Cruise stopovers in the Fjords

Cruise stopovers in the Fjords

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I’m Sarah ( or Miss Tatane 😛), passionate about cruising and a cruiser just like you. I’m here to share my experiences and advice with you, so that you can experience each destination to the full 😉


Cruise stopovers in the Fjords

Cruise stopovers in the Fjords. The Norwegian fjords, with their majestic landscapes and calm waters, are a dream destination for cruise lovers. Costa , MSC , Ponant and others, giants of the cruise industry, offer exceptional voyages through these natural gems. Discover unforgettable stops in enchanting places such as Geiranger, Bergen, Flåm, Stavanger, Ålesund, Honningsvag, Tromsø, Olden, Trondheim, and Leknes.

The jewels of the Norwegian Fjords

This page was created to help you plan your cruise stops more efficiently. You will then know which exits from the port are chargeable and which are free. This will allow you to  maximize your time and budget . Remember that during cruise stopovers, time is of the essence. It is therefore important to know what to do and what to see. For each stopover, the essential activities will be detailed for you.

For the 9 stops that I have listed, I will give you my opinion on the most beautiful ones. This opinion can be subjective because it is the opinion of a tourist (like you) and of some cruise passengers who also give their valuable opinions. I put this symbol 👁 for you  when it’s a stopover to see,👁👁 when you can’t miss it and 👁👁👁 to see it at least once in your life because it’s paradise!

By following these tips, you can maximize your time during each cruise stopover in the Fjords

Have a good cruise and good stopovers! ‍️🥳🛳‍️


Must-see places

Geiranger

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Cruise stopovers in Geiranger

Nestled in the majestic heart of the Geiranger Fjord, this picturesque village surrounded by towering mountains and majestic waterfalls is available to travelers on cruises with Costa, MSC, Ponant, and other companies. It’s a true immersion in natural splendor, with stunning views from the ship’s deck.

The Geiranger experience begins as soon as you arrive, whether from the deck of the boat or even from your cabin if it faces the outside. These sumptuous landscapes stand out from everything we are used to seeing. When the boat docks at Geiranger, the port, although small, can be shared by several liners. The boat remains at anchor at sea, and we disembark on dry land in a rowboat, a pleasant and free experience. However, for amazing views, comfortable walking shoes are essential due to the need to climb.

If the climb seems too ambitious for you, an excursion may be a suitable alternative, especially for those who prefer a less sporty approach or who have difficulty getting around. I particularly recommend climbing the Seven Sisters waterfall. On the boat, the excursion is offered from 70/80 euros. To book in advance and benefit from an advantageous rate, click here !

What to do in Geiranger during a cruise stopover?

  • Hiking . Explore the hiking trails which offer breathtaking views of the fjords and surrounding mountains. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels.
  • Visit to the village of Geiranger . Explore the charming village of Geiranger with its traditional wooden houses and artisan shops. Stroll along the quay and soak up the maritime atmosphere.
  • Excursion to the Seven Sisters waterfall . Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Seven Sisters Waterfall, one of the region’s most iconic attractions. You can admire this majestic waterfall from the sea or opt for a shore excursion for a close-up view.
  • Photography . Capture the breathtaking landscapes of Geiranger with your camera. Scenic viewpoints provide unique opportunities for memorable photos.
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Activities to do in Geiranger

Explore the Geiranger Route by Bus – Discover the Treasures of the Norwegian Fjords

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Bergen

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Cruise stopovers in Bergen

Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, combines historic charm with contemporary dynamism. Cruises offer passengers the opportunity to stroll through the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic Quarter while exploring bustling markets and colorful alleyways.

Arriving in Bergen is an exceptional experience. The port offers a remarkable view, and the charming colorful houses welcome you warmly. However, please note that mooring location may vary by vessel, given the extensive size of the port.

I would like to reassure you that leaving the port is free. A convenient shuttle will take you to the exit, a distance of approximately 700 meters. From there, you can begin your exploration of the city on foot. If you prefer, options such as taxi, hop-on-hop-off service or even excursions are available, all easily accessible from the port. The tourist office is also nearby for any further information.

I highly recommend taking advantage of the cable car, offering stunning views from the heights of Bergen.

What to do in Bergen during a Fjords cruise?

  • Discover the unique charm of this port city, between its colorful houses, bustling markets and fascinating historical sites.
  • Stroll through the picturesque UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and soak up its medieval atmosphere.
  • Don’t miss the panoramic view from the Mount Fløyen funicular, offering breathtaking landscapes of the city and surrounding fjords.
  • Enrich your experience with a fresh seafood tasting at the Bergen Fish Market.

With so many exciting activities to discover, Bergen promises an unforgettable stopover on your Norwegian fjords cruise!

