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Cruises to Skjolden

Skjolden (Photo:Tomasz Wozniak/Shutterstock)
Skjolden (Photo:Tomasz Wozniak/Shutterstock)

About Skjolden

The village of Skjolden lies at the head of the Sognefjord -- the largest fjord in Norway, and second longest in the world. Skjolden is a smattering of red, brown and white houses, home to some 300 inhabitants, one hotel, one primary school and three campsites. Visitors hoping to purchase souvenirs will likely be disappointed -- there are no shops (bar the small boutique inside the tourist office, which is attached to the village's fitness center). But this is real Norway - the entertainment is not in what the town has to offer, but in the landscape that surrounds it. Vast snow-capped mountains border Skjolden from every angle except for its shoreline, where the emerald waters of the Sognefjord lap.

A new cruise terminal was built in 2010, and even large ships are able to dock here due to the depth of the fjord, enabling passengers to walk into the village within 10 minutes.

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DAY 1: Amsterdam

8 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Celebrity Cruises
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21 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Southampton
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DAY 1: Copenhagen

17 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Copenhagen
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Eidfjord, Skjolden ...
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Holland America Line
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14 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Southampton
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Bergen, Skjolden ...
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Princess Cruises
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16 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Southampton
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Princess Cruises
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34 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cruises
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14 Night
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Copenhagen
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Eidfjord, Skjolden ...
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Holland America Line
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24 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Stockholm
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Holland America Line
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21 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Amsterdam
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Skjolden, Stavanger ...
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Holland America Line
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14 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Amsterdam
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Haugesund, Molde ...
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Holland America Line
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8 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Edinburgh
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Windstar Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Amsterdam
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14 Night
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Southampton
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12 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Stockholm
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Windstar Cruises
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16 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Dublin
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Windstar Cruises
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15 Night
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Edinburgh
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Windstar Cruises
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17 Night
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Copenhagen
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24 Night
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Copenhagen
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Eidfjord, Skjolden ...
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21 Night
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Amsterdam
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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9 Night
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Southampton
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Cunard Line
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11 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Hamburg
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AIDA
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28 Night
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Lisbon
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14 Night
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7 Night
Cruise to Skjolden

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Why go to Skjolden?

Pros:

This teeny, tiny, off the beaten path village will give you a true taste of Norwegian culture

Cons:

Aside from its gorgeous landscape that includes Jostedal Glacier, there's not much to do here

Bottom Line:

Skjolden is a stunningly beautiful and authentic destination with very few tourist facilities

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone. There is no ATM or bank in the village so make sure you stock up before arriving in the port.

Language?

Local guides tend to be relatively fluent in English. Signage for tourist features of interest is also in English.


Skjolden Cruise Reviews

Nieuw Statendam
Gail MG
Sail Date: Jun 2019
The visit to Urnes Stave Church, near Skjolden, and the stunning fjord scenery for 124 (!) miles were the high points of the trip for me.... Read More
Nieuw Statendam
BSinPNS
Sail Date: Jun 2019
HAL Tour - , Best of Skjolden, which didn’t show us much of the hamlet, but lots of the mountains and surrounding area. We passed the ice-blue Lake Fantesteinsvatnet before climbing about 4,700 feet through the... Read More
Independence of the Seas
SimonGreenwood85
Sail Date: Jul 2018
To get to Skjolden we journeyed down the longest fjord in Norway, and one of the longest in the world, the Sognefjord. The village of Skjolden was at the very end of the fjord which took about eight hours of... Read More
Nieuw Statendam
mtown27
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Must do a RIB ride if possible (we did one independently ... not with HAL). And definitely want to go to the top of the lookout.... Read More
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