A Guide to Sailing Norway’s Fjords

Valley covered by greenery and bedrock with small waterfalls pouring into open water below and cloudy blue sky above.

There’s no denying the irresistible beauty of Norway as you cruise along its captivating coasts. From lush green forests and snow-capped mountains to breathtaking fjords and charming villages, there’s a lot to soak up on a Norway cruise with Holland America Line. Let’s take a look at some of the fjords Norway is famous for:

If you’re planning to embark on a Norway fjords cruise, Geirangerfjord will definitely impress. Featured in the photo above, this fjord is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s also claimed to be the world’s most beautiful fjord and could easily top your list of things to see on a Norway cruise. It has a depth of nearly 1,640 feet (500 meters) below the surface. Above the water, the fjord’s walls shoot up three times as much.

Dependent on your itinerary, you may want to wake up early to soak up the sights as you cruise along the fjord for nine miles to Geiranger, a small Norwegian village. Relish the views from the comfort of your balcony or head up to one of the decks with fellow passengers.

The longest and deepest fjord in Norway is Sognefjord, nicknamed the King of the Fjords. It winds over 100 miles inland and has two smaller arms known as Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. At the end of Aurlandsfjord you’ll find the charming town of Flåm with the Flåm Railway, one of Norway’s greatest engineering feats known for having a steep gradient. Climb aboard for an adventure as you travel along narrow cliffs to a waterfall where you might spot Hulder, a legendary forest creature.

As you continue your Norway fjords cruise along Sognefjord, you may discover Skjolden and its stunning waterfalls. Here you can visit Urnes Stave Church, the oldest stave church found in Norway and another UNESCO World Heritage site.

View of green-covered mountains with valley of water below under cloudy sky.
Discover the beauty of Sognefjord as you near the small town of Flåm.

If you’re fascinated by the legends of the Vikings, then you’ll enjoy a Norway fjords cruise along Trondheimsfjord. When you sail along this fjord, you’re sailing along the route Vikings took to their capital, Trondheim. Since it’s an ice-free landscape, the historic passageway is also home to corals and marine life. Even giant squid have been discovered in these waters. Trondheim is a major city in Norway for exports. It’s also the third largest city in Norway. Near the end of Trondheimsfjord, you’ll find the island of Ytterøya with summer cottages, tasty produce and Stone Age burial mounds.

One of the longest fjords in the world at more than 100 miles, many visit Hardangerfjord during the spring season to bask in the beauty of its blossoming fruit trees. Its deep waters are home to plenty of fish, and you’ll also find brown trout and wild salmon in the rivers and lakes. If you love hiking, then you’ll enjoy the unique rock formations of Trolltunga (aka Troll’s Tongue). Here you could spot reindeer herds, elk and mountain fox.

View of peak above mountains with valley of blue water below and blue sky above.
At Hardangerfjord you’ll discover Trolltunga, well known for hiking, reindeer herds and more.  

Liefdefd Fjord, Raudfjord and Woodfjord

On the north coast of Spitsbergen – the biggest island in the Svalbard archipelago – you’ll find three fjords offering stunning scenery: Liefdefd Fjord, Raudfjord and Woodfjord. Though the Liefdefd Fjord is known as Svalbard’s most scenic fjord with some of Norway’s most breathtaking backdrops, all three fjords are part of the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park. Many visitors are captivated by this area due to its extinct volcanoes, hot springs and glistening blue glaciers.

Snow-capped mountains and icy-blue glacier with water below.
Enjoy the icy-blue views of arctic Norway.

Are you ready to embark on a cruise that will have you in awe? Do you want to see the best fjords in Norway? Explore our Norway cruise itineraries to choose your cruise adventure. The fjords and all their beauty await you.


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