Norway cruise: number one cruising destination

Ben Gibson

Saga recently asked their cruise customers to vote for their favourite cruising destinations – and once again Norway came out top.



We recently asked our customers to vote for their favourite cruising destinations – and once again Norway came out top. With such sublime scenery and varied attractions, it’s not hard to see why…

Norway’s never-ending popularity as a cruising destination endures for so many reasons… picture-postcard scenes of snow-capped mountains, and rustic villages nestled in sweeping green valleys – it offers some of the finest landscapes anywhere in the world.

But it’s of course the world-famous fjordlands that are the greatest lure. Originally the site of glaciers, fjords are deep inlets of water formed after the Ice Age. The land around these waterways tends to be fertile, wooded, mountainous and dotted with cascading waterfalls, and there’s no better perspective to admire the landscape than from a ship sailing through the deep waters.orway’s never-ending popularity as a cruising destination endures for so many reasons… picture-postcard scenes of snow-capped mountains, and rustic villages nestled in sweeping green valleys – it offers some of the finest landscapes anywhere in the world.

A real must-see on any cruise to Norway is Bergen. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, this waterside city has a spectacular setting ringed by seven mountains. After sailing alongside the iconic Bryggen wharf area with its colourful fishermen’s houses, there’s lots to tempt you ashore, from the busy market and quaint cobbled alleyways, to the spectacular lookout atop Mount Fløyen, reached by cable car. Bergen is also famous as the birthplace of the legendary composer, Edvard Grieg, whose former home you can visit for a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Another special attraction to this area of Europe is viewing the ‘midnight sun’. Occurring during the summer months, this is when the sun never fully sets, glimmering across the land 24 hours a day. Imagine sitting out on deck at the stroke of midnight, watching the ship gliding through the waters, all lit-up by an eerie twilight – it’s a unique experience that’s hard to forget!

So whether you’d be sailing to Norway for the first time, or making a return voyage to these magical shores, there is so much to recommend about our fjordland cruises. It’s number one for good reason!

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