About the Norwegian Fjords

Hurtigruten in Hjorundfjord by Arne Gjære, Hurtigruten

In Norway we have a lot of fjords cutting a long way into the land from the coast. The main fjords are located in the western parts of southern Norway. The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway, stretching 205 km inland to the tiny village of Skjolden, thus you will find salt sea water in the middle of the country.

UNESCO Fjords: 
The beautiful Geirangerfjord and the narrow Naeroyfjord are both on the UNESCO list of natural sites. The Naeroyfjord is a narrower branch of the main Sognefjord.

Cruise Fjord Norway by Jonny Akselsen, Fjord Norway

Cruise on the Sognefjord

Fjord Tours

The easiest way of seeing the fjords is on a round trip including scenic fjord cruises, spectacular rail trips (Flam Railway, Bergen Line, Rauma Line), picturesque Bergen, tiny fjord villages. Most of the trips start and finish in Oslo. The trips are independent (you will not travel with a group).
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Hardangerfjord on a summer day by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Beautiful Hardangerfjord

How did the Norwegian fjords occur?

During the ice age both the ice and the rivers carved deep valleys in the mountains. As the climate changed, most of the ice melted, and the valleys were gradually filled with salt water from the coast, thus creating the fjords. Not all of the ice melted though, leaving parts of the high mountain areas covered with ice, thus creating the glaciers.

The main fjords of Norway:
The Geirangerfjord, the Nordfjord, the Sognefjord with the Naeroyfjord branch, and the Hardangerfjord. The Naeroyfjord and the Geirangerfjord are both on the UNESCO World Heritage Natural List.
Pictures from the Norwegian fjords

Ferry on Geirangerfjord by Samuel Taipale, Visit Norway

Ferry on Geirangerfjord

Challenging geography (or topography)

The fjords are quite unique and beautiful, but naturally they have also been a challenge for the road planners… thus a ferry crossing the fjord is a typical sight in Norway. Ferries serve as both transportation for locals but also as part of sightseeing tours for tourists. In fact, the ferries are defined as part of the road system. The summer of 2013 a new bridge across the Hardangerfjord opened.

On the shores of Hardangerfjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Fruit tree blossom by Hardangerfjord

The fruit blossom by the Hardangerfjord

is truly amazing. In May/June when the fruit trees are in blossom, is Hardanger at its most beautiful. Depending on a warm or cold spring the blossoming season varies from year to year. Apples from the Hardangerfjord area are particularly tasty. Tiny sales tables along the roads is a common sight after the fruit harvest.
You can visit the Hardangerfjord on this tour

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