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THE 4 FJORD COUNTIES

Click on the different Fjord Counties on the map for pictures and detailed information. Below, you will also find the main links for the four Fjord Counties.

Møre & Romsdal Sogn & Fjordane Hordaland Rogaland Møre & Romsdal Sogn & Fjordane Hordaland Rogaland

MØRE OG ROMSDAL

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Åndalsnes & Romsdal
Trollstigen
The Geirangerfjord
Ålesund & Sunnmøre

SOGN OG FJORDANE

The Sognefjord
Flåm
Flåm from the Cocpit
Lærdal
The Fjord Coast
Sunnfjord
Stryn

Nordfjord

HORDALAND

Bergen
Nordhordland
Hardangerfjord
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Voss

ROGALAND

Ryfylke & Lysefjord
Røldal
Haugesund & Haugalandet
The Stavanger Region
The Lysefjord

From Oslo to the Western Fjords

Fjord-Cruise on the Geirangerfjord. View towards "The Seven Sisters Waterfall".anger and the GeirangerfjordIs 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?

There are many questions on how, where and how long time you need to experience the Western Fjords from Oslo. We recommend two UNESCO-protected fjords; the Nærøyfjord (fjordtour #1) and the Geirangerfjord (fjordtour #2). See below for more information about the two fjordtours. We also recommend to plan and book your trip at FjordTours.

 
 
 
 
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If you plan to visit the Western Norwegian Fjords, we recommend you to book your adventure online at Fjord Tours and to buy the Fjord Pass. Fjord Tours are experts on Norway and the fjords, and you will find all information you need on their website. You can book travel, accommodation, fjord cruises and activities. Fjord Pass will give you discount on all of this, from car rental to activities and accommodation.
Fjordtour #1:
Norway in a nutshell, from Oslo to Flåm & the Nærøyfjord
Norway in a Nutshell by Fjordtours

Tour Summary: Train from Oslo via the wild and beautiful Flåmsbana Railway to Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord. Then fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
Return to Oslo: Bus from Gudvangen via the hairpin-road Stalheimskleiva to Voss, then train from Voss on the Bergen Railway back to Oslo.
Season: All year.
Time to spend: Day trip or more, available all year. But we recommend to stay longer and experience more.
Booking: Book this roundtrip with train, bus, fjord cruise, activities and accommodation at Fjord Tours

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Activities in the Nærøyfjord area

The Flåmsbana Railway between Myrdal and Flåm is voted as one of Europe´s most scenic Rail Journeys by Lonely Planet.

Fjordcruise: You can go by rib boat or ferry from Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. In addition, this area is a fantastic place for fjordsafari, kayaking in the fjords and hiking along the fjords and on the surrounding mountains.

The Stegastein Viewpoint: The award-winning viewpoint is a walkway of solid pine sticking 31 metres straight into the air. You are 640 metres above the Aurlandsfjord, from here you have a fantastic view of the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The mountain-road between Aurland and Lærdal is one of Norways 18 National Tourist Route and is closed during winter. But the road up to the viewpoint is open all year.

Cycling Rallarvegen (the Navvies Road) from Finse to Flåm: This is a must. You take the first train in the morning from Flåm to Finse. Get your bikes at Hotel Finse 1222. You cycle mostly dowhill beside lakes, rivers and waterfalls down to the Flåm Valley which takes 6-8 hours or more. You can leave the bike at the Flåm Railway Station before you enjoy an ice cold beer from Ægir Brewery at the harbour.

If you want to have a day or two walking in this area, you should check out the Aurlandsdalen Valley. Wild scenery, wild rivers, narrow valleys, much history from old Norway and how they were living at that time. Many people consider this is the most beautiful and wildest valley in Norway.

From Flåm, via boat or car, you can visit the small village Undredal. Here you will find Norway´s smallest church. It is actually a stave church and had its 850 years celebration in 1997.

