The world is full of scenic cruise destinations. People often discussing the best cruise spots would list the Mediterranean and the Caribbean as the most famous. But the most beautiful? Perhaps not. Alaska would be a good option. But for me? The world’s most beautiful cruise is through the Norwegian fjords.
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Why cruise the Norwegian fjords?
They provide many opportunities for gazing in wonder at the contrast of emerald-covered mountains against the turquoise sea. Of all the spots in our planet, the Norwegian fjords are amongst the most beautiful. They also contain 2 UNESCO world heritage sites, and Nat Geo has listed them at the “best ubspoiled travel destinations in the world”. High praise indeed!
Best time to cruise the fjords?
Head there anytime between May-August. The European summer is, without doubt, the best option. Norway heads all the way into the Arctic circle, so if you’re out of season, expect short days and cold weather. And even that dreaded arctic rain. That doesn’t go with your plans of a dream cruise, now doe it?!
Best spot for a Norwegian Cruise?
Wow, that’s a tough one! In my opinion, I’d go straight to Geiranger, to see the most scenic fjord of all, which boasts spectacular waterfalls that seemingly fall from the clouds and into the sea.
Other top Norwegian destinations for Fjord cruises are:
- Trondheim to Kristiansund: Trondheim is famous due to being the former capital of Norway, and therefore is often dubbed the ‘capital of the Vikings. Cruises on this route normally ride through Norway’s spectacular coastal islands.
- Lysefjord: This area is home to Norway’s most famous sight, Pulpit rock. This area is full of natural drama, HUGE steep cliffs, as high as 1000m! You also can stop off at the popular Hengjanefossen waterfall and the charming ‘Vagabond’s cave’
- The far north: Tromsø to Kirkenes; For me, this place will always be a highlight. It’s where I finished my journey to every country in the world, staying in a snow hotel in Kirkenes, Norway. This is also where you can experience the famous ‘Midnight Sun’. The sun essentially never sets. Generally, cruises set off from Tromso and make their way to near the Russian border, to the town of Kirkenes. If you brave the winter weather, you’re almost guaranteed to see the Northern lights here too.
- Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord: Perhaps the most popular of all cruising in Norway. Naeroyfjord is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s easy to see why. The ‘Kind of the fjords’ is spectacular. It’s the largest and deepest fjord in the whole country. You cannot fail to be impressed.
Why choose Ponant for your cruise operator?
There are plenty of options to choose for your Norwegian cruise, but not all are equal. In my opinion, taking a Norwegian Fjord cruise with Ponant is your best bet. Why? Luxury at an affordable price. Their trips offer expert guides, luxurious boats, and fair pricing. What more could you ask on your bucket list Norwegian fjord cruise?
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