This week, I am traveling with shore excursion managers and planners on a familiarization trip sponsored by Cruise Norway and partners.
Fly Like An Eagle
Yesterday, we traveled by helicopter from Bergen to Eidfjord, an exhilarating 30-minute trip. I can certainly recommend that anyone cruising Norway pony up for at least one helicopter excursion.
Seeing the topography from up above provides a completely different perspective of this mountainous and fjord-rich country. “It’s an amazing way to see the landscape,” says Aslaug Selland, director of shore excursions for European Cruise Service, based in Bergen. “For most people, it is an experience that they will never forget.”
You need spend no more than 20 minutes aloft from Eidfjord to see Vøringsfossen, Norway’s best-known waterfall, and the Hardangervidda plateau, two of Eidfjord’s top attractions.
Eidfjord’s Top Shore Excursions
If you’re not for going “up in the air,” there are many “down to earth” shore excursions in and around Eidfjord. A sampling includes:
- The Vøringsfossen waterfall (as mentioned)
- Hardangervidda Plateau – an experience that provides an immersion into the dramatic scenery and beautiful nature of Europe’s largest mountain plateau.
- Fjord cruises. For those who want to get even closer to the Hardangerfjord, cruises with local boats or ferries are offered.
- Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Simadel. Experience traditional Norwegian farm life from the perspective of the owner of the farm. Good views along the 15-kilometer drive from the port.
This is only a sampling of available shore excursions. For additional shore excursions and a complete guide to Eidfjord, see Avid Cruiser’s special section, Exploring Eidfjord.