12 Night Arctic Circle Cruise on Jewel of the Seas from Amsterdam, Netherlands Molde, Norway, Panoramic View
The 12 Night Arctic Circle Cruise from Amsterdam, Netherlands visits Geiranger, Norway; Molde, Norway; Honningsvag, Norway; Tromso, Norway; Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway; Flam, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; Kristiansand, Norway; Amsterdam, Netherlands. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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12 Night Arctic Circle Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Jewel of the Seas
Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Geiranger, Norway
Day 4 - Molde, Norway
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Honningsvag, Norway
Day 7 - Tromso, Norway
Day 8 - Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway
Day 9 - Flam, Norway
Day 10 - Stavanger, Norway
Day 11 - Kristiansand, Norway
Day 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Molde, Norway, Panoramic View
Panoramic view of buildings in Molde, Norway
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12 Night Arctic Circle Cruise

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Leaving from
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Onboard
Jewel of the Seas
Day Port
1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Geiranger, Norway
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
Molde, Norway
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Honningsvag, Norway
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Tromso, Norway
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway
9
Flam, Norway
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10
Stavanger, Norway
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11
Kristiansand, Norway
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Jewel of the Seas, Exterior View, Caribbean and European Cruise Destinations
Exterior view of Jewel of the Seas Cruise With Destinations in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, and more
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Jewel of the Seas
After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DECKED OUT FOR ADVENTURE

Discover countless ways to spend your days between ports, like fueling friendly competition in a round of mini golf and taking adventure to new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. If you're after laid back lounging, catch a movie on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

DIG INTO DARING

Whether you're sipping wines from around the world at Vintages, savoring fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, indulging in prime steaks at Chops Grille℠ or sitting down to a five-course epicurean adventure at Chef's Table, you're bound to find flavors as thrilling as the shores you'll explore.

NOT THE SAME OLD SONG & DANCE

Travel from London's West End to New York City in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production. And journey from ancient Atlantis to colorful India in the celestial show City of Dreams. On this ship, every show's a hit.

Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 1
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Dancing Houses
The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Departs at 5:00 PM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload— from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every color. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark— or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Spa Stone Massage
Woman Receiving a Spa Stone Massage

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 3: Geiranger, Norway

Day 3
Geiranger
Norway
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Geiranger, Norway, Aerial View
Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Things to do in
Geiranger
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Jewel in the Crown of Norway's fjords. Geiranger Fjord was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, but the area has been luring tourists since the turn of the 19th century. Take the Waterfall Walk to the heart of the cascades. Climb the Skywalk for Europe's highest fjord view with Norway cruises. Explore Geiranger by bike or on foot, or hop in a raft or kayak for a view from the water. Once you've taken in your fill of mountain air, stroll the quaint village center. Indulge your sweet tooth at the local artisan chocolate shop, or sit back at a cafe with a coffee and a krumkake — a rolled cake with whipped cream in the center — and enjoy the view.
Geiranger, Norway, View From Dalsnibba Mountain
View of a fjord from Dalsnibba Mountain

Airy Adventure

The Geiranger Skywalk, at the top of Mount Dalsnibba, offers unobstructed views of the fjord and the Blabreen glacier, as well as the surrounding mountains. The walk up stone steps cut into the mountainside is an adventure in and of itself.
Insider tip
Sit on the Queen Sonja of Norway throne at Flydalsjuvet near the village of Geiranger and enjoy spectacular views.
Geiranger, Norway, Eagle Road
View of the winding Eagle Road in Norway

Ride the Eagle

Eagle Road, named after the eagles traditional to the area, features 11 hairpin turns. The highest point at Korsmyra is 620 meters above sea level. Take a bus tour to the top and enjoy panoramic views over Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Falls.
Insider tip
Hop on a rib boat for a blood-pumping safari through Geiranger fjord.
Geiranger, Norway, Small Boats Docked At Pier
Multiple small boats docked at a pier in Geiranger, Norway,

Gone Fishing

Take a guided fishing boat, or rent one of your own. The lakes and rivers around Geiranger are brimming with salmon, trout and many other species. A day fishing license is a worthwhile investment and will only cost you about 20 Norwegian kroner.
Insider tip
Learn more about the history and culture of the fjords at the Norwegian Fjord Center, which also sells local delicacies and handicrafts.
Geiranger, Norway, Roasted Tiger Prawns
A plater of roasted tiger prawns

