The UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord

The Nærøyfjord in Sogn is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. The name Nærøyfjord origin from the norse god ‘Njord’, the God of the Seafarer and the sea.

It is one of many fjordarms in the 204 km long Sognefjord. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord became a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage together with the Geirangerfjord.

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Kayaking the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord


The Nærøyfjord is a 18 kilometers long branch of the worlds second longest fjord, the Sognefjord (204 kilometers long). It is only 250 meters at the narrowest, and more than one kilometer at the widest. The depth varies between 10 and 500 meters. The surrounding mountains are up to more than 1400 meters high.

Read article from a hike along the Nærøyfjord…

On July 14th 2005, the Nærøyfjord and the surrounding area was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List together with the Geirangerfjord. Read UNESCO’s own characterization of the Fjord heritage: Click here…

The Nærøyfjord is a fjord in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane. It starts at Gudvangen and ends at the mountain Beitelen, which divides the two fjords Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. In Nærøyfjord, we have the small villages Gudvangen, Bakka, Styvi and Dyrdal. Dyrdal and Styvi are the only places without permanent inhabitants during the winter, and is without road connection.

The tourist “high” season lasts from 1st if may to 30th of september. In the period between May 15th and August 10th (2017), you can take the Fjord2-ferry from Gudvangen, out the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord to Kaupanger in Sognefjord, a 2 hour “ferrytail” in the Sognefjord – the King of the Fjords. You can also visit the fjord by other boats or by kayaks, or you can do a fjordsafari in a RIB-boat.

We also recommend you to walk in the surrounding mountains. This will give you a tremendous view over the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord area. See pictures from the Aurlandsfjord area below:

You can visit the Nærøyfjord all year round. But during the winter, the fjord may be periodically covered by ice. More and more tourists are visiting the Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord during the winter.

The Nærøyfjord is an adventure. The fjord is steep and deep, shallow and wide, wild and gentle. You can experience it from boat, in kayak or by hiking in the surrounding mountains and valleys. Breath in the fresh air and drink the pure water straight from one of many waterfalls and rivers ending into the fjord. Listen to the silence, to the nature, to the sounds from the waterfalls and the fjord.


Useful Links:

Visit Norway: The Sognefjord
Official page for the Sognefjord:
Fjord 2: Ferry on the Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord
Nærøyfjorden World Heritage park
Tourist Information: Flåm and the Nærøyfjord Area
Official page for Norway:
Official page for Fjord Norway:
Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities:
Fjord Pass Discounts:


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