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Norwegian Coast and Fjords Cruise Holidays

Each season offers a new experience on a Norway coast cruise. Spring sees the Arctic thawing, with waterfalls cascading into life as you cruise through fjords. Summer transforms northern Norway into the Land of the Midnight Sun where the sun stays above the horizon all night, bathing the dramatic cliffs in hazy colour. Autumn offers cruises of contrast with trees turning red and gold and cruising above the Arctic circle brings early snow. Winter is the time to voyage in search of the Northern Lights, where the spectacular Aurora Borealis brightens the sky with swirls of green and pink.

  • Sailing into Gerianger Fjord
  • Experience the stunning Northern Lights on a Norway coast cruise
  • Winter sunset
  • Trollfjord
  • Northern lights display

Norway Coast Info

Starting your holiday

We offer a superb selection of voyages along the dramatic Norwegian coastline from a range of departure ports. Cruise from a number of UK ports including London Tilbury, Harwich, Newcastle, Liverpool and Hull, or fly and join the ship in the Norwegian city of Bergen or Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.

Norwegian Highlights

The beautiful village of Ulvik at the head of Ulvikfjord is located in the heart of one of Norway’s largest fruit growing districts and is the starting point for excursions to Hardangerfjord. Further north is picturesque Flam, home to the famous Flam Railway which travels through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery in Norway, from cascading waterfalls to soaring mountains. Continuing north, arrive at the small village of Hellesylt, gateway to the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, and the town of Andalsnes, located at the start of the Rauma railway which cuts through spectacular scenery.

Many of our voyages cross the Arctic Circle visiting remote communities. The Lofoten Islands are dotted with traditional fishing villages, while the Arctic capital of Tromso, home to the Arctic Cathedral, offers the best chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in the Winter months. Other ports visited above the Arctic Circle include Honningsvag, gateway to the North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.

  • The Arctic Cathedral at Tromso in winter daylight
  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • Spring arriving at a Norway coast village
  • Spring at a Norway fishing village
  • Trondheim
  • Gerainger Fjord
  • Honningsvag
  • Orcas in the Arctic
  • MS Nordlys entering a fjord
  • Sunset at Tromso

Some of our cruises visit the Norwegian fjords before heading to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the Land of Ice and Fire, while others visit the remote Shetland Islands and colourful Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull.

Tailor your holiday

We offer an exciting choice of optional excursions, allowing your to tailor your holiday, whatever the season. Perhaps enjoy a husky adventure in Kirkenes, kayak in the waters surrounding the Arctic capital of Tromso or take a ride on the famous Flam Railway through stunning scenery.

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  • Majesty of Norway

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Discover majestic waterfalls, stunning valleys and traditional villages, including Eidfjord and Flam, on this fantastic no-fly cruise to the Norwegian fjords from London Tilbury 2018 - Oct 2019 - May, Sep Second passenger cruises FREE on 2019 departures! Now from £549pp

    Flam No Fly Cruise
    From £509pp
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  • Summertime in Norway

    6 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Discover cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains and pretty fjord villages on this special family-oriented voyage from London Tilbury to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords on Columbus 2019 - Jul Save up to 20% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Eidfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £554pp
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  • Majestic Fjords

    7 Nights - Newcastle and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Discover snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages on this no-fly cruise from Newcastle to the stunning Norwegian fjords on Magellan. There is the option to embark in Dundee 2019 - May Save up to 20% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Geirangerfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £859pp
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  • Wonders of the Fjords

    8 Nights - Hull and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Explore the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords on this 8-night no-fly cruise from Hull and discover dramatic glaciers, picturesque villages and snow-capped mountains 2019 - Sep, Oct Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Eidfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £644pp
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  • Summer Fjordland

    8 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Explore the quirky Dutch capital of Amsterdam before heading to the beautiful Norwegian fjords on this summertime cruise from London Tilbury on board Columbus 2019 - Aug Save up to 30% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Amsterdam No Fly Cruise
    From £644pp
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  • Summer in Norway

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Explore the traditional towns and charming villages of the alluring Norwegian fjords, including tranquil Eidfjord and Hanseatic Bergen, on this special family-oriented holiday from London Tilbury on Columbus 2018 - Aug Save up to 40%!

    Eidfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £649pp
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  • Beauty of Norway

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Columbus cruises from London Tilbury to Norway's mighty fjords, visiting the idyllic villages of Eidfjord and Flam, and the historic city of Bergen on this no-fly voyage 2018 - Aug

    Geirangerfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £649pp
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  • Majestic Autumn Fjordland

    9 Nights - Portsmouth and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Sail to Norway to discover dramatic glaciers, pretty villages and stunning fjords then explore the Dutch cities of Ijmuiden and Rotterdam on this 9-night no-fly cruise from Portsmouth 2018 - Sep Save up to 40%!

    Geirangerfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £789pp
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  • Fjordland Splendour

    9 Nights - Poole and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Discover the snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and dramatic glaciers of Norway's fjordland on this no-fly cruise from Poole on Astoria, visiting beautiful Flam and colourful Bergen 2019 - Apr Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Flam No Fly Cruise
    From £794pp
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  • Autumn Fjords

    10 Nights - Portsmouth to Hull

    Astoria Astoria

    See a kaleidoscope of fjordland scenery where green hills and snow-topped mountains contrast with blue glaciers on this no-fly cruise on board Astoria 2019 - Sep Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Eidfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £816pp
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  • Majestic Autumn Fjordland and Gala Cruise

    10 Nights - Poole to Portsmouth

    Astoria Astoria

    Experience the scenic wonders of Norway's fjordland on this no-fly cruise from Poole on Astoria, visiting beautiful Eidfjord and colourful Bergen 2018 - Sep

    Eidfjord No Fly Cruise
    From £869pp
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  • Scenic Fjordland

    11 Nights - Liverpool and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Admire the magnificent mountains, dramatic glaciers and stunning fjords of the Norwegian coast on this no-fly cruise from Liverpool, visiting picturesque villages including Eidfjord and Flam 2019 - Aug Save up to 30% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Flam No Fly Cruise
    From £884pp
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  • Winter Voyage South

    6 Nights - Kirkenes to Bergen

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Voyage south from Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle to Bergen along the dramatic Norway coast in winter and look out for the spellbinding Northern Lights on this 6-night cruise 2018 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar

    Northern Lights Fly Cruise Package
    From £900pp
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  • Highlights of Norway

    9 Nights - Liverpool and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Call at Dublin, the capital of the Emerald Isle, and historic Orkney on the way to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Norwegian fjords on this no-fly cruise from Liverpool 2018 - Jul Save up to 30%!

    Olden No Fly Cruise
    From £929pp
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  • Winter Voyage North

    6 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    A unique 6-night cruise north along the dramatic Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter in search of the Northern Lights 2018 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar

    Snowmobiling Fly Cruise Package
    From £1010pp
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  • Norway and Northern Lights

    13 Nights - Hull and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Sail above the Arctic Circle in search of the enchanting Northern Lights on this no-fly cruise from Hull to the Norway coast, calling at Hanseatic Bergen and Honningsvag, gateway to the dramatic North Cape 2019 - Oct Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Northern Lights No Fly Cruise
    From £1041pp
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  • Grand Fjordland Splendour

    12 Nights - Liverpool and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Call at Dublin, the capital of the Emerald Isle, and the wild Shetland Islands on the way to the stunning scenery of the Norwegian fjords on this no-fly cruise from Liverpool. There is the option to embark in Dublin 2019 - Jul Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Bergen No Fly Cruise
    From £1049pp
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  • Scenic Summer Fjords

    6 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore the stunning Norwegian fjords on this summertime no-fly cruise from Dover, visiting quaint Flam and historic Stavanger 2018 - Jul Save up to 35%!

    Flam No Fly Cruise
    From £1075pp
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  • Northern Lights Cruise

    13 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Join Marco Polo on this exciting no-fly voyage from London Tilbury in search of the magical Northern Lights, which includes visits to the Arctic capital of Tromso and Hanseatic Bergen 2018 - Oct Save up to 40%!

