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About Skjolden

Surrounded by steep hills with spectacular falls, Skjolden is located at the head of the longest navigable fjord in the world - Sognefjord. As well as being situated in a breathtaking location, the town itself is host to a number of activities and attractions.  
Once home to the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), he wrote some of his most important works here.

Visit Urnes Stave Church, the oldest stave church found in Norway, included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it is an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture, combing Celtic, Viking and Romanesque design.

In the Jostedalsbreen National Park you can discover everything from fjords to green valleys, farms, barren mountains and glaciers, with peaks rising to 2000 metres. In the heart of these beautiful landscapes stands the Jostedal glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.

 

Shore excursions in Skjolden

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Glaciers and Views

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

See how the landscape and terrain of Jostedal Glacier National Park have been shaped over the years by the ice and rivers.

Leaving Skjolden behind, you’ll experience a varied landscape, first along the fjord surrounded by lush green views, then through the Jostedal Valley with its traditional agricultural scenery. Then it’s on to Jostedal Glacier National Park, the largest ice field in mainland Norway and a remnant from the last ice age, some 18,000 years ago.

Situated at the foot of the Nigardsbreen Glacier is the Breheim Glacier Centre, an information centre for the National Park. The centre offers exhibitions, a souvenir shop, café and a wonderful view of the glacier. Enjoy some free time to visit independently.

After your visit to the Breheim Glacier Centre, your scenic drive continues on a private toll road, which brings you into Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve, where a stop will be made to see the mighty Nigardsbreen Glacier in the distance (approximately 2 miles away). The glacier is one of the ‘arms’ stretching from the Jostedal Glacier into the valley.

During your return journey, a photo stop will be made at Nes to allow you to capture stunning views of the Lustrafjord.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves several short tunnels.

Glacier Helicopter Ride

Activity low

Duration: 0½ hour

Enjoy sweeping views of the breathtaking Jostedal Glacier, during a spectacular helicopter ride.

After a short transfer from the pier, embark your helicopter for an exhilarating ride over the Jostedal Glacier area.

During your approximate 15 minute flightseeing tour, you’ll experience stunning views over valleys, lakes and mountains, including Nigardglacier and Bergseth glaciers. These glaciers are part of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in continental Europe.

A once in a life time experience to see the mighty Jostedal Glacier from above!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minivan and helicopter. Places on this tour are limited, therefore to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended. Flights and routes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or changed at short notice. Children must be aged 3 years or over and must be sat upright in their own seat. There is a strict weight restriction of a maximum of 18 stone per person. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. The transfer to and from the helipad takes approximately 5 minutes. The helicopters used vary in size and configuration; parties may be split into different helicopters depending on group size and weight. There may be restricted views for taking photos from the central and rear seats, seat allocation cannot be reserved.

Norwegian Mountain World

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Explore Norway’s incredible and diverse mountain world with its striking scenery, traditional stave church and interesting mountain museum.

Jotunheimen National Park is Norway’s most majestic mountain area and includes 27 of the highest peaks in Norway. The park is characterised by magnificent mountains, lush valleys and deep lakes. As you travel through the National Park on the famous Sognefjell Mountain Pass you’ll be treated to some truly breathtaking scenery.

At Turtagrø, the cradle of alpine sport in Norway, enjoy splendid views of the Hurrungane Mountains, before passing the highest point on the road at 4,703 feet above sea level.

Arriving at the traditional village of Lom, visit Lom Stave Church which is one of the largest stave churches in Norway. Built in the late 12th century, excavations show that it must have been built on top of another church. The church has been rebuilt a number of times and features have been added, but its present look came in the 1600’s.

Enjoy lunch at a local hotel before visiting the Norwegian Mountain Museum. The museum shows the Norwegian mountain landscape and how the relationship between nature and man has developed from the earliest primitive hunting-and-trapping society to modern mass tourism.

Returning to Skjolden, marvel at the scenery with several photo stops, including Elveseter with its Saga Column and also a stop near Åsafossen Waterfall.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Lom Stave Church is a parish church and may be closed at short notice. Photography is not permitted inside the church.

RIB Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 1¾ hours

Experience an exhilarating RIB ride through the Lustrafjord.

Combine the scenic beauty of Norway's fjord country with the excitement of a thrilling RIB ride, as you explore the waters of the Lustrafjord.

A short walk will take you to the boat pier, where after a safety briefing, you’ll be kitted out in a survival suit, before taking to the water.

As your Captain speeds through the water, you’ll experience stunning scenery and views of the fjord farms, where the people of the Lustrafjord lived and worked a hundred years ago. A highlight of your ride will be a close up view of Feigumfossen Waterfall, cascading from a height of over 200 metres.

During the ride, your Captain will make short stops to provide you with information about the natural landscape and local history.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by rigid inflatable boat. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. The RIB ride lasts approximately 1 hour. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Passengers should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn.

Scenic Lustrafjord

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Combine stunning fjord scenery of waterfalls, mountains and quaint villages with a ferry ride and a visit to Norway’s oldest stave church.

Embark on a picturesque drive south along Lustrafjord, the innermost branch of Sognefjord (Norway’s largest fjord). The landscape is breathtaking as the road shadows the pretty fjord winding its way through rugged mountains and past idyllic little villages. En route a stop will be made at Feigum to take photos of the impressive 715 foot cascading Feigum Waterfall.

On arrival in Urnes, you’ll visit the oldest stave church in Norway. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Urnes Stave Church, built around 1130, has a traditional wooden exterior but the interior is a surprisingly eclectic mix of décor. The elaborate designs are executed with supreme artistic skill and are among the most distinctive works of art to be found in Norway.

After visiting the church, there will be time to browse through the nearby little shop selling locally produced farm products, before boarding the ferry for a 20 minute picturesque fjord crossing to the sleepy Victorian village of Solvorn.

From Solvorn, you’ll head north through picturesque scenery back to Skjolden. Along the way there will be photo stops at the pretty villages of Gaupne and Luster.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, ferry and on foot. There is an optional short uphill walk to see the Feigum Waterfall and an uphill walk of approximately 100 yards to reach the church over grassy ground. There are steep steps to the entrance. This tour involves several short tunnels. This tour is dependent on ferry times, therefore the photo stops may vary to those advertised.

 

A selection of cruises to Skjolden

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