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This article was written on 23 Apr 2016.

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Explore epic Norwegian fjords and enjoy majestic scenery!


Fjords have become the symbol of Norway. If you visit Norway, this attraction can’t be skipped. You have not been to Norway if you haven’t visited fjords. There is also a wide array of exciting activities: rafting, kayaking, summer-skiing, mountaineering, walking on the glaciers etc.

Epic Norwegian fjords are well known throughout the world for their beauty. There are four fjord regions in western Norway with over a thousand fjords that are popular among the tourists: some of them are more famous and others are hidden but no less spectacular. The iconic fjords are the Nærøyfjord, the Sognefjord, the Lysefjord and the Geirangerfjord. They are like still lakes. However, there is salt water in them. The mountainsides are almost vertical and water falls down from majestic cliffs. It looks fantastic! It’s a perfect scenery to be placed on postcard. Ferry takes tourists from one fjord to another, which are connected by sea. High mountains surrounding you make you feel as if you are in secluded universe. The seclusion and isolation of the place brings peace and consolation.

The Sognefjord is the biggest fjord of the country. It extends 204 kilometers inland. You can find unique cultural attractions there along with dramatic scenery and incredible wildest places. This is the most iconic destination of the world – this was written in the National Geographic Traveler magazine. The fjord arms can take you to small picturesque villages. During your journey, you can look at beautiful mountains, glaciers and valleys.

The Nærøyfjord is one of its branches. It is the narrowest fjord in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was included to the most popular tour in Norway “Norway in a nutshell. The narrowest place is just 300 meters. The length of the fjord is 17 kilometers. It is surrounded by very steep cliffs that reach 1700 meters high.

This fjord and the Geirangerfjord are considered by UNESCO as archetypical fjord landscapes and the most scenically outstanding. Narrow fjords cut into huge mountains with numerous glaciers or waterfalls that cascade from them. These amazing landscapes had been formed in the ice ages, and now only wild animals reign there. One of the main attractions of Geiranger is Dalsnibba, a popular mountaintop that provides a breathtaking view from the plateau. The natural attractions include the spectacular waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil, and the Suitor. You can also visit restored historic farms there. For instance, the farm Blomberg, which lies on a mountain plateau 452 meters above the sea level. It is mentioned in written sources in 1650.

The Lysefjord is regarded one of the most spectacular fjords that is located in southwestern Norway. It is 42 kilometers long. Its name is translated as ‘light fjord’ due to the lightly colored granite on its side rocks.

The main tourist destination in the Lysefjord is Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit in English) – a steep cliff that rises 604 meters above the fjord. Its top is almost flat and takes 25 square meters. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Norway. The Kjerag mountainis a popular hiking destination used for base jumping. Kjeragbolten is a boulder, which is wedged in the crevasse of that mountain, and one can walk on it without equipment.

However, there is much more to see. You can kayak the Fjærlandsfjord, where guided kayak trips are arranged, make the fjord cruise on the Fjærlandsfjord that will take you to the edges of the magnificent Jostedal Glacier. You can also visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the Norwegian Book Town.

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