Iona – the ultimate way to see the Norwegian fjords

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for… as Iona heads to Norway for the first time, one of the world's most spectacular regions awaits.

The Norwegian fjords are a wild wonderland of breathtaking scenery, cultural gems and action-packed adventure. This dramatic destination is on many travellers’ must-visit lists, and for good reason.

Iona’s Norwegian Fjords holidays give you the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most iconic destinations. The itineraries have been carefully designed as an introduction to the region, offering something for everyone. In each port, a collection of shore experiences will take you to the heart of Norway’s astonishing natural wonders and diverse cultural attractions.

And what better ship to be on? Iona and the fjords are made for each other. Designed to maximise views and let the outside in, the glass walls of the Grand Atrium and an array of wow-factor indoor and outdoor spaces afford the best panoramas of Norway’s dramatic landscapes.

Iona in Norway

Your itinerary checklist

For her 2022-23 season in the fjords, Iona offers two seven-day itineraries: one features Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger and Haugesand (with sail-bys in Innvikfjorden, Nordfjord, Sunnylvsfjorden and Storfjroden); the other features Stavanger, Olden, Ålesund and Haugesund (with sail-bys in Nordfjord and Innvikfjorden).

Stavanger

Known as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings ’, offering the perfect introduction to Norway’s rich heritage. One of the region’s most dramatic natural wonders can be found here, too – Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is sure to take your breath away, from above or below.

Olden

Dramatically positioned at the end of Nordfjord, Olden is surrounded by natural beauty: the Briksdal and Kjenndal glaciers are a sight to behold, while the Loen Skylift, which soars up from the Loen valley to the top of Mount Hoven, offers unforgettable views.

Geiranger

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord boasts near vertical cliffs on both sides (with mountain farms seemingly clinging to the ledges) and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Don’t miss the Seven Sisters waterfall and the views from Flydalsjuvet and Dalsnibba.

Ålesund

Not only Norway’s largest fishing port but Europe’s most complete Art Nouveau city. Look beyond the fairy-tale architecture and soak up the stunning scenery that surrounds you – the city is strung out over a series of islands with views of the Geirangerfjord and the glorious Sunnmøre Alps.

Haugesund

‘The birthplace of modern Norway’, Haugesund is steeped in history and Viking lore, but it’s the region’s cultural centre too, with a lively buzz, great shopping and plenty of picturesque charm. It’s also an excellent jumping-off point for adventures further afield, from Langfoss waterfall to hiking in Djupadalen.

Innvikfjorden, Nordfjord, Sunnylvsfjorden and Storfjorden

Your sea day treats with cascading waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, snow-capped peaks, fairy-tale forests and lush green pastures as you relax on ship.

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