Fjord Norway

What is a Fjord?

“What is a fjord?” This is probably one of the most asked questions I get from my tour groups. It is asked when we are

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The Sognefjord

The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the second-longest in the world. Often referred to as the ‘King of the Fjords’, the Sognefjord is 205km long (127 miles) and has a maximum width of 4.5km (2.8 miles). Its deepest point is 1,308 m (4291 feet). Along the Sognefjord are many farms and villages that you can visit. The Sognefjord also has many branches that are famous, namely the Aurlandsfjord (where Flåm is) and the Naeroyfjord (UNESCO World Heritage-listed). The Sognefjord is located just north of Bergen and there are many ways to see the fjord in a day from the city. 

Flåm

No trip to Western Norway is complete without a visit to Flåm, a charming village situated at the end of the Aurlandsfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord). Flåm is home to the famous Flåm Railway, frequently named the most scenic rail journey in the world. The region is also part of the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ day trip. In other words, there’s plenty to do in Flåm and surrounds!

The Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord is the second-longest fjord in Norway and is often referred to as the ‘most beautiful fjord’. It is famous for its apple growing regions, its scenery and national parks, and the numerous historic villages along it. It has many famous branches, such as the Sørfjorden, where you’ll find Odda and Troll Tongue. 

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Odda

Odda is a small town located on the end of the Sørfjorden, the longest branch of the Hardangerfjord. Most people come to Odda to take advantage of the close natural attractions, famously the Troll Tongue hike and the Folgefonna National Park. However, it’s well worth spending some time in the town centre. Odda is a historic place thanks to its rapid industrial growth at the beginning of the 20th century. 

The Storfjord

Geiranger

Probably the most famous fjord in the world, the Geirangerfjord is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its stunning beauty and natural formation. The little village of Geiranger sits on the end of the fjord, and it’s a lovely place to visit.