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Activities in Bergen during your cruise stopover

When you arrive in Bergen, there are plenty of activities and breathtaking landscapes. Here I offer you the highest-rated activities, while leaving room for you to explore at your own pace.

Here are the two excursions below. However, note that the first is the most popular and popular.

Scenic cruise through the fjords to Mostraumen

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic cruise from Bergen. Embark aboard a modern and comfortable boat for an unforgettable experience in the heart of unspoilt nature.


From Bergen – Cruise in the Mostraumen Fjord

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Experience the unique emotion of a journey through the majestic Norwegian fjords on a scenic boat tour from Bergen. Admire the green or ice-covered cliffs depending on the time of year and admire the shimmering reflections of the water.


Flåm

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Cruise stopovers in Flåm

Cruise stopover in Flåm, this charming little village with incredible inhabitants. No matter where you choose to stop to eat, have a coffee or just stroll, the people of this village are extraordinary!😍

When you arrive at the port, the entrance is spectacular. When the boat enters the port, we have the impression that the mountains are so close that we say to ourselves: “Are we going to enter there? » Then, we realize that they are still far away… The boat docks in the center, and the descent is done in a rowboat, it is offered by the company, as always. You will have understood, free release, my friends!

Wander through this picturesque setting on foot, and if you want to add a touch of adventure, don’t miss the famous Flåm Train. This world-famous train offers a breathtaking journey through mountains and valleys. And of course, for lovers of excursions, know that on board these are generally offered between 90 and 220 euros. I’ll leave the activities to do to you and there are many, really enjoy this stopover because it’s worth the detour.

What to do in Flåm during a Fjords cruise?

  • Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of this small town nestled deep in the Aurlandsfjord.
  • Take a scenic cruise on the famous UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord to admire breathtaking landscapes.
  • Take the famous Flåm Scenic Train, one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world, for an unforgettable experience through the Norwegian mountains and valleys.
  • Explore the scenic hiking trails and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this corner of paradise.
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The best activities in Flåm on a cruise

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Explore Flam’s top sights on a guided shore excursion, with round-trip transport from the cruise ship port.

For those who want the unique train experience, I recommend a lovely Flåm-Myrdal-Flåm round trip . This one-hour journey takes you from Flåm to Myrdal Mountain Station, perched at 867 meters above sea level.

Myrdal is also a junction point with the Bergen Railway, providing a convenient connection between these iconic destinations. This scenic experience is available for NOK 500 per person (approximately 42.50 euros), allowing you to quickly enjoy the beautiful Norwegian landscapes without compromising your layover time.

For those who prefer other activities:

  • Walk along the quay . Admire the boats, soak up the maritime atmosphere and explore the small local shops and cafes.
  • Tasting of local products . Explore Norwegian gastronomy by stopping for a tasting of local specialties such as fish, regional cheeses or traditional pastries.
  • Visit the Flåm Museum . Immerse yourself in the history of the village and the region in an immersive way by visiting the Flåm Museum, all at a relaxed pace.

Stavanger

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Cruise stopovers in Stavanger

Stavanger, between modernity and tradition, reveals picturesque streets and a lively maritime life.

During your stopover, no need to spend, the exit to the port is completely free! Arrival is directly in the city center! I suggest you get lost in the alleys of the old town, where the wooden houses tell a charming story.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a delicious local fruit juice, renowned as one of the best. Personally, I’m not a fan of mutton or lamb, but if these flavors are part of your preferences, know that these are the local specialties. You tell me the news!

When it comes to excursions, most cruise lines opt for this option, whether on board your ship or directly in port. Stavanger offers a diversity of activities, whether you’re interested in history, breathtaking panoramas, or culinary adventures.

What to do in Stavanger during a cruise stopover?

  • Take a stroll through Gamle Stavanger , the old quarter of Stavanger. Admire its white wooden houses dating from the 18th century, its artisanal shops and its quaint cafes.
  • Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and learn the history of the oil industry in Norway.
  • Climb to the top of the Preikestolen Tower (Preacher’s Pulpit) for breathtaking views of the Lysefjord. FYI friends, this excursion requires a 2 to 3 hour hike.
  • Take a cruise on the Lysefjord and admire its steep cliffs, waterfalls and picturesque villages.
  • Visit the Stavanger Art Museum and discover its collection of Norwegian and international art. Entrance price 10 euros.
  • Enjoy Norwegian culinary specialties at one of the many restaurants in Stavanger city center.
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Activities in Stavanger

Cruise Lysefjord et Preikestolen en 4 h

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Sail silently on an electric boat from Stavanger along the beautiful Lysefjord to Preikestolen. Admire the Hengjanefossen waterfall, the Wanderers’ Cave and the famous and imposing Preikestolen.


Admire seals, caves and waterfalls aboard this speedboat!

