Summer Norway cruises
Cruising Norway in summer
When you think of cruising to Norway, perhaps you imagine landscapes blanketed with snow, dark evenings and cold, crisp air. While a cruise to Norway can certainly offer these things in winter, have you ever considered a summer Norway cruise? During the summer months you can experience another side to Norway – read on to find out more.
Reasons to visit Norway in summer
The scenery of the fjords is what most people visit Norway for, and it’s clear to see why. The views offered by the fjordlands are unlike any other and are sure to leave you stood in awe. In summer, these landscapes transform from practically polar to bursting with life and colour. Verdant hillsides reflect in the blue lakes, and the surrounding towns and ports bustle with activity.
Ports like Flam and Skjolden feature frequently in our summer itineraries, which offer plenty of opportunities to discover some of Norway’s finest scenery.
Imagine the beauty of both a sunset and sunrise combined – that’s the midnight sun. But you have to see it for yourself to truly experience the wonder of the midnight sun, which illuminates Norway in a unique light that can only be seen on a summer cruise.
While the fresh Norwegian air and snowy scenes may attract some visitors in winter, others may be discouraged by the colder weather. If you aren’t a fan of cooler climates, then cruising to Norway in summer is a great way to witness the country’s beauty with milder temperatures.
Inland temperatures in March are around six degrees Celsius, whereas you can expect temperatures averaging 18 to 25 degrees if you cruise in July and August.
Summer Norway cruises
Unique Norway cruise excursions
You can experience so much on an all-inclusive cruise to Norway and it’d be impossible to summarise all of the exciting excursions offered on one page. So we’ve picked a few of our favourite excursions that can be enjoyed on our Norwegian cruises.
The famous Flåm railway
On this easy-paced excursion, you can enjoy one of Europe’s most impressive and scenic train rides, savouring the journey without the worry of walking excessive distances. The Flåm Railway provides wonderful vistas of the mountains and waterfalls that characterise this beautiful part of Norway. In order to ensure the best possible views the train will proceed slowly and even stop at the finest sections so you have time to take in the dramatic scenery and take photographs.
Your train ride takes you 2,850 feet up a mountain gorge and reaches its destination at Myrdal where, after a brief pause, you will return back along the same route to Flåm.
Jotunheimen National Park
Travel along the Sognefjell National Tourist Route – the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe – which wends its way through snow-dusted mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views of Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains, rivers and villages.
Your first stop along the route will be Turtagrø, which is used for a number of alpine sports and features views of the Hurrungane Mountains. You’ll continue to the highest point on the pass, which stands at 1,434 metres above sea level, and is higher than Ben Nevis. You’ll then head through more of Jotunheimen National Park, pausing for views of Sognefjellet Moutain, Hurrungane Mountain Range and Åsafossen Waterfall.
Departing from Nordfjordeid, enjoy the scenery as you head alongside the Innvikfjord, a branch of the Nordfjord. Arriving at the Nos viewpoint, pause to take in the views over the Nordfjord region.
Loen Skylift is one of Norway’s newest attractions. Arrive at the Fjord Station in the small village of Loen. Here, you’ll join a scenic five-minute cable car ride and start your ascent to the top of Mount Hoven at a height of over 3300ft. Upon arrival at the Mountain Station, you’ll be greeted with a 210-degree panoramic view overlooking Mount Skåla and Lake Lovatnet in the east, Jostedalsbreen Glacier and Olden in the south, and the Nordfjord, winding its way towards Stryn in the west.
On your return to Nordfjordeid you’ll pass Hornidal Lake, which is Europe’s deepest at 1686 ft.