No 3 2011
CRUISE NORWAY NEWS NUMBER 3 2011
NORWAY – THE ULTIMATE NATURAL CRUISE EXPERIENCE
When you are planning your trip to Norway remember to check out our Cruise Calendar at http://www.cruise-norway.no/
OLDEN - Briksdalsbreen voted one of the best attractions in the world
One of the largest and most recognized cruise magazines "Dream World Cruise Destinations" has voted Briksdalsbreen to be one of the best attractions in 2010.
On the list of the eight best attractions in the world we find Briksdalsbreen Glacier together with the world-famous tourist attraction Machu Picchu in Peru and Alcatraz in San Francisco. The announcement says that the eight locations which have received the award have the best combination of product and friendly, professional staff and an effective organization. Briksdalsbreen Glacier is the only Norwegian attraction that made the list.
One of the most popular attractions in Norway, Briksdalsbreen is one of the most visited nature attractions in Norway, with about 300,000 visitors each year. With its mystical and fantastic nature, as well as the activities offered and infrastructure around the attraction, this is a tourism product of world-class.
SKJOLDEN - SOGNEFJORD - Most Improved Destination
”The Cruise Destination Skjolden – Sognefjord was awarded the prize of “Most Improved Destination” by the renowned cruise magazine Dream World Magazine. The prize was presented to Port Director and Tourism Manager Iren Vatne during the Seatrade Miami conference in March by the editor himself, Christopher Ashcroft.”
HADELAND GLASSVERK - Exhibition of Bunads and Folk Costumes
In collaboration with Maihaugen in Lillehammer and Designer Lise Skjåk Bræk, we are proud to invite you to an exhibition of bunads and folk costumes. The bunads and accessories on display were made in the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s. All the bunads are from Gudbrandsdalen and are still on sale today. We will also be displaying modern festive costumes that are based on traditional Norwegian folk costumes.
- Exhibition open: May 7 - August 21
- We are open seven days a week.
OSLO - Port of Oslo cares for environmental issues
The Port of Oslo takes care of the environment. The Color Line ferries are now provided with land based electricity, the polluted sediments in the port basin are cleaned up and the latest news is that most of the buses taking the cruise passengers from the piers to the interesting sights in the city of Oslo come with new environmental fuel. HMK Coach now uses synthetic fuel in all its buses and limousines and has reduced harmful emissions by between 50% and 90 %. The Port of Oslo is proud to announce this important step towards a more environment-friendly port.
HARDANGER - "SAGA SAPPHIRE” to spend 3 days in Hardangerfjord
Saga Cruises has an exclusive cruise to Hardangerfjord in 2012, spending three nights and calling at Eidfjord, Lofthus and Odda with Saga Sapphire. The cruise is called “Melodies of Norway” and is directly linked to the Hardanger Music Festival. Also included is an exclusive Saga Concert in the Hardanger Hall in Lofthus, accommodating more than 500 passengers.
This is the first time a major cruise line has spent 3 nights in Hardanger. This ties in with a growing trend to explore the ports of Hardanger on prolonged stays in the region. For instance, Hurtigruten’s Fram called at Rosendal, Ulvik and Eidfjord earlier this spring, spending 2 whole days in the Queen of Fjords.
Hardanger Active offers geocaching for children and adults and photography hikes in Eidfjord
The cruise season started on April 19th in Eidfjord, and with the first AIDAblu arrival on April 28th. Not only were the porpoises (whales) frolicking around in the fjord, but the moose Elga also paid a visit to Eidfjord Cruiseport on this lovely, sunny day!
Elga came with interesting news for the passengers: Information about geocaching and photography hikes in Eidfjord.
With geocaching you get started with a GPS device. Using various coordination points, you will be looking for a hidden treasure or object. Geocoaching is exciting, adventurous and a nice way to be active in nature.
“Cache the bird” is a geocaching tour for children where you look for birds living in Eidfjord. Every bird has it’s own birdhouse and one bird has hidden a treasure!
“Discover Eidfjord” is a geocaching hike for young people and adults where you solve riddles on your way to getting the coordinates for your next waypoint.Anice combination of hiking near the historical attractions and beautiful views in Eidfjord!
On a “Photography hike” you can take your ultimate picture together with a professional photographer! During the hike the photographer gives you tips, examples and explanations in order to make your ultimate picture. By practicing on the spot, you can directly experience the results.
Unique and exciting
Presenting this performance, tourists in Bergen will get a strong and unique experience, giving a performance with different tastes of the country they are visiting – both culturally and historically. A travel through our fascinating history, combined with an audio visual presentation of Norway’s most unique attractions.
Daily performances 15 June – 15 July, starting in 2012.