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Explore the best places to visit on a Norwegian fjords cruise

20 May 2022

Want to experience the breathtaking beauty of Norway? We look at some of the best places to visit on a cruise of the famous Norwegian fjords.

Explore new horizons with a Norwegian fjords cruise
Discover the breathtaking Norwegian fjords on a cruise

If you have never taken a Norwegian fjords cruise, you might wonder why they are among our most popular cruises. The answer is difficult to pin down – the lure of the fjords is as ineffable as the Northern Lights that light up the Norwegian sky at night. 

Travellers love the crisp air, the sublime cliffs and the crystal waters. They love the stillness and peace of the Norwegian countryside. 

Some also love eating a full English breakfast with the sound of a waterfall crashing in the background. Here are just some of the best places you can visit on a Norwegian fjords cruise holiday:


Framed by exquisite snow-capped mountain peaks and lined with impressive waterfalls, Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightly so. This is nature at its most epic, carved by a succession of ice ages across millennia. 

We take you on a journey through the deep blue of waters of the Geirangerfjord early in the morning and, if you’re lucky, the spray from the flowing waterfalls will produce a rainbow or two.


One of many delightful towns and cities in Rogaland County, Norway, Haugesund is located on the banks of the Karmsund strait. This important shipping city is close to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country – Langfoss. 

You’re also within easy reach of the Nordvegen History Centre, which lets visitors experience what life would have been like in an age-old Viking settlement.

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Call on one of Norway's southern cities such as Stavanger and enjoy walking along the harbour in bright sunshine and admiring the distinctive architecture. From Stavanger, perhaps venture to one of Norway's acclaimed fjords, Lysefjord where you’ll be rewarded with grand vistas of striking rock formations reflected in pristine waters. The sight of waterfalls cascading down hillsides cloaked in green is sure to take your breath away.


Flåm is a tiny village perched on the Aurlandsfjord, a long, deep and picturesque stretch of water. Arrive at this destination in the spring or summer and you will be treated to the landscape at its most lush and dramatic. 

Take the Flåm railway to see the best of the fjords here, or hike into the mountains and gaze upon the tranquil waters far below.


A cruise along the Naerøyfjord is truly memorable. If you don’t speak Norwegian you might not be able to pronounce it, but that won’t stop you enjoying the view. 

At certain points around the Naerøyfjord, the mountains reach up to more than 1,400 metres in height.

Bryggen Street, Bergen
Explore the famous Bryggen Street in Bergen.


This architecturally distinctive city is a classic stop-off point on Norwegian fjord cruises. You will soon see why once you visit. 

The magical quality of the spring sunshine melting the winter ice partly inspired Edvard Grieg to write one of his most lyrical pieces, Spring, at his family home in Bergen. His house still holds many of his personal possessions, including his Steinway piano, and is well worth a visit. Bergen has many other historic treasures set against displays of bright yellow laburnum and the multi-coloured hues of rhododendron during the springtime.

The odd sprinkling of rain only adds to the beauty of the red-tiled roofs and cobbled alleyways that Bergen is known for. A visit here would be incomplete without a stroll along its ancient wharf, Bryggen which is lined with colourful gabled buildings. This UNESCO-listed attraction has a fascinating history that stretches back before the time of the Hanseatic League and it still exudes plenty of medieval charm.

Often hailed as Norway’s most international city, a visit here will introduce travellers to a fascinating blend of different cultures and historical quirks. 

Learn more information about the city’s 11th century beginnings, or visit the Grieg museum and learn about Norway’s most famed composer. Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Fløyen for the best views in town.

Tromsø and Alta

Increase your chances of witnessing the aurora borealis, billowing ribbons of red or green lights dancing across the night sky, by heading north to Tromsø, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, and Alta, nicknamed the City of Northern Lights. Of course, sightings are never guaranteed, but you can always try other classic Norwegian pursuits such as dog sledding or ice fishing. You can even meet some local Sami, Scandinavia’s indigenous people, and their reindeers!

Norway’s stunning southern fjords are waiting to be explored. 

When is a good time to visit Norway?

Think of Norway and images of dogsleds, snow-clad peaks and chilly winter nights come to mind, but this vast land offers even more throughout the year. Spring is a great time to see many of Norway's attractions against the backdrop of wildflowers and new-leafed trees with the pleasant scent of fruit blossom lingering in the air, and it's a good time to see the northern lights too.

Tempted by an ocean cruise to Norway to explore the fjords? Find out more here


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.