Norway - Where seals and eagles reign

Norway - Where seals and eagles reign

Stunning scenery, with deep blue fjords, flowing waterfalls and sharp, snow-capped mountains that tower high above the water. With more than 1,000 fjords around the country, 10 of which are frequented regularly by cruise ships, it’s no surprise that tourists wonder where to go and which fjords to see. These are the most famous ones…

The deep south: The Lysefjord

The Lysefjord is the southernmost of the fjords of Western Norway. Here you’ll find several famous destinations, for example the viewing points of Kjerag and Preikestolen. They can be reached on a day trip from the nearby city of Stavanger.

Length: 42 kilometres.

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National icon: The Hardangerfjord

The second longest fjord in Norway stretches from the Atlantic Ocean, just south of Bergen, all the way to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in the middle of the country. The Hardangerfjord is a national icon, while its most important and longest side arms are the Sørfjord and the Eidfjord.

Length: 179 kilometres.

Wandering in wonderland: The Aurlandsfjord

The Aurlandsfjord is a narrow, lush branch of Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord. The village of Flåm is located beside the Aurlandsfjord, and you can head there on the highly esteemed Flåm Railway.

Length: 29 kilometres.

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UNESCO branch: The Nærøyfjord

The Nærøyfjord is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It has a narrow passages (only about 250 metres wide in some places), and is surrounded by steep mountainsides and flowing waterfalls. In the middle of this dramatic scenery you can see small, traditional farms and other dwellings nestled on the hillsides along the fjord.

Length: 18 kilometres.

All fjords in one: The Sognefjord

The Sognefjord is called "the king of the fjords" for many reasons. It has a superior location and, as the longest of Norway's fjords, extends more than 200 kilometres into the country and measures 1,308 metres at its deepest point. The Sognefjord is also among the widest fjords and has numerous side arms that are far narrower than the main fjord.

Length: 204 kilometres.

Walls of waterfalls: The Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is also included on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites and is often said to be the most dazzling of the fjords. Visitors are enchanted by its almost vertical mountainsides embellished with numerous waterfalls and topped by snow-capped mountain peaks that look like gigantic ice cream cones throughout the entire year. Three waterfalls are particularly well known: De syv søstrene (The Seven Sisters), Friaren (The Suitor) and Brudesløret (The Bridal Veil).

Length: 15 kilometres.

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Embraced by silence: The Hjørundfjord

The Hjørundfjord has much of the same dramatic physical attributes as the Geirangerfjord, but with far fewer tourists and more pristine nature. Quaint villages are scattered along the length of this fjord.

Length: 35 kilometres.

Rock and roam: The Romsdalsfjord

The Romsdal area is known for its diverse nature. While the western part is dominated by coastal landscape with lots of isles, the inner part consists of long fjords and steep mountains. Three well known tourist attractions in this area include the winding mountain road Trollstigen, the Rampestreken viewing point above the city of Åndalsnes and the hiking route across Romsdalsegge ridge. Another attraction is Kirketaket Mountain, which has been voted one of Norway’s top mountains for skiing.

Length: 88 kilometres.

Film location: The Trollfjord

The Trollfjord measures only about 100 metres at its narrowest point, but in the summer it is still frequented daily by cruise ships. In 2016 the Trollfjord received a lot of international attention when the American film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, was filmed here.

Length: 3 kilometres.

Four facts about the fjords

  1. UNESCO has included the fjords of Fjord Norway, exemplified by the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, on its prestigious World Heritage List.
  2. The fjords are often described as "nature’s own work of art", formed when the glaciers retreated and sea water flooded the U-shaped valleys.
  3. Gudvangen and Geiranger, the two innermost villages of the Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord fjords, are among the most popular cruise ship ports in Scandinavia.
  4. The fjords are often very deep, while the Sognefjord is the deepest, dropping to 1,308 metres below sea level.

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