Local Cuisine

Geiranger's restaurants take advantage of both the area's views and its natural bounty, including fish from the river, lakes and ocean and a countryside filled with wild berries and mushrooms. Sample local tiger prawns fried in olive oil. Or try one of the creative craft pizzas that have become trendy here.
Geiranger, Norway, Traditional Bag
Assorted traditional bags in Norway

Shopping

Geiranger has plenty of shops offering traditional Norwegian handicrafts, including wool garments and household and decorative items crafted from local wood. Take home some unique chocolate from Geiranger Sjokolade — a purveyor of handmade chocolate and the first ever chocolate factory to operate from a boathouse.

Day 4: Molde, Norway

Day 4
Molde
Norway
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Molde, Norway, Atlantic Road Aerial View
Aerial view of the Atlantic Road in Norway
Things to do in
Molde
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Known as the Town of Roses, Molde is situated in the midst of some of Norway's most beautiful fjords. Home to world-class cultural offerings, the town comes alive during its annual international literature festival and the world-renowned Moldejazz festival. Enthusiastic for the outdoors? Hit Molde's multitude of hiking and biking trails that offer views of the 222 mountain peaks visible from here. Cruise to Norway to take one of the world's most iconic drives: Molde's Atlantic Road, voted the Norwegian Construction of the Century, lets you actually drive over the ocean through islands, bays, and moorlands.
Molde, Norway, Atlantic Road Close Up
A close up view of the Atlantic Road in Norway

Zigzagging Drama

Voted Norway's greatest engineering feat of the 20th century, the Atlantic Road is a can't-miss marvel. Running from the island of Averoy to the Norwegian mainland, the 8.3-kilometer road is made up of eight bridges as well as causeways and viaducts touching many tiny islets in the Norwegian sea — but it's real attraction is the dramatic views of mountains, windswept sea and coastal landscapes.
Insider tip
More and Romsdal Artist Center is part of a national cooperative featuring handicrafts, modern art and an excellent gift shop.
Molde, Norway, Stigfossen Waterfall Catwalk
The Stigfossen waterfall catwalk in Norway

Troll for Trolls

The national tourist route Trollstigen, or Trolls' Path, takes you through steep mountain slopes and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy views nearby of mountains that carry lofty names like the King, the Queen and the Bishop.
Insider tip
Hop on a ferry to the island of Hjertoya where you can rent a rowboat and visit the island's Fish Museum.
Molde, Norway, Cottage on lake
A cottage on a lake in Norway

Get Folksy

One of the most extensive folk museums in Norway, the Romsdal Museum is the perfect place to dig a bit deeper into the history and culture of the Molde region. Cruise to Norway and explore the old-style homes recreated here on your own, or take a guided tour for more insight.
Insider tip
The one-hour city walk takes you to myriad points of interest, including Molde Cathedral, the beautiful pavilion at Rekneshaugen and the harbor promenade.
Molde, Norway Fresh Seafood
Fresh Seafood in Molde Norway

Local Cuisine

As a port city and an important trading center, Molde has plenty of options when it comes to grabbing a bite. Head to a portside restaurant and try locally caught langoustine or shellfish soup. Or try some local favorites at the seafood market.
Molde, Norway, Souvenir Viking Boats
A pair of souvenir Viking boats

Shopping

A great place to start shopping is Moldetorget, the shopping mall in the center of town. Here, you'll find more than 30 shops featuring everything from local crafts to high-end fashion and home goods. Stroll the narrow streets of the town center to find handicrafts at the local boutiques during your Norway cruise.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Main Dining Room Tuna Steak Dish
Two slices of tuna steak served with sides on a white plate at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.
Room Service Bottle Glass
Room Service Bottle Glass Champagne and Strawberries