After you have experienced the Fjord-Cruise between Flåm and Gudvangen, you can travel with bus from Gudvangen via the Stalheimskleiva Road to Voss. Stalheimskleiva is the name of the 1.5-kilometre long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen Valley to the top at Stalheim. On its way to the top, the road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends.  From Voss you can travel by train back to Oslo, on the Bergensbanen Railway.

Fjordtour #2:
The Geirangerfjord and Norway in a Nutshell, from Oslo
Fjord Tours - Geirangerfjord & Norway in a Nutshell
Tour Summary: Train from Oslo with Dovrebanen Railway to Dombås. Continue from Dombås with the pictueresque Raumabanen Railway to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. Bus from Åndalsnes to Ålesund. Hurtigruten coastal cruise Ålesund-Geiranger, Bus Geiranger-Ålesund included the Eagle Road. Hurtigruten coastal cruise Ålesund-Bergen, Norway in a nutshell® Bergen-Oslo
Return to Oslo: See above.
Season: 1st June to 31st August
Time to spend: Four days or more.
Booking: Book this roundtrip with train, bus, fjord cruise, Hurtigruten coastal cruise, activities and accommodation at Fjord Tours
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Activities in the Trollstigen and Geirangerfjord area

The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

At Åndalsnes, we recommend you to hike the Romsdalstrappa Path up to Mt. Nesaksla (715 metres above sea level) and experience the Rampestreken Viewpoint where you have a great view over the Romsdalsfjord, the Rauma River and the Isterdalen valley. If you have a day extra, you should hike the Romsdalseggen Mountain Ridge, one of Norway´s great hikes with view towards the Romsdalen Valley and it´s surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and far out to the Atlantic Coast.

Trollstigen, together with Geiranger, is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. There are two new viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road. You can hike in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are to the edge of Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.

The 68 kilometre long road between Trollstigen and Geiranger is one of 18 tourist routes in Norway. Parts of this road are closed during winter; it usually openes in May and closes in October, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains.

Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometres from Valldal, you should stop at the new view point at Gudbrandsjuvet. This is one of many architectural constructions made in connection with the road´s status as a National Tourist Route. Here you can visit Juvet Hotel. This hotel has won many prizes for its special construction and integration into its wild and beautiful surroundings. At Valldal, tasing the the strawberries from the local farms is a must - the best strawberries in the world! If you want to feel the adrenaline pumping, Valldal Naturpplevingar takes you down the Valldøla River in river kayaks or rafts.

Continue to Linge from where you cross the Storfjord by ferry to Eidsdal, a small and cosy town down by the Storfjord. Then drive over the mountainpass from Eidsdal to the steep Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road). On the upper part of the steep hillside there is a viewpoint where you can stop and see Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord from a birds-eye perspective. From here you can also see the famous waterfall "The Seven Sisters" cascading into the fjord.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Each year, hundreds of thousands tourists visit this area. Kayaking, RIB-boating or ferry are all great ways to experience this majestic fjord. You can combine a boat trip and mountain hiking to one of many abandoned mountain farms, like Skageflå and Knivsflå, and hike the mountain back to Geiranger.

Drive to the viewpoints at Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet and Ørnesvingen (the Eagles Road) and see the view towards the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. If you bring your skis you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Centre, 57 kilometres from Geiranger. You can also stay a night at Hotel Union and enjoy the Spa-facilities there with wonderful fjord views.

From Geiranger, you can return back to Oslo tha same way as you came. Or you can take a bus via Grotli to Otta, from where you can take the train back to Oslo.Another obtion is to take bus via the Valdresflye National Tourist Route back to Oslo.

 
 
 
The weather is very important during such a round-trip in western Norway. The best time is June to August. But also May is a beautiful month - where spring meets summer, with green valleys and snowy mountains. Note that some of the roads are closed during winter. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains these roads are usually open between late May and early June.
Weather Forecast for Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane
Weather Forecast for Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal
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