10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords

    Picture perfect, nature’s unadulterated best, untouched paradise, visual magic expressions fall short before the majesty, beauty and tranquility that the stunning Norwegian Fjords have to offer.

    It would be an absolute shame for every traveler and nature lover if they did not get to visit these magical lands that still look like they are engulfed in the purity that has been unaltered since the day they started taking shape way back in the last ice age. The Norwegian Fjords are not only the home to some of the world’s largest coral reefs and most fertile fishing grounds, but are a gateway to nature’s nirvana.

    Delving into its ten best portals will take you on a journey like none other on the planet, and will leave you changed forever…

    Sognefjord

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    The spectacular Sognefjord is the crowning glory of the Norwegian Fjords, when it concerns magnitude. Offering some amazing sights with the cliffs on either side of the water rising over 1000 meters into the sky vertically, it’s the second largest fjord in the world and the largest in Norway – 205 km.The fjord reaches a maximum depth of 1,308 m below sea level and it’s 4.5 km wide on average. On top of the Sognefjord is a power line with a span of 4597 m, making it a great tourist attraction and a journey that offers a magical route on the road to fairyland.

    Hardangerfjord

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    Known for its great trekking spots and beautiful plant life, Hardangerfjord is the second largest fjord in Norway and the third largest on the planet at a length of 179 km. Starting at the south of the Atlantic at Bergen, it is easily accessible to tourists making its many serene sights and sounds popular among those visiting Norway. The charm of these wide and glorious fjord curves is hidden in its rich heritage, great sunsets and spectacular panorama. Hardangerfjord is far more touched by human settlements and unlike other fjords; its banks are often brimming with little towns and settlements.

    The Lysefjord

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    A 40 km long fjord might not really sound spectacular in terms of length, but the extraordinary sights that it offers, the untamed charm that it exudes and the adrenaline rush it gives its visitors makes the Lysefjord arguably the most popular fjord in the world.

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    The main attraction of the fjord is the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), which towers an impressive 604 meters over the Lysefjord. Standing on top of the rock gives you a view that is unique and a hair-raising experience to say the least. Standing on Kjeragbolten and looking out over the Lysefjord is something that you would not want to miss either. The imposing Kjerag towers and the exhilarating Pulpit Rock make this famous fjord a must visit.

    Geirangerfjord

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    Located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, in northwestern Norway, the 15 km long fjord is a World Heritage Site enlisted with UNESCO. The fjord is home to Brudesløret (the Bridal Veil) and De syv søstrene (The Seven Sisters); two of the most famous waterfalls diving into the Geirangerfjord.

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    Apart from the usual fjord trips and luxury cruises, you could get some action here with fishing, canoe trips, rafting, riding and summer skiing.

    Nærøyfjord

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    Located in the heart of Western Norway, Nærøyfjord is an arm of the Sognefjord, and is a part of the county of Sogn og Fjordane. Also included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its unparalleled natural beauty and rich treasure of glorious sights and sounds, the17 km long fjord is surrounded by imperious mountains that are 1700 meters tall! This branch of Sognefjord is popular for kayaking and relaxed picnics on its more accessible shore at certain spots.

    Trondheimsfjord

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    Renowned for its ice-free nature all around the year, Trondheimsfjord is an amazing marine ecosystem with at least 90 species of fish observed in and around these waters. Offering serene and calm moments with its relative inaccessible branches that can be explored by tourists with a little bit of extra effort and enthusiasm, the main part of the fjord is a rich commercial region.

    Nordfjord

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    Famous for the trip to the Briksdalsbreen Glacier, Nordfjord offers a trip both into the historic and geographic best of the Norwegian Fjords. Located among the beautiful Geirangerfjord and the imperious Sognefjord, this 110 km long natural wonder offers a stunning ride from its glacial origin, all the way to the sea. Apart from fun activities like summer skiing, canoeing and rafting, one can also make a trip to the historical Selje Monastery.

    Frierfjorden

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    The name ‘Frier’ means beautiful and that’s what Frierfjorden is all about – getting away from the big fjords and experience the small-town charm and the hustle and bustle of a growing trade center. Amazing sunsets, beautiful ferry rides or the Grenland Bridge at the Frierforjden – Norway’s highest cable bridge, are just a few things that will wow you. How about double the usual delight? Northern Lights …. as you’re getting close to North Pole? Amazing, isn’t it?

    Oslofjord

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    The famous Oslofjord is known as much for its beauty and vibrant economic infrastructure as it is known for saving the nation of Norwegians from the 1940 German invasion. Starting from the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south, to Oslo in the north, the Oslofjord is not a fjord in the strictest geographic terms, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting it or the region, unless you want to miss an authentic Norwegian experience.

    Hjørundfjord

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    The last fjord on our trip is back to thick woods, pure natural splendor and a journey on the less explored path. Hjørundfjord is part of the western Norwegian county of Møre og Romsdal and is considered as one of the wettest fjords on the planet for the huge amount of rainfall it receives.

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    It is engulfed in mountains that stretch as high as 1700 meters high, while its steep sides are endowed with thick forests. Sounds like an adventure into nature’s heart, isn’t it?

    You can spend an entire lifetime in the famous Norwegian Fjords and you will never ever take note of time. That is the enchanting beauty and spellbinding magic of these lands that each day offer a million shades, colors, sounds, sights, and textures.

