Norwegian Fjord Cruises Questions and Answers

The Norwegian Fjords are one of the best places to cruise because you’re right in the heart of the scenery, there’s no need to get off your ship if you don’t want to, you can sit and admire the view from you very own balcony or the promenade deck.

What are the Norwegian Fjords, and what makes them so special?

A fjord is a deep, narrow elongated stretch of water with a opening or sea mouth on one side and the other three sides being surrounded by steep land.  It is similar to a bay or cove, but it has to be longer than it is wide to qualify for the title of fjord.  What makes them so special is that they were formed during the ice age by giant glaciers and have remained relatively unchanged since the Vikings made their home here.  What also makes it special is that in 2003 the area was voted best UNESCO site in the world, some achievement as it was compared to places such as the Galapagos, the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu.

What can you expect to see?

Norwegian Fjord Cruises can be anything from 7 to 18 nights and what you will see will depend on the duration, but some of the best sights are considered to be:

Geiranger.  One of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations, all along the fjord are abandoned farms surrounded by beautiful scenery.  The mountain area is accessed on foot or by train, it is also where the Seven Sisters waterfall, 300 meters high, can be found.  The waterfall got its name because from a distance it appears to resemble the hair of seven women.

Hardangerfjord. Norway’s second longest fjord at 179 km long and the third longest in the world, it is also one of the deepest at more than 800 meters in places.  The area is famous for its fruit trees, the Folgefonni glacier and its salmon farms. It lies in second place to Sognefjord at 1300 meters deep and 204 km long.

And finally Hjorundfjorden, considered to be one of the most beautiful due to its  sharp-pointed peaks on both sides and Naeroyfjord the narrowest in the world at only 250 meters at Gudvangen, its narrowest point.

From the ship each day it is possible to either take one of the organised tours or disembark alone and either stroll in the pretty villages that line the route or take a hike, or train into the mountains to explore the area further.

What kind of facilities will the ship have?

This is one of the most popular areas to cruise so there are a wide variety of ships and companies to choose from.  They range from the small intimate ships to the larger liners but all will offer private facilities, a choice of cabin grade and dining options. Most will have a pool, shops, medical facility, theatre and bars with live music and dancing each evening.

Cruising in the Norwegian fjords is like watching the world go by without even having to leave your room if you don’t want to, however if you do there are beautiful villages and mountains to explore.

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