Port of Ørnes. Small town in northern Norway.
Glacier Svartisen.
At the top of the mountains there is always snow and big and small glaciers, the largest of which is Svartisen, northern Scandinavia's largest glacier. The Svartisen (Black Ice) Glacier got its name not because it is so black, but because it is so blue! The deep blue colour of the ice contrasts with the fresh white snow drifts, and so the ice is called black ice.

The glacial meltwater is the basis of an industrial enterprise in Glomfjord just north of Ørsnes. Norsk Hydro has produced zinc, aluminium, fertilizer and solar panels here. They extracted riches from nature, but also gave back to the people, e.g. chairlifts, swimming pools and tennis courts. The industrial group and this village were a state within the state, and the state only assumed social responsibility in Glomfjord in 1982.

Our voyages here

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin
The classic

NorthboundVoyage North

Bergen → Kirkenes

North cape
7 days

NorthboundThe Northern Norwegian Adventure

Trondheim → Tromsø

3 days

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Red houses on rocky shoreline with majestic mountains in the background.
6 days

SouthboundThe Arctic Circle and Lofoten

Tromsø → Trondheim

3 days

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Top 3 things to see in Ørnes

  1. Glacier hiking - on solid ground up to the glacier, or with crampons and a guide on the glacier itself
  2. Undiscovered mountain sides for powder snow skiers, from the top all the way down to the fjord
  3. The story of an industrial adventure at the Yara Industry Museum