    Northern Lights No Fly Cruise
    From £1079pp
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  • Viking Homelands

    14 Nights - Stockholm to Bergen

    Viking Jupiter Choice of Ships

    Explore the magnificent Baltic cities of Helsinki, St Petersburg and Copenhagen and the picturesque Norwegian fjords on this voyage from Stockholm to Bergen on board brand new ships Viking Star, Sea, Sun and Sky. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep 2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save up to £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Helsinki Fly Cruise Package
    From £3690pp
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  • Voyage North

    6 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Voyage north from Bergen to Kirkenes and enjoy watching the changing scenery across the Arctic Circle on this 6-night, full board cruise. Includes return flights from the UK and all overseas transfers. 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep

    Alesund Fly Cruise Package
    From £1144pp
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  • Northern Lights in Norway

    14 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Venture high above the Arctic Circle in search of the spectacular Northern Lights on this fantastic no-fly voyage from London Tilbury visiting the beautiful Norwegian cities of Tromso and Honningsvag, gateway to the dramatic North Cape 2018 - Oct Save up to 40%!

    Northern Lights No Fly Cruise
    From £1149pp
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  • Voyage South

    6 Nights - Kirkenes to Bergen

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Enjoy an overnight stay in Norway's capital Oslo before flying to Kirkenes to join a 5-night voyage along Norway's stunning coast, cruising through the beautiful Vesteralen and Lofoten Islands to Bergen. Includes flights from the UK and all overseas transfers 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep

    Bergen Fly Cruise Package
    From £1159pp
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  • Scandinavian Seascapes

    7 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover Scandinavian style and design as you cruise to Norway, Sweden and Denmark on this 7-night no fly cruise with visits to the beautiful cities of Stavanger and Gothenburg 2018 - Sep Save up to 35%!

    Gothenburg No Fly Cruise
    From £1159pp
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  • Norway and the Northern Lights

    14 Nights - Portsmouth and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Go in search of the breathtaking Northern Lights on this no-fly cruise from Portsmouth and visit the Arctic capital of Tromso and Hanseatic Bergen 2018 - Oct Save up to 40%!

    Bergen No Fly Cruise
    From £1159pp
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  • Winter Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and Back

    Kong Harald Choice of Ships

    Cruise the entire length of the dramatic Norway coast in search of the spectacular Northern Lights on this 11-night voyage with daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, calling at 34 ports. This cruise is available daily and on selected dates, direct charter flights from regional airports are included 2018 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Aurora Boralis Fly Cruise Package
    From £1174pp
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  • White Sea and Murmansk

    17 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    This once-in-a-lifetime voyage from London Tilbury visits the Arctic city of Tromso before continuing deep inside the Arctic Circle and around the North Cape to Russia's White Sea to uncover wartime memories 2018 - Aug

    Honningsvag No Fly Cruise
    From £1194pp
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  • Land of the Northern Lights to Norway

    15 Nights - Bristol and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Explore the breathtaking Norwegian fjords and venture into the Arctic Circle on this superb no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth in search of the magical Northern Lights, a truly amazing phenomenon 2019 - Mar Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Alesund No Fly Cruise
    From £1251pp
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  • Norwegian Coast Autumn Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and Back

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Cruise the Norway coast in Autumn as the mountainside forests and woods turn to vivid colours of red, brown and orange on this fantastic 11-night, full board voyage with included return flights from the UK 2018 - Sep, Oct No single supplement!

    Lofoten Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £1375pp
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  • Astronomy Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and Back

    Finnmarken Choice of Ships

    Learn about the night sky and stunning aurora borealis in the company of Astronomy experts on this 11-night voyage along the dramatic Norway coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return. Includes direct flights from the UK 2018 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Feb, Mar NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear!

    Aurora Borealis and cruise ship Fly Cruise Package
    From £1798pp
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  • Norwegian Coast Summer Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and Back

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Explore the Norwegian Coast in summer and experience the majesty of the Land of the Midnight Sun on our 11-night, full board round voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and return with included return flights from the UK 2018 - Jul, Aug No single supplement!

