My Scandinavian Holiday: Norwegian Fjords Cruise

July 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last month, as a surprise for my Mum's 60th birthday, we went on a family cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. Although my parents and my other half have been on many, this was my first ever cruise! I wasn't sure what to expect, and in the run up to departure, most of the excitement was over how my Mum would react when we popped up on the ship out of nowhere. 

Luckily the surprise went down very well, and we set sail from Southampton on P&O's Britannia. We departed the day after the hottest day of the year, when England was enjoying a huge heatwave. Our first day aboard was a sea day, and we made the most of the sun by lounging on the top deck, knowing that we were heading to cooler climates in Norway! After sunning ourselves and watching the miles disappear, our second night was a black tie night. As someone who doesn't have the opportunity to get dressed up very much, I relished getting glammed up in a long gown. 

Me in front of a gorgeous house in StavangerLandscape photo of me stood on the steps of a white washed home in Stavanger old town.

Our first stop in Norway was in Stavanger, which turned out to be my favourite place. The old town was right next to the port, with the houses dwarfed by our huge ship. Full of petite, white wooden homes, cobbled streets and potted plants, this was just my kind of place! We had wanted to hike up Pulpit Rock, but with limited time we certainly didn't want to miss the ship! Next time :)

White wooden homes in Stavanger old town, NorwayWooden houses in Stavanger old town.

Brightly coloured painted shops on Ovre Holmegate in Stavanger. The next day we woke up to our first proper views of the Norwegian Fjords. We docked up at Olden and our group set off on a local bus to see the Briksdal Glacier. This was just my kind of day trip! The landscape around the glacier was so beautiful, and the fact it was cloudy and overcast only added to the atmosphere. This was one of the longest days, so after dinner we headed to our balconies to watch the sunset (at 11.30pm), as we sailed past remote islands and homes. 

View from Britannia of homes in Olden

Britannia cruising through the Norwegian Fjords
Me at Briksdal Glacier

Briksdal Glacier in Norway
Beautiful meadow near to Briksdal Glacier
Briksdal Glacier on a moody day

Day 4 and we were docked at Alesund. At the last minute we decided to hire a car and drove over 100km away from the town to reach the 'Troll Road'.. a steep mountain road with 11 notorious hair pins, and cascading waterfalls. It was fantastic, and the drive down through the valley on the other side was so fun! 

Selfie on the troll road in Norway
Birds eye view of the Troll Road, Norway

View from the lookout at the Troll Road

Photo of me at the Troll Road

Troll Road visitor centre, Norway
Troll statue with ice cream

Whitewashed Norwegian church
Reflections of colourful houses in Alesund canal
View over Alesund and Britannia moored

Our final port on the cruise was Bergen. As it was raining heavily we had a quick peruse round the town and local fish market, and then ran into a coffee shop for a warming hot chocolate. The town still looked beautiful, even in the rain. Over all I absolutely loved Norway - everything is so quaint, and set against astounding landscapes. I plan on going back and spending more time in the great outdoors there :)

Dusk setting over Britannia as it cruises through the Norwegian Fjords  




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