4 Spectacular Viewpoints From Which To Admire The Norwegian Fjords - November 2018
GoCruise – 7th November 2018
You may or may not be aware of a recent competition organised by P&O Cruises with the aim of choosing six travel agents from around the UK to become ‘Iona Insiders’. With the launch of the largest ship built for the UK market firmly set for 2020, the idea is that these lucky few will experience many different aspects of what life will be like on board Iona.
We’re pleased to say that one of the team working at GoCruise head office, Chris Mayhew, has been chosen amongst the six ‘insiders’ and will be part of an 18-month journey from now until the ship’s launch. This journey started back in October when Chris got the chance to visit the Norwegian fjords, a beautiful part of the world that will act as Iona’s home for her inaugural season. During the trip, there were a number of scenic spots where he was particularly blown away by the scenery.
Here are some of the great viewpoints you can enjoy should you choose a Norwegian fjords cruise with Iona.
Some may say that Geirangerfjord is the most beautiful in the region and few would argue too strongly against it. This narrow inlet features the Seven Sisters waterfall on the mountainside as you glide into port and some other stunning landscapes all around. For a great view of this natural feature and the town of Geiranger itself, take the trip up the winding road to the Eagle Bend Viewpoint. A panoramic illustration tells you more about what you are seeing but, really, the views speak for themselves.
If you can’t get enough of the alluring Geirangerfjord, Dalsnibba offers a different point of view. This is the highest viewpoint in the fjords that’s accessible via road and will have you looking down on the quaint little village below from 1,500 metres. At the top, a skywalk (installed in 2016) gives you the opportunity to feel as though you’re floating over the fjord as you look out on Blåbreen glacier. If your ship is staying late in port, this is also a fantastic spot from which to watch the sunset.
The exciting Loen Skylift offers two experiences in one. The journey to the top presents the chance to ride in one of the world’s steepest gondolas, as it takes you from fjord to sky in just over 5 minutes. Then, if you have any left, your breath will be taken away by the magnificent views on offer from both the indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Standing high above the town of Olden, you’ll look back over Innvikfjorden and Lovatnet Lake. This doesn’t have to be a fleeting visit, though, as a delicious restaurant will give you the chance to taste some local delights and the cosy, suspended fireplace provides somewhere to warm up before you head back down.
Ålesund is one of the largest cities in the fjords area and a popular port during the summer months. One of the best things to do when your ship docks here is to make your way to the top of Mount Aksla to enjoy views down on the city and out over the harbour. You can reach the summit by driving the long way around or talking a short walk across the park to the foot of the staircase. From here, 400 steps will take you to the viewpoint, providing areas to stop along the way to rest or admire your surroundings. At the top, the Fjellstua restaurant will help you refuel before you descend back down to street level.
If you would like to experience the Norwegian fjords as part of a cruise, Iona will be purpose-built to help you get the most out of your trip. Call 0808 252 5316 to speak to our expert sales team or click here to contact us through the website.