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If you tell me where you are going I'll try to help. Most of the smaller fjord towns don't have public transport so an excursion is essential if you want to get the most out of your visit. Regards - Jane.
The best is from Geiranger upto Mt Dalsnibba but you do need to take an organised trip. This is however well worth the money.
Geiranger Fjord probably the most spectacular. Not sure about excursions but just walk up to the church and look back down to the ships (normally more than one) at anchor. Sensational. Enjoy.
Janet and others- thanks for your help
We gather Geiranger is worth doing the organised tour up Mt Dalsnibba. Also going to Andalsnes/ Tromso/Bergen and Trondheim. Also Spitsbergen tho suspect you do not land there. We were on Canberra 20 years ago and did not get ashore!! As for others if a fjord boat trip or scenic train ride is recommended then please let me know.
Hello again, Janet here. I did this cruise last year on Oriana and it is fantastic! I wholeheartedly endorse the suggestions re Geiranger and if you get a good day the Mount Dalsnibba trip is a must.You will dock at Spitzbergen and again, if you get the weather, it is fantastic - nature at it's absolute rawest but with a beauty all of it's own. May I give you a tip - on arrival at Spitzbergen you have to get a sticker for the tender (the daily paper will give you this info.) - can I suggest you get yours as early as possible - I was on boat 4 but some people were on boat 16/20/24 etc. and had to wait a couple of hours or more to disembark. I don't know if you've been this far North before but do dress warmly - hat, scarf gloves, warm socks, good shoes etc. The temp. was 4 when we were there. I didn't see any polar bears but I have sat on the world's Northernmost loo! In Tromso a trip I would recommend is 'Polaria and the Huskies' which is brilliant! The couple who own and race these dogs give a slide show with commentary after which you can wander freely outside amongst the dogs who are wonderfully friendly and desperate to be made a fuss of! There are usually puppies to photograph and admire which are unbelievably cute. Unless there is something which particularly grabs you from the brochure I suggest a DIY day in Bergen, which can be very wet at times, having an average of 25 dry days per year - the town's logo is an umbrella - seriously! If you get a good day, and I hope you do, take the funicular up to the Floyen from where you can walk for miles amidst beautiful, peaceful scenery. The views over Bergen are quite something from here. Another 'must-see' is the Bryggen, the old part of Bergen consisting of very old wooden buildings, mostly shops now but still very interesting; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the tours brochure you will see there is a combined train/coach excursion offered from Andalsnes which I did. This is a very scenic train ride but, as I discovered from others, can be done independently at a fraction of the cost by just walking down to the station and buying a ticket - easy when you know how! Another plus here is that you do the journey there and back on the train at a time to suit yourself. In Stavanger Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock is an excellent fjord trip which I'm sure you would enjoy.
Hope this helps; also hope you have a truly great time with weather to match. Regards - Janet.
Thanks so much for the useful info. We are on Arcadia in a month and have booked two organised tours- Mount Dalsnibba and the Stavanger Lysnefjord boat trip. Naturally fingers crossed with the weather. Your point on Andalsnes train is well taken- if weather OK we will go independent. Is there much walking to get the train? Also intrigued what you do going ashore Spitsbergen. When we were there on Canberra in 1988 only the deputy Captain (Mike Fatchen who became Princess Cruises Commodore before retiring last year)was allowed to take the mail ashore.
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Hello there, sorry to have been so long getting back to you but have been away for a few days visiting my family in the Midlands. Glad you've managed to book the trips - now all you need is the weather! Andalsnes is a tender port and as I did the combined coach/train trip, in that order, I honestly can't remember how far it is from the quayside to the station but since it is not a big place I shouldn't imagine it's very far. Spitzbergen: as I said, a fantastic place if you like nature. There is nothing to do except walk round and admire the (awesome) views, see what wildlife you can spot - birds, reindeer, arctic foxes and, if you're very lucky, polar bears. As this is a protected port, everything there is protected - wildlife, tundra etc. and you have to stick to the designated path as you walk round, but, providing you are nature lovers, and you get the weather, you will love it - for me, it was one of those places where I felt priveleged to have been to. By-the-way, should you need a loo there is one in the tourist info. building which is little more than a large hut on the right hand side of the path not too far up; I think it's blue. There is also a very small souvenir shop but unless you are desperate to shop there I should give it a miss - the queues are phenominal, just as they are in the post office - the world's northernmost one - as many people want to send postcards franked from here. I see from the brochure that you are scheduled to leave at 5pm; we were due to leave at 4pm but had to depart at 2.30pm - I think the port sets the times - so the Captain took us on a fabulous trip into a glacial area in the extra time, which was fantastic! Hope this helps and that the cruise lives up to your expectations. Would be interested in your impressions of Spitzbergen; meantime, if I can help in any other way, please do get in touch again. Regards - Jane.