Aegean Odyssey visited Norway for the very first time recently and it was a breath-taking experience for everyone onboard. The cruise included calls to Oslo, Geiranger, Flam and Bergen, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be doing it all again in 2019. The scenery was stunning, and each port offered something unique and exciting. Our blog today is highlighting some of the ports we visited – and what you can see and do there – accompanied by video and pictures that were taken by guests and crew during our June 2018 sailing.
Oslo: City of Culture
Surrounded by stunning countryside, Norway’s capital is also a city of magnificent culture and history. Among the sights are the medieval Akershus Castle, the Viking and Kon-Tiki Museums of the Bygdoy district and the National Gallery, which houses many masterpieces, including a version of Munch’s ‘The Scream’.
During your time in the vibrant capital, you’ll have the choice of 2 included shore excursions: Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Opera House & City Hall, or Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen & Viking Ship Museum. Both are half-day options, allowing you time to also explore independently and stop for those all-important Norwegian souvenirs, such as wool sweaters and troll dolls.
From Kristiansand to Bergen
The architecture of Kristiansand’s traditional Kvadraturen Quarter is diverse and striking. Here you will see the 17th-century Christiansholm Fortress and the open-air Vest-Agder Museum, featuring over forty pre-20th century buildings. Gamle in Stavanger is also one of Europe’s best-preserved settlements and is filled with fairytale white cottages dating from a similar period.
Tucked away at the far end of Aurlandsfjord is the tiny village of Flam, best known for its railway. The route runs for just 12 miles but is perhaps the most dramatic train journey in Europe, climbing 2,845ft above sea level alongside the Sognefjord, which you will also cruise aboard Aegean Odyssey.
Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is a beguiling city. Its heritage can still be glimpsed in the well-preserved wooden houses of the Bryggen district, where a funicular will take you to the top of Mount Floyen for stunning views over the city.
Cruise Deep into the FJords of Norway
Aegean Odyssey then drops you in the charming village of Hellesylt for an optional overland experience to Geiranger. Along the way see the pretty waterside village of Stryn and the deepest lake in Europe, the Hornindalsvatnet. Enjoy lunch overlooking Oppstrynsvatn lake and ascend Mount Dalsnibba for incredible views of the distant Geirangerfjord far below. Alternatively, enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO Geiranger.
The hamlet of Olden is delightfully situated in the Oldendalen valley, at the head of the Nordfjord, where towering mountains surround lake Oldenvatnet, which owes its intense green colour to thawing glacial water. The mighty Hardangerfjord cuts a steep-sided rocky path through Norway’s lush steep-sided valleys and mountainous interior for over 100 miles all the way to the picturesque town of Eidfjord. Here the impressive Voringsfossen waterfall plunges nearly 200 metres down the mountainside.
Norway is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun” and polar days are exactly what you can expect during your summer Norwegian Fjords cruise. Sometimes, the sun sets for a matter of minutes and sometimes, it doesn’t set at all. It remains light outside 24 hours per day. The “Midnight Sun” is a natural phenomenon that occurs around the Summer Solstice in countries north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. The closer you get to the poles, the longer the days become.
Norwegian Fjords 2019
Aegean Odyssey’s 2019 Norwegian Fjords sailing is already proving to be incredibly popular, but there are still cabins available. This 15-day itinerary will explore 3 countries and includes 7 shore excursions. Although the main-focus of this cruise is Norway, you’ll embark in Copenhagen, where Aegean Odyssey will remain overnight to allow guests ample time to explore this iconic port. You’ll also visit Aarhus, in Denmark and Rosyth, in Scotland for tours to either Sterling Castle or along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.