Cruise Trips in Norway
All aboard for a cruise trip! Norway is brimming with awe-inspiring coastal sights, dramatic fjords, and cultural highlights for you to discover. A dedicated travel consultant will take care of the details so you can get ready for smooth sailing with accommodation, daily breakfasts, and local travel tickets included.
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About Your Norway Cruise Package
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Norway’s rugged coastline as you take to the seas on a self-guided voyage of discovery. These Norway cruise tours give you the freedom to explore independently while benefiting from the insider knowledge of your personal travel consultant.
When you book one of these Norway cruise packages with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:
• An authentic travel experience operated by a trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your cruise tour
• All cruise travel arrangements made on your behalf
• All in-country travel tickets included in your itinerary, emailed to you in advance
• Quality-tested accommodation for a comfortable stay, whether you’re on land or at sea
• A detailed online personal itinerary and travel guide
• Daily breakfasts are provided throughout your tour
• 24/7 phone support during your trip for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it easy to plan your tour. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
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Nordic Visitor has been crafting unforgettable itineraries in Norway since 2005. Our travel consultants will use their insider knowledge of cruise ports and train routes so that your tour runs smoothly. You'll also get recommendations on the must-do activities and most scenic places to visit.
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There will always be a travel expert on call 24/7 to handle any unforeseen events or weather issues that may occur during your trip. We will rework your itinerary, updating your travel tickets and accommodation to get things back on track. Plus, we’ll keep you safe and informed throughout.
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Whether you’d like to add extra nights or activities, such as a wildlife safari or city sightseeing tour, it’s easy to customise your trip when you book online. And your travel expert’s in-depth knowledge of cruise and rail journeys means they can adjust your itinerary to suit your needs.
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With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your tour arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
Choose Nordic Visitor and we will take care of everything for you. We’ll ensure that you have a hassle-free travel experience from the moment you touch down in Norway. When you arrive all of your cruise ship tickets, rail reservations, and accommodation bookings will be ready for you.
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Your Norwegian Cruise Highlights
Set sail on a Norwegian cruise and you’ll be enchanted by the fjords and mountains that dominate the country’s breathtaking coastline. Soon you could…
- Visit Norway’s regal Royal Palace and Opera House in Oslo, the cosmopolitan capital city
- Hop aboard the Flåm Railway and wind your way past jagged mountain peaks and tumbling waterfalls
- Marvel at the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls from Geirangerfjord, Norway’s most famous fjord
- Explore the colourful wooden houses of Bryggen in Bergen, the “Gateway to Norway’s Fjords”
- Glimpse Norway’s renowned Pulpit Rock viewpoint as you sail past Lysefjord’s impressive towering cliffs
- Learn about art nouveau icons at the KODE Art Museums and visit MUNCH, the gallery dedicated to Edvard Munch
- Experience the otherworldly Lofoten Islands, where idyllic villages dot the coastline and mountains meet the sea
- Venture into the Arctic Circle and reach North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe with a latitude of 71°
- Uncover Norway’s Viking history in the ancient city of Trondheim, also home to the imposing Nidaros Cathedral
Advice About Norway Cruise Holidays
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Frequently Asked Question About
Norway Cruise Vacations
Before you start planning your independent cruise trip to Norway, you might like to know more about what to expect. Here you’ll find our answers to the most frequently asked questions for your peace of mind.
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Norway is renowned for being home to some of the world’s most beautiful fjords. Indeed, sail along the mountainous west coast and you’ll pass hundreds of them. While some are small, others are vast and stretch inland for kilometres.
In fact, there are so many fjords and islands in Norway that the country’s coastline is over 100,900 kilometres (62,700 miles) in length. This makes it one of the longest in the world.
It’s not all about the fjords though. With the ocean so easily accessible, you’ll be able to sample lots of top-notch seafood on your trip. The country is also home to a wealth of Viking artefacts. These include one of the world’s best-preserved Viking ships, which you’ll find in Oslo.
A cruise is the ultimate way for you to experience Norway’s jaw-dropping coastline. Imagine being able to sit back, relax and soak up the views as you glide past some of the world’s most dramatic coastal scenery.
Plus, unlike many fjord cruise packages, a Nordic Visitor cruise itinerary is flexible. This ability to tailor your tour allows you to add extra nights along the way and take part in optional activities. You aren’t restricted to set departure dates either, so you can choose the start date that suits you.
