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You’ll feel like you’ve reached the end of the world on a Skjolden cruise when you pull into the tiny village located at the end of the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, Sognefjord. With a population that hovers around 200 people, this inner port is filled with an abundance of natural beauty.
Skjolden is home to Breheimen National Park, where you’ll find stunning glaciers, green valleys, and the Feigumfossen Waterfall. Drive up the National Tourist Route across the Sognefjell mountain area, one of the most beautiful roads in the entire country, where you’ll encounter spectacular mountain scenery along the way. Discover the beauty of this remote place on a Norway cruise with Celebrity Cruises.
Enjoy the best of Norway’s stunning natural wonders at Breheimen National Park, where you’ll find everything from lush valleys to snow-capped mountains and imposing glaciers. Trek along excellent hiking trails, try glacier walking, or spot some of the area’s endangered species of birds and plants.
As one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway, Nigardsbreen Glacier offers a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with one of these icy blue wonders during your Skjolden cruise. Take a short drive through the valley of Jostedalen, then walk up to the glacier, or go on a scenic boat ride across Lake Nigardsbrevatnet to reach its face. Once there, you can admire its glistening facade or head off on a guided walk on top of the glacier.
Visit Urnes Stave Church, among the oldest stave churches in all of Norway, located on the Sognefjord. This striking example of Medieval wooden architecture dates back to 1130 AD and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the intricate carvings on its exterior, which combine traces of Celtic art and Viking traditions.
If you’re looking for breathtaking landscapes, set off on an unforgettable car ride down the National Tourist Route, a 68-mile route full of gorgeous mountain vistas and natural landscapes. During your road trip, you’ll drive through the Sognefjell Mountain and pass by the Jotunheimen National Park, which is home to Norway’s tallest mountains.
Embark on a guided walk with a flock of furry llamas around the peaceful countryside of Skjolden. Stroll past a serene lake and among verdant pastures alongside these adorable animals, and finish up your hike by enjoying a batch of fresh raspberries grown on the same farm.
Embark on an easy 20-minute hike from the town of Skjolden towards the verdant hills of the Mørkridsdalen Valley to reach the beautiful Drivandefossen Waterfall. Once you reach this 164-foot waterfall, refresh yourself with the gentle spray of water you’ll feel at the foot of the drop.
In the small town of Skjolden, you’ll mostly find traditional Norwegian dishes and ingredients on the menu. Fresh fish is always in season, as are game meats like wild elk and reindeer. If you’re there during the summer, see if you can find a dessert made with cloudberries, a local fruit similar to blackberries and a local delicacy.
At the tip of the Sognefjord, the world’s longest navigable fjord, you’ll find the tiny town of Skjolden, home to less than 300 people. Skjolden’s most famous inhabitant was Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who moved to a remote cabin there in 1913 and wrote one of his most famous works, Notes on Logic, during his time in the Nordic village.
The Skjolden cruise port is located at the tip of the Lusterfjord, near natural attractions like the Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier, and the Jotunheimen National Park. The center of town is within walking distance. Along the way, you’ll stroll by a picturesque marina and restaurant.
The small town of Skjolden is within walking distance of the port. The rest of the attractions in this scenic destination are only a short drive away. Since there are no taxis in the village of Skjolden, most of your trips to national parks and sites of interest will be arranged via shore excursion, private bus shuttle, or car.
There are very few shops in Skjolden due to its remote location and small population. However, you will find a souvenir shop, where you can buy some local gifts to bring back home to remember your Skjolden cruise.
The local currency in Skjolden is the Norwegian krone. The few stores and restaurants in town will most likely accept credit cards, although you’ll need to present a valid ID when paying with one. Tipping is uncommon, but if you experienced great service, you can always round up the bill to show your appreciation.