Welcome to fjords.com, the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords. Here you will find information that helps you to explore and plan your journey to the four fjord regions in western Norway.
Read about great journeys through the fjords, mountains, valleys and glaciers. You will find stories with beautiful pictures and videos from adventures in the fjords. Keywords are kayaking, hiking, cycling, skiing, summer skiing, rafting and walking on glaciers. Some places are well known tourist areas, other more hidden.
Once in a lifetime, you should visit the Fjords in Western Norway. Here we have some of the longest, deepest, narrowest and most beautiful fjords in the world. And in Norway there are thousands of them. The Sognefjord is the longest one with a length of 204 kilometres. Some places the Sognefjord is more than 1300 metres deep, with the surrounding mountains as high as the fjord is deep. The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage List. And the Norwegian Fjords are voted as the world’s best travel destination by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.
WHAT IS A FJORD
Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level. A fjord is formed when a glacier retreats, after carving its typical U-shaped valley, and the sea fills the resulting valley floor. This forms a narrow, steep sided inlet (sometimes deeper than 1300 metres) connected to the sea. The terminal moraine pushed down the valley by the glacier is left underwater at the fjord’s entrance, causing the water at the neck of the fjord to be shallower than the main body of the fjord behind it.
FROM OSLO TO THE FJORDS
Is it possible to visit the western fjords from Oslo, and spend only one day? I do not have any car, how do I get to the fjords? What fjord do you recommend to visit? What activities can I do in the fjords?
In Western Norway we have fantastic opportunities for active leisure. The western fjords area is a great playground for those who love activities like kayaking, rafting, summer skiing, skiing, glacier walking, cycling and hiking in the mountains, in the valleys and along the fjords. Or those who just love beautiful and untouched nature.
PHOTO SPOTS IN THE FJORDS
There are so many photo spots in Western Norway. Here I present my favourite places for great photography in the fjords and in Western Norway. Take a short detour by car. Go hiking. Or take a Fjordcruise. The prizes are beautiful views and memories for life.
Here is a guide to the best known fjords in Western Norway. Two of the fjords, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway with its 204 kilometres. The Western Norwegian fjords are rated as the worlds best travel destination by the magazine National Geographic Traveler.
NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTES
There are eighteen National Tourist Routes in Norway. Ten of them are located in Western Norway. Common to them all is that the roads are going through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery that Norway has to offer. Here is a brief overview of the National Tourist Routes in Western Norway.