    Images courtesy of PiXistenZ, apophysis_rocks, tomoyoshi, sobergeorge, doegox, travelingotter, andynelson, wiki, sindrejacobsen, wiki, christiansvaneskolding, dmnq, dmnq)

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    37 comments on “10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords”

    1. Employee #6817 says on January 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm:

      Ya know the guy who designed them won an award for it!

    2. Judy Burt says on January 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm:

      Absolutely beautiful vistas. Thank you for sharing them with the rest of us.

    3. Grolo says on January 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm:

      Nice pictures!

    4. Shats says on February 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm:

      Slartibartfast anyone??

      I wish he was mentioned…

    5. Henry says on February 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm:

      I was just thinking about Slaartybartfast. Ha!

    6. Adrian says on February 1, 2009 at 11:51 pm:

      Awesome, but some facts are wrong. The Oslofjord did not stop the german invasion, it merely reduced the size of the invasion to a few hundred Germans. That did not stop them from taking control very fast.
      The word “frier” does not mean beautiful, but one who asks for hand in marriage.

    7. Tonie says on February 2, 2009 at 12:19 am:

      Wow! I never knew how bad I wanted to take a Norwegian vacation!
      I would love to take my own photos.
      Thanks for the post.

    8. jonny says on February 2, 2009 at 7:03 am:

      nice work slarti!

    9. jonny says on February 2, 2009 at 7:04 am:

      nice work slarti! No wonder you won those awards!

    10. joshuscat says on February 9, 2009 at 3:32 am:

      thank you for your legacy douglas adams…. way to go, slartibartfast!

    11. Nikki says on February 9, 2009 at 5:51 am:

      Which one has Slarti’s face in it?

    12. Rahul says on February 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm:

      Great snaps and an excellent writeup. I am now inspired to add Norway to my list of must-visit-places..

    13. Thai Hotel Expert says on March 5, 2009 at 6:38 am:

      wow wow wow ..don’t know what to say ..it’s just too beautiful to be true! so nice to be in places like that :-)

    14. Renate says on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm:

      Nice PR for norway, it is as beautiful as it looks!! so thank you for that:) but you got some facts wrong:)

    15. slartibartfast says on March 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm:

      Yes, I had won some awards, in particular for some work I did on fjords in Norway. Anybody have a towel I can borrow?

    16. nethra says on April 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm:

      Awesome …beautiful…super… marvellous….fantastic….excellent….

    17. edge me not says on January 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm:

      I like the one at Nordfjord. Its very beautiful …. I wish i could like in a place like that.

    18. edge_menot says on February 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm:

      nice places !

    19. Zaphod Beeblebrox says on February 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm:

      Slartibartfast’s face could be seen from the proper angle in one of the glaciers that was used to carve one out. Good stuff. Thought of him immediately.

    20. ebookers.no says on February 11, 2010 at 7:47 am:

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    21. Rajul Chande says on February 11, 2010 at 10:13 am:

      RT @hotelclub: 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords http://blog.hotelclub.com/norwegian-fjords/

    22. Anonymous says on April 4, 2010 at 8:51 am:

      I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the nice work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    23. Eric B says on April 13, 2010 at 3:33 am:

      A more thorough list covering the Northern regions of Norway (which probably are the most scenic, e.g. Lofoten)

      http://thenorwayfjords.com/Scenic.html

    24. La Hiker says on May 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm:

      The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords. http://ow.ly/1JVos

    25. Margaret Kinney says on May 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm:

      The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords. http://ow.ly/1JVos rt @la_hiker

    26. Grainne McEntee says on May 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm:

      RT @MargaretKinney The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords. http://ow.ly/1JVos (via @la_hiker) – The envy of Slartibartfast.

    27. Judith says on May 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm:

      RT @MargaretKinney: The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords. http://ow.ly/1JVos rt @la_hiker

    28. simon falvo says on May 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm:

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    29. Kseniya Mediva says on May 13, 2010 at 6:12 am:

      The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords. http://ow.ly/1JVos rt @la_hiker (via @MargaretKinney) #norway

    30. Flight Network says on May 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm:

      Hey, we'd rather see a Fjord than drive a Chevy :) The 10 Most Spectacular Norwegian Fjords http://ht.ly/1Kt0h #travel

    31. BUGGY BUGGER says on July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am:

      BEAUTIFUL PICS MATE ! AMAZING WORK ,METICULOUSLY WORKED ,WELL OBSERVED AND INCREDIBLY PLAYED !!!!!!!!!!

    32. Cosas Mejores says on July 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm:

      Los 10 fiordos más impresionantes de Noruega: http://bit.ly/8ZIhh0

    33. Luzviminda Caluag says on August 19, 2010 at 7:30 am:

      Fantastic, marvelous, amazing. thanks for sharing cudos…

    34. Amruta Ghatge says on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm:

      That was wonderful, had absolutely no idea that the fjords were so breathtakingly beautiful.

    35. Jonathan says on May 2, 2011 at 5:08 am:

      http://blog.hotelclub.com/norwegian-fjords/

    36. Hurtigruten USA says on October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm:

      Fun Fact Monday: Norway is host to the second largest fjord in the world, the Sognefjord! 127 Miles long! http://t.co/iefag2Yw

    37. Rajkumar says on June 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm:

      kabir pujari rocks

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