Ideal for Summer Season
Explore the singular beauty of the Norwegian Fjords with this ten-day charter vacation through Norway's largest and deepest fjord. From dramatic panoramas to time capsule towns, this itinerary promises to enliven and inspire guests with an unconventional yacht charter experience.
- Day 1
Embark in Bergen Distance: 70 nm*
You will begin your Norway yacht charter in the beautiful city of Bergen.
The second-largest city in Norway, it remains a cultural hub that brings together the finest elements of the country. It is also steeped in history. Throughout the city, you will find many local restaurants serving up traditional delicacies. Why not lunch in one of these fine eateries, such as Cornelius Seafood Restaurant, before you meet your crew.
You may even have a few hours to explore the many landmarks Bergen has to offer. From the commanding Rosenkrantz Tower that was erected back in the 13th century, to the eclectic Lysoen and Ole Bull’s Villa that came to life in 1873, there’s more to the city than fine dining and boutique shopping. Of course, there’s plenty of that, too. Whatever you decide to do, you can be confident that you will begin your vacation with an authentic Norweigan experience.
- Day 2
SognefjordDistance: 30 nm*
Departing from Bergen to Sognefjord, you will enter Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Nestled deep in the heart of the countryside, this stretch of water is home to the highest waterfall as well as the largest glacier in Europe.
On this day you will unwind on your luxury charter yacht and spend it marvelling at the natural wonders as you anticipate the next few days you have in the glorious locale. Sognefjord is an awarded World Heritage Site, so each of the standout charms are expertly preserved and present nature in its most undisturbed form.
But it’s not just the scenery that makes the “king of the Fjords” such a remarkable place to be. No, there’s a wealth of exceptional places to explore when cruising along the Sognefjord. In particular, the Jotuheim and Jostedalsbreem national parks offer an insight into the alpine landscapes that shape the skyline of the Fjords.
- Day 3
BalestrandDistance: 30 nm*
After a delicious breakfast, you and your guests will make way to Balestrand. A long-time favourite amongst artists and writers, this part of the Fjords exudes tradition and culture.
Here, a visit to Kviknes Hotel is all but essential. Built in the 19th century, the establishment has become one of the most famous buildings in Norway and is home to an impressive collection of art and historic artefacts.
St Olaf’s Church, an Anglican church otherwise known as “the English church”, is similarly outstanding. Built in honour of an English lady who once visited the Fjords and fell in love with Knut Kvikne, a celebrated townsman and owner of the famous hotel, the architecture and ambience have earned international renown. Once a destination that was previously the preserve of esteemed painters, lords, and emperors, there’s so much to appreciate about Balestrand.
- Day 4
FlamDistance: 60 nm*
On this day of your charter, you will visit the charming town of Flam.
Translated into English, the name of this historic settlement translates to ‘little place between steep mountains’. It’s not just any little place, though, but one which abounds with free-flowing waterfalls, unique wildlife, and small rural communities. If you're interested in scenic Scandinavian views, you may be interested in taking a trip on the Flåmsbana, a spectacular mountain railway taking you 900 metres above water level.
With architecture dating back to the 1600s, you will find it hard to resist the allure of Otternes Bygdetun, a traditional farmyard situated midway between Aurland and Flam. There is also a Viking settlement in Gudvange, a town that is a short trip from Flam, where you and your guests can experience and learn how life for the ancient folk of this land was.
- Day 5
LavikDistance: 75 nm*
This day will be your final full day in Sognefjord, where you will venture to Lavik and enjoy some peace and quiet.
You will first notice how quaint and charming the settlement is, but will soon discover how beautiful and majestic the mountains and flora around the area are. The waters in this locale are particularly serene and provide an idyllic setting for a peaceful canoe trip down Lavik. The scenery is magnificent and towers over you, making you feel completely at one with nature - we recommend that you take a walk to the nearby forests and lose yourself in the magic of these natural spaces.
