Norway is synonymous with fjords – that’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of this beautiful country. And for good reason: The fjords are Norway’s main attraction!
Typical of Scandinavia, the dramatic fjord vistas – the narrow waterways, coming in off the coast and bordered by steep cliffs – make for some of the most dramatic sights available. The high rock face set against the waters below render the Norwegian fjords one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world..
Though the scenery may vary from fjord to fjord, spectacular waterfalls, sparkling glaciers, and adventurous caves are all part of the panoply. Norway’s ancient ruins, from Viking times and earlier, are scattered among the stunning panoramas of bright wildflowers, and verdant forests which flank the fjords. Besides the scenery, active travelers will delight in the adventure opportunities on offer in the these regions, among them hiking, biking, kayaking, ice-climbing, skiing, and white-water rafting.
With over 4,000 fjords, the entire western coastline of Norway is rippling with splendid views and active vacation opportunities. Hiking through miles of nature trails that meander along the coast, you can bask in the splendour of the fjords from land. Rafting or cruising, the same fjords take on a completely different perspective, yet no less magnificent, from the depths of the waters. You may well enjoy the comfort of a cruise along the calm, smooth mirror-like waters far inland.
Among the most spectacular of the fjords are the Sognefjord and the Nordfjord. The Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway, wends its way inland for more than 125 miles (200 km). Its massive size and depth make it the perfect destination for an overnight cruise. On the way, the 218 m. high Feigumfossen Waterfall presents a majestic view, and the beautiful tiny village of Undredal, famous for its goat cheese, offers a typical portrait of a fjord village. Just a short distance further north, the Nordfjord, covered in ice and snow-capped peaks, is the perfect venue for glacier- climbing and skiing. Close by, you’ll also find the ruins of a 12th century monastery. Among the other superb fjords in this region are the Geirangerfjord, the Vanylvsfjorden, the Stortfjord and the Midfjorden.
Further north the wide Trondheimsfjord, with Trondheim, a lovely vibrant city at its center, has the feel of a series of wide, open lakes, joined by narrow passages. Its lovely landscape, imbued in a soft golden hue, makes it an impressive attraction.
Set on the coast at the entrance to many of the fjords, Bergen and Stavanger are two of the best places to start your travels along the fjords.. Whether you cruise or prefer to stay on terra firma, Norway’s fjords combine a world of magnificent scenery with amazing adventures not to be seen nor experienced anywhere else in the world.
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