Skjolden, Norway cruise holidays
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.