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 6: Honningsvag, Norway

Day 6
Honningsvag
Norway
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Boats Docked In Marina, Honningsvag, Norway
Boats Docked In Marina, Honningsvag, Norway
Things to do in
Honningsvag
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Situated above the Arctic Circle, Honningsvag is surrounded by fjords and waterfalls, offering views across the sea to the Svalbard Islands and the North Pole. First settled more than 10 thousand years ago, today you'll find a modern downtown area around the harbor. Shops sell local crafts, including traditional Sami jewelry, as well as sleek Scandinavian home decor. Jump onboard a Norwegian fjords cruise and watch the indigenous Sami people herd reindeer through the area, and explore the history of the area at the Nordkappmuseet. Then, head to one of the restaurants in the harbor area for king crab risotto.
Cliff Monument, Honningsvag, Norway
Cliff Monument, Honningsvag, Norway

Northern Limits

When you come to the North Cape, stand on the edge of the cliff with the iconic globe monument closeby, and look to the Svalbard Islands: they're the only things separating you from the North Pole. Time your visit for a viewing of the Northern Lights — this is one of the best spots in the world to see them. Visit between October and March for the best chance of seeing these vibrant colors dance across the sky.
Insider tip
The Sami Church, just 10 minutes from the port, hosts a photo exhibition showing the destruction of Honningsvag during World War II, when the church was the only structure left standing.
Two Puffins Standing on a Rock, Honningsvag, Norway
Two Puffins Standing on a Rock, Honningsvag, Norway

Bird Safari

Just west of the North Cape, you'll find Gjesvaerstappan, one of the biggest bird cliffs in Norway. Nearly one million puffins live here, along with a plethora of other species, including gannets, kittwakes and northern fulmars.
Insider tip
The Arctico Ice Bar doesn't serve alcohol, but it does serve juice cocktails. Jackets are offered to all who enter.
Theatrical Performance, Honningsvag, Norway
Theatrical Performance, Honningsvag, Norway

Explore the Arts

You might be surprised to find this small northern town is home to excellent theater. The Perleporten Kulturhus puts on plays and musicals that will make you think you're on Broadway or in the West End.
Insider tip
The North Cape museum focuses on local history and culture, as well as the fishing industry. At least five exhibitions are staged each year, and guided tours are always available.
Pesto Arugula Risotto, Honningsvag, Norway
Pesto Arugula Risotto, Honningsvag, Norway

Local Cuisine

In Honningsvag, menus reflect the long-held local fishing traditions, with King Crab as the star of the show. Tuck into one of the restaurants in the harbor area for distinctive seafood-inspired fare — king crab risotto, creamy fish soup and crispy cod tongues are some of the favorites.
Traditional Silver Jewelry, Honningsvag, Norway
Traditional Silver Jewelry, Honningsvag, Norway

Shopping

Honningsvag has long attracted artists and craftspeople. Shops in the harbor area offer local handicrafts — you can find everything from indigenous Sami knitwear to fine silver jewelry traditional to Norway. Want to bring back something to hang on your wall? Check out one of the excellent art galleries.

Day 7: Tromso, Norway

Day 7
Tromso
Norway
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Tromso, Norway, Arctic Cathedral
The Arctic Cathedral towering over the the Tromso, Norway cityscape
Things to do in
Tromso
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tromso, Norway's gateway to the Arctic, is surrounded by deep blue fjords and snow-capped mountain peaks. Explore this lively city, linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge. Visit the fascinating Polar Museum or the arctic aquarium Polaria. Be blown away by panoramic views on a cable car ride up to Storstein Mountain, or hike up one of the trails that run through the Lyngen Alps. Cruise to Tromso, Norway and stop into a cafe and refuel with carrot and cardamom marmalade on toast. If you visit between September and April, you might be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights.
Tromso, Norway, Cod fish in aquarium
Two cod fish in an aquarium in Norway

Arctic Wonders

Learn more about the Artic, northern Norway and Svalbard in the Polaria Museum. Watch the fascinating info video, and then follow the Arctic walkway past exhibits on shrinking sea ice and the aurora borealis. Admire cold-water fish, and come nose-to-nose with bearded seals at the arctic aquarium.
Insider tip
Go to the Tourist Office, housed in a wooden building by the harbor, for the comprehensive Tromsø Guide and free Wi-Fi.
Tromso, Norway, Arctic Cathedral close up
Close up view of the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso, Norway

