While you are guaranteed to witness jaw-dropping scenery throughout your whole Norwegian cruise experience, your neck might get sore after craning past Seven Sisters Mountain beyond the Arctic Circle. The majestic snowcapped alps will appear on your way to Brønnøysund, just off of the Helgeland coast, and serve as a beautiful landmark and example of what makes the northern Arctic such a stunning tundra. Here are a few facts regarding the history of the gorgeous Seven Sisters mountainous terrain, as well as what to expect when taking in the incredible surroundings:
The legend lives on
The Seven Sisters are essentially a small chain of 3,000 feet tall mountains that provide the ultimate backdrop when passing through during your cruise travel. One of the reasons they are widely recognized throughout Norway is their connection with the country's folklore. According to century-old tall tales, the legend of the Seven Sisters derives from the story of Hestmannen. This spirited horseman was seduced by the beauty of seven escaped sisters who were daughters of the King of Sulitjelma. Hestmannen's pursuit of lust spanned through all the nearby mountain ranges off of the Helgeland coast, until it ended in tragedy as the temptation ultimately resulted in Hestmannen and the sisters being turned to stone at sunrise.
Get to know the sisters
Each of Seven Sister mountains has its own name: Botnkrona, Grytfoten, Skjæringen, Tvillingene (The Twins), Kvasstinden and Breitinden. They range in characteristics, with some featuring more glacier-like, snowcapped qualities while others possess more hilly and rocky peaks. If you're stopping through the Helgeland coast area, getting further acquainted with the Seven Sisters is relatively easy. Dozens of marked trails offer accessibility to get higher up the mountains, and allow visitors to truly take in the Arctic terrain from a higher vantage point.
Passing through Sandnessjøen
Another one of the great aspects of passing by the Seven Sisters is voyaging through the delightful seaport town of Sandnessjøen. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant while taking in views of the captivating Kystriksveien coast line during your time in Sandnessjøen. The city is a port of call for Norwegian cruises, so it's a perfect time to take some local culture and recharge your traveling batteries during your Arctic voyage!