It's hard to pick a highlight from my recent cruise to Norway aboard the Azamara Quest. But if I had to pinpoint something, it would be the day we spent in Svolvaer and Troll Fjord. I had been looking forward to checking out the Lofoten Islands for a long time. The natural beauty of the area was undeniable, and cruising Troll Fjords onboard a luxury cruise ship was simply phenomenal!
We arrived early into Svolvaer and I embarked on my shore excursion for the day, a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) Tour. These are high performance, fast, stable boats and to be honest they’re pretty freaking awesome! The 90-minute boat tour, where you’re fully geared up in Antarctica style gear, starts at the gorgeous harbor in Svolvaer and then heads out into the Lofoten Islands. The weather was cold and rainy, but it didn't matter. The scenery was stunning, with lots of gorgeous waterfalls and a moody, cloudy sky.
After pulling out of Svolvaer, the weather was clearing up a bit and the clouds were lifting, as we cruised Troll Fjord. I was pretty excited to experience the Troll Fjord! It didn’t disappoint.
On a cruise ship, entering Troll Fjord gives you about 10 feet on either side from the edge of the fjord. It’s pretty wild being that close on a ship as big as the Azamara Quest. You can see from both views; the top deck, to right outside my stateroom balcony, the Troll Fjord was imposing.
The captain did a really cool 360-degree spin to go back out and then everyone was able to experience both sides of the Troll Fjord. The whole experience was about an hour or so and well worth it.
While it would be cool in any boat, I think seeing it from the cruise ship at such close proximity was the best way to experience it. It’s a cool Norwegian experience not to be missed.
After the Troll Fjord, we saw one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. Norway is known as "The Land of the Midnight Sun" and yes, these pictures were taken around midnight. Norway is amazing and this cruise was truly incredible!
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