Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Atlantic Road – Norwegian Construction of the Century

The Atlantic Ocean Road is an 8.3 km long part of County Road 64 that runs through the towns of Kristansund and Molde in Møre og Romsdal County. The road was built on several small islands and ridges, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges. 
  
Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

This fantastic and spectacular road is a very popular tourist attraction. Both the local population and tourist visitors frequently use the road to go fishing for cod and other fish directly from the bridges. One of the bridges is specially designed for fishing. 

HISTORY 

The Atlantic Road runs across the archipelago of partially inhabited islands and ridges in western fjords. The route was originally designed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was abandoned. 

Serious planning of the fully functional road began in the 1970s, and construction started almost ten years later, in 1983. Constructors had to face numerous problems, including 12 powerful windstorms. However, despite all obstacles, the road was successfully opened on 7 July 1989. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

The construction cost NOK 122 million; the building was paid off already by June 1999, and currently the road is a cultural heritage site. 

Now the Atlantic Road is classified as a National tourist route. It has become a popular place for the automotive industry to film advertisements; the number of tourist who visit the place is growing each year. The route is acclaimed one of the most beautiful in the world, and won the title “Norwegian Construction of the Century”, awarded by the Norwegian construction industry in 2005. 

ATTRACTIONS OF THE ROAD 

Storseisundet: it is the longest bridge on the Atlantic Road. Storseisundet became a legitimate symbol of the Road. The bridge connects the mainland with the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county. It is the longest of the eight bridges that make up the Atlantic Road. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

Storseisundet is a cantilever bridge 260 meters long and with a maximum clearance to the sea of 23 meters. Initially it was designed as straight; however, the constructors implemented changes into the initial project. 

The view of the bridge varies depending on the angle, and at times, it may seem that the bridge is not finished yet. That is why sometimes it is called “drunken bridge” or even “the road to nowhere”. 

Askevågen is a view point with glass walls that protects you against the weather and ocean spray. Constructed next to water breakers, it gives you the feeling of association with the ocean. The scenery to the archipelago, the ocean and the coast is breathtaking. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

Kjeksa is another magnificent view point near the fishing village of Bud. Here you can sit on one of the numerous benches and simply enjoy the ocean, or take a special path and go down to the water. 

Geitøya view point is the favorite one among photographers – from here you can see the ensemble of bridges and islands. If you like fishing, there is a nice spot under a nearby bridge. 

Myrbærholmbrua is another great place to enjoy the surrounding nature and catch fish. 


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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Beautiful Places of Norway

The true landmark of Norway is its natural sites. The landscape of the country turns from green valleys and meadows in blossom to hills and majestic mountain ridges. Picturesque sceneries untouched by humankind attract tourists from all over the world. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

BERGEN 

Bergen is the most beautiful city of Norway. It is also called “the city amongst seven mountains” and “gates to the fjords”. Bergen has a unique location: surrounded by the mountains and the North Sea it has always been trade and industrial center of the country. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

Bergen combines the past and the present of Scandinavia. Here you can find not only ancient buildings and monuments but the whole quarters. When you walk along the oldest quarter of Bryggen, it may seem that history comes to life. Impressive buildings of Bryggen on the eastern part of the bay astonish with its architecture. Here you may visit the Hanseatic Museum and get acquainted with history of life and trade of merchants of the Hansa.

Beautiful Places of Norway

However, the most breathtaking view in Bergen is St Mary's Church (Mariakirken) built in the Romanesque style. It is hard to believe that this outstandingly beautiful church was constructed in 1130, almost a thousand years ago! 

WESTERN FJORDS 

Fjords are undoubtedly the main attraction of Norway. The landscape of the majority of them did not change from the Vikings’ times. Travelling around the fjords is the best pastime for those who prefer active leisure. The options are numerous: cycling, hiking or even kayaking or a sea cruise. Anyway, you will remember fjords as magnificent and breathtaking place in Norway. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

Every fjord had its particular features: some are surrounded by fishing villages, other are famous for beautiful waterfalls, and still others are memorable by the luxurious vegetation. For example, Geirangerfjord is included into UNESCO World Heritage List, and Hardanger is famous for its national park. 

