Norway is a must-see destination for nature lovers. We went on a cruise in the fjords with Hurtigruten, a fantastic experience which I highly recommend. We cruised from Bergen, all the way up to Cape North, and were fascinated by the beauty of the fjords and the midnight sun. Hurtigruten is a Norwegian cruise line, that uses it’s cargo and mail delivery boats also as cruise boats. This added to the magic experience we had in Norway.
We started the cruise in Bergen, a lovely city better known for the colourful houses along its harbour, the area known as Bryggen. There is also a very famous fish market in Bergen, where we stocked up on smoked salmon and tried whale for the first time. I love cruises since you can see a lot of different places in a short period of time, however the limitation is that you don’t get to spend much time in each. We were only in Bergen for half a day, which meant we were only able to explore the city centre, if you’re looking for more advice and ideas of things to do in Bergen, make sure to check out this article written by From Here To Sunday. Another city that we saw during our cruise is Stavanger, a beautiful city with a lovely old town centre, characterised by white wooden houses characterize it.
The highlight of the trip for me was cruising in the fjords. It is such a breath taking experience, sailing surrounded by these green mountains that drop off into the sea. My favourite was the Geirangerfjord. It’s a 15 kilometre branch, and is even protected by the UNESCO. Cruising inside it is incredible. We weren’t allowed to dock off at the harbour, as the cruise boat is too big for the resources available, so we anchored off in the middle of the fjord, and got a smaller boat to shore. From there we got a bus that drove to the view point at the top of the fjord, and looking down at the seemingly small cruise boats was truly breath-taking. I have had a similar experience road tripping the fjords in Iceland, known as Westfjords, but have to say the Geirangerfjord and the the Norwegian fjords in general were more impressive.
We ended the cruise up at Cape North, the northernmost point in Europe. There is a big metal globe that marks the exact point, and deers that roam free. Once you get so far north you will also have the pleasure of seeing the midnight sun. This was another highlight of the trip for me.
Norway is a beautiful country, that I highly recommend visiting. If you get the opportunity to do a cruise in the fjords I would take it, as it in an extraordinary way to experience Norway. Check out the video for the full footage of the trip! Have you been to Norway? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!
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