Welcome to the cruise port guide Skjolden – Norway. Skjolden is a small fjord village located at one the ends of the seconds largest fjord in the world. Around 200 people make picturesque Skjolden their home. To be able to reach Skjolden your cruise ship needs to navigate the Lusterfjord and Sognefjord, which is Norway’s largest fjord. When your ship leaves open sea it will sail 200 km / 120 miles land inwards giving you the ultimate fjord experience along the way. Make sure to have your camera ready! Once you arrive in port you will have the incredible Norwegian nature at your doorstep. Read more about your options on what to see and do in the Skjolden cruise port guide underneath.
Travel information Norway
Official currency – Norwegian krone
Accepts Euro / US dollars – sometimes in souvenir shops
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
Inhabitants – 5,1 million
Official language – Norwegian and Sami
Capital city – Oslo
Kingdom of Norway
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Good day – God dag
How are you? – Hvordan har du det?
Thank you – Takk
Cruise ship – Cruiseskip
Port – Havn
Cruise port guide Skjolden – Norway: docked
Cruise ships dock at the Skjolden cruise port just out of town. In front of Skjolden’s cruise dock is where you will find the cruise terminal. In the terminal you will find tourist maps, a souvenir shop and free wi-fi. Although most cruise ships will dock at the cruise terminal, some ships may also drop anchor in the fjord and use the Seawalk (floating pier) to come alongside creating a floating walkway from the ship to shore. The seawalk is located directly next to the city center.
Walk from cruise terminal to town
The center of Skjolden lies about 800 meter/yard from the cruise terminal. Simply take a left when you exit the cruise terminal and follow the waterline. This automatically brings you to the small town center where you find some shops and the Fjordstova (a tourist/entertainment center).
Public transportation and taxis
Skjolden is a tiny fjord village in central Norway. Facilities are very limited. Public transportation is nearly non-existent and there is only a handful of taxis in town. We highly recommend you to make arrangement that do not rely on public transportation or taxis. In this port you can either stay in town where you can hike or visit the lama farm or you can pre-arrange transportation / shore excursion.
At the cruise terminal you will usually find tourist maps available for you to take with you. There might also be a representative from the tourist information available. The official tourist information centre is located in the Fjordstova center in town. Find the exact location of this centre in the map above. You might also be interested in already downloading their brochures and maps online at the following link: http://en.sognefjord.no/visitor-information/maps-and-guides
In the centre of town you will find the Fjordstova center. It is a information and entertainment center. Inside you will find the tourist information, a post office, cafe, handicraft shop, library, auditorium, gym, swimming pool, sauna, climbing wall and shooting range. The center lies approximately 1 km from the cruise dock. Find the exact location of the Fjordstova center in the map above.
Are you interested in exploring the area of Skjolden by bicycle? Rent one! You will find a bicycle rental facility at the Adventure tours close to the cruise dock and at the Skjolden hotel in town. Prices for a bicycle per day should be around 300 NOK for an adult, 200 NOK for a child.
Kayak and boat rental
In town you will find the Skjolden hotel where you are able to rent a boat, kayak, fishing equipment or a bicycle. Find the exact location of the Skjolden hotel in the map above.
This is one of Norway’s most gorgeous national parks. Get close to nature and see the glaciers up close. This is where you will also find the Jostedalsbreen glacier which is the largest glacier on mainland Europe. Find Jostedalsbreen National Park about an hour drive north of Skjolden.
This famous waterfall has a free fall of over 218 meters, which makes it one of the highest waterfalls in Norway. You can take a short walk to reach the waterfall. You can also admire the Feigumfossen from the ship as you sail by. Find the waterfall about 14 km / 8 miles away from Skjolden. Find the Feigumfossen about 20 minute drive south of Skjolden.
Why not go for a nice 1 hour hike starting in town going to an incredible viewpoint? Total distance is 3,4 km roundtrip and the elevation is 120 meter. Download and print the route via the following link: http://www.skjolden.com/turar/06_eng.pdf
This is the cruise dock of Skjolden. There is a cruise terminal available on the cruise dock with some basic facilities like a souvenir shop and maps. To walk to the city you simply walk from the cruise dock, through the cruise terminal and turn left when you can. Read all the information available about Skjolden cruise port in the cruise port guide.
Jotumheimen is known for its high alpine mountain range. It has over 200 mountain peaks over 2000 meter / 6500 ft. This national park is home to glaciers, lakes and many waterfalls. Go for a scenic drive on the tourist route Sognefjellsvegen, which is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe. Find Jotunheimen National Park about 40 minute drive east drive of Skjolden.
You might be interested in visiting a unique attraction in the Norwegian fjords: a lama farm. You can visit the farm or even go on a lama walk along the riverside. The farm is located in town. See map above for its exact location.
There are only a handful of stave churches left in Norway. The oldest is the Urnes stave church, which was build around 1130 AD. It is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list for its beauty and educational value. Enjoy this fascinating and unique piece of architecture which will take you back to times gone by. Find the Urnes Stave Church about 40 minutes drive south of Skjolden.