You won't find a more relaxing way to see and experience coastal Norway than onboard a cruise ship. It's a hotel room on the move, giving you all the comforts of home, while at the same time letting you take in the joys of Norway's long coastline.
A moving base like this will save you from the hustle and bustle of having to unpack and repack your luggage for every destination you reach, and you will have restaurants, bars, and amusements within reach at all times.
Don't expect an endless party though. Most people cruising coastal Norway are looking for calm and relaxation, spectacular scenery and beautiful landscapes, and perhaps a taste of some local specialties along the way.
Norway has one of the longest coastlines in the world, and more fjords than any other place on the planet. In fact, the very word "fjord" is Norwegian in origin.
Other natural splendours you might want to experience from the comforts of a cruise ship are the northern lights and the midnight sun, and if you're lucky, you might also spot eagles soaring above or whales and seals playing in the deep fjords.
Of course, there will be time for short excursions while your ship is in port, depending on its sailing plan. Though you might not have time to venture far inland, most ships make sure to give its guests ample time to experience the most interesting cities and towns along the coast. Just make sure you're not so mesmerized you forget to return to the ship in time to sail on.
Unless you travel with Hurtigruten - the coastal steamer trafficking the coast from Bergen and points north - in which case you can hop on and hop off as you like. Maybe you'll want to spend a few extra days someplace along the way? Well, with Hurtigruten, you can.
Cruise ships depart for Norway from many different ports in Europe, making it easy and convenient to get here with minimum hassle and maximum comfort. Of course, you can also choose to fly directly to Norway and start your cruise here.
If you are employed by a cruise line, tour operator or travel agency, Cruise Norway can help you with information about Cruise Norway member ports, destinations, attractions and other services provided by collaborating companies.
A marketing company established by Norwegian port authorities, transport companies and other Norwegian suppliers, Cruise Norway's intention is to contribute to a simpler planning process. Cruise Norway also defines a set of guidelines for Norwegian cruise ports and destinations, helping them to deliver the best possible quality and service.
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Cruise Pass Norway is a new discount-benefits card, tailor made for the independent cruise and Hurtigrute tourist. Cruise Pass provides a supplementary service to tourists visiting multiple ports/cities in Norway. The scope of the Cruise Pass will entitle the user to buy one cruise card on a Norway cruise, and get a discount and/or special offers at 18 destinations and around 150 vendors in Norway. Member enterprises are rental car, museums, restaurants, retail, Norwegian fashion and sport, gift shops, Scandinavian design, local food and taxi. And last minute adventures not sold onboard the cruise ships. As a tourist you will get increased purchasing power and discounts up to 40%.
Using Hurtigruten as a basecamp gives you the best possible starting point for exploring everything the Norwegian coast has to offer – from fjords and iconic towns to northern lights and midnight sun.
Planning your trip well helps you get what you want and find the experiences you wish for, without risking your hard-earned days off. And if you don't know what you want, we're happy to help you find some ideas.
According to ancient legend, the name Norway comes from the old norse word Norðrvegr, which means “the way north”, a name given to this long and craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in the wintertime.
Travelling to Norway has never been easier. There are direct flights from many places around the world, and if you live closer by, you can take a boat, a train, or a bus – or even drive.
Modern conveniences have made it much easier to get around in Norway. These days, trains, boats, roads, and a network of small airports are all making it quite practical to see any part of the country.