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Hellesylt

Hellesylt is a beautiful tiny ferry port on the magnificent Geiranger fjord and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Norway.

A beautiful tiny ferry port on the magnificent Geiranger fjord

Hellesylt is a beautiful tiny ferry port on the magnificent Geiranger fjord and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Norway

At this particular point along your MSC Northern European cruise vacation, cruise passengers will have the chance to view some of Norway’s most spectacular mountain scenery, so have your cameras at the ready!

The Hellesylt waterfall and the cliffs that plunge into Horindalsvannet, Europe’s deepest lake (nearly 2,000 feet) are just some of the stunning sights that lie in store.

Leave your luxury cruise liner and come ashore, taking advantage of our superb excursion packages and best deals on the stunning local attractions. Geiranger is one of Norway’s most popular vacation destinations, with good reason.

Here the great outdoors reigns supreme so nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will be in their element. Drive up the winding roads to panoramic locations that offer a view of mountains, glaciers and crystal lakes.

Sample authentic produce such as cheeses and cured hams in the idyllic mountain farms that nestle between beautiful Nordic forests and fjords. The Herdal Summer Farm has been in continuous operation for 300 years and will prove a memorable outing for adults as well as children.

Enjoy a unique experience at the Geirangerfjord by boarding a special boat that will take you close up to the dramatic waterfalls. Rest assured that you can restore yourself at each outing with delicious Norwegian fare in local restaurants or traditional farmsteads. Join us on this day away from the ship and return with memories to last a lifetime.

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 GER01 - DALSNIBBA MOUNT (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Thanks to their outstanding beauty, both the village of Geiranger and the valley are among the most popular holiday resorts in Norway. The route to Mount Dalsnibba will take you up the Oplenske Valley, travelling along the beautiful mountain roads and through bucolic farmland to reach Djupvatn. You will then begin your ascent to the top of Mount Dalsnibba, which at 1,500 metres above sea level affords spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Have your camera ready to capture the amazing mountainscapes, glaciers and lakes on film and create memories for posterity. There will be time for a short stop at Djupvatn mountain lodge where you have the possibility to browse the gift shop or buy some refreshments.Please note: should snow make it necessary to close the road to Mount Dalsnibba for safety reasons, an alternative programme will be provided to suit the prevailing weather conditions on the day of the tour. This tour is not available on May calls.
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Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GER03 - “HERDAL MOUNTAIN FARM” (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  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 natural rocky outcrop known as “The Pulpit”, 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. Please have the tour itinerary reconfirmed during your cruise.

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Price per person $97.00 Adults $68.00 Children

   


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 GER04 - GEIRANGERFJORD BY RIB BOAT (approx. 1 hour) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  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, available only during your cruise, is not suitable for children aged less than 12 years or for guests with health problems.

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Price per person $132.00 Adults $132.00 Children

   


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 GER08 - KAYAK ON GEIRANGER FJORD  (approx. 2 hours 45 minutes) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  This enjoyable excursion provides bags of fun for everyone – even if you are new to kayaking. A few minutes’ walk 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 10 years or older; each kayak takes 2 people. Guides available only in English.
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Price per person $110.00 Adults $110.00 Children

   


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 HEL01 - TRANSFER FROM HELLESYLT TO GEIRANGER (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Spend a day off the ship to explore and enjoy Norway’s spectacular natural scenery on this coach-based tour. On leaving the port in Hellesylt, the first leg of the tour will take you to Hornindal Lake, the deepest lake in Europe at 514 metres and a place of outstanding natural beauty. Next up is the little village of Stryn, which sits pretty on the banks of Nordfjord, after which the route will take you over the Stryn mountains, passing waterfalls and lakes as you climb to an elevation of 1,500 metres above mean sea level to reach Mount Dalsnibba. This is a great spot for taking photos as it affords magnificent views over the amazing Geirangerfjord, which stretches along a length of some 15 kilometres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short stop to savour the moment, you will then begin your descent back to Geiranger with more breathtaking vistas of the valley to enjoy at the famous Flydal viewpoint. This all-day tour includes lunch in a local restaurant and will come to a close with your return to Geiranger and your ship. Please note: Should snow make it necessary to close the road to Mount Dalsnibba for safety reasons, an alternative programme will be provided to suit the prevailing weather conditions on the day of the tour. This tour is not available on May calls.
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Price per person $174.00 Adults $122.00 Children

   


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 HEL02 - TRANSFER FROM HELLESYLT TO BRIKSDAL GLACIER (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  A day of scenic splendour awaits you on this enjoyable tour, which begins with a drive from Hellesylt through Norway’s verdant valley farmlands, with steep mountains rising to one side and the glittering fjords to the other. Continuing along the shores of the beautiful Lake Olden, you will then reach Briksdal Mountain Lodge, your “base camp” for the subsequent hike. A 1.5-hour walk will then give you plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with Mother Nature as you head for the spectacular Briksdal Glacier, an arm of the Jostedal Glacier – the largest in the whole of continental Europe. The hearty appetite you will have worked up walking through the fresh mountain air will then be rewarded by an equally hearty and typically Norwegian lunch. Your excursion then continues by coach again, taking you along the Stryn mountain road, the old connection between western and eastern Norway. The route will also take you through a number of tunnels before descending to Geiranger with more lovely views of mountain farms, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy as you go. Please note: this excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or to elderly people. This tour is not available on May calls.

Price per person $168.00 Adults $118.00 Children

   


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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.