Travellers who think of the country of Norway, only think of one thing: fjords. These magical places where the water meets land and the beautiful mountainous indentations in the sea arise is something everyone should have seen in their life. This Scandinavian pearl is bursting with beautiful fjords. These are the five most beautiful.
Norway is known for many impressive fjords; a kind of coves in a mountainous coast, with steep walls. Fjords are created by glacier effect. So sagging glaciers have worn out the fjord. Unlike a lake, a fjord is always connected to the sea. But what are Norway’s most spectacular fjords?
The deep blue Geirangerfjord – an eight-hour drive from the Norwegian city of Bergen – is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has countless wild waterfalls. When the sun shines, this produces the most beautiful rainbows. The Geirangerfjord is “only” a 15-kilometer long arm of the enormous Storfjord. But it is one of the most impressive that you can find in the Norwegian fjords. Drive along the fjord on the well-known mountain road Trollstigen, cut out of the cliff. Not for the scared!
The Geirangerfjord is the most famous fjord in Norway. The reason is simple; this fjord is home to many waterfalls. All waterfalls have been given names. Here you can find the “De Syv Søstrene” (The Seven Sisters), “Brudesløret” (Bridal Veil) and the “Friar”.
The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the third longest fjord in the world. Over 200 kilometers, this magical piece of nature extends through the west of Norway. At its deepest point, the Sognefjord is approximately 1,300 meters deep, while the mountains around the fjord rise up to sometimes 1,700 meters from the water. Amazing pictures guaranteed!
Those who love natural beauty should know that the side arms are even more beautiful than the Sognefjord itself. The Nærøyfjord, the Lustrafjord, the Aurlandsfjord and the Lærdalfjord, they can all compete for the most beautiful fjords of Norway. The Nærøyfjord is a narrow fjord surrounded by high rock walls. Easily accessible from Flam by boat or car. The Lustrafjord has the most beautiful water: the azure blue, turquoise water is beautiful to see. Throughout the year you can experience the beauty during a boat trip or cruise.
A wild fjord with high mountain tops and various rugged landscapes. That characterizes the 40-kilometer-long Lysefjord. This fjord is best known for the Preikestolen – “the Pulpit” – and the phenomenal view from this point. It takes two hours of hiking (and two hours back), but to experience the Pulpit from above is legendary.
The breathtaking Lysefjord is a Norwegian fjord in the municipality of Forsand, Rogaland county close to the Høgsfjord. The name Lysefjorden means light fjord, probably due to the light granite stones along the fjord. The Lysefjord seems to cleave the mountains like an ax blow. Only here and there are grim rock walls interrupted by scarce mountain vegetation and a single farm.
World-famous sights such as Preikestolen and Kjerag lie along the Lysefjord. You cannot miss this during a visit to Norway.
The Lysefjord was formed at the end of the last ice age, when the glaciers melted. The fjord is visited by thousands of tourists every year, in 2006 by nearly 280,000 tourists. Along the fjord are several places: Oanes, Forsand, Høllesli, Vika, Fossmark, Preikestolen, Bratteli, Bakken, Flørli, Songesand, Kjerag and Lysebotn.
Once again a gigantic and impressive fjord is the Hardangerfjord. Impressive rock formations, panoramic views, famous waterfalls and last but not least the famous Trolltunga, a viewpoint that towers 700 meters above the fjord. Take a hike, boat trip or admire the blue glacier ice with a guide.
You hardly see a coastline like Norway’s anywhere. Deep coves, steep rock faces and inimitable twists and turns: the Norwegian fjords are one of a kind.
The Hardangerfjord is the third longest fjord in the world. The Hardangerfjord is located in the province of Hordaland in the heart of Fjord Norway on the west coast of Norway. The Hardangerfjord is easiest to reach from Bergen. From Oslo you can reach the interior of the fjord in just over two hours’ drive. Or take the train from Oslo to Bergen.
The Hardangerfjord is 179 km long. It is the second longest fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world. At its deepest point it is 800 meters deep. Discover the fjord through a boat trip. Popular activities in the area include summer skiing in Folgefonna and hiking on the Hardangervidda, which is the largest mountain plateau in the world.
The Naeroyfjord is the most beautiful, widest branch of the Sognefjord and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the perfect fjord for a cruise vacation, with snowy peaks and waterfalls on the left and right. The cute red houses and farms in the landscape also make the Naeroyfjord an idyllic must-visit.
The Naeroyfjord is a side arm of the Sognefjord, with its more than 200 km the longest fjord in Norway. Since 2005, the Naeroyfjord, together with the Geirangerfjord, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Naeroyfjord is 17 km long and is only 250 meters wide at its narrowest point. It is surrounded by mountains with a height of up to 1760 meters.
The name Nærøyfjord comes from the Norwegian god ‘Njord’, in Norse mythology he was the god of seamanship and sailing skills.
The Nærøyfjord is a relatively small fjord compared to the other Norwegian fjords. This fjord in Norway it is only 17 kilometers long. but despite that, the Sognefjord is perhaps the most beautiful in the world.
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