In late May, the Disney Magic will begin sailing a few itineraries that will take guests to the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland. Disney Cruise Line is showcasing some of their one-of-a-kind Port Adventure offerings during these 2016 sailings where guests can explore these richly diverse destinations that showcase iconic locations, enchanting cultures, tantalizing cuisine and unrivaled experiences. To enhance guests’ experiences while at port, Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures have been designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. The following is the information provided by DCL with some pictures mixed in from our 2015 cruise.
“Frozen” Festivities and Viking Ventures in Ålesund
Disney Cruise Line guests join Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from the animated hit “Frozen” in Ålesund, the land that inspired their story. Only Disney guests are invited to a Norwegian summer celebration at the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum where the festivities culminate with the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion, who join in the lively revelry. After being personally greeted by their “Frozen” friends, and surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Norway, guests dance to local musicians and sample tasty Norwegian specialties, including svele, a traditional sweet pancake from the region.
Another Ålesund adventure exclusive to Disney Cruise Line includes a quest to a Viking village on the island of Giske, where guests head back in history to meet the village chieftain and experience the Viking world. Adventurers find themselves in the middle of daily Viking life and mingle with members of the Norse families, experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Guests also learn traditional Viking handiwork and put it to practice by crafting their own leather bags.
A Taste of Norway in Kristiansand
For those with a culinary passion, a Port Adventure exclusive to Disney Cruise Line in centuries-old Kristiansand provides the perfect hands-on cooking experience. Guests don their aprons and create Nordic specialties first-hand, such as succulent wild game filets and krumkaker, a heavenly waffle cookie typically served around Christmastime. The experience culminates with a sumptuous meal paired with a glass of wine.
The Great Outdoors of Geiranger
From the port of Geiranger, crowning jewel of the Norwegian fjords, comes an experience just for Disney Cruise Line guests – a visit to the Gjaera Mountain Farm where the local family provides an up-close look at daily life. Children join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors to create one-of-a-kind stamped pillows in the farm’s printing studio using handmade wooden stamps that have been passed down through the family’s many generations. Meanwhile, adults explore the farm and its microbrewery, sampling fresh brews. After building up an appetite, everyone reunites for a taste of traditional Norwegian foods produced at the farm including juices, breads, creams and cured meats.
Another journey brings Disney Cruise Line guests to the Herdalsetra Mountain Farm, where on the way to a nearby scenic valley they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall made famous in Norwegian folklore. Guests tour the enchanting farm brimming with 30 farmhouses and more than 450 sprightly goats scampering around the property. They also sample the farm’s fresh cheeses including Norway’s famous brown cheese – similar to sweet fudge.
Those looking for even more adventure will find it kayaking through the Geirangerfjord. Gliding over dazzling turquoise waters, guests will get an up-close look at stunning waterfalls roaring down into the fjord and the majestic mountains along the water’s edge.
“The Land of Fire and Ice”—Reykjavik, Iceland
Only Disney Cruise Line families can get “fired up” during an exhilarating trip to the edge of a local lava field that gives adventurers an up-close look at volcanic craters and lava fields that make up the country of Iceland. Families take part in an art workshop on the edge of the hardened lava field, using real lava to create their very own framed art.
Classic “can’t miss” Icelandic landmarks take center stage on the tour of The Golden Circle. On this visit to some of Iceland’s most iconic attractions, guests will explore a national park, a glittering waterfall, popping hot springs and a high-tech geothermal energy exhibition.
Over a barbecue lunch in the woods offered exclusively to Disney Cruise Line guests, troll wife Gryla and her helpers tell the legend of troll giant Bergthor of Bláfell, whose exceptionally large grave, headstone and ring from his walking stick can be found in a nearby churchyard.
The Disney Magic will sail to the Norwegian fjords on two 12-night cruises on June 17 and July 13, and two seven-night sailings on May 29 and June 16.
- 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Dover
Dover • At Sea • Stavanger • Ålesund • Geiranger • Bergen • At Sea
- 12-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise from Dover
Dover • At Sea • Newcastle • Kirkwall • At Sea • Reykjavik • Reykjavik • Akureyri • At Sea • Bergen • Stavanger • At Sea
- 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Copenhagen
Copenhagen • At Sea • Stavanger • Ålesund • Geiranger • Bergen • At Sea
- 12-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise from Copenhagen
Copenhagen • Oslo • Kristiansand • Bergen • At Sea • Akureyri • Reykjavik • Reykjavik • At Sea • Kirkwall • Invergordon (Loch Ness) • At Sea
Details on all Disney Cruise Line shore excursions can be found on the DCL’s European Port Adventures page.
By the way I absolutely LOVE that pic! It’s truly amazing.
I remember that morning in Iceland. Such a beautiful sunset/rise in Reykjavík. I am so glad I was up to see it.
My #1 tip for the overnight in Reykjavik. Take an afternoon nap, drink lots of coffee, down an energy drink or whatever you need to do to stay awake to see this (I cannot believe I am going to say this) magical moment.
Would you recommend any shore excursion?
Anne, You can read about excursions in our trip log from last summer’s cruise starting here. We did not go with DCL’s port adventures, but we did do the Golden Circle Tour on our own in Reykjavik. Our second day in Reykjavik we visited the Blue Lagoon which was a lot of fun.
Going on the July 13th cruise. Love your picture too. What time were you up for the sunset/sunrise on your cruise?
Midnight to about 1:30AM.
Thanks! Putting that on my must do list!
We are on that cruise as well! Picking excursions is proving to be quite a feat!