    Midnight sun in Norway Fly Cruise Package
    From £1915pp
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  • Norwegian Fjords

    14 Nights - Copenhagen to London Tilbury

    Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Join Aegean Odyssey on this cruise to Norway and discover cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains and pretty fjord villages, with calls at Oslo, Bergen and Flam. Includes flight to Copenhagen, guided excursions and expert guest lecturers 2019 - Jul Save up to £900 per cabin!

    Geirangerfjord Fly Cruise Package
    From £2995pp
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  • Trade Routes of the Middle Ages

    14 Nights - Bergen to Barcelona

    Viking Sky Choice of Ships

    Follow the medieval trade routes on this 15-day cruise and learn more about Europe's fascinating history, visiting Amsterdam, Bruges and Paris with overnight stops in Bergen and Barcelona. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Oct Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bergen Fly Cruise Package
    From £3490pp
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  • Majestic Landscapes of Iceland

    12 Nights - Bergen to Reykjavik

    Viking Sky Viking Sky

    This brand new cruise on stylish ship Viking Sky explores the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, remote Faroe Islands and dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the Land of Ice and Fire. Includes return flights from the UK and guided shore excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Aug Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bergen Fly Cruise Package
    From £3990pp
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  • In Search of the Northern Lights

    12 Nights - London Tilbury to Bergen

    Viking Sky Viking Sky

    Voyage in search of the magical Northern Lights and discover breathtaking fjords, traditional coastal towns and unique cultures on this superb voyage along the Norwegian coast. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Northern Lights Fly Cruise Package
    From £4295pp
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  • Three Arctic Islands

    13 Nights - Oslo to Reykjavik

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Explore three Arctic islands and North East Greenland National Park, the least-visited national park in the world, on this 11-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team 2019 - Jul Save £500pp PLUS Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Spitsbergen Cruise Only
    From £4328pp
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  • Into the Midnight Sun

    14 Nights - Bergen to London (Greenwich)

    Viking Sea Choice of Ships

    Cruise from the spectacular fjords of the fabled Norwegian coast to the remote islands of Shetland and Orkney, and visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Jul Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bergen Fly Cruise Package
    From £4490pp
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  • Grand Arctic Circumnavigation

    11 Nights - Oslo and Back

    Spitsbergen Spitsbergen

    Sail to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean while circumnavigating Spitsbergen on this unique 11-night expedition, including Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team 2019 - Jul, Aug Special early booking price plus exclusive £100pp discount!

    Whale in Arctic waters Cruise Only
    From £5158pp
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  • Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

    9 Nights - Oslo and Back

    Spitsbergen Spitsbergen

    Explore remote Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear, on this unique 9-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Kayaking in Spitsbergen Cruise Only
    From £5463pp
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  • Svalbard Expedition Land of the Polar bear

    10 Nights - Longyearbyen to Tromso

    Silver Cloud Silver Cloud

    A 10-night luxury Silversea Expedition around the Svalbard Peninsula and Arctic Spitsbergen aboard superb expedition vessel Silver Cloud, bringing first-class service and accommodation to expedition cruising 2019 - Jul Pay in full by 31 Aug 2018 and save 10%!

    Spitsbergen Cruise Only
    From £6930pp
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  • Northeast Passage Expedition

    28 Nights - Tromso to Nome

    Bremen Bremen

    Luxurious expedition ship, Bremen, navigates the legendary Northeast Passage, which connects Europe to Asia and takes in the vast wilderness of the Russian Arctic, on this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime expedition. Includes thrilling Zodiac rides and charter flight from Nome to Vancouver 2018 - Aug Exclusive £100pp Blue Water Discount!

    Cruise close to walruses Cruise Only
    From £16880pp
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  • Norwegian Notes

    7 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Take the opportunity to watch special performances of classic music at the Hardanger Music Festival and enjoy live music on board Saga Pearl II on this music-themed voyage from Dover to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords Save up to 35%!

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  • Norwegian Coast Spring Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and Back

    Hurtigruten Ship Choice of Ships

    Voyage along the Norway Coast in Spring and witness days lengthening and the Arctic awakening on this 11-night, full board cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, with included flights from the UK Exclusive £25pp discount!

