12. FJORDS & ICELAND. Ports Guides, Towns, Tours + more

Game of Thrones TV show brings attention to Iceland, and The Vikings TV show brings the Fjords to life. King in Norse is Kong, but King Kong never filmed here! The Fjords are special and diverse. From snow and ice and Northern Lights to green valleys of tall mountains. People travel from all over the world to join ships going down the Fjords, so the makeup of passengers becomes far more diverse. The water in the Fjords is calm, the sea outside can be rough. The distance between mountains each side is atmospheric where it makes you think of the Vikings or Greek Mythology, it is so very different to a sea cruise. Here are the most popular stops.BERGEN FLAM OLDEN  SKJOLDEN STAVANGER Some stops are no more than small wooden villages, where the ship guests outnumber the locals. Some stops are complete adventure centres for base jumpers and skiers. Cycling, hiking and canoeing become the adventures. Trips to glaciers and waterfalls. Iceland is beyond and a different majesty. Here are the rest of the stops, the drop-down menu is also below. ANDALSNES    OSLOFJORD   TROMSO REYKJAVIC AKUREYRI ALESUND  BODO EIDFJORD KLAKSVIK TORSHAVN GEIRANGER HAUGESUND HELLESYLT HEIMAEY HONNINGSVAG ISAFJORDUR KRISTIANSUND LOFOTEN ISLANDS LONGYEARBYEN NARVIK NUUK QAQORTOQ TRONDHEIM even more, in the list below.

Fjords to the Artic

Alesund is known as the art nouveau town of Norway. It is very distinctive and was rebuilt after a fire. The Sea Park/Aquarium is a big feature and is 3.7Km away, a 49 minute walk.

Currency: Norwegian Krona

Language: Norwegian, English readily spoken

Features: Sea Park

Alesund, Before & After the Fire; Norway’s rebuilt cosmopolitan art nouveau town is very different

Thanks to Glenda Harker on our Britannia Chat group and others who have posted pictures of Alesund

ALTA NORWAY. Guide – we did see the ‘aurora borealis’, those fighting atoms of energy!

The further you go north, the colder it gets, the more the skies rage, the sunsets are extreme and the night skies can thrill.

Alta, Norway. Alta Museum, rocks and carvings going back over 6000 years

If you venture this far north to see the northern lights, do not 

P&O Aurora snowed in and Northern Lights on last cruise as family ship

The Aurora’s very last cruise as a family ship saw it covered in snow with many guests staying inside.

Steam Train in the Fjords – Rauma – if not there’s a modern train – great route

A trip on Rauma Railway reveals the most spectacular scenic areas in Norway. Rauma Railway goes between Åndalsnes and Dombås with four daily departures all year, in very modern trains and the trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. In the summer an electronic guiding system provides information about the sights along the route like a […]

Jumping off the mountain is unlikely to be a ship arranged tour at the Troll Wall

Andalsnes attracts far more than cruisers to the tiny town nestling in the Norwegian Alps, and I don’t mean troll hunters

Andalsnes at the top of the Fjords

As a cruiser going into Andalsnes you might not be thinking of ‘base jumping’ off the tallest vertical rock face in Europe (6,000ft), or even climbing it.

The Ancient Hanseatic City of Bergen – Cunard’s travel film

This is Cunard’s film on Bergen. We have included it because it is a good film, and when we were there it rained in our film. So you will see Bergen in good and bad weather. If you are a fan of the Cunard ships then we have a chat site for you. JOIN THE NEW […]

Bergen Guide, fish market, Viking ship

Jean Visits the Hanseatic port of Bergen. 

BODO, Norway. Drone film of the city. Great film of all you will want to see

Bodo is far north in Norway, so far there is a great time

BODO, NORWAY – what is midnight sun

There’s a great Al Pacino movie where he goes north to solve a crime


IN BRIEF: You sail past Kvinnherad, the location of the Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis 1958 blockbuster The Vikings to get to the small village of Eidfjord that has the largest high mountain plateau (Hardangervidda) and Norway’s largest national park. Eidfjord itself has some of the dramatic at sea visions of the film, the village has a 14th-century church and the largest collection of ancient graves in western Norway at its Viking Burial Place.

Eidfjord, Norway. overview from the air by DRONE featuring the AIDAsol

The picturesque village of Eidfjord set within the breath-taking Hardangerfjord

Braemar in Eidfjord

Wild life videographer Paul Dining from Cornwall was in the Fjords on the Braemar,

FLAM -Cycle option Finse to Flam – overview route and cycles by DRONE

Ever wondered what a cycle ride excursion is like on a Fjord Cruise destination.

Flam Guide, so much to do in the Norwegian Fjords

Flam Guide, so much to do in the Norwegian Fjords Whether you want to speed round the Fjords on a rib, take a road train round the town, hire a talking car and visit nearby villages or go walking, there is so much to do in Flam and they make it so easy. However, the […]

Flam Mountain Hike – Walk number 3 from the tourist office

If you have time and fancy a challenge, there are many mountain walks and trails. Flam is a tiny village on the banks of the Aurlandsfjord, one of the branches of the beautiful Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in Europe and it will take you by surprise! There is a lot to do, the […]

GEIRANGER small, perfectly formed, and beautiful – The Sky Walk excursion – 1500m high

At only nine miles long, Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most beautiful Fjords

Avaldsnes, Viking Farm, Museum, St. Olav’s Church

Avaldsnes is Norway’s oldest royal seat. Back in the time when every area had a King,

Haugesund – quick look round

We admit there is more to see in Haugesund than we have in this film, but not much more. The beauty is the area, the buildings on the waterfront, the people.

