Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Sognefjord: the heart of Fjord Norway

The Sognefjord is the longest and the deepest of Norway fjords. It is located in the southern part of the Sogn og Fjordane county, in the heart of Fjord Norway. 

The Sognefjord, Norway

  • Length: 204 km. The Sognefjord is the second longest fjord in the world. 
  • Depth: 1 308 meters. 
  • The Nærøyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord, is included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
  • The national parks of Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen Glacier are partly situated in the Sognefjord area. 

WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO 

Fjord cruises 

Join in a cruise to see snow-cowered mountain peaks, powerful waterfalls and picturesque farmhouses. Even in winter, there is a ferry between Flåm and Gudvangen, and you will be able to combine a boat tour with the Flåm Railway. 

The Flåm Railway 

Enjoy a ride with the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) which can boast the steepest turnings in the world. The railway passes by breathtaking waterfalls, snow-covered mountains and goes through the tunnels. 

The Flåm Railway, the Sognefjord

Stegastein View Point 

Go up to the mountain road of Aurlandsvegen, and at 650 meters above sea level you will find a stunning view point Stegastein. The panorama to the surrounding mountains is unforgettable! This trip can be combined with a walk to the Prest Mountain. 

Urnes Stave Church 

This oldest Norwegian church was built in 1150. Urnes Church is the only stave church in the world included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. 

Urnes Stave Church

The Village of Undredal 

The village is famous for its traditions of making goat's cheeses – white and brown. There are 500 goats per 80 inhabitants. Undredal can also boast the smallest stave church in Scandinavia. 

White Caves of Gudvangen 

In the depths of White Mountain of Anorthosit, the magical White Caves of Gudvangen welcomes you with lights and darkness, silence and music, underground ponds, Trolls and Vikings. 

White Caves of Gudvangen

AROUND SOGNEFJORD 

Stalheimskleiva Road 

Stalheimskleiva is the 1.5-km long stretch of road from Nærøydalen Valley to the top at Stalheim. The road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends. 

Stalheimskleiva Road, the Sognefjord

The Sognefjell Mountain Road 

This is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe (highest point 1,434 meters above sea level). Along the Sognefjell Mountain Road you will see such landmark sights as Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain, and Jostedalsbreen, mainland Norway's largest glacier. 

The Aurlandsdalen Valley 

The Aurlandsdalen Valley is known as Norway's Grand Canyon. It offers tourists wild and unspoiled nature, rich flora and fauna, striking cultural, historical and geological sights. 

Norway's Grand Canyon

The Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre 

Visit the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in Lærdal. Here you will learn about the Atlantic salmon and the traditions of salmon fishing. You can also observe wild salmon and sea trout in the nearby currents. 


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