Norwegian Fjord Cruise
Dramatic coastal landscapes and fairytale Norwegian fjords will greet you when embarking on one of our Norwegian fjord cruises. Our range of voyage and tour options includes something for those who like to explore on their own, or those who like things more organised.
Voyage options can take you all the way along the long Norwegian coast, or just into some of the picturesque southern fjords. Choosing a shorter cruise in the southern fjords takes you closer to ‘real life’ and eliminates the need for tender transfers to shore. You don't need to sail on a large cruise ship to access all these fjords and little fjord towns with ease.
With so many amazing options, choosing where to go in Norway can be a challenge, so we hope our summary helps you find something that suits you.
The most spectacular and most frequently visited fjords in the southwest of Norway are the Sognefjord, the Hardangerfjord, the Lysefjord and the Geirangerfjord. Then we have a number of smaller fjord arms coming off the main fjords.
In the Sognefjord (Norway’s deepest) you will find the popular fjord-arms of the Nærøyfjord and the Aurlandsfjord, which are visited during the Norway in a Nutshell® excursion.
Off the Sognefjord we also find the Fjærlandsfjord stretching north from Balestrand, and which ends just underneath the majestic Jostedal Glacier, Norway’s largest.
Join our 1, 2 or 3-day Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour and cruise to explore Balestrand and the Fjærlandsfjord.
The Hardangerfjord is Norway’s third largest fjord and is home to a vibrant farming and orchard community. It is more commonly visited on independent Hardangerfjord self-drive tours, as a visit to smaller villages and farms is a highlight. For the active traveller, hiking opportunities abound, and the strenuous day hike up to Trolltunga is spectacular.
The massive Folgefonna Glacier and Norway’s most spectacular waterfall, Vøringsfossen are also found in the Hardangerfjord.
Cruises can either visit these fjords from Bergen or we provide transfers from train stations that stop between Oslo to Bergen. Note: You don't need to carry all your luggage with you on these tours - we can arrange portage between cities.
Trekkers can also access the Hardagervidda mountain plateau from the inner reaches of the Hardangerfjord. Hardangervidda provides brilliant hut-to-hut trekking options.
Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) rises 600 metres up from the inner reaches of the Lysefjord. Joining a day tour from Stavanger, you can either walk to the top or marvel from the fjord below.
Other significant attractions are the Kjærag Cliff further into the fjord, which is twice as high as Pulpit Rock.
Lift your eyes to see Kjæragbolten, a boulder wedged into the crevice more than thousand metres high.
Our Pulpit Rock and the Southern Fjords tour visits this region, taking you off the tourist track to experience small Norwegian villages and spectacular sceneries.
*How to get there: express boats, tourist ferries & self drive
*When is the best time to cruise the Norwegian fjords: June through August is the peak of the Norway cruise season, but voyages begin in May and run into September. Small local express boats run all year round.
The Geirangerfjord is most often visited during a summer voyage on board the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten, or during one of our self-drive or coach tours. This small fjord village is host to thousands of tourists during the busy summer months, and is honestly best avoided in peak season.
The Geirangerfjord cuts nearly 16 kilometres inland through Norway, and as such provides magnificent fjord vistas. Sail close underneath the famous Seven Sisters waterfall and the Suitor, located directly opposite each other on either side of the fjord. Those kayaking from Geiranger can cool down under their gentle spray. 50 Degrees North offers a new minivan tour which visits Geirgangerfjord - Beautiful Norway with a cruise out of Geiranger and lunch.
*How to get there: Hurtigruten, tourist ferries, Beautiful Norway minivan & land access
Visiting Nordfjord is now possible on our new 'Western Fjords' tour which skirts along this fjord by minivan. The Western Fjords of Norway, starting from Bergen and finishing in Ålesund offer some of Norway's deepest, sea-drowned valleys covered by steep, rugged terrain scoured and gouged by glaciers. It is a landscape that is utterly unique and profoundly beautiful.
*How to get there: Local ferries, 50 Degrees North minivan & land access
Moving right up North, the Trollfjord in Lofoten offers some of the most beautiful photographic opportunities from the deck of a Hurtigruten ship, or from a fast RIB boat. This dramatic fjord lies above the Arctic Circle, in the midst of the Lofoten Archipelago. You can reach the Trollfjord on a Hurtigruten voyage, or by RIB from the fishing village of Svolvær.
You can also explore the Atlantic Highway, starting from Ålesund and finishing in Trondheim. Our Scenic Norway tour, 'Our Scenic Norway tour', provides you with a driver who navigates two of the most famous Norwegian Scenic Routes. Be amazed by Norway’s most visited tourist road, Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns and the Atlantic Highway, famous for its twisting bridges over the coast.
*How to get there: Hurtigruten, boutique ships & RIB boats
At 50 Degrees North we are all Scandinavians promoting our home region from the heart. Contact us to get expert advice on choosing the Norwegian Fjord Cruise that is right for you.
With careful planning, you could visit them all, and even escape the crowds. Let us show you how to get close to Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery with our tailor-made itineraries and Norwegian coastal voyages.