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  • Scenic Springtime Fjords

    8 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore the stunning Norwegian fjords, including the UNESCO-listed Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord, on this relaxing no-fly cruise from Dover with visits to medieval Bergen and enchanting Stavanger Save up to 35%!

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  • Scandinavian Cities

    10 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Visit three beautiful Scandinavian cities and transit the incredible Kiel Canal on this 10-night no-fly cruise from Dover Save up to 35%!

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  • Adventure to the North Cape

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Sail across the Arctic Circle to the Land of the Midnight Sun to uncover Norway's Viking heritage, explore the cities of Tromso and Hammerfest and enjoy whale-spotting from the deck of Saga Sapphire Save up to 35%!

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  • Islands of Bothnia

    14 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This no-fly discovery cruise from Dover explores Scandinavia in the spring visiting the Norwegian city of Arendal, German resort of Sassnitz and Sweden's beautiful Lulea archipelago Save up to 35%!

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  • Taste of the Arctic

    4 Nights - Tromso to Bergen

    A 4-night voyage from the Arctic capital of Tromso south to Bergen, sailing through the stunning Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands, in search of the Northern Lights

    Aurora Borealis View Full Details

  • Arctic Wonders

    7 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    A unique 7-night Northern Lights holiday with 6-night Arctic voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and an overnight at the exciting Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    Aurora Boralis View Full Details

  • Norwegian Fjordland

    8 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Enjoy a day in the quirky city of Amsterdam before sailing to the Norwegian fjords to discover dramatic glaciers, picturesque villages and snow-capped mountains on this 8-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury

    Bergen View Full Details

  • Norway Coast and Spitsbergen Adventure

    8 Nights - Bergen to Longyearbyen

    Explore the beautiful scenery of Norway and sail above the Arctic Circle on this 8-night voyage, including a 4-night cruise along the coast of Norway with visits to Alesund, Trondheim and the famous Trollfjord. Includes hotel stays in Tromso and Longyearbyen

    Bergen View Full Details

  • Norwegian Discovery

    10 Nights - Bergen to Trondheim

    Visit 34 fascinating ports, many above the Arctic Circle, on this superb voyage along the Norwegian coast, with an extensive excursion programme and the opportunity to take the beautiful Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo. Includes return flights from the UK

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Norway Coast Highlights

Alesund

Alesund is built across three islands and uniquely for Norway, is an Art Nouveau town, rebuilt in this style after a devastating fire in 1904. The KUBE Art Museum is housed in the former premises of the Norwegian Bank, and upmarket shops line Apotekergata. For good views of the islands, hills and coast, take the steps from Alesund's park up to Mount Aksla. Worthy of a visit is the magnificent 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal.

Alesund (Norway)

Bergen

The old Hanseatic port of Bergen is within walking distance of the city centre and the famous Bryggen, the World Heritage listed waterfront area of gabled traditional buildings which dates back 900 years. The outdoor fish market is one of Bergen's popular tourist attractions, along with the Floibanen, the funicular which travels up Mount Floyen close to Skomadkerdiket Lake for views of the city and the sea.

Bergen (Norway)

Bodo

Like many towns in northern Norway, Bodo was completely rebuilt after the war. It is a very modern town with a buzzing commercial centre. The Norwegian Aviation Museum is one of the most popular museums and off the coast is Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom or 'whirling stream'.

Finnsnes

This small town in Troms County is a gateway to the so-called 'Fairytale island' of Senja, with a variety of landscapes covering every type of Norwegian scenery from fjords and mountains to small traditional villages. Finnsnes has a large park which has a natural lake, and pretty white clapboard houses along its shore.

Flam

The approach to Flam through Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord is spectacular. Flam itself is positioned between high cliffs streaked with waterfalls, and is the terminus of the Flamsbanen, the scenic railway which travels to Myrdal 2800 feet above sea level, twisting through the mountains. Flam has shops, banks and restaurants and a summer shuttle bus service to nearby villages.

