The fjords

The great Norwegian fjords are located to the south-west of the country between the cities Stavanger, Bergen and Ålesund. This is a large area that covers four counties and nearly 60,000 square kilometers. For each fjord you will find similar points of interest such as beautiful landscapes, glaciers, waterfalls, picturesque villages, viewpoints, scenic hikes, scenic roads and mountain areas. It is not really necessary to visit all the fjords. If time is limited, choose your fjord.

The Sognefjord is over 200 km in length. At the seaside 200 km inland is truly something unique, but being the biggest does not mean the most spectacular. The most dramatic scenery you will find in the branches of the main fjord like the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Fjærlandsfjord and the Lustrafjord. The main fjords are the Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord, Nordfjord, the Geirangerfjord. The Sognefjord is the largest, the broadest, the deepest. The most famous and most visited are the Nærøyfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord) and the Geirangerfjord. Both are on the Unesco World Heritage list. The Sognefjord area is accessible all year from Oslo and Bergen, even using public transport and in Flåm/Aurland you will find accommodation that is open all year.  

Bear in mind that some of the most spectacular fjords are also the most popular and there can be a lot of tourists in season, especially when the large cruise ships are visiting. If you are willing to travel a little bit off the beaten path you can have the peaceful fjord area almost to yourself.   Many seem to think that you will have to be on the water to enjoy the fjords.  This is of course not the case, but a ferry ride on the fjord will allow you to enjoy the landscape from a different perspective.

More info

Stavanger for

  • The Lysefjord
  • The National Tourist Route Ryfylke *
  • Månafossen waterfall
  • The Pulpit Rock and  Kjerag hikes and vistas*

* Season from May to September

More info


Bergen for

The Hardangerfjord

More info

  • Folgefonna glacier *
  • Voringsfossen waterfall * and many others
  • National Tourist Route Hardanger
  • Stave Church

* seasonal

The Sognefjord

More info

  • Waterfalls
  • Jostedalsbreen glacier *
  • Sognefjellet and Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Routes *
  • Flåm Railway
  • Stegastein viewpoint
  • Stave churches *

* seasonal


More info

  • Waterfall
  • Briksdalsbreen glacier *
  • Gamle Strynefjellsveg National Tourist Route *
  • Stave Church *
* Seasonal
Ålesund / Åndalsnes (Trondheim)

for Geirangerfjord Hjørundfjord and the scenic beauty of this area.

More info

  • Seven sisters waterfalls and many others
  • Trollstigen National Tourist Route
  • Dalsnibba view
  • Stave Church

* Season from May to September


Suggested fjord itineraries by car 

Driving itineraries proposed by FjordTours

Unesco World Heritage

Scenic Roads


Stave Churches


2 thoughts on “The fjords

  1. Thanks for this detailed information. I do have a question: what do you think would be a good way for enjoying a fjord in a 2 days trip ?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s