EASTERN VALLEYS 

Eastern Valleys is heaven for those who prefer active holidays. Soft climate, large woods and crystal lakes create the ideal conditions for horse riding, canoeing and fishing. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

Eastern Valleys are famous for such attractions as the Norwegian Railway Museum, the Norwegian Forest Museum, Kongsvinger Castle, ancient churches, and the cable road. Here you may find the biggest in Northern Europe outdoor ice rink. 

NORTHERN NORWAY 

The Northern Norway offers midnight sun and non-typical for these latitudes flora and fauna. Soft climate is explained by warm streams. People come here to reach the northernmost point of mainland Europe – the North Cape. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

Apart from unique climate and beautiful nature, Northern Norway is famous for its attractions: King Oscar II Chapel, Øvre Anárjohka National Park, and the Centre for Sami Research. 

Tromsø, the seventh most populated town of Norway, deserves our special attention. It is located on an island and is surrounded by fjords. The town is very busy; it seems that Tromsø never sleeps. It offers many night bars, clubs and other places, during the whole year it hosts various cultural events. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

The symbol of Tromsø is the Arctic Cathedral that by its exterior resembles an iceberg or a snow-covered mountain. When in Tromsø, visit the Geophysical Observatory where you can see artificially created northern lights all year round. 

RØROS 

Røros is the most magical place in Scandinavia. This small wooden mining town hidden high in the mountains is included into UNESCO World Heritage List. All the buildings are preserved from the 18th century, and some houses date back from the 12th century. 

Beautiful Places of Norway

This “wooden fairy-tale” combines coziness and harmony. People still live in small wooden houses with carved ornamented aprons; some constructions are turned into cafes or shops. 

Another attraction is a copper plant currently reorganized into a museum. Here visitors have an opportunity to go down to the real mines. 


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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Troll-A Platform – the Largest Structure Moved by Humankind

Troll-A is an offshore natural gas platform in the Troll gas field off the west coast of Norway. Troll-A, with the weight of 1.2 million tons with ballast, the height of 472 meters, and the underwater concrete structure of 369 meters, is an engineering masterpiece. 

Troll-A Platform – the Largest Structure Moved by Humankind

It is not just one of the largest and most complicated technical projects in history, moreover, it is the largest structure ever moved by humankind. The platform was a widely broadcast when it was towed into the North Sea in 1996. Currently it is operated by Statoil. 

Usually platform's legs are transported separately and then, supported by special ships, they are put in place. In the case of Troll-A, the whole platform was assembled at one place and then moved to the sea. The platform was towed over 200 km from Vats, in the northern part of Rogaland, to the Troll field, 80 km north-west of Bergen. The tow took seven days. 


The Troll-A platform stands on the sea floor 303 meters below the surface. One of the concrete cylindrical legs has an elevator that takes workers and engineering staff to the sea floor over nine minutes. The walls of Troll A's legs are over 1 meter thick and are made of steel reinforced concrete formed in one continuous pour. 

The four legs are joined by a reinforced concrete box interconnecting the legs, which has the function of damping out potentially destructive resonances by retuning the leg natural frequencies. Each leg is also sub-divided along its length into independent water-tight compartments. The legs use groups of six 40 meters vacuum-anchors holding it fixed in the sea floor. 

Troll-A Platform – the Largest Structure Moved by Humankind

In 1996, the platform set the Guinness World Record for “largest offshore gas platform”. However today this record belongs to the Petronius platform in the Gulf of Mexico, this platform towers almost 610 meters above the ocean floor. 


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Friday, 26 August 2016

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

Another twenty exciting facts about Norway. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

21. Norway can boast the largest length of fjords in the world. Fjord is a wide, often curved and deep channel with rocky coasts, piercing inside the mainland for many kilometers. Fjords can be found in Canada, Chile and New Zealand. But the ones in Norway are the most beautiful! 

22. Norwegians are a bit reserved but friendly with the foreigners. The Norwegians have no problem with asking foreigners over, sharing food or giving a piece of advice. You can find good friends there! 

23. It is quite difficult to learn Norsk – the Norwegian language. It has many tones that go up and down, many various-root words. But if you are really diligent, two years may be enough to start communicating. 

24. Domestic and international flights in Norway are extremely cheap. And the services’ quality is higher than in European low-cost airlines. The ticket from Bergen to Dubrovnik (3.5 hours) may cost 40 euros, from Oslo to Amsterdam – 35. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

25. Norway fights smoking with very high prices. In the same time, the Norwegians like this habit. Many buy cut filler in bricks and roll cigarettes. Sometimes they buy cigarettes in duty free shops. 

