Fjord Guide – The 10 Best Fjords in Norway – Western Norwegian Fjords

Here is a guide to the 10 best fjords in 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 kilometers.

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The Western Norwegian fjords are rated as the worlds best travel destination by the magazine National Geographic Traveler.

 

The fjords in Norway are known for the wild, beautiful and untouched nature. Fjords, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and snow calls for people searching for adventure.

Fresh air, clean flowing water, silence. Hiking, skiing, surfing, kayaking, speed and excitement. The fjords are also great to visit during winter. Read about the Top 10 Fjords in Norway below.

The Romsdalsfjord

From snowy mountains to beautiful coastline of islands and reefs. Experience all this in one day due to the short distance from mountains to coast. Trollstigen, Midsundtrappene, Romsdalseggen and Litlefjellet are great places to visit. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.


The Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is like a fairytale. It is unique and exceptionally beautiful. And the fjord is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You should also take a fjord cruise or join a fjord safari, experience the great view points or hike to Skageflå, one of the abandoned mountain farms. The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.


The Hjørundfjord

This is the “neighbour-fjord” to the more famous Geirangerfjord. The 35 kilometer long Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, watefalls and glaciers. At the innermost part of the fjord you find the villages Sæbø and Øye. Øye with it´s mythical Hotel Union Øye. Maybe you will meet beautiful Linda, the ghost that lives in the hotel, in the “Blue Room”. A popular hike from Øye is to Mt Slogen, a challenging hike with a fantastic view down to the Hjørundfjord.


Nordfjord

The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lake Lovatnet and the Oldedalen Valley is a must to visit. And Hotel Alexandra Loen in Loen is the place to stay. Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.


The Sognefjord

The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep. Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, see the Stave Churches, join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the Sognefjord in a kayak. The Sognefjord is located  located in the northern part of the county of Vestand, in the middle of Western Norway.


The Lustrafjord

The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers. Here you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. Visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall. The hike to Mt Molden in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the fjord. Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal is one of the easiest accessible glaciers in Norway. The Lustrafjord is the innermost branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.


The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord

The Nærøyfjord is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. It is included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the fjord in a kayak. See the view from Stegastein Viewpoint or taste the local Goat Cheese in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord which is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.


The Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord area,  the orchard of Norway, is known for Summer Skiing at Folgefonna Glacier and a spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring. Drive in the Hardanger area and see all the great waterfalls. Hike the famous Trolltunga Hike or the Queens Panorama Trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus. Join a Fjord Cruise on the Hardangerfjord which is located in the southern part of the county of Vestland, near Bergen, in the middle of Western Norway.


The Lysefjord

From island kingdom to deep fjords and high mountains; Ryfylke and the Lysefjord area are known for Preikestolen (the Pulpit rock) and Kjerag. Stay in new innovative cabins while exploring the Lysefjord Area. The Lysefjord is located in the county of Rogaland, near Haugesund and Stavanger, south in Western Norway.

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