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Best Norwegian Cruise Ports & Top Things to Do

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Cruise ports in Norway that show you the beauty of the country include Tromsø, Spitsbergen, Alesund, and Longyearbyen. These journeys will take you into pristine natural wonderlands and stop at cities and towns where the people and the culture are welcoming and intriguing.

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago- a region rich with wildlife including polar bears and whales. The island has more than 3,000 polar bears that outnumber its population of humans, making Arctic cruises around the island an experience riddled with opportunities to see wildlife. 

A small town in northern Norway that is the gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø’s friendly people, culture, and vibrant nightlife tend to catch visitors off-guard.  Historically a jumping-off point for polar expeditions, today it is known as the Paris of the North for its unique style and rich history. 

Sporting an Artic charm not found elsewhere, Longyearbyen has 53 different nationalities among its 2,400 residents. The town is a starting and ending point for many Norway cruises into Svalbard. While small in size, there are a handful of restaurants, a microbrewery, and dog sled and snowmobile tours into the Arctic are readily arranged. 

The whole city of Alesund was rebuilt in a colorful art nouveau style after a fire in 1904, making it one of the most stunning places to visit in Norway. Set on the sea, its streets are easy to explore on foot where restaurants serve flavorful seafood, there is a lookout to get a great view over the city and the islands on which it is built, and the vibrant facades of the buildings are matched by a hip culture. It is one of the gateways to the Geirangerfjord and Hjørundfjord fjords- two of Norway’s scenic natural wonders.

With a history dating back before the Vikings and once an important port for Norway’s trade with Europe, Bergen is a place to take in the culture while exploring the city’s art, restaurants, and landmarks. The old wharf on the waterfront is the best spot to find food while the Fløibanen funicular is a railway that takes guests to the top of Mount Fløyen for a picturesque view of the sea on one side and mountains on the other. 

A great area in Norway to see orcas, Tysfjorden is the largest fjord in the country where fewer than 3,000 people live. Towering mountains, sprawling fjord systems, indigenous settlements, and waterfalls make exploring here an experience to remember. 

Nordfjorden is the sixth-largest fjord in Norway and has glaciers to hike, monasteries to discover, and secluded bays to kayak or explore by zodiac. 

Sitting on the water and overlooking over 200 peaks in the distance, Molde is known for its charming residents, jazz, and its flowers. Nicknamed the ‘City of Roses,’ it’s also home to one of Norway’s largest folk museums and a well-known art center that collaborates with Europe’s oldest jazz festival every summer.
For more information about planning a breathtaking cruise to Norway to explore the treasures of the country, contact a member of our travel team.

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