One of the best days of my recent cruise onboard the Azamara Quest was spent in Svolvaer and Troll Fjord. I had been looking forward to checking out the Lofoten Islands or the Lofoten Archipelago, and the natural beauty was undeniable. While I wouldn’t say that Svolvaer is amongst my favorite places, it was certainly pretty and the Troll Fjord was phenomenal!
We arrived early into Svolvaer and I had signed up to do 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 there were some cool waterfalls and the fisherman's wife statue was really cool coming back into the harbor.
The thing I really wanted to do was do the jump at Svolvaergeita, pictured below. This is the famous shot that is on many of the postcards you’ll see around town. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan it properly and it’s basically a full day hike with a guide, and of course a ton of paperwork. So this picture will have to suffice for me!
After pulling out of Svolvaer, the weather was clearing up a bit and the clouds were lifting, as we cruised to the Troll Fjord. I was pretty excited to experience the Troll Fjord! It didn’t disappoint.
On a cruise ship, entering the 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, as the sun pretended to set, we saw some of the most amazing sunset colors I have ever seen. It was essentially the gift that kept on giving and these pictures were taken around midnight. Norway is amazing and this cruise was truly incredible!
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