With a sprawling coastline of 1500 kilometers, Norway has more than 1000 beautiful fjords, all of them with their unique characteristics. These long and narrow saltwater inlets boast some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway. We run specially curated tours like this one to the Fjords of Norway. Read on to explore the most beautiful fjords in Norway:
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the undisputed king of Norwegian fjords. This remarkably attractive stretch of water is situated in the Sunnmøre region. With a backdrop of towering peaks and deep blue waters, this picturesque location is a must-visit when you’re in Norway. The fjord is famous for its “Seven Sisters”, a set of seven waterfalls that fall from 250 meters into the fjord. Two strategically placed viewpoints- “Bridal Veil” and “The Suitor” are photographers’ paradise. Some other popular viewing sites are Geiranger Skywalk in Dalsnibba and the Flydalsjuvet.
Dubbed “the King of the fjords” for its immense size (205 kilometers), Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the second-longest in the world. It is extraordinary not only for its length and depth but also its height- a southeastern mountain range rises 2000 meters over the fjord. This fjord is the dream destination for people keen on exploring Norway’s true wilderness. Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen, two famous natural parks in Norway are found in this region. To truly appreciate the beauty of this place, you can hike up the mountain trails, and even visit the Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier.
This 17 kilometers long and 250 meters wide fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord is an extension of the mighty Sognefjord. It is surrounded by flowing waterfalls and snow-capped mountain peaks. The fjord is unusually narrow and makes for a truly close encounter with the surrounding landscape and is thus popular for its cruises. Usually, visitors cover Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, (which is the eastern fork of Sognefjord) in a single two-hour ferry trip. Visitors enjoy kayaking along these two famous fjords, for a truly exhilarating experience away from the tourist crowds.
Lysefjord is famous for the massive, 640-meter high wedge of rock called Preikestolen, or “Pulpit Rock”. Apart from the majestic views that this 25-kilometer long fjord has to offer, you can also take in the scenery from the 3000 meter-high peaks, unique rock formations, and the world’s longest wooden stairway (4,444 steps). The landscape surrounding Lysefjord is littered with hiking trails and lookout points. The village of Forsand is situated at the entrance of the fjord and is an excellent starting point and base to explore the area and reach Lysebotn or Floral.
This tiny fjord is just 20 kilometers long and 100 meters wide, but it makes up for its small size with its magnificence. Entry to this fjord is only by boat, which makes for a dramatic entrance. The surrounding mountain peaks are as high as 1100 meters and add to the imposing and breath-taking landscape. The dark and inky waters of Trollfjord often reflect the various eagles that swoop above, adding to the mystic beauty of this place. To get to this amazing fjord, you can take a cruise or boat trip from Hurtigruten.
One of the least-visited fjords in Norway, Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the sharp mountain peaks of Sunnmørsalpene. Dense forests line the sides of this fjord, adding to its alpine appeal. The forested Sunnmøre Alps surrounding this 35-kilometer fjord have peaks reaching as high as 1500 meters above the water. Although this fjord is not frequented by many visitors, it is still easily accessible and can be easily covered in a single day trip to Ålesund. The small scenic villages dotting the landscape of Hjørundfjord are also well worth a visit. There are some amazing treks in the area and some of the best bases for hiking include Barstadvik, Sykkylven, Ytre Standal, Ørsta, Stordal, Stranda, and Volda.
This 180-kilometer long fjord is the third-longest fjord in the world and second-longest in Norway after Sognefjord. The road running along this fjord is the perfect site to have a road trip and enjoy its beauty. The picturesque village of Odda is situated at the end of this fjord and is an excellent base for outdoor activities and trips to the famous rock formation of Trolltunga. The waterway narrows as you move further inland and passes the national park of Folgefonna, followed by the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The area of Hardangerfjord offers several hiking opportunities and other outdoor activities, apart from granting stunning views of the landscape.
This 106-kilometer long fjord is a popular cruise ship destination. Cruising in the waterway, you can experience the impressive mountains, flowing blue waterways, and the amazing Jostedalsbreen glacier. The town of Loen, famous for its Loen Skylift is situated in Nordfjord. The skylift takes you up to the top of Mount Hoven in just 5 minutes. The small village of Olden is a popular base to participate in various outdoor activities, like hiking, cycling, and even skiing. The nearby Briksdal glacier is also easily accessible from Olden. The place also has two beautiful churches.
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