Norway is the place where nature shines bright and makes the onlooker instantly bewitched. There are many, many natural gifts which this country has, but none compare the charm with which its fjords are blessed with. In this article, we are going to talk about these magnificent and inexplicably beautiful natural creations that have attracted millions of tourists every year.
A Fjord is basically narrow, deep and stretched out sea marked by steep land along three sides. The mouth of the fjord opens towards the sea and is generally shallow; whereas the inner part of a fjord is known as the sea bottom and is usually wider. These creations have been an inseparable part of the Old Norse mythology, especially in the famous Viking tales.
With inherent beauty and associated incredible Norse stories, one cannot help but feel a strong sense of awe within—and trust us, Norway has loads of them and each one of them is splendid. But, of course, you cannot visit all of them on a trip (of course, unless you are planning to stay for months!) and that is why we have shortlisted the finest of all fjords you must not miss out on.
Let us have a look at 5 most amazing fjords in Norway you should certainly check out:
The word Lysefjordenliterally stands for “Light Fjord”. This incredible fjord is a 42 km long robust beauty circled by light-colored granite that will instantly draw your attention. It is among the most visited fjords in the entire Norway, and this is majorly due to easy access provided through downtown Stavanger from where cruises operate every day.
If we visit the Fjord, make sure you climb up to the Pulpit Rock to not miss out the famous stunning view which everyone talks about.
Hardangerfjord is quite long, about 197 km, and is presently second largest in the country, and for that matter, the third largest in the entire planet.
The fjord, unlike many other Norwegian fjords, is easily accessible; you start from southern Bergen, and while traveling along the route, you get to view the overwhelming waterfalls and towering but serene mountain cliffs that will give you serious withdrawal syndrome once you leave Norway.
You will find plenty towns along the route, giving you access to really cute houses. It is recommended you check out the waterfalls situated in Hardangervidda National Park and hike to the splendid Trolltunga.
We have the deepest and longest fjord in Norway and the second longest fjord across the globe—Sognegforden. When you traverse this fjord, you will stumble upon steep cliffs, farms, tiny villages and many other magnificent views.
One particularly intriguing branch of the fjord is Naeroyfjord which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—it is considered the most charming of all fjords in Norway to visit. It is 17 km long branch whose cliffs are as tall as 1200m and that offer some of the most breath-taking views.
Generally, tourists take the Flam railway to get a good view of the fjord. It is a must-do if you are visiting the fjord.
Blessed with a geographically peculiar location, Magdalenefjord is a wondrous trip for anyone. It is situated along the western Spitsbergen, found in the Svalbard archipelago, off the mainland Norway. The location is remote, cold but blessed with enrapturing greenery. Here the experience takes a whole new level.
The fjord is short, only 8 km long, but it was once a highly popular destination for sailors during the 18thcentury, and you can still find a few graves of those sailors who traveled to this incredible fjord.
Come here if you are seeking remoteness and a surprising concoction of Arctic cold and lush greenery—you will not be disappointed.
The last one on the list is no way less exceptional than others mentioned before. Regarded as the fjord of Norway, this 15 km ford is basically a branch of Storfjord. It is blessed with impeccable blue water rushing along its snow-clad mountains and houses some of the most magical waterfalls of Norway.
It takes only six hours from Northern Bergen to reach here. Even if you are without a car of your own, you can ride on any of those 100 cruise ships which operate on a regular basis. So, you can keep aside all your worries concerning transportation.
Geiranger is a 2005-inducted UNESCO World Heritage Site and while you are on your way towards it, you get to see the Suitor Waterfalls and Seven Sisters. There is a famed waterfall known as a Bridal veil that will give you goosebumps.