Inspired by Nature

The city's most recognizable landmark is the huge concrete Arctic Cathedral built in 1965. The distinctive structure contains 11 triangles that suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains, as well as an impressive, modernistic stained-glass window. The west end of the church is filled with a futuristic organ. Don't miss the Northern Lights Concerts here.
Insider tip
The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards.
Tromso, Norway, View from Storstein Mountain
View of Tromso, Norway from Storstein Mountain

Ride With a View

Step in the Fjellheisen cable car for a ride up to Storstein Mountain, 420 meters above sea level. You'll enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the fjord. There's also a restaurant at the top that serves meals based on mouth-watering local produce.
Tromso, Norway, Arctic cod filet
A filet of arctic cod with clarified butter foam on a white plate

Local Cuisine

In Tromso, many restaurants also function as cafes and pubs, simultaneously or at different times of the day. Most of the restaurants are located along the main street, Storgata. Cruise to Tromso and try fresh-caught Barents Sea cod with cauliflower and butter sauce, or keep it simple with steamed Arctic king crab. Seek out the comfort factor of rustic fish gratin or the Tromso happy-hour specialty: seagulls eggs with a locally brewed beer.
Tromso, Norway, Hand crafted necklaces
Various hand crafted necklaces for sale in Norway

Shopping

The main pedestrian street, Storgota, is the best place to go for shopping in Tromso during your Norway cruise. Browse the little shops selling hand-made arts and crafts following old techniques and patterns based on Sami or coastal traditions. Bring home some knitted garments, woven rugs, paintings or prints.

Day 8: Arctic Circle, Norway

Day 8
Arctic Circle
Cruising, Norway
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Glacial Landscape, Arctic Circle
Glacial Landscape, Arctic Circle
Things to do in
Arctic Circle
Looking for adventure in an out-of-the-ordinary destination with immense, raw beauty? Welcome to the Arctic Circle, the most northern of the five major circles of latitude. At the very top of Europe, you'll find broad horizons, dense forests, snow-capped mountains and the sound of thousands of seabirds. Dress warmly and explore the remote region around the North Pole. Marvel at the Northern Lights, filling the sky with green, yellow, red and violet above the horizon. Jump onboard an Arctic cruise and admire the colorful wooden houses, meet interesting peoples, experience the Midnight Sun or the Polar Night, and take a peek at the Arctic wildlife.
View of the Northern Lights, Arctic Circle
View of the Northern Lights, Arctic Circle

Northern Marvel

The Northern Lights appear most frequently in late autumn, winter and early spring. You'll see wisps of green, red, yellow and violet fill the sky — it's an overwhelming experience. Electrically charged solar particles cause the lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, or dawn of the north.
A Walrus Resting on Ice, Arctic Circle
A Walrus Resting on Ice, Arctic Circle

Arctic Wildlife

The Arctic Circle may not have the biggest population around, but it is rich in wildlife. See the polar bears, walruses, seals and Arctic foxes that haunt the ice's edge. Observe the thousands of seabirds that breed and raise their young here, and hear their calls.

Day 9: Flam, Norway

Day 9
Flam
Norway
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Giant Kjosfossen Waterfall, Flam, Norway
Giant Kjosfossen Waterfall, Flam, Norway
Things to do in
Flam
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Arriving in Flam feels like stepping into a fairy tale. Home to only 350 inhabitants, the village is situated at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden, the world's deepest fjord reaching a staggering 1,308 meters. From the harbor, take a brief stroll to the Flam Railway and take the 20-kilometer ride through the Myrdal Mountains and along the fjord. Cruise to Norway and head to Otternes Farm Village, made up of 27 different buildings that date back to the 17th century. Then, let the waterfall at Stalheimsfossen take your breath away, or drive to Stegastein viewpoint to take in the beauty of the fjord.
A Train Traveling through, Flam, Norway
A Train Traveling through, Flam, Norway

Panoramic Ride

Step aboard the Flam Railway, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world — and of its most beauty-laden rides. The trip from sea level to the high mountain covers an elevation of nearly 900 meters in the span of an hour. During the journey, you'll catch countless views of snow-capped peaks over calm blue waters and pass through 20 mountain tunnels.
Insider tip
The tourist office is located within the train station.
Fjord During Sunrise, Flam, Norway
Fjord During Sunrise, Flam, Norway

