Day Scenic cruising Sognefjord / Flam, NorwayCruising / Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 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.
Off the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the larger Sognefjorden in southern Norway, Flåmand its surrounding areais a place to stop, gaze
and linger. There are no traffic lights; instead the village has an easy pastoral rhythm. Explore the steep-sided fjords and hike
through sweeping valleys and meadows, home to grazing sheep. See the frozen-in-time churches and architecture and visit traditional
farms where geitost or brown goats-milk cheese is made. There are many ways to take in the majestically beautiful landscapes, some
designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many are easily accessible. You have only to pick and choose: Embark on a wildlife-
spotting cruise through the fjords' narrow passageways or go on a kayaking or cycling excursion that passes by gushing waterfalls. The
Flåm Railway runs on a winding route on sheer slopes that reach up to 863 meters above sea level. Or see the area at true Flåm pace,
with a simple picnic on the shore.
Day Eidfjord, Norway / Scenic cruising HardangerfjordArrives 10:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM / Cruising "In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area's natural splendor.
Hardangervidda, near Eidfjord, is Europe's largest mountain plateau as well as Norway's largest national park. Interestingly, the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole, and Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland interior, both used Hardangervidda to prepare for their expeditions. Walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are popular, and the area is home to Europe's largest population of wild reindeer."
Scenic cruising Hardangerfjord
"From easy guided hikes and the summer-skiing resort on the Folgefonna glaciers to the serious hiking trails that encompass waterfalls and panoramic vistas, Norways Hardangerfjord region offers truly exceptional outdoor experiences. Norways Queen Sonja is known to favor the hiking trails around the village of Kinsarvik so much that a tough 16-kilometer (10-mile) hike is named after her.
Day Kristiansand, NorwayArrives 11:00 AM Departs 08:00 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."