The fjord landscapes of western Norway are so utterly unique and so profoundly beautiful that many people rate them as the most impressive landscapes on the planet.
A fjord looks like a lake but is, in fact, a slender arm of the salty seas, reaching deep inland. As you enter one, it can seem self-contained, entirely its own, until you turn a corner and another fjord opens before you.
Renting a car in Norway is expensive. You will be able to reach most of the places you want to visit by public transport and there is no need to join a tourgroup either, but it will require a bit of planning from your side.
Many Norwegians still tend to think of themselves as the inheritors of a life of hardship and risk. But they live today in one of the gentlest, most protective countries on earth, and it is commonly agreed that the nanny state has replaced the state of nature as Norway’s dominant reality. In earlier centuries, the steep hills and winding waterways of the area of western Norway bred hard living.
When first presented with such beauty it’s hardly surprisingly that many people are left pondering how such a geological wonder formed. The answer is simple (well, kind of simple). Some 450 million years ago the mountainous west coast of what is today Norway was part of an enormous mountain range with peaks so high they would have been able to fondly stroke the summit of Mt Everest and ask him what he would like to be when he grows up.
Some of The Famous Fjords
Nordfjord is favored for its perfect blend of incredible scenery, historic sites and wide range of fun activities. No matter what the season, Nordfjord offers plenty of things to see and do such as taking a boat cruise around the fjord itself to revel in its awe-inspiring beauty.
Lysefjorden attracts around 300,000 visitors annually. What makes this fjord so special is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. Standing atop the wide, flat plateau of Pulpit Rock gives visitors an adrenaline rush like no other as they tower nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet) up in the open sky over the vast fjord.
With its remarkable scenery of deep blue waters and majestic mountains, it is no wonder that the Geirangerfjord is among the most visited Norwegian fjords. When visiting here, a must-do is a sightseeing cruise on the fjord to view its astonishing beauty and its famous waterfalls, the Seven Sisters, which plunge directly into the fjord. Exciting opportunities abound here as well like winter skiing, excellent fishing, canoeing and river rafting, and hiking trails that provide some of Norway’s most dramatic views.
Hardangerfjord is popularized by its vibrant region that is often called the Orchard of Norway because of its colorful fruit trees and gardens. Many travelers choose to visit here during May to see the blossoming of trees like apples, plums, cherries and pears. In addition to kayaking and boat cruising around the magnificent fjord, visitors can explore the surrounding region by scenic drives as well as hiking and cycling trails to see a number of natural wonders here such as Norway’s most spectacular waterfall, the Vøringsfossen Waterfall.