The fjords of Norway are some of the most scenic spots on earth. It’s easy to see why this country is called “The Land of the Fjords.” There are hundreds of them, but here are our top 10 best Norway fjord tours and places to visit if you’re lucky enough to go there.
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This is a tour of Norwegian fjords and its highlights.
Some of the most impressive sites can be found with Norwegian fjord tours. Here is a sample tour of Norway’s fjords and their highlights.
Fjord Cruise: Explore the most beautiful sights in Norway on this fjord cruise. The route has three stops with guided tours at places like Geirangerfjord, Naeroyfjord, and Jostedalsbreen National Park, which are stunning.
Afternoon at Stavanger: After your cruise, visit Stavanger’s buzzing harbor area and enjoy free time to explore on your own or join one of our optional excursions (see ‘Optional Tours’ tab). You can choose from guided city walks or visits to museums or exhibitions. Also, enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner at Skagen Brygge Restaurant before taking the night train back to Oslo.
How far are the fjords from Oslo?
The fjords are about a 3-hour drive from Oslo. But if you’re staying in Bergen and want to try the fjords, it will be about a 1.5-hour drive away. If you’re staying in Trondheim, it’ll take 2.5 hours to get there by car.
What are the other options for getting to the fjords?
There are a few ways to get to the fjords. You can fly directly to Bergen and then take a train or ferry up the coast. If you’re planning on spending time in Northern Norway, it might be worth flying into Trondheim and renting a car there, as this will allow you to visit more remote destinations than possible by train or bus.
What about Bergen – the gateway to the fjords?
Bergen is a port city in Norway, located on the west coast of the country. It is the second-largest city in Norway and has a population of about 250,000. Bergen’s name translates to “marsh,” so it’s no surprise that it sits at the mouth of a fjord. It is also called “the gateway to the fjords” because many tourists arrive here before they set out on their Norwegian Fjord Tours.
Bergen was an important trading center long before tourism became popular; it was one of Scandinavia’s largest cities during the 13th century due to its thriving herring industry (herring was a precious commodity back then). In recent years, Bergen has been used as a filming location for famous movies like The Golden Compass (2007) and A Thousand Times Good Night (2013).
The best things to do in Bergen.
Bergen is a great city to visit for its natural beauty and history. Here are some of the best things to do when you’re there:
- Take a boat tour around the fjords. This is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why: the views are spectacular!
- Explore Stave Church. Founded in 1150, this wooden cathedral is one of Norway’s oldest buildings, as well as one of its most beautiful. It was originally part of an abbey complex that included other churches and even an entire town! If you’re feeling adventurous (and if your knees can handle it), try climbing all four hundred steps up into the steeple where there are amazing views over Bergen from above.
- Hike through Vågsbunnen—a large park located near several museums and cultural institutions in central Bergen—to take in some fresh air while exploring nature at its best!
Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.
Sognefjord is the second longest fjord in Norway, and it’s not too shabby when it comes to size, either. At 260 km long (128 miles), it’s home to Norway’s deepest fjord: its maximum depth measures 1,308 meters (4,291 feet). While this may seem like a lot of water on land that isn’t all that large overall—Sogn og Fjordane county covers an area of about 3,950 square kilometers (1,528 sq mi)—it makes sense when you consider how many glaciers feed into Sognefjord.
The county’s central city is Bergen; if you’re looking for something a bit smaller or more remote than Bergen has to offer while still enjoying some of Norway’s best views and vistas (as well as plenty of hikes!), consider visiting Voss instead. Here are some great spots along the way:
Fjord cruise in Norway’s most famous fjord.
The fjords are deep and narrow inlets that have been carved by glacial movements, erosion, and the sea. The fjords are found along the western coast of Norway where it meets the North Sea. The most famous fjord is Geirangerfjord, located in Vik municipality in Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway.
The Norwegian word “Fjell” means mountain, and “fjaerde” means fourth or mountain valley. In most cases there are four mountains surrounding it with steep rock walls on each side of a deep valley where there is water at its deepest point between two mountains at one end but mostly dry land on both sides until you get to another canyon wall where another waterfall begins again until reaching an open area surrounded by peaks like a bowl shape except for one side facing outwards from land towards the Atlantic Ocean
The steep mountains surrounding Geirangerfjord in Norway.
The steep mountains surrounding Geirangerfjord in Norway are part of the Lyngen Alps.
Flåm is a small village surrounded by steep mountains in the innermost part of Aurlandsfjorden, a tributary of Norway’s Sognefjord.
Flåm is a small village surrounded by steep mountains in the innermost part of Aurlandsfjorden, a tributary of Norway’s Sognefjord. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking here, and many tourists choose to do so, as this is one of the most scenic parts of Norway with its spectacular fjords, mountains and waterfalls.
The Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) connects Myrdal with Flåm via the Flåm Valley in west central Norway. It was opened on June 20, 1940, after two years of construction work by 1,500 workers during World War II when Germany occupied Norway from April 1940 until May 1945. The line was built as an alternative route for transport between Oslo and Bergen, avoiding road transport over mountain passes such as Strynefjell or Vøringsfossen, which were vulnerable to attack from German bombers based at Trondheim Airport Værnes during those years; however, it did not open until after the end of hostilities
Hardangerfjord, arguably the most beautiful fjord in Norway.
Hardangerfjord, is arguably the most beautiful fjord in Norway.
The fjord is surrounded by steep mountains, especially on the western side. The longest island in this fjord system is Ulvøya which stretches from Utne to Austervet. The Hardangerfjord flows through a deep and narrow valley between two mountain ranges: the Jotunheimen and Foldsyssel regions of the Scandinavian Mountains.
Lysefjord, another one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords.
Lysefjord is a branch of the Storfjorden, a branch of the Nordfjorden. Lysefjord is about 60 km long and the deepest fjord in Norway. It has steep sides, with many waterfalls cascading down into it from the surrounding mountains. Lysefjord also has some large islands that were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago (one of them is called “Kjerag”).
The boat ride up Lysefjord was smooth, though we saw lots of seagulls diving for fish at one point! We learned that these seagulls are known as “puffins” in English—but only because puffins don’t live here (they’re found just off Scotland).
The Lofoten Islands and Arctic Circle.
If you are looking for an adventure holiday with a difference, then the Lofoten Islands in Norway could be just what you are looking for. The archipelago is located at the northernmost tip of Norway and is famous for its fishing villages, spectacular scenery and winter sunsets.
One activity you can do on a visit here is to take a boat tour to the north of the islands, where several villages are known as ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’. This area will give you some stunning views over mountains, fjords, lakes and wildlife such as seals and whales. You may even get lucky enough to see an aurora borealis display (Northern Lights). If this sounds like something that would interest you, then why not check out our Northern Lights Tour?
Enjoy this tour of some of Norway’s breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes.
Norway’s fjords are a big part of the country’s landscape and culture, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find them in almost every tourist guide about Norway. The fjords are a part of the country where many different types of natural environments and natural phenomena coincide, from glaciers to forests and mountains.
Visiting Norway during the summer will provide you with an unforgettable experience! In June, July, and August, you can enjoy the best weather in Norway: warm days with long daylight hours (18+ hours). During this time of year, it is also possible to see some northern lights if you’re lucky enough – but don’t worry if they don’t appear! Autumn might be your second-best bet since temperatures are still quite mild in September.
Final Thoughts On Norway Fjord Tours
The Norwegian fjords are the most beautiful places in the world to visit. If you’ve never been, it’s time to plan a trip and see them for yourself!