5 Norwegian Fjords to See on Your European Adventure
Norway is famous for its fjords and they are undoubtedly the centerpiece of any trip to this picturesque country. However, when you discover that there are over 1100 fjords in Norway, you may start to feel a little overwhelmed. It’s impossible to see them all, but where do you go for the most extraordinary experiences? We’ve narrowed it down to 5 for you.
This is probably the most famous fjord in Norway, appearing in a popular local film but also providing the inspiring for the landscape in Disney’s Frozen. That has made it a tourist hotspot, so it’s not the place to go if you want solitude. That said, it’s a stunning location with beautiful waterfalls and spectacular views. It’s also under threat from landslides, so you might not want to leave it too long to visit this one.
For scale, you simply can’t beat Sognefjord. It’s the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, stretching for more than 200km and delivering breathtaking views from every angle. Due to its size, though, it’s not the kind of location you can explore properly in a few days. If you want to travel to one location and explore on foot, this is the fjord for you. There are plenty of places to stay on the route.
Combine your fjord sightseeing with a glacier by visiting this area in the Sogn og Fjordane region. As well as delivering gorgeous and memorable views, one of the branches of this fjord has the brilliant Loen Skylift available – that means you can travel to the top of Mt. Hoven in only five minutes. If you’re concerned about hiking around fjords and would rather have a more leisurely experience, Nordfjord would meet your criteria.
This might be a relatively small fjord at only 2km in length, but that makes it something of a hidden gem within Norway. The dark coloring of the rocks coupled with the thick snow can make it feel as though you’ve wandered into a black and white panorama, a sensation only enhanced by the eagles you’ll occasionally find in the area. The major snag with this fjord is that you’ll have to visit by boat and so you’re tied to their itineraries.
If you’re looking for an accessible fjord to visit as part of a wider tour of Norway, look no further. This fjord is right beside the city of Trondheim and runs for 50km from the Norwegian Sea inland. During summer, there are boat tours to take you into the fjord, allowing you to visit islands including a former prison. It’s a great location for someone wanting to stick close to the tourist trails but still hoping to experience the splendor of the Norwegian landscape.