Previewing this exciting summer itinerary, Norway’s Land of the Midnight Sun & Fjordland, we explore the seven featured excellent Norwegian ports of call visited during the voyage, starting with the historic fishing port of Kristiansund.
On the northern coast of Norway, Kristiansund lies right on the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Famous for its natural harbour, the city, spread across different islands, is steeped in history.
Long believed to be one of first the places Norwegians settled, the city’s history can be traced back thousands of years.
The Norwegian Klipfish (salted cod fish) capital, a ‘Kilpfisk wife’ sculpture stands on the waterfront, commemorating workers on the Klippfisk rocks.
Celebrating centuries-old fishing tradition, the statue is one of the most popular attractions in the city.
Beautiful and one of Norway’s greatest experiences, the collective Lofoten Islands present readers with all the magical ingredients Norway is famous for – fjords, mountain peaks, beautiful coastline and charming small villages.Hailed by major travel influencers, the Lofoten Islands are nestled within the staggering beauty of Norwegian wilderness.
Magellan calls at the port of Leknes in the heart of the archipelago, bringing readers within convenient reach of the villages of Reine and Å -the village with the shortest name in Norway!
Perhaps the most iconic and most photographed area in the entire Lofoten Island archipelago, Reine has a population of just over 300 people.
Instantly recognisable thanks to its collection of red and white fisherman huts standing on the shoreline, Reine is often cited as one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Surrounded by water with huge craggy peaks rising high on neighbouring islands, a visit to Reine is well worth considering whilst spending time on the scenic Lofoten Islands.
Providing a record of local fishing traditions, the village of Å has its own museum housed within an old converted boathouse.
Venturing further into the Nordic wilderness, the natural landscapes of Flakstad, including beautiful beaches, is another intriguing area well worth exploration.
Norway’s northernmost city acts as the perfect gateway to the stunning views of North Cape.
On the island of Mageroya in the Barents Sea, readers stepping ashore at Honningsvaag can choose to join an evening excursion heading for North Cape – the northernmost point in Europe.
Given its title in the 16th century by the British sailor Richard Chancellor during a voyage in search of passage to Asia, this part of the Norwegian coast is one of the country’s most famous natural attractions.
Standing over 300 metres above sea level, North Cape serves up some of the greatest views in the world of the famous Midnight Sun phenomenon.
Beyond the incredible views, an on-site visitor centre sheds light on the local area and provides insight into the science behind the Midnight Sun.
Weather dependent, readers will be able to take in this special sight, one of the undoubted high points of the voyage, in the company of fellow travellers, before returning to the comforts of Magellan for a well-earned rest as she departs for the ‘Arctic City’ Tromso.
The well-known Arctic City, Tromso is some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Home to some striking architecture, the city, split across two islands, can be admired from above at the top of Mount Stornenstein – reached via cable car.
In Tromso, readers can take the time to search for some key attractions including The Polar Museum, Tromso Cathedral and Polaria – the world’s most northerly aquarium.
Both constructed in the middle of the last century, Tromso’s Suspension Bridge and the striking Arctic Cathedral are two of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Built in the 1960s, the triangle and bright-white Arctic Cathedral is a symbol of the city.Inside, visitors will be able to admire some beautiful features including chandeliers and an organ perched high above the entrance.
A firm hiking favourite, the spectacular views, crisp, fresh air and amazing mountain peaks in and around Andalsnes have attracted UK tourists for centuries.
In the 19th century, aristocrats on holiday first ventured here to discover the mountainous landscape.
Following in their footsteps, readers now have the chance to experience this incredible port of call for themselves.
Andalsnes lies at start of the famous Rauma railway line with the route taking passengers through some beautiful countryside.
History buffs take note – during the journey, you will pass Torvikeidet where Scottish soldiers landed in 1940 during an Allied operation.
Continuing with a look at the region’s history, readers would be well-placed to look no further than Rodven Stave Church.
First opened in the 14th century, the church sits in a picturesque setting on the banks of Rodvenfjord.One of the oldest churches in the country, this magnificent traditional landmark is perfect place to learn about the area’s local history with the church standing at the centre of the community for centuries.
Andalsnes is also well placed for readers to discover the twisting Trollstigen or Troll’s Path.
Featuring hairpin bends, the route twists its way up a valley, connecting Andalsnes to the village of Valldall.
Close by and a key photo opportunity, Trollveggen (Troll Wall) stands at an impressive 1,000 metres, making it Europe’s tallest vertical overhanging rock face.
A popular BASE jumping spot, Trollveggen is another of the region’s great natural attractions and worth the visit for the sightseeing alone (even if you forget to pack your parachute!).
On the southeastern side of Vagsoy Island, Maloy is another major fishing port.
Once forming an integral part of the German defence line running along the Norwegian coast during WWII, the town is conveniently close to picturesque beaches and lovely stretches of greenery.
Perhaps the most dramatic sight on the island, Kannesteinen Rock appears to defy the laws of physics.
A solitary mushroom-like rock formed shaped by wind erosion and the endless barrage of waves striking the coastline, Kannesteinen is one of the most photographed places on the entire island.
The famous ‘Oil Capital of Norway’, Stavanger blends tradition and modern marvels together whilst acting as the perfect gateway to the great Norwegian outdoors.
First constructed in the 12th century, Stavanger Cathedral is one the oldest of its kind in the Norway.
A stunning piece of medieval architecture, the cathedral has undergone some changes after a large city-wide fire inflicted a huge amount of damage to this important historic building.
Carefully restored and brought back to much of its former glory, the cathedral, located close to the city park, is still the seat of the Diocese to this day.
Old Stavanger, characterised by beautiful old wooden houses and cobbled lanes, takes visitors all the way back to the 18th century.
Originally built for local traders, seafarers and craftsmen, today the Old Town section is one of Europe’s best-preserved wooden house settlements.
Another of the great Stavanger sights, Sverd i Fjell or Swords in Rock monument commemorates a historic battle.
In the 1st century, King Harald defeated the few remaining regional princes; bring together over 20 smaller kingdoms under the one crown, resulting in creation of Norway as a unified country.
Marking a significant moment in the country’s history, the swords, thrust into the ground, stand several metres tall.
Heading out into the great outdoors, one of Norway’s best-known fjords, Lysefjord stretches through 26 miles of spectacular scenery.
Found to the east of Stavanger, this beautiful stretch of water is either best admired during a short cruise along the water or, if you can handle the heights, from above standing atop Preikestolen.
Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock features on a many a traveller’s bucket list and is an iconic symbol of Norway.
Standing over an incredible 600 metres above Lysefjord below, Preikestolen is best described as a flat mountain plateau.
Celebrated by some of the world’s most influential travel publishers including Lonely Planet, this is one of the world’s most breath-taking viewing platforms.
Travellers brave enough to undertake the journey will be led by an expert guide passing through mountainous terrain.
During the hike, you will become fully immersed in Norwegian nature. The trail is hilly at points, rising some 400 metres and takes just over two hours each way.
However, the effort is well rewarded. Reaching the plateau, you will be met by some truly incredible views.
Believed to have formed over 10,000 years ago as the result of melting frost, the hike and subsequent views awaiting travellers at Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most rewarding experiences.
Plenty of time is allocated to take in the sights, snap a few photographs and have a quick snack.
The return journey after descending back down from Preikestolen sees passengers board a coach that travels through underwater tunnels back to Stavanger!