Adventure sailing cruising guide - Norway - our favourite small settlements to visit by boat
Guide to some of our favourite small, and larger, settlements to visit by boat in Norway. These are great places to visit if you are cruising in Norway and fancy somewhere to stop with pontoon access ashore. They are smaller towns and settlements that each have something unique to offer in terms of interest ashore, traditional charm and access to shore based exploring. Our video guides will show you why we love these spots, what to can expect bringing your boat into them and the facilities and attractions ashore:
One of the larger towns featured on the list, Rorvik is a convenient stopping off point on your way up or down the Norwegian coast. It has all the shore facilities that you would expect in a medium sized town and is visited by the Hurtigruten ferry making it a possible place for crew changes. There are some nice walking and skiing trails and a modern museum in the town.
Ona is a beautiful example of a small Norwegian fishing village. Despite the island’s small size it boasts a restaurant and a pottery. There is pleasant walking around the island and it’s neighbour, linked by a bridge and wonderful views from the lighthouse.
There aren’t that many anchorages where you can regularly wave to passing Viking ships but Halholmen is one. A short rib dinghy from the anchorage is a small island with a surprising viking connection. Follow the viking ship and enjoy the island including an interesting film about sailing around the world in a viking boat.
A traditional Norwegian fishing village set in a stunning location at the foot of the ‘Lofoten Wall’ a dramatic mountain range in the Lofoten Islands much frequented by climbers. A touristy town there are lots of cafes, restaurants and places to pick up your souvenirs.
Located a short sail north of Bødo, Kjerringjoy os a charming community. A large part of the village is made up of traditional restored buildings from the town’s trading heyday and is now a museum. Kjerringoy is a great starting point for mountain hikes of all levels.