Our last week cruising Norway took us back south stopping at 5 new ports. We enjoyed exploring each one by foot. It was nice to have the opportunity to get off the ship after having a couple of sea days when we left the polar ice cap. Here we take you through the last 5 ports in the picturesque country of Norway.
Alesund-This beautiful town is known for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. The city is very clean, with great cobblestone streets and parks. The large town park has the Aksla Viewpoint. After walking up 418 steps you are rewarded with amazing views of the city.
Flam-The small city of Flam is best known for its scenic railroad. We tried to get tickets when we got off the ship, knowing it wasn’t likely. Unfortunately the round trip tickets were sold out for the day, so instead we took a walk suggested by the visitor center outside of town, past a waterfall and furry highland cows. It was a nice easy walk and we rewarded ourselves by visiting the Aegir Brewery when we arrived back in town. We bought a beer tasting and a large beer for $40! It was actually our only purchase, besides a couple small souvenirs off of the ship in the entire 21 days. The beer was fantastic and it was worth the splurge.
Stavanger- This was the first port we had rain! We didn’t let the drops stop us from exploring the beautiful flower lined streets of the old town and the shops of the new town. This was one of our favorite ports. It was quaint for a larger town and fun to explore, although we probably would have explored more had it not been raining!
Kristiansund- Luckily the rain had passed and we had another sunny port day. Most locals were sprawled out by the water or sunbathing on the grass. We stumbled upon some great sandcastles.
Oslo-We aren’t big city people and we were a bit tired of wandering so we didn’t do much in the capital of Norway. We did explore the Akershus Fortress and walked along the waterfront before returning to the ship.
Norway didn’t disappoint! It was a fabulous place to explore and it appeared to be much more cost-effective to do the cruise rather than explore on our own by land. However, the cruise itself was a bit disappointing! Stay tuned for our review of Holland America’s Prinsendam, our home for 20 nights.