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My wife and I have cruised the area twice ( Not Iceland though). Weather: Can be very warm, chilly in evenings. Best top have layers of clothes. Going ashore independently is easy, the people are helpful and friendly. Excursions are a must if vsiting Bodo or Tromso, they are workintg ports and there is nothing to recommend them. Bergen is a delight, do your own thing and enjoy this lovely colourful city. Some of the villages in the ffords offer little except the beauty of the scenery. Olden is an example, it is situated at the end of a fford and has little except its houses, a shop and cafe. But take a walk along the river into the valley and enjoy the snow capped mountains on both sides - Spectacular! If heaven is in Scandinavia, it must be in Olden. Warning - everything is expensive. Enjoy this wonderful country!
It is lilely to be cold in Iceland, but probably t-shirt weather in Norway. Excursions will depend on what your ports are. Bergen, Alesund and Stavanger are very easy to explore DIY. The ships berths close to the town centre in each and they are beautiful towns. If you go to Olden I would recommend the trip to the Briksdal Glacie, although it is a long walk.
We just returned from norway (20th - 27th may) and had absolutely stunning weather. We had taken fleeces and jumpers and laid by the pool in the sunshine every afternoon! I think we were very lucky but I would imagine tea shirts would be fine and maybe a cardigan just in case. We did not do any trips but just did our own thing. Remember though that it is very expensive - two coffees about £8 and two pints of lager£16 so you don't spend much time shopping! Have a great trip! It is stunning scenery.
We were there last year in August & temperatures were above 16C, really nice.
You can do Flaam railway on your own, the station is about 200 metres from where the ship docks, the only thing is you need to be amonst the first to get off the ship & go straight to the ticket office or you will not be able to get a ticket, they sell out quite quickly.
We went ashore in all the ports independantly with no problems & had a great time....Just a very expensive country, lovely people.
From Bruce Denby Dale. The cruise is very peaceful through spectacular scenery.
Going ashore on your own is no problem at all. The ship ties up alongside the main roads. Bergan is good for shopping but exoensive and you can use the toiulets in the big stores.
I came back yesterday and ....... on 3 of the 5 days it was above 22 degrees phew!!! Bergen you can do easily on your own but right up in the ffords it is very difficult and the organsied tours are the best options to see the wonderful terrain as transport is a problem. If you go to Flam the railway is a must do, As fcr Iceland that is easier, but again I would recommend an excursion.
This is the ideal time of year to visit both. We were in Norway,at the North Cape in June last year,it was not that cold but like so many northern areas,it can change in a matter on minutes. Therefore several layers of clothing that can be removed easily plus a lightweight windproof anorak style jacket is a good idea. The weather conditions in Iceland were similar.As far as independent ventures ashore goes, my advice is simple. Don't do it! You will miss so much.study the excursions list and select the ones most suitable for you. rely on the experience of the tour guides. It is a magical journey, enjoy!!!
Mike from Ramsgate.
We were there last May with celebrity and agree with most of the comments about temperature etc.but excursione can be a problem if you do your own thing and want to be sure of getting it done - at Flam we took the ships excursion on the Railway to Vos and had a lovely meal in the Hotel which was some of the best food ever tasted so fresh the fish - magic the Problem we found was at Stavanger where we trIEd doing our own thing to find the ship had taken all the seats on the cruise to Pulpit rock and try as we may we couldnt get there so we took a Helicopter ride for about £70 which although stunning is a fairly short trip but the sights stay with you for ever - we had perfect weather the whole time clear skies and sun so T shirts and a jumper FOR late pm - this is the only cruise where we have paid the extra for the balcony and being a keen Photographer I was awake sitting on the balcony sometimes 3 am in the morning the land of midnight sun is stunning and I would recomend it to anyone - great - enjoy -Laurence Chingford London.
We went on the Queen Mary 2 to Norway the second week in May and the weather was superb. The biggest fear was that it would be foggy but there was none of that. The mountain tops were still snowy which made the trip even nicer. The liners are able to get fairly well in at the ports, estpecially Flamm and Bergen. You don't have to rely on organised trips especially in Flamm where the liner berthed right next to the railway - Margaret - Tonbridge Kent .
My Husband and I are going on Arcadia to Norway in August. Have friends who know Norway well their advice is take an brolly as it rains most of the time in Norway. They also looked at the tours for us, although to be fair only Bergen as that is the place they know best.We really only want to do the finicular railway but @ £30 friends advised us to do on our own as well over priced. Bearing in mind that Norway is very expensive £6.00 for a coffee £8.oo half litre of beer. We have decided not to do any of the tours as far too expensive. We will just do our thing. But to be fair the cost of living in Norway is expensive. Hope this helps.