The Best Ways to See the Norwegian Fjords
Many people dream of seeing the spectacular Norwegian fjords, but are unsure of the best mode of travel.
In this guide you will find out all you need to know to start planning your Norwegian fjords adventure, either by car, cruise, bike or foot.
Norwegian Fjords for Every Age and Ability
Whilst the most popular way to see the fjords along the western coast of Norway is onboard a cruise, either a Norwegian Hurtigruten cruise or on an international cruiseline, more and more people choose self-drive holidays, city breaks and hiking holidays.
Cruises are perfect for people who have mobility difficulties or people who want to cover large areas of Norway in a relaxed and comfortable way.
Driving holidays are perfect for couples, families with children and others who prefer more freedom and choice. There are some great self-drive packages available which takes all the hassle out of planning a driving holiday in Norway. Read more about self-drive holidays in Norway.
Nature lovers and the more adventurous might like the sound of a hiking or cycling holiday in the Norwegian fjordland, and there are plenty of opportunities for those who’s idea of a great holiday involves a bit of sweat and exercise.
Finally, many people believe that seeing the Norwegian fjords is only for those with a week or more to spare. But with cities like Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Aalesund only a couple of hour’s flight from London, it means a weekend break in the Norwegian fjords is not just a possibility, it is super easy.
Norwegian Fjords by Cruise
With hundreds of cruise ships visiting the west coast of Norway every summer, there truly is something from everyone.
Most of the cruises will visit places like Bergen, Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord, but it differs, so check out the itineraries if you have somewhere special in mind. Read the guide to the top 10 fjords in Norway.
Most cruises will offer week-long round-trips from places like Dover, Southampton, Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Find cruises to Norway.
See the Fjords on a Hurtigruten Cruise
Hurtigruten, the famous Norwegian coastal cruise, runs up and down the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes every day all year round.
This traditional and ‘non-cruise-like’ voyage takes you through some of Norway’s most famous fjords, including the Geirangerfjord and the Trondheimsfjord.
Read more about Hurtigruten cruises in Norway.
Norwegian Fjords by Car
Seeing the Norwegian fjords by car is a great way to explore the mountains and coastal areas in your own time.
The roads are extremely scenic, and offer amazing viewpoints and picnic areas overlooking some truly spectacular beauty spots.
Most places the roads will take your all the way down to the fjord, where you can visit villages, or catch a car ferry or day cruise out on the fjords.
Driving in Norway is safe and road quality is generally very good, and there are plenty of campsites and B&Bs along the way.
Booking a self-drive holiday is a great way to see the fjords and the mountains beyond. In a self-drive package you get a rental car with unlimited mileage, a map and suggested route, accommodation and more. Find out more about available driving holiday packages in Norway.
Short-breaks to the Norwegian Fjords
It is absolutely possible to get a taste of the Norwegian fjords on a weekend break, although don’t expect to tick off all the fjords on the top 10 list of Norwegian fjords.
A flight and hotel package (you can search for prices and availability using the search box on your left) to somewhere like Bergen, Aalesund or Stavanger is a good start.
From Bergen, you can get on one of the many daytrips on offer to fjords like the Aurlandsfjord, Naeroyfjord, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord.
It really isn’t any more to it – and what a romantic short-break that could be!
Activity Holidays in the Norwegian Fjords
Many people want to get sporty and up close and personal with the spectacular scenery on offer in Norway.
Whether you are on a cruise, driving holiday or short-break, there are plenty of activity providers offering activities such as guided hikes, bike journeys, glacier walks and kayaking trips.
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