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Cruising Norway: All four seasons work, experts say

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When's the best time to cruise the Norwegian fjords? In the summer – when most of the major cruise lines move their ships there – right? The weather is nice and you'll have loads of daylight to explore everything from glaciers to maritime museums to forests haunted by trolls. In the summer months, it's said, the sun never sets on Northern Norway.

“Summer is good,” say the experts at the Cruise Company in the U.K., “but for those in the know cruising to Norway at other times of the year opens up a whole range of new possibilities.”

Fall cruises to the fjords work, too. If you've seen New England around that time of the year, you'll have an idea of what Norway looks like then. They're both on the same latitude, so the climates are similar. Ditto for leaf-shedding. In the fjords, as in New England, you'll see trees losing their green color and turning a hundred different shades of red, orange and gold.

Winter cruises, the Cruise Co. says, offer such sights as ice hotels, huskie sledding and that eye-popping skyful of splendor called the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights). “There are few sights on Earth as awesome as cruising under the brilliance of God's Light Show.”

How about spring? If you like snuggling up with Mother Nature, the folks at the Cruise Co. say you'll love Norway in the spring. “Winter is just over,” they note, “so all the streams, brooks, rivers and waterfalls will be roaring with the snowmelt...what's more, all the trees and flowers will be coming back to life and covered in blossoms. And to top it all off, there’ll be loads of baby animals to see.”

True, if you're going to Norway in the off-seasons you won't have a big selection of cruise ships, but – as the Cruise Co. points out – you'll likely find “some great offers” on the ships that ply those waters year-round.

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