Flam (Norway)

Geiranger Fjord

The village of Geiranger sits at the head of the 9-mile long Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage Site of great beauty enclosed by sheer cliffs and mountains. En route you will pass the famous waterfalls of the Seven Sisters and the Suitor. Athough small, Gerainger is a busy cruise ship port, with up to three vessel visits a day, and is also situated on the scenic Norwegian National Road. The Union Hotel has a collection of classic cars from Geiranger's early days as a tourist destination.

Geiranger Fjord (Norway)

Hammerfest

Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town, is at the same latitude as northern Siberia, but largely ice-free thanks to the Gulf Stream. The fur trade and international trade with neighbouring Russia brought prosperity, as did the growing fish processing industry. Its strategic position made it the ideal base for Germany's fleet during World War II. Visit the amusingly named Polar Bear Club for a taste of Arctic natural history.

Hammerfest (Norway)

Hardangerfjord

Over a hundred miles long, Hardangerfjord extends from the Atlantic Ocean near Bergen to Ulvik and Eidfjord. The region of Hardanger is a major fruit and berry producer, and blossom trees add to its beauty in late spring. Among the many sights are the 182-meter Voringsfossen waterfall, the Folgefonna Glacier and the Barony in Rosendal, which has a famous Renaissance garden. The open-air Hardanger Folk Museum is a popular visitor attraction.

Hardangerfjord (Norway)

Harstad

Harstad is an important port with a natural, sheltered harbour surrounded by an archipelago of small islands. Apart from its fjords and mountains, Harstad's attractions include the underground Grottebadet, a cave complex of Jacuzzi, pools, caf' and sauna, and on the Trondenes Peninsula, the Adolf Gun from World War II and 13th-century Trondenes Church. Harstad is also the base for the 1868 schooner, Anna Rogde.

Harstad (Norway)

Hellesylt

The old Viking village of Hellesylt is situated at the head of Sunnylvsfjord. It is a stepping-off point for cruises along Geirangerfjord, and is surrounded by mountains and valleys. Places of interest include the Peer Gynt Gallery, and a small bridge in the town over the tumbling waters of Hellesylt waterfall. On the mountainside there are restored old farmsteads, including Skagefla which was built on a ledge 250 meters above the fjord.

Honnigsvag

Honningsvag is the gateway to the North Cape and is Norway's most northerly municipality, set in a landscape of waterfalls and forest. A small fishing town, along the waterfront are brightly-coloured wooden buildings, and shops sell traditional goods including furs, textiles, pottery, silver and enamel ' some of them are tax free to tourists. Worthy of a visit are the North Cape Museum and Visitor Centre.

Honnigsvag (Norway)

Kirkenes

The isolated town of Kirkenes is close to the Sami communities of North Finland, and just 10 kilometers from Norway's border with Russia, situated on the extreme north-eastern coast on Bokfjorden. It is in the Land of the Midnight Sun and popular with visitors in search of the Northern Lights. The Grenselandmuseet is a museum exhibiting woodcuts and historic regional artefacts, but Kirkenes is best-known for the Snow Hotel.

Kirkenes (Norway)

Kristiansand

The pleasant port town of Kristiansand is easy to explore by train, visiting the Fish Quay, the fountain sculpture in Nupen Park, the pretty harbour and the town's beach. The old town area of Posebyen is worth a visit for its elegant and well-preserved white wooden houses. Boat trips are available to the island of Odderoya which has scenic walking trails and military remains, and nearby is the open-air museum of Vest-Agder where there are historic buildings and reconstructed streets.

Kristiansand (Norway)

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the capital of the remote and beautiful Svalbard Archipelago, situated on its largest island, Spitsbergen and the gateway to the High Arctic. The town nestles between two glacier tongues on Advent Fjord and has a modern feel to it, with brightly-painted buildings, good facilities and the interesting Svalbard Museum. Longyearbyen has several research stations and the Global Seed Vault, which was dug into the permafrost and preserves seeds to ensure the future of plant diversity and food crops.

Longyearbyen (Norway)

Lysefjord

Lysefjord is the most southerly of Norway's large fjords and offers dramatic scenery, stretching for over 20 miles through a narrow channel bounded by high cliffs. Hengjanefossen Waterfall is 400 meters high, and the famous plateau of Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, overlooks the fjord from a height of 600 meters.

