Your adventure begins in Ålesund—Norway’s fishing capital of its northwest coastline. Spread over several islands and two glistening fjords, Ålesund is an architectural curio with a dramatic history.
Take a tour of the city with your knowledgeable guide and learn why its winding streets are an attractive mishmash of German art nouveau and Viking iconography. Afterward, board your luxury yacht for a delicious dinner on the aft deck and your first night on board.
See more sides of Ålesund on a guided tour in the morning and breathe in the wonderful vistas from Mount Aksla. You’ll visit the Sunnmøre Museum, with its historic wooden buildings and an astonishing replica of a Viking longship.
Take the tender to Runde Island in the afternoon. You’ll find the greatest variety of seabirds in Scandinavia living on the cliffs, with the island’s 150 human residents outgunned in nesting season by the half a million birds that stay over. Look out for puffins, gannets, shags, and great skuas, among many more.
Or you could remain on land and travel to Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium. It’s famous for its seal colony and landscape tanks that allow you to study special species and biotopes.
After an overnight cruise, emerge onboard to the towering waterfalls, white-capped peaks, and imposing rock faces of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Get closer to this stunning landscape by hiking the Seven Sisters Waterfall hike alongside a naturalist guide. At a deserted shepherd’s hut on the mountain, stop for a luxurious picnic lunch.
In the afternoon your yacht will bring you to Valldalen. Swiftly prepped for a white-water rafting foray through the mesmerizing wilderness, thrill to the river’s torrent until the current brings you into the fjord and to your yacht, its swim platform, and your favorite cocktail ready to greet you.
As the sunset begins to kindle the flanks of the fjord, languidly explore on SUPs or kayaks before a well-earned repast on the aft deck beneath the constellations.