Posted June 22nd, 2015
Stunning Scenery To Look Fjord To On Your Next Cruise
Cruising can enable you to see some of the best sights in the world. These are most likely to be viewed as part of a shore excursion that takes place off the ship, but there are also plenty of stunning sights to be spotted from the decks of your vessel.
Scenic cruising is the best way to see our planet’s most breathtaking fjords. Defined as a long, narrow inlet of sea that is situated between high cliffs on either side, fjords occur all over the world but are most synonymous with Norway. By cruising to these parts, you will get the best views of these beautiful natural landscapes.
Let’s take a look at some of the most striking fjords around the world.
Geirangerfjord – Norway
Widely considered as one of the most breathtaking fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated in the south of Norway, just north of Bergen, and shows off the country in all its spectacular glory. As you sail along the 15 kilometre stretch of water, you will see abandoned farms and snowy peaks all around you. Several waterfalls also line the gigantic cliff sides including the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil. As the name suggests, the Seven Sisters is made up of seven separate streams which are directly opposite the Suitor. It is said that the latter is trying to woo the sisters from across the fjord.
Milford Sound – New Zealand
New Zealand is another country that is famous for its fjords and Milford Sound is possibly the most awe-inspiring example. It is found on South Island, within the majestic Fiordland National Park and is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist spots. Out of all the impending peaks that line the water, Mitre Peak is perhaps the most impressive. Here, the cliff face rises straight out of the sea and stretches almost a kilometre into the sky. Areas of rainforest line the coast and when the rain falls it intensifies the waterfalls in thrilling fashion. Milford Sound is also home to idyllic wildlife and so you might be lucky to spot dolphins, seals or the scarce Fiordland crested penguin.
Aysén Fjord – Chile
The Chilean Fjords define much of Patagonia and act as important shipping routes as well as magnificent natural landscapes. The terrain in this part of the world varies tremendously and features areas of desert, grassland, mountains and, in the instance of Aysén Fjord, glaciers. The historic glaciations have formed steep fjords and plenty of lakes, making these routes only accessible by ship or plane. The Aysén River empties into the fjord close to Puerto Chacabuco – the gateway to the Laguna San Rafael National Park.
Kenai Fjords – Alaska, USA
Alaska can also offer its fair share of mesmerising natural scenery. As well as the popular Glacier Bay National Park, where you can witness glaciers carving into the sea with a thunderous roar, you can find the Kenai Fjords further along the southern coast. There are plenty of glaciers here too, splitting the mountains as they pour into the sea below. Wildlife such as seals, whales, dolphins and bears are in abundance in this part of the world and the fjord system lies close to Seward – a popular port of call during Alaska Cruises.
Fred.\ Cruises can take you to many of these fantastic fjords with our wide range of South American, Alaskan, New Zealand and Norwegian Fjord cruises. We have sailings from many of the top cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Regent Seven Seas.