This Art Nouveau gem features dreamy turrets and ornate carvings of dragons and mythical figures among it's buildings, while distant snow-capped peaks loom in the background.
Norway is a Scandinavian jewel of breathtaking natural beauty. With its glittering fjords, snow-capped mountains and mesmerising northern lights, the enchanting land of the midnight sun is a majestic paradise waiting to be discovered.
Here we explore the unique sights and experiences you can expect to savour on a cruise to Norway, and how to get the most from your voyage to this fairy-tale destination.
Norway’s coastline comprises three seas; the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, off Norway’s northern coast.
Until the 20th century, the sparsely populated Norwegian Sea coasts meant shipping was largely focused on fishing and occasional coastal transport. The Norwegian Coastal Express was formed in the late 19th century, focussing on transporting passengers along local routes. Cruising was introduced in 1966 when the Norwegian Cruise Line began. Before long, many other ships, including several from the Cunard fleet, became regular visitors to local waters.
At Cunard, we have had a long love affair with Norway, and it has a solid reputation as one of the best regions in the world to encounter by cruise. Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 regularly make the journey to this enchanting destination, so that guests can discover its natural beauty for themselves.
Norway cruises with Cunard combine a mix of natural landscapes and cultural heritage, so you can experience everything this captivating destination has to offer.
Norway is an enchanting treasure waiting to be discovered, and every cruise to this idyllic destination will be filled with unforgettable sights and memories. However, there are several must-dos that you simply won’t want to miss.
When it comes to Norwegian culture, festivals of food, music and film play a pivotal role. The summer months in Norway often play host to a selection of music festivals, celebrating popular and niche genres. From jazz, blues and contemporary through to experimental, Norway’s festivals are a staple for music lovers.
Film buffs can enjoy Tromsø’s international film festival held in January, and the Film fra Sør (Films from the South) festival in Oslo showcases titles from Africa, Asia and South America.
The Norway cruise season typically runs from June through to August, which is the peak season. Cunard typically offers voyages between July and November.
While Northern Lights sightings are near impossible to predict, they are more likely on clear nights between October and March.
Due to the moderate waters of the Gulf Stream, Norway boasts a much milder climate than other destinations at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland. Even so, Norway’s climate can vary significantly between different parts of the country, with regional differences commonplace.
There’s nothing quite like the simple pleasure of curling up on deck, breathing in the crisp Nordic air, and losing yourself in a good book. Where better to enjoy a captivating Norwegian novel than in the country itself?
From historic novels and thrillers to travel memoirs and Nordic Noir, there is a host of Norwegian literature ready and waiting for you to enjoy. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamson, Dina’s Book by Herbjørg Wassmo, and The Bridge Builders by Jan Guillou are three books you may wish to enjoy during your Norway cruise.