In Western Norway, we have many opportunities for active leisure. The fjords is a great playground for those who love activities like kayaking, rafting, skiing, glacier hiking, biking and hiking. Or those who just love beautiful and untouched nature.
Below you can read some stories from the fjords. We hope this will inspire you to come and visit us, and maybe help you to find places to go, great road trips, places to stay and things to do and see.
In 1999, I was kayaking the Lustrafjord for the first time. In June 2019, twenty years later, I did it again. It almost went wrong, but I was lucky and “Saved by the Bell”. 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.
This is a roundtrip I had in the Ryfylke and Hardangerfjord area visiting some of Norway´s most famous and beautiful tourist-icons; Preikestolen, the Lysefjord, Hardanger and the Hardangerfjord. Lake Bondusvatnet and the Bondhusbreen Glacier was one of Norway´s first tourist attractions, and I have wanted to visit this place for many years. It was autumn and a great time for hiking in the mountains.
Sometimes the road is the goal. I was heading towards Sogndal and the Sognefjord, but decided to take a detour to Nordfjord to see more of the beautiful county of Sogn og Fjordane. Just after midnight, I arrived Hjelle by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet in Oppstryn. It was late September, and the nights had become darker than during the summer.
It was late May, 2014. We drove from Oslo to visit Fjærland in Sogn, to spend some days in this picturesque village surrounded by fjord, mountains and glaciers. May is a great month to visit the fjords. There are still snow in the mountains, the valleys are green, and the apple trees are blossoming.
I didn´t have much time so it had to be a “turbo-tour” to the Sognefjord this time. The next 31 hours, I would experience the Bergen Railway, Biking the Flåmsdalen Valley, join a Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, hike along the Nærøyfjord and before taking the Flåm Railway from Flåm to Myrdal.
I headed towards Marifjøra in Luster, a great place to start kayaking on the Lustrafjord which is a branch of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord. My goal was just to have a nice day in my kayak on the fjord, but I also wanted to visit Urnes Stave Church, our oldest church from the Viking Age and part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
It was late August, and we drove from Oslo towards Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord in western Norway. We had our kayaks on the car roof, and planned to kayak the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord for a few days.
I just want to send a big “THANKS” to all the farmers that are working every day to decorate the fjords. If it hadn´t been for the farmers and all their animals, the landscape surrounding the fjords wouldn´t have been so beautiful as it is today. These pictures would not exist if it hadn´t been for the farmers. For generations they have worked so hard to survive in the harsh Norwegian nature.