26. Norway has the largest number of tunnels in Europe – hundreds of them and everywhere. One goes under the sea strait at the depth of around four km. Some tunnels and bridges are paid. 

27. Renting a car in Norway is expensive, usually it is two or three times more costly comparing with some other European countries. Petrol is rare; diesel is much more widespread. 

28. Norway has Nordkapp (North Cape) – the northernmost point of mainland Europe. It is located on the edge of a rock far in the north. In clear weather, you may see the glaciers of Arctic. 

29. Norway, with its numerous islands and sea straits, has a developed network of ferries. They cruise almost everywhere, and you may save several hours of the road by taking one – even together with your car. Ferries are usually large, comfortable and relatively cheap. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

30. In Norway, it is allowed to catch sea crab, but lobster is prohibited. If lobster gets into your crab trap, as happens quite often, you must release it according to the rules. Answering the question “What do you do with lobsters?”, the majority of the Norwegians will say that they free them – and cunningly wink in the same time. Lobsters are sold at fish markets and there are strict quotas for catching them. 

31. Silver in Norway is relatively inexpensive and of good quality. 

32. Domestic animals, especially dogs, are well-trained: they do not bark, they are friendly and they do not bother their masters. 

33. Energy supplies in Norway are insanely expensive. Electricity used for four weeks in a family of five may cost roughly 1,000 euros or even more. 

34. The largest part of state budget income of Norway comes from fuel sales. Then goes deep-sea fishing, shipbuilding, engineering and construction of deep-water offshore platforms. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

35. Along the roads, you may often see small pyramids made of stones. Initially they were made as landmarks after a snowfall or for thick fog. But now it is just a nice tradition. 

36. If the hosts are at home, they usually hoist the national flag in the flagstaff at the house. Many households have one. When they leave, they haul it down. 

37. Respect to private property is everywhere. In the daylight, many people do not lock their houses – with the exception of big cities – and it is fully safe. 

38. While travelling in Norway, do not be greedy and present yourself with an authentic traditional woolen sweater. It may cost a lot, starting from 300 euros, but the quality is outstanding, you will wear it for years! 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

39. The English word “Thursday” derives from Thor, the Norwegian god of thunder. Initially the day was called “Thor’s day”. 

40. In summer, the Norwegians like to visit warm countries that also have mountains, like Montenegro, Croatia or western Italy. 


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Monday, 22 August 2016

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

Twenty compelling facts about Norway. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

1. Norway is a fantastic country. Rich and diverse nature, huge stock of energy resources and the responsible use of them make the Norwegians a wealthy nation. 
2. Population of Norway slightly exceeds five million people. More than 1.5 live in Oslo and its suburbs. Any town with a population of more than 30 thousand inhabitants is considered a city. 
3. 100 per cent of the Norwegians speak, read and write in English. Children start to learn the language from 5-6 years or even earlier. 
4. The majority of TV shows are in English, maximum – with the Norwegian subtitles. To be honest, it is pretty convenient. 
5. The Norwegians love and value the sea. They prefer to live no more than 200-300 meters from the water. Those who live deep inside the country prefer to buy the second house at the seacoast. Eighty per cent of people have boats. 
6. The climate of Norway is incredibly changeable. Fog, sun, strong wind, rain, fog again may change at a fantastic speed. As the Norwegians say, if you do not like our weather, just wait for 15 minutes! 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

7. The nature here is majestic and varied: forests, mountains, lakes, rivers – and everything is untouched by the human. The Norwegians care about nature, there are practically no poachers or garbage. Thanks to the sea – there is practically no annoying insects. Summers are not hot… Is it heaven? 
8. According to the law, any citizen or tourist have wayleave to all natural resources in the forest or in the sea. You may walk or swim whenever you want. If the land is private or fenced – ask the permission first. 
9. It is true that Norway is very very expensive. In general, all goods are costly; you may easily go to a supermarket and spend 200 euros without buying anything substantial. Prices for services – like taxi or building – are just unreal. The taxes are insane. Prices for gasoline are skyrocketing. In the same time, Norway is the second largest oil exporter in Europe. The giants like Shell and Statoil are Norwegian companies. 
10. Food in Norway is of the highest quality, especially dairy products. By the way, Norwegian hamburgers are the most expensive in Europe. Other fast-foods cost a lot as well. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