Watch out, not for the faint-hearted 😱

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Drift slowly out of the city’s harbor before hitting the gas on this inflatable boat tour from Stavanger. Travel to the Lysefjord to see seals, eagles, amazing caves and waterfalls.


Ålesund

Discovering the Fjords – Unforgettable stopovers

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Cruise stopovers in Ålesund

During this stopover in Ålesund, I sincerely appreciated the unique atmosphere of the city. At the foot of the boat, the port offers a free exit , allowing easy exploration on foot or even aboard the little train, although the cost can be a little high (around 30 euros from memory). Tickets are available at the kiosks at the foot of the boat, making access easier.

For my part, I recommend the tourist bus, you pay once and you get off whenever you want, it’s a must!

For the more athletic, climbing the 400 steps is entirely possible, but personally, after a busy day the day before, I preferred to abstain. The city can be explored on foot, thanks to a central pedestrian street.

For a more relaxing option, a hop-on hop-off tour bus service is also available when the cruise ship is docked.

More info on the tourist bus

Ålesund offers a day full of discoveries, but if you have the opportunity to visit the Viking Islands, some cruise lines say the experience is well worth it. Personally, I did not have the opportunity to do it due to high prices, but from the valuable feedback it seems to be a magnificent excursion.

What to do in Ålesund on a Cruise?

  • Walk through the Art Nouveau city center . Discover the unique architecture of Ålesund with its Art Nouveau buildings. Stroll through the picturesque streets and admire the artistic details that adorn each facade.
  • Ascent of Mount Aksla . Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city and surrounding fjords as you climb the 418 steps of Mount Aksla. It’s worth the effort to admire these breathtaking landscapes.
  • Visit local museums . Immerse yourself in the region’s history and culture by visiting local museums.
  • Seafood tasting . Take advantage of your stopover to taste fresh seafood in one of the many coastal restaurants. Taste the delights of the Norwegian sea while enjoying the unique maritime atmosphere of Ålesund.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Ålesund and discover everything this fascinating city has to offer on your Norwegian fjords cruise!

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The best things to do in Ålesund

Private Viking Islands Tour

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Explore the Viking heritage in the fjord region. Traveling at your own pace, you will learn about ancient culture, appreciate the magnificent Art Nouveau style, and taste traditional treats.

To participate in this extraordinary activity, you must be a group of four people to make the reservation. If you are a couple, try to coordinate with other cruise passengers, as this experience is definitely worth the trip. A big thank you to Chantal and Marc for offering us this unique and unforgettable outing.

  • The 2 negative points

→ The price

→ Being 4 people to live this experience

If you have the means, treat yourself!


Sightseeing bus in Ålesund

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Via ferrata tour in Ålesund

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I suggest this activity for the bravest among you. The Ålesund via ferrata offers you the most spectacular view of the city. The via ferrata routes start in the city park and end at the Fjellstua viewpoint restaurant. These via ferrata, 100% secure, offer an unforgettable experience for everyone. Duration 1 hour.


Honningsvag and Tromsø

Conquering the North

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Cruise stopovers in Honningsvag and Tromsø

Cruises often venture to Honningsvag, a starting point for exploring the North Cape, and Tromsø, the city of the Northern Lights. These stops offer a unique Arctic experience, with breathtaking polar landscapes.

For Honningsvag the disembarkation is done by rowboat and this is the stopover that I liked the least, the outing is free, friends.

Tromsø was an exceptional stopover for us. If you are considering visiting the Polaria Museum, I recommend against this option, and I join the hundreds of cruise passengers who did not enjoy the experience. The museum is too small and doesn’t offer anything really interesting.

However, the city tour itself is amazing. Cross the bridge to explore the magnificent Arctic Cathedral, an experience well worth the detour. Additionally, feel free to take the cable car to enjoy panoramic views of the region. Crossing the bridge on foot is easy and offers a unique perspective on the city.

Note that the excursions offered by the companies are often sold for more than 100 euros. Opting to explore the city independently can be more rewarding.

What to do in Tromsø during a cruise stopover?

Tromsø, the city of the Northern Lights, is full of exciting activities to explore during your cruise stopover:

  • Meet the reindeer of Norwegian Lapland on a sleigh tour❤
  • Visit the Arctic Cathedral . Cross the bridge to discover the magnificent Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that is definitely worth the detour.
  • Take the Fjellheisen cable car . Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the region from the top of the Fjellheisen cable car. An unforgettable experience for lovers of spectacular landscapes.
  • Explore the old town . Stroll the picturesque streets of Tromsø Old Town, steeped in history and Nordic charm.
  • Take a whale watching tour . Take the opportunity to go out to sea and observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

What to do in Honningsvag during a cruise stopover?

