Norwegian Sea Cruise Highlights

Norwegian Sea cruise offers a spectacular scenery, quaint villages, and Arctic wildlife. Taking a Norwegian Sea cruise is the only way to see the the Atlantic shore on either side of the Arctic Circle. You can witness majestic scenery such as glaciers, cliffs, deep fjords and many scattered islands along the way. There are remote ports that are seldom visited by commercial ships and isolated farming and fishing communities living along Norway's remarkable coast.

With its vast sprawling scenery, there are over 30 ports in Norway. Port calls vary from 45 minutes up to 6 hours. To truly experience Norway, there are 12 day voyages. There are also shorter cruises lasting 6 to 7 days. If you travel to the northern part of Norway's coast between November and March, you can witness the spectacular Northern Lights. There are few hours of sunshine each day, or sometimes none at all. Because of this phenomenon the light that the sun emits creates the aurora borealis, a remarkable swirl of red, turquoise or green lights across the horizon. You can also take a midsummer cruise which is part of the year when the sun never sets. Here are three breathtaking Norwegian Sea destinations.

Bergen

The city of Bergen is the leading cruise port in Norway. In the year 1070 it was founded on an old Viking settlement and is surrounded by one of the world`s most spectacular tourist attractions, the Norwegian Fjords. Bergen has a rich history and several cultural attractions. Bergen is famous for its mixture of old and new architecture and its Norwegian charm and atmosphere. Because it is surrounded by seven mountains and bordered by the ocean, Bergen's picturesque scenery extends from the sea to the sky. Hiking is a popular activity in Bergen. Mt. Ulriken, one of these seven mountains, has cable cars (also known as aerial trams) that take visitors up to the summit where free telescopes treat guests to a bird's eye view of Bergen.

Svalbard Islands

The Svalbard Islands are in the Arctic Ocean, between Norway and the North Pole and are known for their untouched Arctic wilderness. In the summer and autumn months, hiking, boat trips, kayaking, dog sledding (on wheels) and camping are possible. Wildlife such as seals and birds can also be seen in abundance. The winter season offers activities such as skiing trips, snowmobile safaris, and dog sledding. Many activities are usually available during specific seasons. Dog sledding, snowmobile safaris and skiing are possible from December through the end of May but in some areas these activities may be offered during the summer. The boating season normally starts in June and lasts until the middle of September.

Alesund

Alesund is both a municipality and a city, that appears to be floating on water. After a large fire in 1904 which destroyed many of Alesund's buildings, the town was rebuilt in a unique architectural style known as Jugendstil, for which the town is now popularly known. Alesund is a busy port and commercial town. It is Norway's principal fishing port, with fish-processing plants, shipyards and clothing factories. Located in Aesland is Aksla, a 620-foot hill with a steep path leading to its top. There are spectacular views of the sea, town, islands and hills to the southeast.

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