The Geiranger fjord
The steep Eagle Route (Ørnevegen)
A cosy little town

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Suspended between sea and sky

Landing with your MSC cruise of Northern Europe to Hellesylt, the cosy little town on the shores of the Geiranger fjord, will make it appear like a natural extension of the mountains behind.
There are plenty of opportunities to admire the fjord and the town from above during your vacation in Norway. Along the steep Eagle Route (Ørnevegen) you find two perfect observation posts – Dalsnibba, 1500 metres above, and Flydalsjuvet with terraces that open onto the ice valley – surrounded by impressive peaks. If you continue along the Ørnesvingen, as well as Geiranger and the fjord, you will come to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls (De syv søstrene) that offers a magnificent spectacle.

If you want to know more about what it means to live on the shores of a Norwegian fjord, visit the Geiranger centre, about a kilometre from the town centre. If you enjoy hikes on foot but you don’t want to exhaust yourself, take the fjord’s southern coast route to Homlong, where you will find a small bar selling excellent, freshly made snacks.

But to get a real taste of local cuisine during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe you should not miss a visit to one of the mountain farms where delicious local specialties are prepared. The Herald Summer Farm, for example, has been operating since the 18th century and still produces delicious foods and offers a pleasant experience also for the younger visitors.

You can also visit one of the strangest glaciers in Europe, the Briksdal glacier (Briksdalsbreen)Northern Europe introduction, which often baffles experts because of its unconventional “behaviour” in expansion and erosion, often contrary to that of other glaciers at these latitudes.

Part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier national park, the Briksdalsbreen ends with a delightful glacier lake, the Briksdalsbrevatnet, that appears and disappears according to the movement of the glacier front.

Must see places in Hellesylt-Geiranger

  • Briksdal Glacier

    Briksdal Glacier

  • Geiranger fjord

    Geiranger fjord

  • Olden Lake

    Olden Lake

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    Start the tour with a short walk from the tender pier in Geiranger to board a RIB boat (a safe, rigid inflatable boat) to begin our journey around the magnificent Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be able to enjoy the true splendour of the unique fjord landscape from the water as we admire the many waterfalls and stunning picture-postcard Nordic landscape. The boat will take you to the end of the Geirangerfjord and all the way to Oaldsbygda; we will sail close to the waterfalls and enjoy great views of the fjord farm where the people of the Geirangerfjord lived and worked a hundred years ago. Have your cameras at the ready as the RIB-boat will make short stops during the tour at different scenic spots so you can take pictures without leaving the boat. This excursion makes for a really special way to discover the delights of this marvellous fjord from a new and unique perspective. Please note: insulated rain and windproof suits will be provided to all passengers. The captain of the boat will offer a guided commentary during the tour in English. This tour is not suitable for children aged less than 12 years or for guests with health problems. Excursion available only during your cruise.
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      1 h




    This enjoyable excursion provides bags of fun for everyone – even if you are new to kayaking. A few minutes’ coach drive will take you to the kayak base for a short briefing and for life jackets to be issued to all participants. Once fully kitted out, you will board your kayak and begin to paddle. This is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the beauty and magnificence of Geiranger Fjord, with steep mountains and peaks rising all around you, including the breathtaking Preacher’s Pulpit, as you slice through the water and pass majestically cascading waterfalls along the way. Your guide will provide information and tell stories of Geiranger and its inhabitants during your trip. Please note: guests must be in good physical condition and good swimmers to take part in this tour, which is open to people of 6 years or older; each kayak takes 2 people. Information available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      2:30 h

  • “HERDAL MOUNTAIN FARM” approx. 3.5 hours



    Take some time off the ship to discover Norway’s stunning landscape on this enjoyable tour, which begins with an exciting coach ride up the 11 hair-raising hairpin bends of Eagle Road. A stop will be made at the Eagle Bend, which affords a spectacular view of the splendid Seven Sisters waterfall and the fjord below. An enjoyable and very scenic 1-hour coach ride will then take you to one of the many summer mountain farms in the area, where you will stop for a visit and have an opportunity to sample some typical Norwegian produce. The tour ends with your return to Geiranger. Please note: should snow make it necessary to close the road to the mountain farm, a farm in the valley may be visited instead; if so the duration of the tour will be 3 hours. Please have the tour itinerary reconfirmed during your cruise. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      3:30 h

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.


Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.


The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.