7-Day Holland America Line Northern Europe Cruise

Spectacular Fjords of Norway

Travel deep into the heart of the fjords, where waterfalls adorn the surrounding cliffs and charming villages pop up at the most unexpected locations. Our experts recommend this 7-night Norway cruise in spring 2020 with a great rate from only $999 per person Interior Stateroom, plus receiving all of the Explore4 extras! From easy guided hikes and the summer-skiing resort on the Folgefonna glaciers to the serious hiking trails that encompass waterfalls and panoramic vistas, Norway’s Hardangerfjord region offers truly exceptional outdoor experiences. Norway’s Queen Sonja is known to favor the hiking trails around the village of Kinsarvik so much that a tough 16-kilometer (10-mile) hike is named after her.
Explore4 Bonuses when you book by Oct. 31, 2019: Receive up to $800 per stateroom shipboard credit, 50% reduced deposit, complimentary Pinnacle Grill dinner, and $25 beverage card (for kids or extra guests). Verandah and Suites also get Premium Internet Package. Plus receive exclusive extra $50 Onboard Credit from us!
Ship: Rotterdam
Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Sail Date: May 16, 2020
From/To: Roundtrip Rotterdam
Length: 7-Days
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In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area’s natural splendor.

At 161 kilometers (100 miles) long, theHardangerfjord is the fourth-longest in the world and plunges down almost 914 meters (a half mile) at its deepest point. Take in the best of the landscape from the unique vantage point provided by the fjord as you sail inland from the island of Stord toward the ever-more-imposing mountains of the Hardangervidda National Park. Waterfalls, islands and shoreline villages dot the journey. Dangling more than 610 meters (2,000 feet) above Lake Ringedalsvatnet is the Troll’s Tongue, a unique rock formation and one of Norway’s most famous hikes—and photo opportunities.

Ålesund, a quaint fishing town of approximately 45,000 in western Norway, has been called Norway’s most beautiful city. A fire in 1904 destroyed much of it, resulting in the town being rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style—also known as Jugendstil—that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. A year after the fire, Norway gained its independence from Sweden, which led to a campaign to build a “Norwegian town” to mark the creation of the new nation. The colorful buildings feature castlelike turrets and spires with intricate facades of ornamental flowers, gargoyles and Viking-inspired decorations.

All of the stunning beauty you associate with Norway is on display in Molde, a city roughly 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of Bergen with white clapboard houses sitting alongside a sparkling fjord. On a clear day, more than 200 peaks are visible from this part of the Romsdal Peninsula. (The Varden Viewpoint, 10 minutes by car from the center of town, is the best place to take in the breathtaking panorama.) Even when the weather is less cooperative, there is plenty to do, with cozy cafés, boutiques selling woolen sweaters and the Romsdal Museum, an open-air folk museum where you can literally stroll through the region’s history and traditional homes. Molde is also one end of one of Norway’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Atlantic Ocean Road (in Norwegian, the Atlanterhavsvegen), which crosses spectacular bridges and a number of islands.

Beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. The city is one of Europe’s oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It’s also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs.

Date Day Port Arrive Depart
May 16 Sat. Rotterdam, The Netherlands 5:00pm
May 17 Sun. At Sea
May 18 Mon. Eidfjord, Norway 7:00am 3:00pm
May 19 Tues. Alesund, Norway 8:00am 11:00pm
May 20 Wed. Molde, Norway 8:00am 5:00pm
May 21 Thurs. Bergen, Norway 8:00am 5:00pm
May 22 Fri. At Sea
May 23 Sat. Rotterdam, The Netherlands 7:00am

With her multi-million dollar art and antique collection, wide teak decks and classic lines, Rotterdam evokes nautical tradition while delivering state-of-the-art amenities. While on board, enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop from America’s Test Kitchen. Work out in our fully equipped Fitness Center. Savor the world’s great cuisines in our specialty restaurants. Explore the world’s wonders with BBC Earth Experiences presentations and activities.

Price is per person based on double occupancy, availability and subject to change without notice. Promotion is for select sailings. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional at approximately $125 per person. Other restrictions apply. Ships Registry: Netherlands.