Cruise Norway News

News February 2017

Norway - The Ultimate Nature-based Cruise Destination

Cruise Norway is the Norwegian marketing company established by Norwegian port authorities, transport companies and other suppliers. We concentrate our activities on the international cruise market, presenting information about Cruise Norway member ports, destinations, attractions and other services provided by cooperating companies.



I trust each and every one had a wonderful holiday season! Coming back to the office I was thrilled to finalize the cruise statistics for Norway 2016 and the prognosis for 2017!
For 2016 we ended up with a grand total of 1809 calls to Norway and 2.702.83 day passengers and for 2017 we are looking at welcoming 1887 cruise ship calls and 3.067.323 day passengers.

Sandra Diana Bratland
Managing Director
Cruise Norway
Photo: wungenz/Foap/


For 2016 we ended up with a grand total of 1809 calls to Norway and 2.702.83 day passengers and for 2017 we are looking at welcoming 1887 cruise ship calls and 3.067.323 day passengers.

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Photo:Old Bergen Museum /Tove Breistein


Bymuseet (the collective name for  the museums in Bergen) is responsible for a number of Bergen’s acclaimed tourist sights and important cultural monuments. We manage and present a large part of the city's cultural heritage - dating from ancient times right up to the modern day. Our many historic buildings range from the grand to the modest, and from the luxurious to the humble.

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Photo: Ålesundregionens Havnevesen


“Otter Island”, a new outdoor attraction at Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium, opens in the spring of 2017. Free WiFi in the port area will also be offered in 2017, and ESI INDEX – WPCI 30% discount continues for ships registered with an ESI-score of 50 points or more.

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Photo:  Bodø Cruise Port


End of 2017 - Bodø has the pleasure of welcoming virtually all cruise ships! The expansion plan to make this possible is already underway and after dredging the fairway, turning basin and along the NEW quay front- the Terminal Quay can welcome large cruise ships with a length of up to 330 m and a draft of up to 10.5 m.

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Photo: Agurtxane Concellon


In Eidfjord you might like to go fishing on the fjord onboard a fishing boat and prepare the “catch of the day” for dinner together with a chef. If you’re feeling adventurous you can go helicopter sightseeing or you can actually skydive from the helicopter and land next to the ship in Eidfjord.

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Photo: VisitOSLO&Sabine-Zoller


VisitOSLO and The Port of Oslo are joining forces to promote Oslo as a cruise destination. The city’s new project manager for cruise, Francesca Bettinsoli, will start working for VisitOSLO on 1 January 2017. All parties involved look forward to embarking on a shared project with the aim of increasing cruise passenger visits to Oslo.

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Photo: Bergen Tourist Board /Eivind Senneset


As always, Port of Bergen still has the status as the most popular destination in Norway.
In 2016 Port of Bergen had 296 cruise ship calls, bringing 490,546 passengers to our city.
This number of passengers is the highest ever.

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Photo: Bjorn Eide


Nearly 3 km long and 100 m wide at its narrowest, surrounded by steep mountains is Trollfjorden - northern Norway's most famous fjord. The scenic Raftsundet is surrounded by up to 1100 m- high mountains, lowland valleys and scattered settlements.

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Photo: Willie Jarl Nilsen


Arriving in Harstad by sea, you will be met by a sail – a fountain sail! This fountain reaches 50 m above sea level and symbolises the sail of our very own Viking, Asbjørn Selsbane, born in 1002. Looking at the fountain at a certain angle, you will actually see that the shape of the water is exactly like a real sail. During the polar nights and dark evenings (until 11 pm) the fountain is lit up in different colours, creating a piece of art on the water for all to see.

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The black Polar night during the winter months is defined as the creative product development time for us in the Arctic. For your next call to Longyearbyen we have prepared some brand new experiences. Come and try a fatbike tour along the shores of the Isfjord, visit the new dog farm in Russian Barentsburg and taste the exclusive Svalbarði Polar Iceberg Water.

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