Day Haugesund, NorwayArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM The lovely port town of Haugesund is known as the birthplace of Norway, crowned as such by Viking King Harald Fairhair in the 9th century. Today its one of Norways principal culture centers, hosting the Norwegian International Film Festival as well as a jazz festival every summer.
Day Molde, NorwayArrives 10:00 AM Departs 09:00 PM Molde, town, western Norway. It lies along Molde Fjord, an inlet of the Norwegian Sea. A port since the 15th century, Molde was partially destroyed by fire in 1916, damaged during World War II, then rebuilt completely. During April 1940 it was the temporary home of the Norwegian government. Local industry includes fish export, textile mills, and furniture manufacture. Moldes outstanding gardens have earned it the nickname Town of Roses.
Day Geiranger, Norway / Cruising GeirangerfjordArrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM / Cruising "Geirangerfjord is one of the most beautiful spots in Scandinaviaif not the world. These are among the planets longest and deepest
fjords, with steep walls of rock dropping some 500 meters below the waters surface and rising 1,400 meters above sea level.
Waterfalls tumble down from high above, free-flowing rivers snake through forests and glacial lakes stretch for miles. It's no
surprise that these glacially carved masterpieces cut into Norway's western coast were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with
the nearby Nærøyfjord, in 2005.
The small village of Geiranger lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, and being here is all about being outdoors in the clean, crisp
Norwegian air to enjoy the stunning scenery. Cruise ships anchor at the end of the Geirangerfjord and passengers can hike, kayak,
bicycle and ski to see the gorgeousness up close.
The coast of Norway is fringed with jagged fjords cut into the shoreline by glaciers eons ago. One of the most spectacular inlets is
the mighty Geirangerfjord, a popular cruising destination and, along with the nearby Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When
Norways glaciers retreated they left deep valleys in their wake that filled with seawater, in the case of the Geirangerfjord to a
depth of nearly 500 meters (1,640 feet). Above the surface, the fjords sheer rock walls shoot straight up three times as far. You'll
want to wake up early to catch the exhilarating views during the nine-mile cruise up the Geirangerfjord to the tiny village of
Geiranger; your ship will likely make this trip in early morning to give you a full day in port. If youve sprung for a balcony cabin,
you wont regret it. Otherwise, head for the open decks to soak up the stunning scenery and the crisp, fresh Norwegian air as the ship
moves up the calm, glasslike channel.
Day Bergen, NorwayArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Beautiful Bergen, Norways second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. Bergens rich maritime tradition goes back nearly 1,000 years, including the years the town played an important part in the Hanseatic League, the trading empire that dominated maritime commerce in the region between the 14th and 18th centuries. The city is one of Europes oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It's also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs.
Day Scenic Cruising Sognefjord / Skjolden, NorwayCruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Norway's Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Imagine 205 majestic winding kilometers (127 miles) of beautiful villages, centuries-old architecture including wooden stave churches, towering mountains with snow-covered peaks, cascading waterfalls and panoramic views. It is also a region known for its traditional food, folklore, music and rich culture. Set in the southern part of the country, centrally located at the heart of Fjord Norway (as the region is known), the fjord reaches depths of more than 1,308 meters (4,291 feet). It also soars to the sky, with rugged cliffs rising to more than 1,700 meters (5,577 feet). This is nature at its most dramatic. In fact, one of the Sognefjords arms, the Nærøyfjord, is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Urnes Stave Church, which was build around 1130 is also included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. As the poet John Keats once wrote, The poetry of earth is never dead, and within the Sognefjord lie many sonnets of life. Be inspired by its treasures. All you have to do is sit back and watch the spectacular wonder of this destination.
Located at the end of picturesque Lusterfjord with its emerald-green waters from melting glaciers, Skjolden is nestled between Norways highest mountain range, Jotunheimen National Park and two glaciers. It is home to the wooden, 12th century Urnes Stave Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day Stavanger, NorwayArrives 10:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM "Before this port city on Norways western coast earned its status as the epicenter of black gold and the extraction of North Sea oil, it was a shipbuilding and fish-canning town. Fuelled by its wealth as one of the worlds top energy capitals, its now home to top-notch fusion restaurants and a bustling nightlife that caters to a never-ending influx of expatriates.
Amidst this financial boom, though, Stavanger has managed to hold on to its heritage and soul: Archaeological museums and reconstructed settlements pay due reverence to the citys Viking past. The cobblestoned Old Town is a well-preserved core of white wooden cottages near an Anglo-Norman cathedral, the oldest in Norway. Natural beauty abounds, too, with the nearby Lysefjord and its impressive Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) drawing a steady stream of visitors during the summer.
Day Kristiansand, NorwayArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM "The capital of the southern coastal region known as the Norwegian Riviera, Kristiansand has earned the nickname Summer City. The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures mild and snow to a minimum, so Kristiansand is Norways outdoor playground.
Even with just a few hours, Kristiansands grid layout makes it simple to get around on foot to explore historic sites such as Posebyen (the old town), which dates back to 1631, and former military fortresses and installations. Within the city limits are a number of forested recreational areas, a fish market with harbor views and even a sandy beach. The coastline is dotted with islands, skerries and picturesque fishing villages and farther afield, highlights of the region include Kristiansand Zoo & Amusement Park, the quaint town of Lillesand and Setesdal Mineral Park, with glittering displays of crystals and gems.
Day Scenic cruising Oslo Fjord / Oslo, NorwayCruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM "Not a fjord in the geological sense, the Oslo Fjord is actually a vast expanse of water stretching south from the Norwegian capital for nearly 100 kilometers (62 miles). Almost half of Norway's population lives within an hours drive of the fjord, so theres plenty to see along the shoreline, from islands and skerries to major towns and cities.
"Oslo, Norways charming capital city, is a vibrant mixmodern architecture and world-class museums dwell alongside 10th-century Viking history, with indigenous Sami culture woven throughout. This cosmopolitan center, with its coveted quality of life, caters to every interest from history buffs and literary types to students of modern Nordic design and aspiring arctic adventurers.
Choose the Oslo you want to visit. Take in the much-talked-about Opera House, with its otherworldly angles, or trace the steps of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and literary masters like Henrik Ibsen. Journey to the Bygdøy peninsula to absorb Nordic culture at the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum and the Folk Museum. Savor fine restaurants and luxury boutiques along the Aker Brygge waterfront, or dive into the eclectic neighborhood of Grünerløkka for vintage shops, microbreweries and corner cafés."