The Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian Fjords are perhaps a less discovered destination for many tourists.

Having spent a short while cruising the Fjords, it’s a destination I’ll be looking to return to.

Words such as “breath-taking” and “stunning” immediately spring to mind.

“The fjords were created by the movement of glaciers. Majestic u-shaped valleys were carved out of the ground over a period of 2.5 million years.

My visit centred on Alesund.  Famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund is the cultural centre of the Sunnmøre region of Norway. Around 100 years ago, the town centre burned to the ground and 10,000 people were made homeless.

But this led to a fantastic rebirth, with a new town emerging in the distinctive art nouveau style.

Alesund is a vibrant town with a varied cultural scene. Locals recommend you climb the 400 steps to Fjellstua for a magnificent view of the mountains and fjords.

The Sunnmore coast is extraordinary, consisting of a string of small islands and fishing communities besides the Atlantic Ocean.

The Geirangerfjord is arguably even more spectacular and has the status of a world heritage site.

Alesund is the most important fishing harbour in Norway. Unsurprisingly, the local cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood. One guidebook says Alesund has the best sushi outside Japan.

I visited Norway while on a cruise aboard the Norwegian Prima cruise ship. New for 2022, the Prima offers a spectacular experience. It offers a number of new concepts and firsts for holidaymakers.

It offers first class dining experiences with food choices to suit all tastes. The food hall offers 11 restaurants with choices including tapas, a Texas smokehouse, a noodles bar and much more.

The cabins are large and extremely well equipped.

For thrill seekers, there’s a three-storey go-kart track, mini-golf, e-sports, infinity pools and the first slide on a cruise liner to span 10-decks .

While I fully enjoyed my cruise, I was there with a group of travel consultants who are undertaking a cruise line training course. Over the next few months, I’m investing time in learning more about the cruise industry to pass on to my customers.   

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