Why coastal cruise is a great way to experience Norway

Havila Castor Seen From Skageflå - Photo by Oclin Havila Kystruten

From modern cities and remote villages to lucious forests and rocky tundra, Norway has much to offer the explorer! There are many ways travelers choose to trek across this dynamic landscape, but cruising by boat along Norway’s coasts and through fjords has many advantages. 

Here are three reasons why a cruise is a great way to see Norway. 

Visit remote parts of the country

With lakes and mountains littering the landscape and stretching up to the Arctic Circle, Norway is not exactly the easiest country to get around. However, one advantage of its narrow width is that no matter where you are or want to go, it is not far from the coast, rivers or fjords. This is why traveling by boat is ideal. 

A ship can ferry you all the way up the coast and reach remote places that may not be accessible by other modes of transportation. It’s in these areas you’ll often discover hidden gems not mentioned in the travel brochures. 

Experiencing Norway by cruise allows you to see steep cliffs and mountains, deep fjords, dense forests and quaint villages up close. Because you are on a boat, you don’t have to worry about how to get there, how long it will take, where you will stay, or what to eat—all of that comes with you! 

Geirangerfjord - Photo by Marius Beck Dahle Havila Kystruten

Travel while you sleep

One of the best things about traveling by cruise ship is that no time is wasted. If you’re not at a port enjoying excursions, sightseeing and local attractions, you’re on your way to the next location. 

When driving by car, you need to actively transport yourself from one place to the next, regularly stopping for breaks, to eat and to sleep. Cruising allows you to go to bed in one region and wake up in a completely new landscape, ready for the adventures that lie ahead at the next port. 

Kristiansund Norway- Photo by Andrea Klaussner Hurtigruten

Eco-friendly ships 

At Fjord Travel Norway, eco-friendly travel is one of our core values. More people are considering environmentally-conscious travel as they make their plans, and we help make this desire a reality. By taking steps to reduce our environmental impact, we help preserve the ecosystems and natural landmarks. 

For example, on The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway, Havila Voyages use electric and eco-friendly ships to sail through fjords from Bergen to Kirkenes.

With Norway’s amazing landscape, you cannot make a wrong choice when deciding where to go and how to get there. But if you want to efficiently travel to many unique and remote places in an eco-conscious manner, experiencing Norway by cruise ship is the way to go.

Sustainable Northern Lights Cruise in Norway - Photo by Havila Voyages

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What our customers say:

  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States

  • Thank you for assisting us with our trip to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel. The arrangements you made for us were perfect. The lodging was comfortable and the excursions were fun. Tom and I rarely use the services of a travel company when we travel; you enriched our trip and made the planning easy.

    Alison, United States