If you can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and the rest of the Frozen crew, you need to book a 2021 Disney cruise faster than two shakes of a reindeer’s tail. Disney Cruise Line recently announced it’s Summer 2021 itineraries, which include an exciting return to Greece and first-time ports of call in Sweden and — we hope you’re sitting down, Frozen lovers — Norway!
Norway, as Frozen fans undoubtedly know, is the setting for the beloved franchise. If you’ve ever wanted to very literally walk in the footsteps of Anna and Elsa, now is your chance. From late July through September, the Disney Magic will be taking guests across the Atlantic on Norwegian journeys.
Although the official 2021 Summer Disney Cruise Line itineraries won’t be announced until Friday, some Castaway Club members have access now. If you’re getting ready to book in 48 hours (or less!), these are some of the Frozen-esque sites you can expect to see in Norwegian ports of call.
Bergen is located in a valley amid seven mountains. It was originally settled by the Vikings in the 11th century and is now famed for its seafood (Lutefisk, anyone?) Known as the “Gateway to the Fjords,” Bergen’s cobblestone streets, pastel-colored shops and homes, and surrounding landscape look remarkably like Arendelle.
If you want to feel like you fell directly into Anna and Elsa’s world, Bergen is the Norwegian port for you! You can even tour the remains of a real Norwegian castle, the Bergenhus Fortress constructed by King Haakon IV. Unfortunately, no structures from King Agnarr’s reign are available to tour.
Nordfjordeid is located near the Geirangerfjord, the largest fjord on mainland Europe. The site is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and will give Frozen fans a good idea of the fjord our favorite group of friends lives near. In addition to the natural wonders near Nordfjordeid, the town itself offers a variety of things to see and do.
If you want to take home traditional Scandinavian clothing and housewares, a la Oaken’s family in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, you’ll want to visit The Fjord House. Also, during the summer months, when Disney Cruise Line will be making its way to Norway, travelers can shop outdoor stalls in the old section of town settled by the Vikings.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is much larger than Arendelle, but offers Disney vacationers the ideal combination of modern, cosmopolitan culture and charming historic districts. At 175 square miles, Oslo is one of the world’s largest capitals by size, but don’t fret about losing your way. Many local residents speak English and they are known for being very helpful! The city is home to over 50 museums, a wide array of restaurants that serve both global and traditional Norwegian cuisine, and world class shopping.
If you’d rather not explore on your own, a Disney Cruise Lines port excursion (or two!) might be the ideal use of your time at port in Oslo. One great option is Biking in Oslo (ages 12+), a guided group tour of the city by bicycle, which looks like an adventure Anna would love! If you’re looking for an all-ages port excursion in Norway, consider the Panoramic Tour of Oslo by motorcoach. One of the sites on this tour is the Akershus Fortress. If the name looks familiar, you’ve seen it on the character dining restaurant in EPCOT’s Norway pavilion!
Situated at the base of the Gandsfjord, Stavanger is a charming town that dates back to Medieval times. It offers everything you could want in a European excursion, including historic structures like Stavanger Domkirke, the oldest cathedral in Norway, and stunning natural landscapes including Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian.
If there’s anywhere on your Norwegian Disney Cruise Line adventure you might really see Grand Pabbie and the rest of the rock trolls, Stavanger is it! Keep an eye out for Sven and Kristoff as you explore on any port adventures in the local wilderness.
Hopefully this look at how real-life Norway can transport you Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf’s world has you ready to set sail on a Disney Frozen cruise as soon as possible. Don’t forget Disney Cruise Line’s Summer 2021 Norway itineraries open to the public on February 28! Olaf can’t wait to see you “in summer!”
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