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Superyacht Adventure in Norwegian Fjordlands

One of the most dramatic destinations in the world to explore by yacht is the Norwegian Fjordlands—precipitous, glacier-carved inlets of remarkable natural beauty. In the company of local experts, discover UNESCO-listed waterways and immerse yourself in the country’s natural and cultural bounty.

When to go:
May – September

Ålesund

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.

Runde

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.

Geirangerfjord

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.

Maloy

After a delicious breakfast, the tender will transfer you to shore where you’ll find a guide proffering electric bikes. Cycle the stunning Atlantic Highway together, your vessel cruising on the horizon until you reach Maloy, best known as the home of the European National Sea Fishing Championships.

Here you’ll visit the iconic Kannesteinen Rock and hike up Mount Veten—the highest point on Vågsøy Island—for panoramic views of western Norway.

Sognefjord

A new morning and a new lovely destination: Sognefjord. This ‘King of the fjords’ is Norway’s longest and the world’s second-longest. It’s an endless scenic waterway of black cliffs, vertiginous forests, and plunging falls.

Travel by seaplane or tender to the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Perhaps the most famous branch of the Sognefjord, the 12-mile long Nærøyfjord is famously narrow—only 820ft across at its narrowest, with soaring rock walls laced with waterfalls on either side.

In the afternoon, travel to a pulse-racing zipline adventure. For a more grounded method of taking in the scenery, book a seat for the stunning views from the Flam Railway. 

Bergen

At this middle point of your fjord odyssey, explore the city of Bergen. See the Stave Church—an incredible piece of architecture created without a single nail—before a unique food and street art tour. You’ll see work by Banksy, AFK, and DOLK before seeing a live demonstration at a legal street art wall.

Simultaneously while satisfying your cultural appetite, you’ll be visiting hidden foodie gems where you’ll gorge on ‘Bergen Style’ dishes. Reindeer, seafood, and brown cheese all make delicious appearances with paired wine and beer. In the evening, take the tender to Cornelius—a restaurant on a private island famous for its fjord-to-table menu.

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Folgefonna

A helicopter will transfer you in the morning to your Fogefonna Glacier Hike. With a team of instructors and guides, you’ll trek across icy expanses on an expedition tailored to your wishes. Whether a stroll across otherworldly ice terrain or an adrenaline-fuelled crevasse climbing adventure, it’s entirely up to you. Lunch will be served on the glacier with vistas of the North Sea and the Rosendal alps.  

You’ll be returned after lunch by helicopter to your vessel, from where you’ll journey to Baroniet Manor and Estate.  A guided tour will show you the multiple time periods visible in the architecture of this 17th-century stately home, as well as the astonishing mountainous views visible from the Rosendal Garden.

Hardangerfjord

Enjoy a morning of jet skiing or kayaking over the serene waters of the Hardangerfjord—the country’s second-longest fjord.

After lunch on board, explore the famous Maritime Museum where local experts will tutor you in ropemaking, forging, and boat building. Or take to the heights for a visit to an apple farm with a private tour and a juice and cider tasting. Smuggle some clinking bottles of freshly pressed cider back to the vessel afterward.

HM Queen Sonja of Norway is a keen hiker and one of her favorite trails runs between the high mountains in the Hardangerfjord region, offering astonishing fjord vistas.

It’s a lengthy route that takes in silver birch and pine wood, high mountains, and aromatic orchards, as well as a steep descent into Lofthus. Or see Norway’s incredible Trolltunga Rock, reached after a hike to over 2000ft above Ringedalsvatnet lake in Odda.

You’ll meet a professional paraglider at the top who you’ll soar down with over the awe-inspiring landscape before alighting in a field beside your anchored vessel. As evening falls, you’ll be taken by tender to a small island—privatized for this mid-charter event—where live music and a barbeque awaits.

Stavanger

Your next adventure is a guide-led four-hour hike up to the incredible Pulpit Rock. Following this unforgettable, over 1000ft ascent, you’ll spend the afternoon seeing the sights of old Stavanger.

Drive one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world to reach Utstein Monastery—the last monastery still standing from Norway’s middle ages and the former residence of the first Viking king, Harald Fairhair.

Your final day in fjordland sees you on horseback. You’ll warm up on your Icelandic horse on the road before tackling a rugged trail that’ll have you appreciating the power and stamina of your mount. With the horse’s steady footfall in your ears, you’ll enter otherwise hard-to-access wilderness, gloriously empty beaches, scenic mountain clearings, and more.

Relaxing amid dancing butterflies during a break, you’ll savor your fjordland experience before your return to Stavanger and your departure.