In the evening you and your guests will enjoy a delightful meal prepared by the onboard chef. Overnight you will cruise out of Sognefjord and make way to your next destination. Be sure to take in the romantic energy of Sognefjord as the stars and moonlight bring it to life.
- Day 6
FloroDistance: 25 nm*
Cruising from Lavik to Floro on the sixth day, you will have the chance to absorb in the unusual and fascinating geography that unfolds in front of you.
From wild waterfalls to steep-sided mountains and lush soil on the shore, this promises to be a highly memorable passage. Whilst it may not feature as regularly in the guidebooks to Norway, Floro possesses a natural charm that makes it something of a hidden gem in the crown of the Fjords.
Founded by royal decree back in 1860, this small town has a restorative effect and invites visitors to simply sit back and indulge in its fine surroundings. If you are interested in learning more about Norway's nautical history, be sure to pay a visit to The Coastal Museum just a few minutes south of the island.
- Day 7
MaloyDistance: 50 nm*
On this day you will make your way to the vibrant coastal town of Maloy for another day of fjord exploration.
Your journey to Maloy will be through a magnificent archipelago, where you will criss-cross between verdant islands. The second-largest fishing port in Norway, the town features a silver sand beach, an unmissable national park, and even more spectacular scenery.
It’s also home to the world-renowned Kannesteinen Rock. Shaped by the waves for over a thousand years, this stone formation remains one of the most photographed elements of the natural world. Lined with charming lighthouses and framed by a vast mountainous skyline, Maloy truly embodies the unique beauty of Norway.
- Day 8
AlesundDistance: 120 nm*
Following yesterday's exploration through the Maloy Archipelago, on this day you and your guests will be cruising to Alesund.
Stretching across two islands at the opening of Geirangerfjord, the colourful municipality of Alesund was totally rebuilt at the turn of the 20th century following a devastating fire. Inspired by the spirit of the times, the townspeople built Alesund from the ground up in the Jugendstil style.
There are many gourmet restaurants where you will be encouraged to sample some fine dining. Be sure to reserve a table at BRO for Nordic cuisine with a gourmet flair. In the evening, watch the town come alive in the night. You may even get the chance to see the northern lights beaming overhead as your cruise to your next destination.
- Day 9
GeirangerDistance: 120 nm*
Moving from the port town of Alesund to the equally charming village of Geiranger, you can look forward to experiencing snow-covered mountains, cascading waterfalls, and deep blue waters of the Fjords one final time.
Belonging to the West Norweigan Fjords UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mountainous region boasts some of the world’s most dramatic geography and redefines what it means to ‘go sightseeing’. Encased by mountains that ascend beyond 1700 metres in height and strewn with deserted farmland, the landscape is nothing short of idyllic.
Just west of Geiranger you will discover the natural wonder fo the Seven Sisters Waterfall. It is truly an awe-inspiring sight and a popular stop for guests on a luxury yacht charter. You can appreciate the falls from the comfort of your platform, but the breathtaking surroundings may entice your inner explorer. Why not make an afternoon of it and have an excursion to this unforgettable landmark.
- Day 10
Disembark in Alesund
On this day you will bring an end to your luxury charter and disembark in Alesund.
You will still have a few hours in the morning to enjoy some water sports or a last-minute exploration of Geiranger before you return to Alesund. Be sure to make the most of your time and to take in the beauty of your surroundings as you make your way through Geirangerfjord.
You should arrive in Alesund by the early afternoon. As you will remember from your last visit there are a variety of things to see and do in the town. Simply wandering through the fairytale streets of the port town and soaking up the lively Art Nouveau architecture is a breathtaking experience in itself. You may also want to do some last-minute souvenir shopping too.
As the skies turn from yellow and orange into deep blue and purple, you may find your mind wandering back to all of the adventures you have had on your charter vacation. You may even begin looking up other parts of the country to explore the next time around.
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*All distances are approximate