Molde

Facing south along the Romdalsfjord, in the northern part of Norway's Fjordland, the colourful and modern city of Molde is known as the 'Town of Roses', surrounded by over 200 mountain peaks. The market place has an impressive city hall and Molde Church has been richly decorated by Norwegian artists. Shoppers buy local crafts including knitwear, silver, reindeer skins and glass. The area of Molde is known for its scenic roads, including the Trollstigen and the island-hopping Atlantic Road.

Molde (Norway)

Ny Alesund

Ny Alesund has a population of less than one hundred, and is a former coal-mining town situated on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. It was from here that Raold Amundsen's successful airship flight over the North Pole began, and today it is home to the most northerly, permanently-inhabited Arctic Research Station.

Ny Alesund (Norway)

Olden

The village of Olden has a spectacular position at the head of Nordfjord, with steep mountains on either side. Cruise ships dock at the quay a ten-minute walk away from the town, mainly for visits to the Briksdal Glacier. Two-wheeled horse-drawn carts known as 'Troll Cars' take visitors through the scenic Olden Valley and nearby is the impressive 984-foot Volefossen waterfall. In Loen just outside Olden are some of the many Viking burial mounds found in Nordfjord.

Olden (Norway)

Oslo

The port of Norway's capital, Oslo, is located in the heart of the city below the medieval Akershus Fortress. Oslo is a small city located at the end of Oslofjord, surrounded by mountains and offering interesting shopping opportunities in the Old Bazaar Halls, the Kon-Tiki, Fram and Viking ship museums, the modernist building of the new Opera House at Bjorvika, and restaurants serving traditional dishes of moose, fish and reindeer.

Oslo (Norway)

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the remote Svalbard archipelago and the only one with a permanent population. For travellers continuing north, it is the gateway to the High Arctic and the last stop before the North Pole. This harsh habitat supports polar bears, reindeer and hardy flora, and is home to international research stations and the Global Seed Vault. Its dramatic scenery includes Advent Fjord, the Monaco Glacier and jagged granite mountains.

Spitsbergen (Norway)

Stavanger

Stavanger cruise port is situated beside the old wooden seahouses of Gamle Stavanger which now house restaurants, bars and shops. The city is built across several islands, linked by bridges and has a well-preserved 12th-century cathedral. The former sardine canning factory provides an insight into the region's historic fishing industry, and nearby Pulpit Rock is a famous viewpoint overlooking Lysefjord.

Stavanger (Norway)

Svolvaer

Svolvaer is the main port and capital of the Lofoten Islands, and its harbour is idyllically set below a ring of mountains. It's renowned for the special qualities of its natural light which attracts painters and sculptors to the town, built across small islets connected by bridges. For such a small town, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and good public transport links to smaller towns nearby.

Svolvaer (Lofoten Islands, Norway)

The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands

These beautiful, mountainous island chains, rising to 1,000 metres in places, are some of the oldest in the world, fjorded during the Ice Age. Many of the fishermen's cabins are built on stilts along the waterfront in the small settlements here. Tiny islands like Rost are home to nesting seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, eider ducks, cormorants and sea eagles. See the Legends of the Lofoten Islands Tour, which spends more time here.

The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands (Norway)

Tromso

Tromso is the capital of the Arctic, and has been the starting point for many Polar expeditions. In the waterfront Polar Museum there are exhibits related to these and the history of hunting and trapping in the Polar region. There are shops, cafes, the stunning stained glass Arctic Cathedral and the world's most northerly botanic garden in the town, which benefits from the Gulf Stream.

Tromso (Norway)

Trondheim

Trondheim is an attractive city partly encircled by the River Nid and was once the capital of Norway. Its waterfront is bordered by brightly-painted wharves and the old town bridge leads to the lively Bakklandet neighbourhood where there are numerous wooden houses, shops and cafes. The town's chief sight is the ancient cathedral of Nidaros which was built in the 11th century over the burial site of St Olav.

