were visible on shore. The ship docked within easy walking distance to town.
We did not have a tour booked so we just wandered in town. We were delighted when we found a great selection of street art in several spots. Later we learned there was a map that showed all the street art in Bodo.
As we wandered in town we came to a more traditional church than the one we saw in Kristiansund. The steeple was separate from the church and had circular stairs inside. We wished this was open to get a panoramic view from the top. The inside was a little more ornamented with a stained glass windows on many walls.
As we cruised out of Bodo, we sat on deck and enjoyed the views. Bodo was definitely a great port stop when you visit the Norway Fjords.
Our Last Small Coastal Town In Harstad
The most northerly port we visited on our cruise along the Norway Fjords was Harstad. We sat on our patio and enjoyed the view into Harstad. At about 69° latitude, we were surprised we found the land so green and lush.
Our cruise ship was docked out of town. And we had a short port day. So we hopped on the shuttle bus and took a quick walk around town. The bus let us off by the ferry dock.
On the drive in we saw colourful murals on the Town Hall. So we walked back up the hill to see them up close. We again found other interesting street art in the town.
It was good to get out for a walk in Harstad. Even if we did not find much to see in the town.
Finishing Off In Colourful Bergen
For all of our cruise along the Norway Fjords we had sunshine and record high temperatures. When we sailed into Bergen we saw low grey clouds. But the clouds dispersed through the day. It was a very short port day, so we walked into town as soon as the ship was cleared. And rushed back before the gangway was raised.
It was lovely as we strolled along the streets of Bergen. Many of the side streets were still cobblestoned. Colourful and artistic buildings were everywhere. We found the St Mary’s Church with graves outside. But ran out of time to see many of the tourist spots.
When we left Bergen, we stayed on deck and saw the town in all its colour.
A Panoramic View Of Bergen
The top thing on our to-do list for Bergen was to go high in the funicular at Mount Foyen. We walked up to the base and at 10am the lines were out onto the street to get tickets. We managed to go online and purchased a tickets that let us bypass the ticket line. But not the funicular line.
The line moved fairly quickly. As we moved higher up the mountain, we were delighted when we saw the clouds moving out and sunlight lit the town. At the top, we wandered from viewing platform to platform and saw the different panoramic views of Bergen. A table with a view was the perfect way to enjoy our time at the viewpoint.
David was not leaving the mountain without finding the goats. The paths were littered with goat droppings so we knew they were about. When a group of them came out of the woods, we stopped and got our pics. There was more than one picture taken of all of us old goats on the hill.
There were a lot of things to do at the top of Mount Foyen. But we only had a short visit. This was definitely a spot to visit you visit Norway fjords and stop in Bergen.
Such A Great Way To Visit The Norway Fjords
The cruise along the Norway fjords was the start of a much longer cruise through the Nordic countries. But oh what a high bar it set! The weather was sunny and hot. This gave us some amazing views of the scenery of the Norway fjords. We were happy we got to see the fjords from the water. And to travel inland to experience the mountains too. The small towns we stopped at offered interesting things to see and do.
We were so glad we planned this trip to visit the Norway fjords. The next section of our Nordic country cruise took us to the Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. Our view of the Norway fjords was just the beginning of the beauty and diversity we found.
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