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Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

1. Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Oslo's gorgeous Fjords on a trip into a dreamlike landscape. The dramatic waterways are a photographer's dream and give the city its lifeblood. On this boat tour you will get a chance to see the best parts of these idyllic landscapes from the sea, offering a unique viewpoint rarely appreciated in these days of cheap air travel. Once aboard the comfortable boat, you will get the chance to purchase refreshments, before settling down to stare out at unbridled natural beauty. You will pass through narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. The fun tour will introduce you to the Norwegian coastline in an easy fashion, providing the sort of views that the Vikings would have seen back in the days of their great explorations.

Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise on Hybrid-Electric Ship

2. Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise on Hybrid-Electric Ship

Departing from the Svolvær harbor in the morning, you’ll set out for Trollfjord, about an hour away. On the way you can take in the breathtaking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks. Experience a unique perspective on the mysterious depths of this fjord with incredible underwater drone stream. What do you think hides beneath the surface? Spend some time in Trollfjord, exploring white-tailed eagles soaring against the backdrop of soaring mountains. The engaging crew will tell you about the wildlife, landscape and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape. Onboard there’s a selection of beverages and local foods for purchase.

Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

3. Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

Experience a 3-hour round-trip cruise from Bergen in spectacular fjord scenery. This fantastic tour takes you up the 27-kilometer long Osterfjord. Sailing out from the city center gives us a great view of Bryggen in Bergen, which is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. From there, we sail through magnificent scenery in the Osterfjord towards Modalen, Norway’s second smallest municipality. Underway, the fjord narrows between steep mountains as we bring you safely through the powerful currents of the shallow and narrow Mostraumen strait. We sail our bow right up to a waterfall to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water for you to sample before turning back and returning to Bergen through the magnificent landscape. Our modern, comfortable boats have sundecks and kiosks offering refreshments, including beer and wine.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

4. Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

Experience the superb fjords of Oslo on board a traditional wooden sailing ship and cruise the network of waterways that stretch almost into the city center. The 3-hour evening buffet cruise will get you up-close-and-personal with the city’s dramatic scenery, while enjoying the ambiance of a fully restored ship, renovated to its former glory. Sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Navigate the narrow inlets and dip into sheltered bays to capture the capital on camera from different angles. The boat will pass close to the Bygdøy peninsula, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name. During your cruise, a buffet of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks (drinks not included).

From Stavanger: RIB Safari Cruise to Lysefjord

5. From Stavanger: RIB Safari Cruise to Lysefjord

The tour starts in the bottom of the harbour in the center of Stavanger. Everyone is suited up in floating suits, lifejackets and goggles (all included) before embarking the RIB. First part of the ride goes slowly out of the city harbour. Here you get to see a lot of Stavanger from the sea side. Once the boats have passed under the city bridge the real fun begin! The boats accelerate up to 35 knots and head towards the fjords. The feeling is abolutely amazing! Enjoy the wind in your hair while the boat is "flying" on the water. On your way to the fjords you will pass the city islands, fish farms and a lot of traditional cabins located down by the water. If you are lucky you will see some wildlife on your way! Look in the water for seals and porpoises and look to the sky for eagles! Once you arrive in Lysefjord there will be sevaral stops for you to capture with your camera or simply just take in the amazing scenery. The stops includes the Vagabond Cave, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and waterfalls! After about an hour the boat will turn around and head back to Stavanger. You will be disembarked at the same dock where you embarked.

Alesund: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Alesund: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Alesund is a picturesque town in Norway and is well-known for suffering from a large fire back in 1904. As a result, most of the city was rebuilt and today represents a beautiful, colorful and historic city. Hop-on at the first stop, the Cruise Terminal, for the full tour experience, or if you'd prefer, you can hop-on at any of the 8 stops along the route. The tour bus will take you on an incredible journey through Alesund, showing you the most fabulous sights such as the popular open-air museum and the Fjellstua viewpoint. This is a great place to hop-off and enjoy unforgettable views of Alesund's fjords and mountains. You can also hop-off at other fantastic locations such as the Parken Kulturhus where you'll find many souvenir shops and the Alesund Aquarium where you can enjoy a fun-filled day out. When you're on-board, you will enjoy a fun and interesting audio commentary that is accessible in 8 different languages. With the 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket, you will also enjoy offers and discounts at a selection of shops and eateries in the city, including a 10% discount at Fjordbuda Souvenirs Gift Shop.  Please find below the bus stops along the sightseeing route:  • Cruise Terminal • Sunnmøre Museum • Aksla View Point / Fjellstua • Parken Kulturhus (Shopping District) • Tourist information • The Art Nouveau Centre / City Center • Ålesund Church • Ålesund Aquarium / Atlanterhavsparken

From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

7. From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

Begin the sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet strait before entering Trollfjorden. This is one of the most dramatic sceneries that Norway has to offer, and in an open boat, you can appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. There is a large population of sea eagles in Raftsundet. See if you can spot these majestic birds which have the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera at the ready to snap photos of the eagles, and if you are lucky, see them circle above the boat.

