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! 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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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