At Nordic Visitor you can choose from a range of cruise tours that are 5-14 days long. But if you want to spend more than 2 weeks in Norway, it’s possible to extend your tour. In this case your dedicated travel consultant will be happy to advise you on where’s best to add extra days.
The main way of sailing the Norwegian coastline is by using the fleet of Hurtigruten cruise liners. While a one-way journey from Bergen to Kirkenes takes 7 days, the Hurtigruten offers a hop-on-hop-off way of cruising. This gives you the flexibility to shorten or extend your trip as you like.
Most of our cruise itineraries are designed so that you’ll spend some time on the Hurtigruten. However, they don’t always include the entire 7-day trip. To find out how long you’ll be spending on the Hurtigruten, check out the “What’s Included” section of the tour that you’re interested in.
The main cruise liners that sail up and down the Norwegian coast are a fleet of 11 Hurtigruten ships. Every day a Hurtigruten cruise departs from Bergen, Norway’s “Gateway to the Fjords”, to begin its 7-day voyage north to Kirkenes. It’s also possible to reverse the journey, or take a round trip, if you prefer.
You’re sure to see plenty of incredible places on your journey as the Hurtigruten stops at 34 ports on its route. When docking for more than 30 minutes, you’ll have the opportunity to hop off and explore your surroundings.
You’ll also have a range of optional shore excursions to choose from, including wildlife-watching experiences and city-sightseeing tours.
The Hurtigruten ships weren’t initially intended for leisure purposes though. Their original function was to make life easier for the people who lived along the coast by transporting goods and mail. It’s because of this that taking the Hurtigruten is often referred to as going on a mail boat cruise.
Travelling like this gives you a unique glimpse into the Norwegian way of life. Plus, you’ll be able to soak up views of enchanting islands, UNESCO-listed fjords and picturesque villages as you go.
Make sure to read this blog to get tips for your maiden voyage on the Hurtigruten.
The cost of a Norway cruise varies depending on a few things, including:
- • The length of your trip
- • The time of year that you’re travelling
- • The standard of accommodation you’d like
Happily, Nordic Visitor cruise packages have plenty of inclusions built in as standard. For example, we cover accommodation, daily breakfast and in-country travel tickets such as trains, ferries and domestic flights. Some trips also include a full-board stay on the Hurtigruten.
Make sure to read the “What’s Included” section of your package for more details.
If you’d like to customise your itinerary, you can extend your stay, add more shore excursions, or opt to include airport transfers. In this case, you’ll still be able to easily see the breakdown of your trip cost when booking online.
If you want to experience the country’s most iconic feature – its fjords – then a cruise is one of the best ways to see Norway. Take to the seas on one of these cruise packages and you’ll have unrivalled views of the stunning Norwegian coastline.
On a Norway cruise with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have all of the freedom and flexibility that travelling independently brings. Plus, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’ll have a hassle-free trip because we’ve taken care of the planning for you.
That said, if you don’t have sea legs, then you might prefer to take the wheel on one of these self-drive tours in Norway. A road trip is perfect if you’d like a more tailored itinerary, or if you’d like to spend more time off the beaten path.
Picture yourself driving Norway’s excellent – and unimaginably scenic – road network, taking in the sights as you go. It's easy navigating and deciding where to visit as you’ll get a travel guide and hand-marked map, complete with personal recommendations.
Alternatively, you might like to experience Norway’s culture and beautiful places with a knowledgeable local guide. In this case, we recommend a Norway guided small group tour.
Guided tours are ideal if you’re travelling solo to Norway but would like company on your trip. They’re also a way to delve more deeply into the local customs while letting someone else, your experienced guide, do the driving.
On the other hand, you could explore the delights of the country’s northern reaches on a partially guided Norway tour package. These trips include a number of guided activities, such as snowmobiling, but also give you time to enjoy travelling independently.
Head to Norway and you’ll find there’s plenty to see and do year round. That said, each season has its advantages depending on what kind of travel experience you’d like to have.
It’s also worth considering that the Norwegian weather varies a lot between seasons, so this might affect your decision.
For example, on a summer tour in Norway, you can make the most of the mild weather. As well as the opportunity to enjoy summer activities, like kayaking, the months from May to September bring longer daylight hours in Norway.