11. Laws are strictly observed in Norway, criminal cases are at minimum. Theft is unthinkable for the majority of citizens. Only large retail chains have anti-theft detectors or security cameras. 
12. Practically all population is connected to the high-speed Internet. Because of the climate and big distances, the Norwegians spend a lot of time online. 
13. The Norwegians like and protect their monarchy. Especially the older generation is proud that they kept the royal family. 
14. Sea and fresh-water fishing in Norway is a dream come true for experts. Fish and seafood like crabs, mussels and perrywinkles, are abundant there. Fishing regions are in the north, there is no fishing industry starting from Bergen and to the south. You may catch a fish always in every weather and practically everywhere. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

15. It is difficult to buy strong alcohol in Norway. You should go to a special shop chain called Vinmonopolet, or “monopoly on alcohol”. The monopolist is the state. These shops are open from Monday until Friday. Alcohol is really expensive there. 
16. The locals like to drink but do not know how to drink. They get soon inebrious and act in a noisy and a strange way. 
17. You may drive the whole day in the central part of Norway (or in any other part of Norway) and do not come across a police car – or a police officer. But a tractor on the road going at 40 km per hour is a common thing. 
18. The life is very calm and slow-paced there. The workday usually starts at 10 a.m. and finishes already at 4 p.m. On weekends, only restaurants or supermarkets are open. People do not rush anywhere. 
19. Usually next to a farm you may find a table with fruit, vegetables, price information, scales, bags for the purchase and a can for money. It is a kind of self-service, nobody is near. 
20. Young and middle-aged Norwegians are fond of sci-fi and fantasy. Films like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings are very popular. 


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Monday, 15 August 2016

Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower

HAAKON'S HALL 

Håkon’s Hall in the Bergen Fortress Bergenhus is almost 750 years old. The castle was built by King Håkon Håkonsson as a royal residence with an impressive banqueting hall. The construction lasted between 1247 and 1261. 

Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower

When the royal offspring Magnus Håkonsson Lagabøte married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. “The King held court in the stone hall”, says an ancient saga. At that time, Bergen was Norway’s largest and most important town, and Håkon’s Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway’s first complete set of laws. 

When Norway unified with the other Scandinavian countries, the castle’s significance diminished. Once there was built a grain barn! In the XIX century, it was decided to restore the castle’s former glory. 

Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower

The castle, including Haakon's Hall, was severely damaged during the World War II, and romantic mural and ceiling paintings were lost forever. But even today its sick walls keep the echo of Medieval feasts. As a national historic landmark, Håkon’s Hall is used sometimes for official ceremonies. 

The Haakon's Hall is closed on special occasions, like Bergen International Festival, and at Christmas and Easter. 

ROSENKRANTZ TOWER 

Rosenkrantz Tower, a fortification building of later period, is situated nearby Håkon’s Hall at Bergenhus fortress. It was built in 1560 by the order of Erik Rosenkrantz, governor of Berghus who decided to enforce the fortress with defense constructions, which replaced older ones that were erected under King Magnus himself and dated back to 1270. 

Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower

The tower modified and expanded with the times; cannonry was installed on the roof. At that time, Bergen joined the Hanseatic League and received a special status because its office was opened there. The merchants’ weight and influence was growing. The point of the tower was, inter alia, to demonstrate power able to confront the independent League. It faces Bryggen, former center of business trade, with all its loopholes. 

The Tower has become the part of the Bergen City Museum since 1966. 


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KODE Art Museum of Bergen is situated in the very center of the town, on the shore of Bergen Lake in front of the Park. Since spring 2013 the Museum’s four buildings are named simply KODE-1, KODE-2 etc. These buildings combine into one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. The collections of KODE include various masterpieces of world art from the Renaissance to the modern times. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KODE Art Museum can boast a long and impressive history. The decision to set up an art museum was taken in 1825, in 1887 the Museum of Decorative Art was open in Bergen

Today KODE displays around 43,000 objects ranging from paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations, videos, musical instruments, furniture and works of fine craft and design. The major part was received from private collectors. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

For example, the China Collection, one of Europe’s largest collections of Chinese art and artisanal handicraft. It numbers 2,500 items and contains all kinds of Chinese art, and spans a time period ranging from the early Stone Age to the beginning of the 20th century. The China Collection was donated in its entirety by the adventurer and general Johan Munthe from 1907 to 1935. 

