traveler, globetrotter, expat with an insatiable appetite for travel, anything from backpacking to luxury hotels, currently based in Canada

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  1. I’ve never really been interested in cruising, but your tip about booking a shore excursion to be first off the boat will definitely come in handy if I decide to sail in the future! (And if I do take a cruise, it will definitely be somewhere like Norway, not the Caribbean!)

    1. I totally get that. I never thought of myself as a cruise ship tourist. The fjords of Norway though are so amazing from the water side. If you don´t like the idea of a posh cruise ship where you have to change clothes three times a day, there are other options. Hurtigruten, for example – the post ship that literally sails to every town along the fjords, they allow passengers on board. Or maybe kayaking – like Nicky suggested in her comment?!

  2. Oh Norway! What a beautiful country. We went kayaking on the fjords a few years back and it was on of the most memorable experiences of my life. Highly recommend that!

    1. that sounds like an amazing experience too! I spent a few weeks kayaking the lakes of southern Sweden, which was a very grounding experience. I can only imagine how impressive in would have been to see the fjords from a tiny kayak, one with nature.

  3. Hmmm…I am not sure i’d want to go on a cruise BUT all these places sound amazing for a normal over-land trip to Norway too!

    I especially like the sound of the hikes and the Trolls´ Road!!

    As you must have been on all of these a few times, do you have any favourites? 🙂

  4. Oh no, now I really want to drop everything and go on a Norway cruise haha. I’d love to see the fjords and I’ve heard the people are so laid back. Sounds like an awesome job, too. When you worked on the ships, how often were you able to take days off for excursions? I’ve heard that sometimes the hours/shifts when working on cruises keeps you from getting to explore as much as you think, but it seems like you got a really thorough look at the country.

    1. thanks Claire! Actually the crew doesn´t get days off at all, it´s a 7 day work week. So it depends on the position you have on board how much spare time you have for excursions. I was lucky to work at the front desk, in shifts. So often I explored the cities just before I went to work 🙂

  5. I’ve always wanted to take a cruise around Norway. Ports of call all look so amazing. For me it’s always great to be able to choose between both, excursion days and also days that I have time to explore on my own. Great tips!

  6. Have never been to Norway but when we go now it will definitely be on a cruise! Great photos! Thanks for the tips. I love the honest advice on what’s worth the excursion cost and what’s not.

  7. I want to go to Norway though I don’t have a time frame yet, but this post is really useful. I’m thinking about to do a cruise, and here’s your post. Thank you so much!

  8. I am just over here drooling at the photos! What app and camera do you use? A cruise to Norway is a top item in my bucketlist✔️✔️. Lovely post!

  9. I’m so glad I found this post. We are going on a fjord cruise in June with our grown children and spouses. Husband and I are paying and I’m trying to figure out what excursions to book. We are going to Oslo, Kristiansand, Eidfjord and Haugesund. Nice to know to not book a tour of Eidfjord. I hope I find information on the other cities.

    1. Hi Margaret,
      I am so glad this post was useful for you! I’ve not been to Kristiansand or Haugesund, but I’ve lived in Oslo for a short while. The Oslo port is central, the famous Opera House and old town are within walking distance. Do you know what kind of excursions are offered in that port of call?
      Enjoy your cruise!
      Christin

      1. Since Oslo is so large and easy to get around in, we are going to skip planned excursions and do it ourselves. We can choose the activities based on our mood and the weather. I’m sure we will purchase day passes to save money.

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