Sailing the Norwegian coast is a bit like navigating in a big box of chocolates. There are tasty bites everywhere.
But for many, the Geirangerfjord is the best of the lot.
Out on deck, way back on the stern of MS Finnmarken, Brendan Lacey from Australia stands serene and cool at the railing. He sips a coffee that could’ve come from a hip cafe in Oslo’s Grünerløkka neighbourhood, or from a coffee bar in Sydney.
Brendan says he’s never had caffè latte in such a cool place.
“These are the most incredible surroundings I have ever seen”, says the genuinly impressed Aussie. He relates the story of how he ended up here.
“I’m backpacking in Scandinavia this summer, and a few days ago at a hostel in Oslo, I mentioned that I wanted to see Geiranger, which I’d heard was the world’s most beautiful fjord. They said I should take Hurtigruten, because it’s as close as you can get. I thanked them for the tip, boarded a bus for Ålesund, and here I am”, he says.
“Man, they were right about as close as you can get. Are those waterfalls the Seven Sisters? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Yep, seven in a row. Indescribably beautiful!”
Brendan says the Australian coast has its own natural magic, but Norway surpasses it many times over.
“This is fresher and more spectacular. I mean, Wow! I called my girlfriend 15 minutes ago and said we have to come here together. This ship also visits the Lofoten Islands. I don’t know if they were kidding, but someone said the Lofoten Islands are even more amazing than Geiranger. If that’s true, and I find it hard to believe, I’m moving there. For real.”
Explore both the Geirangerfjord and the Lofoten Islands with Hurtigruten in 2017.
If you wish to create your own voyage in Norway, you can select which ports you want to travel from and to.
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.
Hurtigruten’s cruise along the Norwegian coast not only offers a whole host of incredible experiences and wondrous scenery, but is also a culinary journey.
Find out what to expect on a Hurtigruten trip, including cultural highlights this spring and what you may see on the menu to news about the refurbishment and the brand new ship MS Spitsbergen.
The Ultimate Hurtigruten Cruise is a 12 day journey, but there are also shorter options available.
They come in busses, they come in cars, and they come in campers, on bicycles and on foot. Thousands of people want to experience the North Cape.
Discover your inner explorer on an active journey along the Norwegian coastline, guided by Hurtigruten’s true adventure experts.
Combine a 5-day voyage in search of the mystical northern lights. Sail through beautiful Vesterålen and the Lofoten Islands and stop in scenic towns such as Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund and Trondheim.
Experience the northern coastline in the footsteps of the early arctic explorers.
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands or go fishing for the catch of your life.
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.