Serenity Now

Enjoy the tranquility and quietness of a hike on one of the many trails in the Flam Valley. Or rent a bicycle to explore the dramatic mountain landscape around the Rallarvegen trail. You'll pass by steep mountainsides, flowing waterfalls and narrow valleys. Free maps of the routes are available at the tourist office.
Insider tip
ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, taxis and shops.
Historic Wood Homes, Flam, Norway
Historic Wood Homes, Flam, Norway

Go Old-School

Visit the elevated Otternes Farm Village, located just five kilometers to the north, where you'll find a cluster of 27 houses from the 17th century. Get a glimpse of farm life through the ages and admire the serene landscape and its rolling hills.
 Reindeer With Mashed Potatoes, Flam, Norway
Reindeer With Mashed Potatoes, Flam, Norway

Local Cuisine

Some of the best food in Flam is served at its guesthouses and hotels, many of which have their own in-house restaurants that are open to non-guests as well. Savor classic Norwegian dishes with a modern twist, such as smoked reindeer and brown cheese ice cream. Drop by Aegir Brewery, an award-winning brewery inspired by Old Norse traditions.
Troll Souvenir Figurine, Flam, Norway
Troll Souvenir Figurine, Flam, Norway

Shopping

Flam's souvenir shops specialize in local handicrafts, including traditional knitted sweaters with Nordic designs, glass art, quality silverware, jewelry, sculptures, pewter items, wood carvings — and, of course, troll dolls. Visit the Flam Railway Museum shop for more variety of regional handicrafts, and stop into nearby Aurland, which is well-known for its shoes.

Day 10: Stavanger, Norway

Day 10
Stavanger
Norway
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Stavanger, Norway, Small boats in fjord
Small boats on the coast of a fjord near Stavanger, Norway
Things to do in
Stavanger
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Perched on Norway's dramatic western coast, Stavenger is a city full of historic architecture, quaint cafes and ocean views. Check out Gamle Stavanger, the picturesque old town, where you'll find well-preserved wooden buildings dating back to the 18th century painted in unique pastel hues. Cruise to Stavanger to learn more about the Vikings at the Museum of Archaeology, or visit 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral — thanks to a series of rebuilding efforts over the years, it features architectural elements from Romanesque to ornate Baroque. Then, take the short trip to Prekestol, the "Preacher's Pulpit," a rocky natural viewing point overlooking Lyse Fjord.
Stavanger, Norway, Domkirke church
The Domkirke church in Stavanger, Noway

On Top of the World

Prekestol — Norwegian for "Preacher's Pulpit" — is one of the area's biggest draws. The 600-meter climb may seem daunting, but it's actually quite approachable: The trails are well-marked, and the views on the way up slowly unveil the varied topography of the fjord below. By the time you reach the top, you might never want to leave.
Insider tip
Ovre Holmegata is often called Stavanger's Notting Hill, due to the street's colorful buildings. It's filled with quirky shops and bars that are perfect for local people watching.
Stavanger, Norway, Lysefjord
Panoramic view of Lysefjord in Norway

Sights by Safari

The two-hour fjord safari takes you on a fascinating journey around Lysefjord, giving you an up-close-and-personal look at the incredibly varied landscape, including fantastic cliff formations. The tour takes about two hours and is conducted from fast, open RIBS boats.
Insider tip
The Sverd i fjell monument — three swords in rock — just outside town in Madla is emblematic of the area. There isn't much else around, but the monument is easy to get to and quite a sight.
Stavanger, Norway, National Petroleum Museum
The National Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Norway

Oil Up

North Sea oil exploration has had a major impact on Stavanger. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum for deeper insight into how it's has shaped the city. This is your chance to learn more about the technology and production of oil, gas and much more.
Stavanger, Norway, Lutefisk
A plate of lutfisk in Norway

Local Cuisine

Stavanger has come into its own as a culinary destination. Try traditional classics like lutefisk, dried white fish rehydrated by a long cook in cream or beer. Sample locally harvested oysters, crabs, lobsters and other shellfish. Cruise to Stavanger and seek out modernist Nordic restaurants serving creative dishes like herring with sweet pickled carrots or summer trout risotto with ginger.
Stavanger, Norway, Viking boat souvenir
A souvenir viking boat

Shopping

While the shopping scene is somewhat heavy on national and international chains, Old Stavanger is a great place to find handicrafts, including hand-blown glass and other glass pieces. If you want to bring home something truly traditional, pick up a nisse (Santa Claus troll) or a classic Norwegian knit sweater.

