What to Pack for a Cruise to the Fjords

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The choice of itinerary and activities on board a ship have never been better or more affordable. The huge numbers of people who head on their annual holiday with a cruise have made a wise choice.

Dressing and what to pack is fairly straightforward and many cruise lines have recognised that casual wear in dress now reigns. For those balmy days at sea, it is smart casual, for dinner depending upon the cruise line it can go up a bit. Dress codes on cruise ships are far more relaxed than in the past and dressing for dinner has become more optional.

There is one type of spring, summer and autumn cruise holiday that a little more change to the norm is in order. The cruise with itineraries that head further north for instance to the Norwegian Fjords.

Before you start packing, make a checklist of everything you need to and should bring.


1. A waterproof wind jacket helps protect you from any sudden cold winds and rain that are commonplace in Norway. Use it in conjunction with a waterproof hat or a hood.

2. Inclement weather is not unusual and can surprise you at any time. This calls for an excellent pair of closed toed shoes with soles that offer a good grip, especially for walking on the deck. In addition, bring some sturdy walking boots for those trips to hike in the picturesque countryside, in small villages and stepping onto a glacier. An extra pair of socks should always be on you as they will keep your feet dry if they get wet whilst out.

3. A warm jacket or coat should be brought along as the temperatures in Norway can dip especially during May and October. Even in the midst of summer, the higher elevations will decrease the temperatures by several degrees and you will appreciate the warmth. If weight is a concern, go for a fleece or micro fabric that adds the warmth but not the bulk.

4. In a similar manner, pack clothing that can be layered. Hoodies or pullover jumpers are a few examples. It will be appreciated on those cool days or evenings and if the sun is blasting, and the temps rise; they can easily be peeled off for comfort. T-shirts are a must for extra insulation but are light enough to wear alone if the temperature increases during the day.

5.Try to coordinate basic colours that blend and will interchange easily with each other. Have your primary outfit in monochromatic neutrals such as browns, greys and blacks. Then add the layers in the colour you prefer to look sharp.

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6. If formality is standard on the ship of your choice, bring along dressier dining outfits. Most cruisers like to take a stroll on deck after dinner. For men, a dinner jacket or a sports jacket will do, whereas for women a thick wrap should suffice.

7. Bring some light plastic sheeting or a large cloth to take when you go on shore to cover your belongings. However, better yet, invest in waterproof carry ons such as handbags and backpacks to store your belongings safely from the elements.

8. You may be lucky with the weather as it can happen in Norway as well. However, the best bet is to do as you do at home and place a small umbrella in your day pack.

9. Just as you should for any holiday away, don’t forget to pack the camera. The beauty of Norway is exceptional and you’ll be snapping away from the moment you step onboard.

10. Finally, make sure to pack blister plasters. Walking can cause them to happen especially when wearing a brand new pair of boots or shoes.

Go ahead and bring those sandals and flip flops on your cruise. Most ships have coverings over their pool areas and are temperature controlled for you to take a dip.

As you can see, packing for a cruise to the Norwegian fjords is not all that different from packing for any other cruise holiday. It just takes a bit of organisation. Remember, if you forget something, there are shops onboard the cruise ship and plenty of stores whilst in port to obtain what you need.

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Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Norwegian Fjords

One location that keeps making headlines in the travel news due to its natural beauty and unparalleled views is the country of Norway. Visitors should be warned however: the Norwegian Kroner is arguably the strongest currency in the world so your pounds won’t go as far as they do elsewhere.

That is why considering a Norwegian Fjords cruise is a great option in seeing the landscapes and popular villages of Norway. Not only does it save you money, it also provides you with the luxury of high quality food, entertainment and much more.

Heading on a cruise holiday will feature the Fjords and some of the inner waterways as well as a first-hand view of the life, culture and history of the land of the Vikings. The essential parts of the Norwegian villages and landscape will be covered.

What can you anticipate on a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords?

A 7-12 day cruise will fit in several ports of call, along with quite a bit of adventure for those daring types. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and take it all in!

Typical Ports of Call


One port that is sure to be on the itinerary is the “Gateway to the Fjords” that is Bergen. This overture of the fjords is the second largest city in Norway and yet it personifies a small town reputation. Along the harbour sits its cosy charming buildings that reflect its mirrored image in the waters of Bryggen Warf.

Bergen is actually built into a fjord and offers some of the most memorable views of the snow-capped mountains and other nearby fjords.  In association with its stunning scenes, the town has earned a spot on UNESCO’s list of the world’s most valuable historical and cultural places worthy of preservation.



Flam holds the longest and the deepest fjord in Norway with vast network of hiking trails. Take the opportunity to be suspended between the rocks and the sea by hopping aboard the railway from the village and heading up into the clouds. Flam also has a brewery with some of the best beer in the entire country.



The Geirangerfjord is yet another port of call that will make a lasting impression. It has not only stunning mountain glaciers but has an enormous amount of waterfalls. Here you will find every formation imaginable from minuscule flows to monster-size gushers of water tumbling down the 2,000 feet of rock known as the Seven Sisters waterfall.



Hammerfest is the most northern town that cruise ships will go to right outside of the Arctic Circle and the land of the midnight sun. The city is also notable as being one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. Here, everything is recycled and reused so that there is no damage done to the pristine nature nearby.



Cruises going to the fjords have a short season from May through late September/early October.

Late June to early August is when the weather is at its most stable and warmest with sunny, long and bright days. The spring time is lovely when the orchards are in bloom and the spring thaw is taking place. Autumn brings a festival of colour with reds and oranges and a chill beginning to set in.


Nearly every major cruise line has a ship that will have an itinerary through Norway. Cruise lines include Cunard, Fred Olsen, Holland America, MSC, P&O and Royal Caribbean amongst others.

Some ships will begin the journey out of Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Oslo or even Southampton.

Nothing can quite create a unique experience for any traveller as a Norwegian fjords cruise holiday. The fjords present a combination of nature at its best by including plenty of views of glaciers, waterfalls and gorges.

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