Trondheim (Norway)

Vadso

This small town in Norway is well known for King Crab fishing and for the airship mast which was the departure point for Amundsen's North Pole crossing aboard the airship Norge. The landscape around its archipelago is dramatic, with mountains, lakes, and Arctic habitats of flora and fauna including cliff-side bird colonies and sea eagles, and is a popular destination for hikers.

Vardo

Norwegian Vardo is a small fishing village close to the Russian border, and the gateway to the North-east passage and the Barents Sea. Attractions include the 18th-century Vardohus Festning fortress and colonies of razorbill and Brunnich's Guillemot at Hornoy and Reinoy. Brightly-painted buildings line the harbour, and there is a memorial to the victims of witch hunts conducted here in the 17th-century. On the day when daylight returns after the darkness of winter, a two-round salute is fired from the fortress guns to announce a day's holiday.

Norway through the Seasons

Norway Coastal Voyages - cruises for all seasons

Endless day, endless night. Each season casts its own spell on the Norwegian coastline. As the ship changes latitude it may feel as if you are travelling through all the seasons in a single journey. Between the extremes of Midnight Sun and polar night, and between the temperate south and the Arctic north, natural light always plays an important role, dramatising the scenery and enhancing the experience. Whenever you choose to go your voyage will be unique.

The Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

An invisible line at 66º 33’ north is known as the Arctic Circle. This is the southernmost point at which the sun shines uninterruptedly for 24 hours at least one day of the year. This takes place at the Arctic Circle around 21 June, when the polar day reaches its climax and the sun never dips below the horizon.

The equinoxes on 21/22 March and 22/23 September are the two occasions each year when the day and the night are of equal duration and of course, as you head north between these two dates, you get more polar days and longer summers.

Similarly, if you plan to take a voyage after the autumnal equinox, you will sail towards the polar night as you pass the Arctic Circle. Most people say they do not experience insomnia so much as inspiration when they spend time in these extreme regions.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon caused by electrically charged solar particles passing into the Earth’s atmosphere. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, which means ‘dawn of the north’, the aurora can appear abruptly, filling the sky with incredible speed with great arcs as ghostly wisps in green, yellow, red and violet dancing above the horizon, before disappearing again.

Inspiration to artists and poets, myths and legends, there is no better way to experience the Northern Lights than by sailing through the sheltered coastal waters, on board a ship from the Hurtigruten fleet with the Aurora Borealis set against a dark sky, free from artificial light.

A celestial show which truly needs to be seen to be believed, no-one has seen the Northern Lights and not been caught in awe by this magical display.

Winter

Winter Scenery

As we sail through the Arctic twilight, we become one with the peaceful atmosphere that descends around us. Clusters of houses glow like embers along the coast, small towns become cosy refuges as we pull into harbour to welcome new passengers on board, and the backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar light to bathe us in eerie shades. A magical time to travel, winter is also the best time to see the Northern Lights.

Spring

Fjords in Spring

Rising higher and higher each day, the sun works overtime to thaw the land. Each week there is a marked difference in daylight hours and blossom through the fjords. Green leaves bud on bare trees, and colour flows back into the landscape. The sea begins to sparkle once more and long shadows enliven the views.

At higher latitudes, the winter struggles to maintain its grip on the Arctic regions and eventually recedes under duress. Snow is still often seen as the voyage skirts the Finnmark plateau and takes us along the coast which has been kept largely ice free, due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream.

Summer

Norway in Summer

This is when the Land of the Midnight Sun lives up to its name. With 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle, and every fjord, fell and bay glistening in the powerful sunshine, you have to force yourself to fix a time for ‘night’ and go to bed. The most popular time of the year for exploring the Norwegian coast, it is also when the ships can get very busy - this is the European holiday period, so you will need to book early.

Autumn

Autumn Fjords

With vivid shades of russet, ochre and rouge the autumnal colours creep through the leaves of the deciduous forests, and we witness Nature prepare for the long cool winter ahead. At this time temperatures remain pleasant and the landscape glows with an unearthly light.

With fewer passengers on board, this is an incredibly tranquil time to travel, and as the planet draws down its blinds in the far north it is almost possible to feel the change in the air as we pass over the Arctic Circle.

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