What is it most people associate Norway with? Norway has many beautiful attractions, like the Lofoten islands with its midnight sun at summertime and Aurora at wintertime, the central mountain range, the Spitzbergen islands and a lot more. But, what most people associate Norway with are the fjords. And if you’ll pay a visit to the Geirangerfjord, Hjørundfjord, Nærøyfjord or one of the other beautiful fjords between Stavanger and Kristiansund, you will understand why Fjord-Norway is so famous. Few places in the world can compare to the beauty that awaits you in Western Norway!
Here I will give you a list of the most beautiful fjords to visit.
Norway’s most beautiful fjord, the Geirangerfjord is world-famous for its breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by mountains reaching up to 1800 meters height, numerous of beautiful waterfalls, green vegetation and glaciers, this is a place you’ll never forget! Because of its breathtaking beauty, the Geirangerfjord was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in 2005.
Another amazing fjord, the Hjørundfjord isn’t among the most well-known in Norway, but it’s highly underrated. The Hjørundfjord offers among the most beautiful fjord sceneries you can find, and is surrounded by the breathtaking Sunnmøre Alps, with mountains reaching up to 1700 meters above sea level.
Norway’s longest fjord and the second longest in the world, the Sognefjord divides Fjord-Norway into 2 as it stretches over 200 km inland from the Atlantic ocean towards the central mountain range. From green farmlands to 2000 meters high mountains, the Sognefjord offers a unique variety of landscapes. The fjord is also known for its many beautiful side-arms, including the Lustrafjord, the Fjærlandsfjord, the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord.
One of Norway’s southernmost fjords, the Lysefjord is situated within only 45 minutes from Stavanger city. An amazing fjord, the Lysefjord is mostly known for its steep mountains rising up to 1000 meters above the fjord, with Kjerag (a popular spot with base-jumpers) and the Pulpit Rock being the most visited. The Pulpit Rock rise 600 meters vertically from the fjord, and is one of the absolutely top attractions in Southwest Norway.
Norway’s second longest fjord, the Hardangerfjord stretches over 180 km inland towards Hardangervidda in Southwest Norway. The fjord is also the second deepest in Norway (reaching 852 meters on its deepest). The Hardangerfjord is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Norway. The fjord is most beautiful to visit in May, when hundreds of fruit trees (which are planted by the fjord) blossoms.