Stavanger: Waterfalls Rocks and Caves Cruise

8. Stavanger: Waterfalls Rocks and Caves Cruise

Experience the Norwegian fjords throughout a scenic sightseeing cruise. The Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) are some of the most impressive sights you will enjoy throughout this tour, as you enjoy nature at its best from the convenience of a boat. One of the first memorable sights will be the mysterious Vagabond's Cave, a gorgeous cove where dramatic cliffs surround an aqua-marine pool. As legend has it, the cave was named after a group of vagabonds who hid in the shelter for months trying to escape police. You will then head to the famous Pulpit Rock, a natural rock formation consisting of a steep cliff which rises 1,981 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau. It also has an almost flat top of approximately 80 meters across. Throughout this exhilarating tour of memorable Lysefjord with its towering waterfalls, idyllic islands, and breathtaking scenery, you'll also visit wild goats at a summer pasture, and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane Falls.

Odda: Overnight Hike to Trolltunga

9. Odda: Overnight Hike to Trolltunga

Begin your hike at 11:30 AM at the Skjeggedal car park. Follow the trail up to Gryteskar, which is accompanied by great views of Folgefonna Glacier. On the way, be served a classic Norwegian mountain lunch. Arrive at the cliff around 5:00 PM, depending on the pace. The campsite is not far from Trolltunga, which has stunning views. Here, you will also find the original Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), which is a stunning cliff that was almost forgotten and is as magical as the more famous Trolltunga.  At night, enjoy the famous Reindeer-stew with rice and lingonberry. After dinner, you can either relax in your tent or enjoy a hot tea, coffee, or toddy by the campfire. If you want to ensure a good nights sleep, take a swim in the secret pond, which no one has ever regretted. Wake up early the next morning for breakfast and coffee or tea. After breakfast, walk back to Trolltunga before you head back to civilization. Depending on the pace, you should be back at the car park between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

10. From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

Sail from Bergen to the Alversund Streams with this group boat tour. Set off from Bergen's famous Fish Market and marvel at views of the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St Mary's church and the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. Glide through beautiful Western Norwegian scenery at the City Fjord, Salhus Fjord and Kverna Fjord as you make your way towards the stunning Alversund Streams. Snap breathtaking photos of this amazing scenery. Relax, as the captain safely steers the boat through narrow sounds, deep fjords, a maze of islands and the powerful currents of the narrow Alversund channel.

Travelers come to the Land of the Midnight Sun to see The Northern and Southern lights, a spectacle that draws thousands of visitors. But Norway has much to offer.

The trip to Oslo, perhaps via a luxury cruise, is exciting in itself. Fjord-Sightseeing is a major pastime in Norway, where tourists cruise the same waters Vikings sailed eons ago. A Viking Ship, preserved and displayed in Oslo, has history buffs gazing in awe at its astounding oak hull and towering mast.

Marine enthusiasts must visit Kon-Tiki, where writer, Thor Heyerdahl's raft is preserved. Heyerdahl sailed the Pacific Ocean from South America to Polynesia. Inspecting the rafts rickety construction, it's hard to imagine it seaworthy at all.

A short northwest drive from Oslo is the Vigeland Sculpture Park. There, explorers walk among over two-hundred bronze and granite sculptures. Children love the Children's Park and Fountains in Vigeland Sculpture Park, but art lovers appreciate the beauty and serenity of not only the park, but Vigeland's handiwork itself.

More rugged individuals won't want to miss the ski jump at Holmenkollen, where Crown Prince Olaf participated in a ski competition in the early twenties. Those competitions are still held annually and draw over 10,000 spectators.

Bordering on Sweden, Akershus County is home to the infamous 1299 Akershus Fortress, standing today as a cultural heritage site everyone who has seen it agrees is a "must-see." This medieval castle and fortress has been preserved for centuries as the Norwegians consider it a National Symbol of Norway.

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