Norwegian Fjords classic cruise

“Experience the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Voyage’ on this 12-day small ship cruise along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. ”


Bergen | Hjeltefjord | Molde | Nordfjord | West Cape | Alesund | Kristiansund | Trondheim | Rørvik | Brnnysund | Helgeland Coast | Lofoten Islands | Trollfjord | Svolvr | Stokmarknes | Tromsø | Skjervy | Ksfjord | Honningsvag | North Cape | Kjelleford | Berlevag | Batsfjord | Kirkenes | Mehamn | Hammerfest | Stamsund | Seven Sisters mountain range | Torvik | Maløy | Florø | Sognefjord

Description of Norwegian Fjords classic cruise

You’ll explore every inch of Norway’s dramatic stretch of coastline on this 12-day small ship cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and back.

Taking in 34 ports, 22 of which lie above the Arctic Circle, this is a spectacular voyage into the heart of the Norwegian fjords. Backed by mountains rising steeply from the water your journey is punctuated by some of Norway’s most beautiful landscapes, and fascinating fishing ports. The Lofoten Islands, Trollfjorden, Tromso, Alesund, Trondheim, the North Cape and the Helgeland coast are just some of the highlights.

This cruise is available all year round with each season casting its own unique light on your cruise. In winter you’ll experience the ethereal ‘Blue Hour’ at dusk and dawn as you reach more northern ports, Spring brings migratory birds and local festivities, Summer is the time for warmth and the Midnight Sun, and finally you’ll enjoy clear air, intense colours and the first glimpse of the Northern Lights in Autumn.

Stops will vary slightly dependent on the season in which you are travelling and additional excursions to those listed in the itinerary below are available, so please enquire for more details.

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2019: 14 Nov, 15 Nov, 16 Nov, 17 Nov, 18 Nov, 19 Nov, 20 Nov, 21 Nov, 22 Nov, 23 Nov, 24 Nov, 25 Nov, 26 Nov, 27 Nov, 28 Nov, 29 Nov, 30 Nov, 1 Dec, 2 Dec, 3 Dec, 4 Dec, 5 Dec, 6 Dec, 7 Dec, 8 Dec, 9 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, 12 Dec, 13 Dec, 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 16 Dec, 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec
2020: 1 Jan, 2 Jan, 3 Jan, 4 Jan, 5 Jan ...

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Norwegian Fjords classic cruise

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


These vessels operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes, and the vessels managers take their responsibility to protect and enhance it very seriously.

The ships that run on these coastal routes use low sulphur SDM (Special Distillate Marine) fuel. They always strive to reduce their emissions, and will continue to explore every possible opportunity that could be beneficial for the environment.

Energy-Efficient Propellers
Changing propellers on the ships has had a huge impact both on propulsion and fuel consumption. The new propellers have reduced fuel consumption by as much as 10% and they are currently being fitted to the vessels one by one. These initiatives have reduced overall fuel consumption by around 15% in 5 years!

The company that runs the vessels is a participant in the Norwegian Polar Institute’s project to register marine mammals in the Arctic. Gathering this data improves insight of habitat use and seasonal migration patterns.


Almost all of the dozens of communities strung out all along Norway's spectacular and wild west coast rely on the vessels that sail every day up and down the coast, carrying cars, freight, business passengers and cruise passengers the length of this spectacular coastline. Without the regular link that these vessels provide, many of these communities, and the businesses that thrive in them, would wither on the vine.

These voyages have added another major string to the bow of the coastal communities - with tourism. The first brochure, in English, was produced as early as 1894, and today many of the towns have developed thriving tourist industries that rely on the daily influx of passengers from the vessels that ply the coast, providing a major source of income for the communities, not just directly through tourism, but also for many local producers who help to feed the visitors.

Local food
The vessels all have a local food concept where they focus on locally produced ingredients and short travelled food runs throughout the entire fleet. Visiting 34 ports along the Norwegian coast, they have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers every day, and they only serve species approved by WWFs red list for sustainable seafood.

Ingredients are delivered directly on board the ships, reducing transportation significantly and utilizing the port structure in the best possible way. Fresh local food enhances the travel experience, gives local ripple effects and tells great stories from the places we visit.

2 Reviews of Norwegian Fjords classic cruise

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Oslo, Norway’s coastal landscape, sea eagle safari.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The ferry trip is great but make sure you allow enough money to book lots of excursions - these are terrific and add greatly to the experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, local people were employed as onshore guides and I understand that the ship company has reduced its environmental impact by using an improved type of fuel in their ships. For someone who would never go on a cruise or in a large cruise boat, this was perfect - a functioning ferry service with an excellent experience for passengers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Really enjoyed it. The Expedition Team on board were fantastic: professional, multi-lingual, multi-talented, very efficient and fun. There were also some interesting talks delivered in a light-hearted way. I was very glad not to have joined a conventional “cruise”. My cabin was very comfortable and the food was very good indeed.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were a number of impressive sights , and it’s difficult to identify one as most memorable
but sailing into Troll Fjord was incredible. I also should say some of the on board presentations
by expedition leaders were as rewarding as the sights.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need to understand your ship is a confined environment populated by, in our case, with
450 travelers and could be thousands so you need to be comfortable with lines and crowds.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not necessarily but I’m sure there were things done routinely and equipment in place that
supported these issues.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The typical wet fall weather had an impact on the overall experience but the voyage was a great
experience. The crew, especially the expedition leaders,needing interaction with passengers
couldn’t have been more personable, knowledgeable and accommodating. The ship itself was
all one could hope for and our accommodations were outstanding, more than I expected. And
the food, especially the breakfast and lunch buffets, was excellent. Overall, a cruise of the
highest quality. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a quality cruise.

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