The Silver Treasure was donated to the Museum in 2007 and contains about 600 amazing golden and silver objects that were created in Bergen for 500 years. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

Serious changes started in 2006, when KODE combined five museums in one: Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Harald Sæverud Museum Siljustøl, Ole Bull Museum Lysøen, and the long-established institutions Bergen Art Museum (which includes Lyserket, Stenersen and the Rasmus Meyer Collection) and Permanenten – West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. 

The entrance ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE 1-4 for two days. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

In order to navigate easily among the four KODE buildings, it is important to know general vectors. KODE-1 is former West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. It displays the China Collection, the Silver Treasure, objects of design, arts and crafts for the last 500 years and temporal exhibitions. KODE-2 exhibits the Stenersen’s collection. Modern art, permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the largest museum shop can be found at the ground floor next to the café. KODE-3 displays the Rasmus Meyer Collection, one of the richest collection of Edvard Munch’s works as well as Norwegian Art of the XVIII-XIX centuries. KODE-4 offers the largest, oldest and permanent collection of paintings from Klee and Picasso to Miro and Dali. KunstLab is situated there as well. 

KODE Art Museum in Bergen

KunstLab is the first in the country interactive museum for children and youths. Here visitors are free to explore the world of art through play and experimentation. The entrance here for all visitors younger 16 is free. 


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Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The national pride of Norway in the field of belles-lettres, playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen is recognized as the founder of the modern drama, and alongside William Shakespeare, he is the most performed playwright in the world. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

Several of his later dramas were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theater was expected to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's later work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. 

EXHIBITION 

The Ibsen Museum is situated in Henrik Ibsen's home in Oslo where the writer spent the last 11 years of his life and wrote his last two plays. 

The Museum managed to keep the authentic interior and Ibsen's furniture. In particular, the writer’s study looks exactly the same as when Ibsen used it. The interior of other rooms was restored to the way it was when Ibsen and his wife Suzannah lived there. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The most famous room in the Museum is the bedroom where the writer died on May 23rd, 1906. According to the legend, when the nurse attending him told a visitor that he was a little better, Ibsen contradicted her with “On the contrary” ("Tvert imod") and died. What Herr Henrik really meant remains a mystery. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The Ibsen Museum was founded by Knut Wigert in June 1990 and was withdrawn to Norsk Folkemuseum in March 1993. Since then, The Ibsen Musuem has been a part of Norsk Folkemuseum. 

OPENING HOURS 

The Summer Season 

From 15 May to 14 September: Monday-Sunday 11:00 – 18:00. 

Admittance to Ibsen’s apartment only with guided tours. Monday-Sunday at 11:00 – 17:00 every hour on the hour. Only 15 persons per guided tour. Visitors can buy tickets to later guided tours the same day. The tour takes approximately 30 min. 

The Winter Season 

From 15 September to 14 May: Monday-Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00 Thursdays until 18:00. 

Admittance to Ibsen’s apartment only with guided tours. Tuesday-Sunday from 11.00 – 15:00 every hour on the hour. On Thursdays also 16:00 and 17:00. Only 15 persons per guided tour. Visitors can buy tickets to later guided tours the same day. The tour takes approximately 30 min. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

Entrance Fees 

Including guided tour of Ibsen's apartment: 
  • Adults: NOK 115 
  • Students, seniors and groups: NOK 75 
  • Children: NOK 30 
  • Children under 6 years: Free 
  • Families: NOK 230 

Address: Henrik Ibsens gate, 26. 


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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Fjords of Norway

Reportedly, Norway does not offer many tourist attractions – unless you go to the mountains, of course. If you do, you will face the truly Norwegian magic. If you are fond of dramatic landscapes and unusual natural phenomena, the Norwegian mountains may become a mysterious adventure for you! 

Fjords of Norway

The most unique phenomenon here in Norway are famous fjords. Historically, these mountain inlets appeared many thousands ears ago during the Ice Age. When the glacier slided away, they created curved sea creeks in the western part of the country. Later those inlets became the true jewel of the local landscapes. 