Day 11: Kristiansand, Norway

Day 11
Kristiansand
Norway
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Kristiansand, Norway, Odderoya Lighthouse
Odderoya Lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway
Things to do in
Kristiansand
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kristiansand, named after its founding king, is the lively capital of Southern Norway. Stroll through the old town of Posebyen, known for its neat grid design with wooden white and pastel-colored houses. Explore the area around the quayside and fish market, and relax in an outdoor cafe. In summer, the Bystranda Beach is filled with cheerful Norwegians catching a spot of sunshine. Take a boat trip to visit the quaint fishing villages nearby. Cruise to Kristiansand and bring your little ones to the large Dyrepark, which includes a zoo, a fantasy village, and a water park.
Kristiansand, Norway, Coastal buildings and lighthouse
Coastal buildings and a lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway

Idyllic Wooden Houses

Take a stroll through Posebyen, the old part of town, admiring the collection of wooden buildings, painted in white and pastel colors. A big city fire in 1892 destroyed most of Kristiansand but left this neighborhood intact.
Insider tip
Kristiansand is flat, so it's an ideal place to explore on foot or by bicycle.
Kristiansand, Norway, Odderoya Lighthouse
The Odderoya Lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway

Redefine Island Fun

Cross the bridge south of the center to the island of Odderoya. Walk the pleasant seaside walking paths, admire the endless views and sandy beaches, have a look inside the cool galleries, and relax in the laid-back cafes. In summer, the island hosts several festivals and large outdoor concerts with both national and international artists.
Insider tip
The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards.
Kristiansand, Norway, Fortress Cannon
A vintage cannon overlooking the ocean in Kristiansand, Norway

Protect Against Pirates

Visit the photogenic Christiansholm Fortress, on the seaside promenade in the city center. Built between 1662 and 1672 by Fredrik III to keep watch over the strategic Skagerrak Straits, which were often assailed by pirates. The fortress features five-meter-thick walls — perfect for soldiers to hold up in a bunker.
Kristiansand, Norway, Scallops Dish
Five scallops on a black plate with garnish

Local Cuisine

For breakfast, head to the charming coffee shops in Skippergada street to have some quality coffee and a "horn," a savory crescent roll often filled with cheese and ham. Follow the locals to the Fiskebrygga (fish market) and buy a some fish cakes and a basket of strawberries during your Kristiansand cruise. You can enjoy them sitting at the quayside. For dinner, try distinctive dishes like local scallops served with trout roe and radishes at one of the city's upscale, modern restaurants.
Kristiansand, Norway, Wool Hats
Assorted wool hats in Norway

Shopping

Shop for local products at the Posebyen Market, including traditional wool hats and sweaters, as well as antique homegoods and decorations. For trendy fashions and modern Scandinavian home designs, head to Kristiansand's main street, Markens. Here, you'll find the large shopping center Slotts Quartalet. For charming boutiques, head to Skippergata — there are small shops specializing in everything from upscale fashions to leather goods.

Day 12: Cruising

Day 12
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Schooner Bar with Piano
QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks

Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to begin.
West End to Broadway Cruise Show, Performers Dressed in Costumes on Stage, Jewel of the Seas
Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas

West End to Broadway

Savor every note as you travel from the Big Apple across the pond in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production.
Movie Screen at Night
Outdoor Movie Screen by the Pool

Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - on a 220 square foot outdoor movie screen above the main pool area. On select ships.
Vintages Couple Having Dinner
Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine

Vintages

Whether it’s malbec, merlot, riesling or pinot grigio, you’re sure to find all your beloved reds or whites at Vintages wine bar. From France to California, the wide world of wine is well-represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers, including some exclusive bottles you won't find anywhere else.

Day 13: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 13
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Tulip Field
Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload— from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every color. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark— or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

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