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Flam - Gudvangen (Sognefjord), Norway

Located at the end of Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the mighty Sognefjord, this village nestles between two cliffs streaked with waterfalls. Here, aboard the Flam Railway, you can take an incredible mountain train ride that climbs to a lofty 2,800 ft. above sea level, where the views are beyond description. Later, rejoin the ship at the village of Gudvangen.

Bergen, Norway

This ancient port, founded in 1070, figured in many Viking sagas. In its heyday it was the trading headquarters for Germanys Hanseatic League. You'll find architectural reminders of this past everywhere you turn: in old Bryggen, with its gabled merchants' houses, museums and shops; in the 13th century Bergenhus fortress; and at Hakon's coronation hall. And just outside town is the "Hill of Trolls" and the lakeside Victorian villa of composer Edvard Grieg.

Hellesylt - Geiranger, Norway

Towering cliffs descending to calm waters. Green forests dotted with quaint villages. The fjords are a sublime experience. And the Geirangerfjord, with its Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls, is known as the most beautiful of all. We'll pause in the hamlet of Hellesylt, tucked at the end of Sunnylvsfjord, where you can disembark for a drive along the heights of Geirangerfjord before rejoin-ing the ship at the town of Geiranger at the innermost part of the fjord. From the top of Mount Dalsnibba, the Marco Polo seems like a tiny floating toy in the fjord far below.

Oslo, Norway

Since Viking days, life in this city at the head of a fjord has revolved around the water. Maritime museums offer visions of the past with their Viking burial ships and Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki. While today's harbor-front charms are evident at the Aker Brygge complex. For another perspective, take the tram to the 154-foot Tryvann Observation Tower for sweeping views of the giant Oslo Marka forest. Or see the unusual Vigeland sculptures of Frogner Park.