P&O Aurora snowed in and Northern Lights on last cruise as family ship

The Aurora’s very last cruise as a family ship saw it covered in snow with many guests staying inside.

HAUGESUND, Norway. Over view from the air DRONE

HAUGESUND, Norway is a Viking centric destination.

You will never see Hellesylt like this !

Yes, from the top looking down!

Hellesylt – an over night in the Fjords under a mountain some fear might collapse

Want to know what it feels like to be in a disaster movie? We don’t want to scare you but

HONNINGSVAG, Norway – overview from the air by DRONE

The Fred Olsen ship Balmoral in the Honningsvag Fjord.

KRISTIANSUND, Norway – overview from the air by DRONE

Norway’s Western Cape on four, bridge-connected islands has harbours that were destroyed in WWII

Lofoten Islands in all their beauty – over view by low DRONE

This remote Arctic archipelago had over a million visitors last year.

Lofoten (Norway / Arctic Circle) – an incredibly beautiful archipelago filmed from a drone.

The incredibly still water, the colours, the rainbow, the light,

Lofoten Islands in all their beauty – over view by low DRONE

This remote Arctic archipelago had over a million visitors last year.

Lofoten (Norway / Arctic Circle) – an incredibly beautiful archipelago filmed from a drone.

The incredibly still water, the colours, the rainbow, the light,

Narvik Ofoten Railway into Sweden

Narvik Ofoten Railway into Sweden, take a look and then we will give you

Narvik Guide 2019 – cruise stop & ski resort

Narvik was built in 1902 because it has a harbour that never

P&O Aurora snowed in and Northern Lights on last cruise as family ship

The Aurora’s very last cruise as a family ship saw it covered in snow with many guests staying inside.

NARVIK, Norway – overview from the air by DRONE

Narvik is a beautiful Fjord that offers a cable car up the Fagernesfjellet mountain

Olden excursion – Loen Skylift in the Nordfjord

The mountains like the sea are incredibly soothing, relaxing and challenging, especially for those who don’t like heights. Skiers amongst you will say this is just another ski lift and you have been on many, but this gives incredible views of the Fjord below. The total journey takes 6 minutes as you can see from […]

Olden, a cruise stop in the Norwegian Fjords

Olden is a peaceful village with not a lot to do but relax, unless you hike, kayak or take a trip

OSLO GUIDE – Jean braves the cold to show you what is there

Jean braves the cold of Oslo to put together a great explanation of what is there.

Oslo Christmas Market

Oslo is a beautiful city, and they are likely to have snow

OSLOFJORD – The style and Cuisine that is Fred. Olsen – started in a Fjord

Fred. Olsen started in this Fjord, at the start of the Baltic cruise. They take immense pride in their boutique fleet of smaller-scaled vessels

Doris Visits BALTIC CRUISE YouTube Channel

Unravel the mystery of the amazing Baltics. 

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

Skjolden Drone – filmed from above it looks fantastic

If you are a cruiser who loves to walk around the local town, it is beautiful here, but there is very little of it.

Skjolden, TV drama in a favourite Norwegian Fjord – where Doris started

Surrounded by steep mountains, with spectacular waterfalls, Skjolden is located at the head of the longest navigable fjord in the world – Sognefjord.

Stavanger Guide, the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords will almost certainly start in Stavanger

Tromso, Norway’s most northernly city

Step inside the Artic Circle. This is not a normal Fjord route, but it is more of an adventure

Trondheim, Fjord cruise destination seen by DRONE

Viking King Olav Trygvasson founded Trondheim over 1,000 years ago,

AKUREYRI, Iceland overview from the air by DRONE

60 miles south of the Artic circle, AKUREYRI in Iceland

HEIMAEY, Iceland – overview from the air by DRONE

HEIMAEY, Iceland has puffin-covered cliffs, dramatic scenery

Reykjavik, Iceland – a walking tour; Cathedral to City to Blue Lagoon (Bathers needed)

Take your bathers! Lets start by saying, neither Reykjavik, nor most of Iceland is actually icy

Isafjordur, the home of amazing Northern Lights

Cruise Doris Visits Subscribe. Thank you See our drone film and main blog on Isafjordur. Its two valleys

Ísafjörður, Iceland – a step further than Norway

Ísafjörður is a town in northwest Iceland known for dramatic landscapes

Nuuk, capital of Greenland

Confusingly, Greenland is in North America, 150 miles from the Artic Circle

QAQORTOQ, Greenland –

The pretty harbour with its colourful wooden houses has a colonial part of town and a museum in the square next to the statue, which is the oldest building from the settlement founded in 1775. Earlier signs of population dated back 4,300. There are few excursions here apart from a tour to Hvalsey Church historical ruins, where […]

KLAKSVIK, Faroe Islands – overview from the air by DRONE

Wild life, birds and fish, and nature, with memories and honour to those who fought and died in WWII. This is where the air is as clean as you will find it. There are few cruises to KLAKSVIK, in the Faroe Islands – here is our overview from the air by DRONE. Tours are based […]

TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands – overview from the air by DRONE

The Faroe Islands are between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, with Iceland on one side and Norway on the other. Walk round the local town, take a Schooner or boat tour, or visit the nearby Vágar Island which has 6 villages, 3 large, 3 small. Take a look at it with our low flying […]