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Just cruisin'

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.

Cruise destinations in Norway

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Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living… Read more
Bergen
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
Northern Norway
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
Bring your walking boots and experience Harstad's cultural attractions and nearby nature on foot. Read more
Harstad
The Vega archipelago, situated off the Helgeland coast, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. If you’re looking for… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
It’s wild, it’s dramatic – and it’s most certainly unique. Narvik is perfect for nature experiences or an active holiday. Read more
Narvik
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø, as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat… Read more
Tromsø
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands, to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and Sami… Read more
Nordkyn
Trøndelag
Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. Getting here is easy and it’s a perfect base for exploring the region. Read more
Trondheim
Innherred was an important area in Norway during the middle ages, and the locals are proud of their heritage, the tasty locally produced food, and the… Read more
Innherred
At the coast of Trøndelag you will experience genuine coastal heritage, local food and a wide range of activities at both sea and on land. Read more
Hitra, Frøya & Fosen
Fjord Norway
Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living… Read more
Bergen
You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Fjord Coast
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
From the fjord itself to Folgefonna glacier and the iconic Trolltunga, the Hardangerfjord region offers Norwegian nature at its most scenic. The area… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
The region of Haugalandet and its main city Haugesund can be used as a starting point for exploring Lysefjorden and its surrounding mountains. And if… Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The… Read more
The Sognefjord area
Situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sognefjorden, Lærdal features dramatic mountain tops, unique wooden houses in… Read more
Lærdal
Dramatic coastline, long fjords, alpine mountains and lush valleys – the north-western part of Norway is wild, authentic, and beautiful. Drive… Read more
Northwest
Imagine finding yourself looking over mountains, rockslides and polished cliffs – hundreds of metres above sea level. In Ryfylke, the nature… Read more
Ryfylke
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
In Stryn you can join a rope team walking up on a glacier, go summer skiing, and enjoy white sandy beaches on the very same day. Read more
Stryn
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Western Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on the cake. Read more
Sunnhordland
In Nordfjord you are greeted by a beautiful stretch of coastline, towering mountains and the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen. Read more
Nordfjord
You could go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
Eastern Norway
You don’t have to travel far to get a more intimate and cozy alternative to Oslo. Asker, Bærum and Røyken offers a rich selection… Read more
Asker, Bærum & Røyken
A few decades ago Drammen had a reputation for being a somewhat grey industrial town. Today, however, you are greeted by fashionable surroundings and… Read more
The Drammen region
A 20-minute drive from Oslo, and you are in Follo, home to Norway’s largest amusement park Tusenfryd and a range of other attractions. Read more
Follo
The town of Moss and its surrounding areas have a rich industrial heritage, a flourishing art scene, and the most beaches in the whole of… Read more
Moss
Centered on Europe’s largest waterfall, the town of Sarpsborg was founded a thousands years ago by Norway’s patron saint and most… Read more
Sarpsborg
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Read more
Fredrikstad
A seaside town offering plenty of outdoor pursuits, Horten also boasts a rich heritage dating back to Viking times. In nearby Åsgårdstrand… Read more
Horten
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
The charming little coastal town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings with a fabulous cluster of islands just waiting for you… Read more
Kragerø
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
Sandefjord
Southern Norway
Kristiansand is the southernmost city in Norway. Kristiansand is also declared the children's city, because of all the funny activities… Read more
Kristiansand
Experience Flekkefjord: Ride a rail bike through 17 tunnels, visit Hidra or the Holland Town, go hiking or shopping or just relax by the fjords. Read more
Flekkefjord
Welcome to sea and city in Arendal and surroundings.  Read more
Arendal
Risør is a small town along the coastline of Southern Norway, 1,5 hours east of Kristiansand. Risør is known as "the wooden house… Read more
Risør
Visit the Farsund and Lista region in Southern Norway and experience hiking, Lista lighthouse, American festival and other attractions. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Visit Lyngdal in Southern Norway and go fishing, shopping, hiking or swimming at Sorlandsbadet and find accommodation at Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
Lyngdal
Think of Grimstad, and you think of skerries, white-painted wooden houses, festivals, good food, and summer atmosphere. Enjoy lazy days in the sun, a… Read more
Grimstad
The official webpage for the southern most part of Norway, the Lindesnes region. Find out what to do, what to see, where to stay, what's… Read more
The Lindesnes Region
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