  • Walk in the city center . Explore the picturesque streets of Honningsvag, steeped in Nordic charm. Discover local boutiques, cafes and art galleries.
  • Meet the Sami culture .
  • Observation of marine fauna .
  • Tasting of local specialties . Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the delights of Norwegian cuisine in one of the local restaurants. Try dishes based on fresh local fish or regional specialties for an authentic culinary experience.
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The best things to do in Tromso

Meet the reindeer of Norwegian Lapland on a sleigh tour ❤

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During my cruise in the fjords, if I had to choose one magical activity in accordance with the stopover times, it would be this one. Discover the lifestyle of Sámi reindeer herders on this day trip from Tromsø. You have the choice between two departures: at 10 a.m. or at 1 p.m. Each excursion lasts 4 hours, giving you plenty of time to return to the boat.


From Tromsø – Horseback Riding Experience in Lyngen

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Embark on an unforgettable horseback riding experience in Lyngen. Discover the strength, beauty, diversity and authenticity of the Norwegian national breed, raised in the glow of the Northern Lights.


Cruise stopovers in Trondheim

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Cruise stopovers in Trondheim

Trondheim, cradle of Norwegian history, seduces with its Gothic cathedral and its medieval atmosphere. Upon arrival in Trondheim, your boat docks near the city center. You can go out of the port by shuttle, which costs around 5-6 euros round trip. This city is incredible and there are so many places to visit!

What to do in Trondheim during a cruise stopover?

  • Nidaros Cathedral . Explore Norway’s largest cathedral. UNESCO World Heritage Site, which embodies the importance of Norwegian religion and culture.
  • Byhaven Shopping Center . Immerse yourself in the heart of the city with this modern shopping center offering a multitude of boutiques, restaurants and cafes for a pleasant shopping experience.
  • Ringve Botanical Garden . Marvel at a variety of plants from around the world. This 70-hectare botanical garden, located just 3 kilometers from the city center.
  • Urban art . Immerse yourself in Trondheim’s thriving art scene. Discover the outdoor artworks scattered throughout the city, especially in the Ilsvika district.
  • Torvet Market . Immerse yourself in the traditional atmosphere of this local market, ideal for finding unique souvenirs and savoring local specialties.
  • Old Town Bridge . Cross this iconic pedestrian bridge that connects the old town to the new. It is famous for its red portal, also called the portal of happiness.
  • Discover the highlights of Trondheim by coach . Bus tour of the historic city center with a photo stop at Nidaros Cathedral and Kristiansten Fortress. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Sverresli viewpoint.

Trondheim is an amazing city, it’s colorful and warm, and the people are super friendly. You will love this cruise stopover!

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The best things to do in Trondheim

Trondheim – Explore the highlights by bus and on foot

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Discover the highlights of Trondheim by bus and on foot. Admire the stunning views from the Sverresli viewpoint and Kristiansten Fortress. Discover the city’s history during an exciting walk.


Guided tour of Trondheim

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Trondheim – a pleasant city full of contrasts. Discover the historic old town with its colorful and charming wooden architecture, the warm ambiance of the modern city and the majestic Nidaros Cathedral.


Tourist bus – treat yourself to a high viewpoint: Kristiansten Fortress – Sverresli 

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Leknes

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Cruise stopovers in Leknes

In Leknes, the boat remains at sea, and the descent is done in a rowboat. However, once at the dock, you must choose between the excursion offered by the cruise line or a bus. Another option is to opt for the excursion from Leknes to the Lofoten Islands with transfer. For information, the companies offer you excursions which cost 180 euros per person.

Personally, I found this stopover rather complex and I did not disembark (which is very, very rare 😞 ). I preferred to ask the opinions of other cruise lines to gather their feedback. It is important to note that this fjord cruise can incur high costs, especially for those accustomed to the more moderate fares of the Mediterranean or the Greek islands. I’ll let our friends share their impressions of this stopover.

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The best things to do in Leknes

Departing from Leknes – Lofoten Islands Private Tour with Transfer

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Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the white sandy beaches and towering cliffs of the Lofoten Islands. Embark on a private excursion from Leknes to sites such as Hamnoy, Reine and Å.


MTT notice of cruise stopovers in the Fjords

My experience of cruising in the fjords was truly beautiful and atypical. It’s an experience to have at least once, but personally, I won’t do it again. Despite the beauty of the landscapes and the incredible appearance of the fjords, I am definitely a southern girl, in love with the sea and warmer temperatures.

It is essential to be honest about the cost of these cruises, which is quite high. Plus, the fees don’t stop there. For someone like me used to good deals and affordable excursions in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, the costs of excursions, even on our own, are very high. When traveling in a group of four people, this can be a significant financial burden.

Despite this, I wish you a very nice cruise. Take full advantage of this unique adventure and the magnificent landscapes that the fjords have to offer.


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