Nordfjordeid, Norway cruises

The west coast of Norway comprises a labyrinth of inlets and fjords, and amongst this enchanting terrain lies Nordfjordeid, a town boasting an abundance of natural beauty and fascinating history.

 

Nordfjordeid port guide.

This sleepy town lies in an idyllic location at the end of Eidsfjorden, a body of water that lies off the main Nordfjorden. Glasslike waters span the edge of the town, and luscious, rolling mountains act as a brilliant border.

A known Viking settlement, Nordfjordeid is steeped in history. It takes little imagination to picture ornate long boats and bustling tradespeople scattered throughout the bay. Old town brings ample photo opportunities as characterful white buildings and quaint architecture fill the streets, and delightful shops, cafes, and traditional bakeries offer plentiful treats.

Top landmarks and sights in Nordfjordeid.

Nordfjordeid brings opportunities to discover many extraordinary sights and attractions, both in the town itself and close by. As well as the picturesque streets of the old town, you’ll find unique and contrasting architecture at the modern opera house and at the Eid Church, a pretty, wooden building erected in 1849.

If you’d rather stay closer to nature, there are many memorable vistas to behold in the Nordfjordeid area. The still waters of the bay help create a tranquil atmosphere, to perhaps enjoy with a warming cup of coffee or hot chocolate in hand. Or should you be feeling a little more active, perhaps opt to tackle one of the nearby hiking trails, to experience the view from above.

A little further afield, striking mountains, vibrant green valleys, lakes, and glaciers all wait your exploration. Europe’s deepest lake, Hornindalsvatnet, is around a ten-minute drive away, and the stunning Briksdal Glacier and Geiragnerfjord are other options if you’re happy to travel. Take on one of the rewarding hikes at Mount Hoven, for unparalleled views of the surroundings, or maybe choose the gondola, Loen Skylift, that makes light work of the 3,317 feet.

Things to do in Nordfjordeid.

Time spent in Nordfjordeid can be as slow-paced or action-packed as you prefer. Find plenty to do in town, whether it’s browsing local handicraft shops for souvenirs or simply sitting back in a local café and people-watching with a cup of a coffee and a pastry. You’ll also find an arts and cultural center, Kulturhuset Gamblebanken, which offers a wonderful glimpse into local life through its thought-provoking displays.

Close-by, at the Sagastad Viking Centre, a real treat awaits. It’s here you’ll find a replica of the largest Viking ship ever found in Norway, the Myklebustskipet. The original 100-foot-long ship was unearthed at the Royal burial mound at Rundehågjen, in the center of Nordfjordeid, and is believed to have belonged to King Audbjørn. King of the Fjords, Audbjørn’s life can be explored at the center. Sagastad Viking Centre lies at the end of a 1 mile walk known as the Saga Trail, that begins at the Port of Nordfjordeid, and brings opportunities to see a number of Viking burial mounds en route.

Nordfjordeid is also known for its population of Fjord horses, which can be spotted all over the town often even roaming the streets. The Fjord horse was integral in Viking history, so much so that is has now become one of Norway’s national symbols. These beautiful creatures can be seen up close at the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre in Nordfjordeid.

Should time allow, perhaps venture a little further out to explore the surrounding area. In addition to the majestic Mount Hoven, Geirangerfjord, and Briksdal Glacier, another natural attraction is Jostedalsbreen National Park. This inspiring parkland boasts green pastures, rugged hillsides, and incredible glaciers including Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.

Eating and drinking near Nordfjordeid cruise port.

As with much of Norway, fresh fish is eaten in abundance in Nordfjordeid. The adjacent waters offer sizeable monkfish, wolffish, and mackerel, to name just a few. Meanwhile, the land also bears plenty, with grazing cattle and a variety of fruit, vegetables, and herbs waiting to be foraged.

One dish to try in Nordfjordeid is sosakjøt, a traditional beef stew. Often served with simple mashed potatoes and cranberry or lingonberry jam, this flavorsome meal uses lots of butter and subtle seasoning, but most importantly slow-cooked beef. Choose sosakjøt if you’re looking for a hearty, warming meal that will leave you happily full.

Should you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, Norway is known for it’s decadent and varied baked goods. Delicious buns, pastries, and assorted cakes are sold in bakeries, supermarkets, and even gas stations. Find everything from the dense to the delicate, and flavors including cinnamon, cardamom, berries, raisins, pistachio, and chocolate.

Shopping in Nordfjordeid.

For pretty trinkets, local art, and traditional homeware gifts, Nordfjordeid’s old town brings plenty of quaint boutiques and souvenir shops awaiting your perusal. Find the perfect memento of your time here, whether it’s a homemade candle, handwoven basket, or a Viking themed ornament.

If you’re looking for a more contemporary venue, find Alti Nordfjord in the center of town. This small complex boasts a variety of shops including a grocery store, pharmacy, liquor shop, and a number of restaurants.

Getting around: Nordfjordeid transport.

Nordfjordeid itself is a modest 1.7m squared in area, making it simple to explore on foot. From the port you can walk to highlights including the old town, the Myklebust Viking ship, and the Kulturhuset Gamblebanken arts center in a matter of minutes.

Local buses and taxis are available to take you further afield if you’d like to explore the surrounding region, and in town, hop-on-hop-off buses can take you to local highlights.

Nordfjordeid port facilities.

Nordfjordeid port was first opened to cruise ships in 2019. When ships are docked, Nordfjordeid becomes a bustling hub of activity, as locals take pride in bringing the local history and culture to life for visitors. Step off your ship and become immersed in a world of Scandinavian heritage after just a few minutes spent walking.

The terminal building itself offers a tourist information desk, a ticket sales office, toilets, and a souvenir shop.

Top tips for Nordfjordeid.

 

Currency.

In Nordfjordeid, the currency used is the Norwegian krone (NOK). There are a few ATMs in the village, which can easily be found on foot. While card payments are generally accepted in larger establishments, some stalls and independent boutiques may only accept cash.

Tipping.

Tipping in Nordfjordeid, or indeed throughout Norway, is not required, it’s entirely up to the individual. Some people choose to round up their bill to the nearest 10, however it is not expected.

Weather.

Nordfjordeid sees fairly mild temperatures in the summer, usually staying between around 52 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit from June to September. Temperatures drop to just a few degrees in the winter. It’s advisable to bring a waterproof jacket on a voyage to Nordfjordeid, as rain and drizzle are common.