The fjords are cozily located in the northern part of the western coast. Among them are the longest inlets that are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Nærøyfjord and the Hardangerfjord

Thanks to the warm Gulf Stream, the climate in the region is soft, and each season has its own beauty. In fall, the landscape is decorated with yellow leaves and scarlet bunches of mountain ash. Local sellers offer ripe fruit and vegetables to the tourists. In winter, all lovers of mountain skiing visit the surroundings. In the same time the water in the fjords practically never freezes. 

Fjords of Norway

In spring, the mountain slopes are covered with green grass and bright flowers, the gardens are in blossom. That is why many tourists prefer to visit Norway in spring. In summer, the temperature seldom goes beyond +25 degrees Celsius. Thick leaf and coniferous woods rustle softly in the wind. People swim in warm waters of the fjords, and spend the whole days in the nature. 

Although fjords can be found in many countries, the Norwegian ones are considered the most picturesque. It is impossible to visit each of the numerous Norwegian fjords. Still, you may see the most beautiful ones! 

SOGNEFJORD 

This is the largest fjord in Europe, and the second in the world just after the Scoresby Sund in Greenland. 

Here you may find the striking cultural sites – wooden churches. There are 28 wooden churches left in Norway, and five most ancient of them are located not far from the Sognefjord. Urnes Church is the only stave church in the world included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. 

Fjords of Norway

Not far from the Sognefjord, there is a small town of Voss, the center for outdoor adventures all year round. Voss is the starting point of a difficult hiking route. All visitors should consider a day out white water rafting or kayaking. 

The depth of the King of Fjords, as the Sognefjord is called in Norway, is 1308 meters. Its length is almost 200 km. 

HARDANGERFJORD 

The most beautiful fjord of Norway is located to the other side if Voss. Most people visit it in spring, when orchards start to blossom. 

Fjords of Norway

The standard touristic route here includes the boat-trip along the fjord and the excursion to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau with the outstanding views to the local glaciers and waterfalls. 

Mark Folgefonna Glacier, the third largest glacier of mainland Norway. Here you can ski the whole year round! The most picturesque waterfall here is Vøringsfossen, its height is 182 meters, of which 145 meters is a direct drop. 

GEIRANGERFJORD 

High mountains (2000 meters), a deep inlet (600-700 meters) and admirable nature – all these elements made the Geirangerfjord a true pearl among other fjords. Every year roughly 600 thousand visitors around the world come here to see this natural masterpiece. 

Fjords of Norway

Usually the tourists visit the fjord in summer, when two convenient roads – Trollstigen mountain road (Trolls’ Ladder) and Nibbvegen – are open. In the cold season there is only Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road). Though the latter road is quite difficult, there is a viewpoint at the top with breathtaking views. From the Ørnevegen sightseeing platform, you can take incredibly beautiful photos of the fjord, the Seven Sisters waterfall and the alpine farm of Knivsflå. 

If you are interested in the history of the fjord region, go to the Geiranger Fjord Centre as well as Jostedalsbreen nasjonalpark – one of the numerous national parks of Norway. 

NÆRØYFJORD 

Nærøy is one of the Sognefjord’s arms. Its length is just 17 km. It is famous because in the narrowest part of the inlet the distance between the mountain slopes is no more than 250 meters. The fjord waters are surrounded by high snow-covered mountain peaks (up to 1700 meters high), coniferous forests and cascades of mountain waterfalls. 

Boat-trips here are the best and most picturesque in winter. 

Fjords of Norway

Den Kongelige Postveg/Kongevegen (The Royal Post Road) is a picturesque path along the shores of the Nærøyfjord from Bleiklindi to Styvi. It is open for hikers the whole year round. 

According to the legend, the patron of the world’s narrowest fjord is Njord, the Norwegian god of seafarers and the sea. However, mortal peple like this place as well – there are numerous farmers’ settlements along the coasts of the Nærøyfjord. 

The most popular tour here is the famous “Norway in a Nutshell” trip that takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord scenery, including the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. 

FEATURES OF THE TRIP TO THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS 

Fjords of Norway
  • Stunning views to the snow-covered mountain peaks, curved ridges and steep rocks; 
  • Soft climate and clear fresh mountain air; 
  • Accessibility all year round; 
  • Diversity of pastimes: boat trips, hiking routes, active sports; 
  • Unity with the unique Norwegian nature. 


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