Choose to visit Northern Norway or Svalbard in the middle of summer – June, July and early August – and you’ll encounter a phenomenon known as the midnight sun. This is when the sun doesn’t set at the country’s northern latitudes.
Or, if you opt for one of these Norway winter tours, the chilly temperatures, long nights and chance of snow would offer a different experience.
If you’re hoping to tick seeing the aurora borealis off your wish list, then the best time to travel on a northern lights tour package in Norway is in winter. From October to April, the short days and dark skies will give you the highest chance of witnessing this spectacular natural light show.
Anything from 1-2 weeks is an ideal length of time to spend discovering Norway on a cruise package. At Nordic Visitor we offer a range of itineraries from 5-14 days, so you can choose the length of tour that best suits you.
If you can, we recommend spending at least 1 week in Norway. Opt for one of our carefully crafted 7-day trips and you’ll find each is brimming with adventure and coastal highlights.
In 1 week you’ll be able to travel the iconic Norway in a Nutshell® route and sail south from Trondheim on the Hurtigruten along the country's west coast. Or by focusing on one region, you could venture to remote areas within the Arctic Circle, like the photogenic Lofoten Islands.
With up to 14 days in Norway, you could spend more time in exciting towns and cities along the route. Taking things at a more leisurely pace will also let you see more of the top attractions in Oslo and Bergen.
That said, if you’d prefer to see as many places as possible, you might like to combine regions to pack in even more discovery. For example, you could journey from Oslo to Bergen on a scenic railway route. Then head north on the Hurtigruten to arrive in magical Northern Norway.
It’s also possible to tailor many of our Norwegian cruise tours by adding extra nights along the way. Get in touch with us, and one of our regional experts will advise you on where you might like to extend your stay.
For ideas on where you might like to go in Norway, and what you can do during your visit, check out these blog articles:
Yes, you can choose the start date that suits you best, based on the tour package and time of year. Each trip has an online availability calendar, so once you have decided on the right trip for you, simply select your preferred arrival date.
We offer a range of expert-curated cruise packages that have been optimised for each of Norway’s seasons. So while you can travel year round, your itinerary, along with any optional activities, will be tailored to suit the time of year.
Cruise Norway’s coast during the summer, from May to September, and you could be soaking up views 24/7, thanks to the midnight sun. Or, join a winter voyage between October and April and you may spot the spectacular northern lights.
For exact availability, please check the online calendar for the tour you are interested in.
Yes, our Norwegian fjords cruises are designed to be flexible. You can travel at the time of year that suits you. Simply choose the seasonal itinerary that appeals to you the most.
Our tours are packed with stunning places and the country’s top cultural attractions. However, if you decide you want to spend longer in one location, we can extend your stay there for you. You might also like to add a few shore excursions and activities to make the most of your time in each place.
When you book your package online, you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional extras. If you’re unsure about what activities are best, or you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch. In this case one of our travel experts will gladly advise you.
We advise checking flights for availability, but holding off on purchasing them until after your tour package is booked. Once your trip is confirmed by email, you can go ahead and finalise your flights.
If you weren’t able to book flights to match your itinerary, get in touch with us and we'll do our best to accommodate a change of dates.
Norway’s location in Northern Europe means that you can expect changeable weather, so it’s best to be prepared for all conditions.
We recommend bringing warm and waterproof layers no matter the season so that, come rain or shine, nothing will stop you from exploring. Of course, you can always choose to admire the view from one of the ship’s lounges rather than staying on deck.
For day trips on dry land, it’s worth packing a pair of hiking shoes and a small rucksack. Whether you’re planning a more adventurous shore excursion or a city walking tour, they’re sure to come in useful.
Depending on which Hurtigruten ship you’re sailing on, there may be a sauna or hot tub on board, so you might like to throw in some swimwear too. Plus, if you have them, we recommend a pair of binoculars for wildlife watching and admiring the scenery while you’re on deck.
Here’s a basic packing list for your Norwegian cruise:
- Walking boots or shoes with good grip
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Insulated jacket
- Woollen or fleece jumpers
- Thermal base layers
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves
- Warm hiking socks
- Sunglasses and sun cream (for summer cruises)
- Face mask (for summer cruises)
For more tips on what to bring with you, read our Norway packing guide.
Whether you have queries about our tours or would like to add activities to an existing booking, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us, and one of our Scandinavia-based travel experts will help you.
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