Cruise in the Norway fjords? Check!

Posted on 19. Dec, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Norway, Photo Posts, Press Trips

2012 was a year of firsts. And bucket list items. And the biggest one of all? Finally going on a cruise in the Norway fjords.

This is, admittedly,  most amazing thing I have ever done, bar none.

An early start at the Bergen train station to what seemingly was the middle of nowhere, and from where I would embark on the most incredible two-hours of my entire life, despite the hordes of photo-aggressive Japanese tourists, and the amused looks from the Norwegian crew on board. But nothing could get to me - I was too enamored with my surroundings to care about anything else.

Understandably so, I think.

A few photos of the Norway fjords

I barely spoke a word during the cruise, despite meeting fellow Canadians on board I could’ve chatted with all day. The beauty that surrounded me didn’t to be need enhanced by adjectives or superlatives. In fact, it didn’t any words at all. Just a good set of eyes, and in my case, a camera.

And also, good clothes. This is Norway, people - it’s strikingly beautiful, but it WILL freeze you to your bones.

So, what exactly is a fjord anyway?

Geologically speaking, a fjord is the space left by a glacier who, with time, moved away from a glacial valley. Since the glacier’s depth was often much lower than the sea-level, this sudden change in landscape gave way to sea waters to fill this inland space. The result? A long and narrow inlet, often characterized by steep cliffs and dozens of ramifications. Phew.

Or, in my own words, a fjord is a freakishly beautiful place that you MUST see at least once in your lifetime.

Good to know:

  • Bring warm, waterproof clothes. Norwegians like to say that “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing”. And in this climate, they couldn’t be more right.
  • Fjord cruises often end in Flam, where I suggest you spend a day, even though there isn’t much to do but marvel at the landscape. It’s worth it.
  • Don’t stress about getting a good seat on the boat. People only sit down for the first 5 minutes, and then everybody runs from one side to the other, trying to get the best photo opportunity, and thus leaving you ample choice in viewpoints.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Norway & Eurail.comon this trip. All opinions and superlatives-overload are my own though.

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8 Responses to “Cruise in the Norway fjords? Check!”

  1. This is something that is also on my list of places to see but I have always envisioned enjoying a cruise of multiple days. Your pictures show the fjords are as beautiful as I expect! Can’t wait to check this one off the list.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Jan, 2013

      You definitely should - it will leave you in awe!

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  2. Edward Hatteberg

    20. Dec, 2012

    Been there….done that. They are one of the most breath taking beautful things in the world.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Jan, 2013

      My thoughts exactly. Nothing compares to Norway.

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  3. Laura @Travelocafe

    20. Dec, 2012

    I agree with you 110%. Cruising the Norwegian fjords was on our bucket list for a long time and this year we finally did it. It was an breathtaking experience and I was left longing for more.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Jan, 2013

      Same here! I wish I could’ve stayed on that boat all day.

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  4. Cheryl

    26. Dec, 2012

    Seriously, seriously beautiful. Glad you got to check off a bucket list item. :)

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