Norway Yacht Charter Itinerary
Norway is a magical, breathtaking destination, providing one of the most memorable yacht charter experiences in the world. Nature has created dramatic, picturesque landscapes filled with fjords, peaks, river valleys, glaciers, and forests. It also holds cosmopolitan cities and small traditional villages, filled with incomparable cultural experiences and warm Scandinavian hospitality.
The town of Alesund and its surrounding area is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Norway. Spanning a peninsula and several islands that stretch into the Atlantic Ocean, this town was nearly destroyed by fire, but was then rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. Its buildings look as if they are straight from the pages of a fairy tale book, with turrets, spires, and even gargoyles. Stroll through the town and discover its museums, artisanal shops, and restaurants. Alesund is the home of several cultural festivals, including the Alesund Theatre Festival, the Festival of New Norwegian Literature, and the Norwegian Food Festival.
Embraced by mountains and fjords, Alesund is a great starting point to explore the Geirangerfjord, the bird sanctuary island of Runde, or the snow-capped summits of the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmørsalpene.
Stranda is a small town of about 2500 inhabitants, known for mountains that plunge straight into the fjord. The alpine fields at the Strandafjell Mountains are a breathtaking sight, with the fjord glistening far below. A popular ski resort in the winter months, it becomes one of the most challenging and exciting mountain biking treks in the country during the summer.
The Geirangerfjord is known as one of the jewels of the Norwegian fjords, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise along its characteristic S shape while marvelling at the high waterfalls, abandoned mountain farms, snow-covered mountain peaks, and lush green vegetation. The impressive waterfalls range from thundering cascades to misty veils with whimsical names like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil.
Gerainger has something to please everyone in your party. Active members of your group will love the kayaking, fishing, rafting and cycling in the area. The food scene is fantastic, and restaurants create dishes with a local ingredients that capture the essence of the region. You’ll want to enjoy a drink at the Geiranger Brewery, which is partially located in a boathouse.
Sitting at the northern edge of the FjordKysten but sheltered from the open sea, Maloy is one of the busiest export harbours in Norway. It’s a great spot to experience local Norwegian culture.
Discover hidden coves, beaches, and nearby coastal villages, or try fishing glacier-infused water for cod and herring. A favorite nearby spot for photos is the Kannesteinen Rock, famous for its mushroom-like appearance. From Maloy’s stadium, hike up to Veten, also known as the Beacon, which rises 615m above sea level. This peak has scenic views that include the fjord, Maloy, Kråkenes, Selje and the ocean at Stadhavet.
Floro is one of Norway’s most charming towns, and the westernmost town in the country. Surrounded by breathtaking archipelagos, it is home to rivers, snow-capped mountains, legendary glaciers, rushing waterfalls, and tranquil lakes. Experience the great outdoors with lighthouse safaris, sea fishing, kayaking, and coastal hikes. Floro has a rich history of shipbuilding, and the Coastal Museum exhibits boats and artifacts from these communities along with art exhibitions in the summer months.
Flam is situated at the innermost bank of the Aurlandsfjord, surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys. It is easy to reach by boat, and you’ll see large cruise ships and yachts in the Flam Harbour during the spring and summer months. It is the starting point for many hiking trips in the nearby mountains, or to explore the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The Nærøyfjord is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and is the narrowest fjord in the world.
There is so much to do in Flam. Rallarvegen, or the Navvies’ Road, is one of the most scenic bicycle treks in Norway. Many visitors try their hand at fishing in the Flåmselvi river. For a beautiful, panoramic view of the Aurlandsfjord, head to the Stegastein Viewpoint, located 650m above sea level with a platform that juts 30m out from the side of the mountain. If you enjoy a good pint of beer, the Ægir brewery is one of the most successful handcraft breweries in Norway.
The Flåmsbana Railway, one of the world’s most captivating train journeys. It takes you from Flåm by the fjord to the top of the mountains. Along the way, you’ll see rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the sides of steep, snow-capped mountains, and mountain farms clinging to steep hillsides.
Balestrand’s has inspired artists from all over the world with its awe-inspiring natural landscapes punctuated by wonderful light. Nestled around the high mountains and deep fjords, you’ll find traces of English and German architecture in its villas. The historic Kviknes Hotel houses a large collection of paintings by artists that have visited the area. In the summer months, several galleries and exhibitions celebrate the art inspired by Balestrand.
Spend the day kayaking on the fjord, or take a guided tour across the Jostedalsbreen glacier. For a more relaxing outing, take a leisurely stroll through the galleries and art exhibits, or bring a sketchbook and try capturing the scenery for yourself.
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city but has maintained its small-town charm. Known as “the gateway to the fjords,” it has a more than 9000 year history with roots in the Viking Age. For hundreds of years, it was the center of trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can see some of that rich history in The Hanseatic Wharf, and the old fortress at Gergenhus.
Museums, art galleries, and restaurants line Bergen’s cobblestone streets. Explore the city aquarium or the fish market, or take in the famous Bergen International Festival that takes place in May and June each year.