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Cruise the Fjords of Norway

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Pale clefts of stone spring from the sea, marking tall, narrow inlets into Norway's coastline, like a heart monitor on a map.  This is Breathtaking Natural Scenery if the words ever deserved capital letters and truly unlike any other vista.  The four main fjords, and the smaller ones which branch off them like the space a tree's roots would leave in the land, equal views unlike any others.

Most fjord cruises begin at Bergen just above the Hardangerfjord, which is made more dramatic by the remaining Folgefonna Glacier, which carves more fjords into the coast as it retreats.  Above Bergen is the Sognefjord, Norway's longest, which extends so far inland a journey along it becomes like that along a great river gorge rather than a coastline, not finishing until it reaches the mountains.  Here thin, impossibly high waterfalls find their way, plummeting, to the sea (eventually.), passing thorough country that looks as the Alps rather than on the coast. Here if you have time there are glaciers, Jostedalsbreen, to hear the ancient, deep blue creaking heart of and some of the most beautiful walking terrain in the world.

Alesund, known for its fairytale art nouveau architecture, rebuilt almost exclusively in the first years of the 20th Century after the wooden town was almost entirely destroyed by fire, is the nearby town to yet another spectacular fjord, the Geirangerfjord.  Local people all seem adamant that their most local fjord is the most exquisitely lovely.  Surprisingly the fjord scenery fails to become repetitively striking even though it is a similar scene of towering snow capped mountains cleaved by the sea and running down with majestic waterfalls. The words to describe the scene aren't potentially varied enough to give a proper sense of the grandeur, yet uniqueness of each view.  That said, the view at Ørnesvingen is surely unparalleled. 

Trondheim, Norway's ancient capital with its buildings which all seem like warehouses and tiny stores at its heart should be the next stop, followed, if you have time by crossing into the Arctic Circle to Bodo and the Lofoten Islands.  Bodo's marina sprawls as you enter, its fullness emphasising the importance of maritime life, and the Lofoten Islands rise suddenly, rocky, from the sea, bright green with quiet life, tiny beaches and coves all that separate the quick rising peaks from the ocean. All the way to the north is Tromso, where the sky lights up with nature's mysterious light show and there is no night for two months. 

Northern Norway is an awe inspiring place to spend a summer watching the long days turn into soft nights, where scenery is king, and nothing but passing pods of whales could possibly distract you from the view, with plenty of light to enjoy it in. 

Written by  Lesley Harris.

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“On Norway’s Coast, a Voyage to the Top of the Continent”

By Paul Schneider for The New York Times First Published: February 15, 2009 Setting to sea in a howling midnight blizzard may not have the same romantic resonance as sailing off into the sunset, but it does have a certain elegance all its own. Crossin… Read more...

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“Rivers deep, mountain highs”

By David Whitley for The Sydney Morning Herald First Published June 7, 2009 WHY GO As a general rule, cruises on the Norwegian fjords are horrendously expensive, multi-day affairs. To get one for less than $2000 is usually something of an achievement a… Read more...

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Norwegian Fiords cruising holiday, starting at Bergen

I would like to go on a Norwegian Fiords cruising holiday, starting at Bergen, visiting Trondheim, Loften and Tromso, but I am unable to find a cruise that does this. Please can you help.

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Our best package matches appear against this article Norwegian Fjord Cruise Holiday Ideas:

What is the price for sea cruise on the norway fjords from 7 to 14 June 2009

I like to navigate along the most fine Norway fjords with my family ( 4 people)

at June 2009 ( about 1 week)

I would very obliged if you will inform me about timetable, prices and discounts and other important details for said trip

Two of us are of 73 years old each.

Thank you


Yuri Livshiz

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Hi Yuri - Unfortunately we're not able to offer any more than an inspiring idea for this trip, but I'll see if any of our experts can give you any insight on how to make it a reality.

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