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Even in the middle of summer, you can never be...
Even in the middle of summer, you can never be sure of a good visit to Dalsnibba. It's high enough that it's not uncommon for the clouds to be too low to be able to see anything. However, there are...
My experiences have been that the cruiselines...
My experiences have been that the cruiselines don't really offer much in the way of highly active excursions. One line did offer a couple of hiking options in Geiranger, including a 5-hour overland...
I find that the scenery in Geiranger is...
I find that the scenery in Geiranger is dramatically different from above, and after seeing it from water-level on the sail-in (and again on the sail-out), I always recommend that people plan an...
Lykke til! Jeg bare bruker 'takk' fordi ingen vil...
Lykke til! Jeg bare bruker 'takk' fordi ingen vil forstå aksenten min og vil heller snakke engelsk! (Jeg er også sjenert om at jeg ofte bruker feil preoposisjoner!)

Kvikk Lunsj is a long-standing...
You can get brunost in any grocery. If you want...
You can get brunost in any grocery. If you want to try it, I'd recommend just popping into a shop and picking some up, rather than trying to plan an excursion around it. Especially in one of the most...
The seat direction is typically accurate. I'm not...
The seat direction is typically accurate. I'm not sure how precise they are with the window placement, but the latest train models tend to be very generous with the window coverage, so even when...
Comparing it to the Azamara (since that was my...
Comparing it to the Azamara (since that was my choice of the two you listed before)...

The Azamara itinerary is focused solely on Norway, so in exchange for the Iceland ports (and additional sea...
We also did a small private tour with a group...
We also did a small private tour with a group from our roll call, using one of the popular SPB tour companies. Luckily the group's interests very much aligned with ours, so planning our itinerary was...
Technically, a "Scandinavia & Russia" cruise...
Technically, a "Scandinavia & Russia" cruise ought only to include Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) and Russia. A Baltic Cruise is named for the Baltic Sea and would thus include any assortment...
The curtains in the outside cabins are usually...
The curtains in the outside cabins are usually black-out curtains, but depending on the ship and furnishings, you may end up with some light leaking in around the edges. It could be a problem if...
It may be easier if we know what you're comparing...
It may be easier if we know what you're comparing to. The Baltic Sea tends to be rougher than a non-stormy sailing in the Caribbean and far choppier than someplace like the Inside Passage on an...
Geiranger is often a tender port, but otherwise...
Geiranger is often a tender port, but otherwise you land directly in town, though it's not a big town at all (only a few hundred people). Hellesylt is usually only a drop-off/pick-up stop for...
An additional note... One of the concerns I had...
An additional note... One of the concerns I had for my first trip was what I really needed. I looked at the suggested gear list and at the gear package offered by the company I first traveled with,...
I definitely recommend looking at base layers...
I definitely recommend looking at base layers someplace where you can try them on. You want something that fits well and is reasonably comfortable, since you'll be wearing them a lot. And from my...
How many other fjord-focused ports do you have on...
How many other fjord-focused ports do you have on the trip? If you think you'll have a decent share of fjord scenery elsewhere, I would choose the trip to Flor og Fjære as something different.
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What specifically does this entail? I have never...
What specifically does this entail? I have never done an organized excursion in Geiranger, but I have hiked up to and around Westerås farm.

The hike up to Westerås begins behind the Hotel Union,...
Another important thing to note if you're coming...
Another important thing to note if you're coming from someplace like the US (where unmarked intersections are not especially common) is the "right-hand rule" --...
Without knowing your interests, that's kind of...
Without knowing your interests, that's kind of impossible to say. Does either one allow you time to explore the Bryggen waterfront? That's really the must-see in Bergen and if the trip out to Lysøen...
Do you have to choose in advance? If there's low...
Do you have to choose in advance? If there's low cloud cover, there will be zero view from the top of Dalsnibba, so be sure there are also lower vantage points in case of weather.
Many itineraries have shorter port calls in...
Many itineraries have shorter port calls in Geiranger, because the sail-in and sail-out are the biggest draw, since you're traveling through the fjord itself. The town itself is quite small, so it's...
There are two Fretex (Salvation Army) stores in...
There are two Fretex (Salvation Army) stores in the city center:

Strandgaten 90
Lars Hilles gate 14.
I don't know any details about these (or if they're still in business), so maybe someone...
For purchases. However, if there are some...
For purchases.

However, if there are some people you know from your ship who are paying cash, youcould always arrange to pay for their purchases by card in exchange for cash.
No ATM in Grytviken, but the post office accepts...
No ATM in Grytviken, but the post office accepts bank cards. There is a £20 minimum though.


We had a prebooked excursion in Stanley and then wandered around town. We only happened upon one shop...
I assume you mean that she'd like to paddle past...
I assume you mean that she'd like to paddle past the waterfalls? Because you will see them twice from the ship (during the sail-in and sail-out).
I've seen people wearing the light blue one...
I've seen people wearing the light blue one around Norway (probably after a Svalbard trip, since that's fairly common in this neck of the woods). However, the new style with the blue jacket and the...