Fjords are symbols of the beauty of traditional Norway. Places where time moves in its own pace.
There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway, all along the coast. But most of the iconic ones – those you may have seen on the postcards, like the Nærøyfjord, the Sognefjord, the Lysefjord, and the Geirangerfjord – are located in Fjord Norway.
The fjords resemble still blue lakes, but consist of saltwater – they are prolonged arms of the seas, often reaching deep inland with majestic cliffs towering above on both sides. Even though the fjords are often intertwined and you can sail from one fjord to another or back into the sea, visiting the fjords can make you feel like you are in a secluded universe.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life, is essential for locals and visitors alike. Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. The locals try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of where you are. It is all about the quality of life. Not only now, but for the time to come as well.
The fjord landscape is ideal for combining activities, whether you just want to inhale the famous peace and quiet or get an adrenaline rush.
History buffs will find many historical sites, remnants of old buildings, art and folklore museums, open air museum, and Viking vestiges. Unesco World Heritage sites include Bryggen in Bergen, Urnes Stave Church, the fjords of Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord, and the surrounding landscapes. There are several national parks in the area with marked trails, self-service cabins, staffed lodges, wild animals, lakes, rivers, glaciers, and visitor centers.
The fjords exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 meters from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 meters below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains.
Arriving in Fjord Norway by train is a scenic experience and is often an easy way to access the fjords (except in Northern Norway). The traditional coastal express Hurtigruten calls at ports all along the coast of Fjord Norway. Both short and more extensive guided tours are offered at most cities and places, and are effective and rewarding ways to explore the landscapes.
Five facts about Norwegian 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 seawater flooded the U-shaped valleys.
3. Gudvangen and Geiranger, the two innermost villages of the Nærøfjord and the Geirangerfjord, are amongst the most popular cruise ship ports in Scandinavia.
4. Thanks to the warming Gulf Stream and air currents caused by the Coriolis effect, the Norwegian fjords enjoy a relatively mild climate and remain virtually ice-free.
5. The fjords are often very deep, and the Sognefjord is the deepest as it drops 1,308 meters below sea level.
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