A taste of Norway – Hurtigruten land excursion

A taste of Norway Hjorundfjord excursion by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Get a taste of Norway on this land excursion taking you to the beautiful Norangsdalen. See sights such as Lyngstølvatnet, with ruins of settlements that were flooded after a rock slide in 1908, and the historic Hotel Union Øye, which has housed famous composers, emperors and royalty.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your coastal cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Hurtigruten in Hjorundfjord by Madi Sarglepp, Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten in Hjorundfjord

As the ship sails into the Hjørundfjord, you’ll board a tender boat taking you to the village of Urke. Continuing by coach, you will explore the narrow Norangsdalen valley, and visit sights like Lyngstølvatnet Lake and the historic Hotel Union Øye.

Lyngstølsvatnet is a popular diving site because of the well-preserved ruins of an old farmstead, and on clear days you can also see them from above the water.

Hotel Union Øye has since the opening in 1891 been a place where the world’s elite came to enjoy the finer things in life and the incredible nature that surrounds the hotel. The former composer Edvard Grieg, the German emperor Wilhelm II and Princess Victoria are some of the guests that the hotel has named its rooms after.

The tour ends back in Urke, where you’ll get to taste the local pancake “svele” with coffee. You can also explore the local general store, where you can buy everything from food, petrol to souvenirs.

Urke ferry quay with views of Mount Slogen - Photo by Bob Engelsen

Norangsdalen valley

Practical information:

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Included: Coffee/tea and local pancake “svele”.
Transportation: Boat and bus
Please note:
Disembarkation by tender boat in Geiranger, so getting off may be difficult for people with impaired mobility.
Available: Autumn
Land excursion HR-HJF2F

Spectacular Hjorundfjord by Simen Fangel, Hurtigruten

Spectacular Hjordunfjord

Available on the following Hurtigruten cruise packages:

The Grand Tour of the Fjords, 8 nights (included in the tour)

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