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Fjords

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A fjord is a deep, narrow coastal inlet with steep sides, often formed by glacier action. Fjord Norway’s wild, beautiful and untouched nature cannot go unnoticed when speaking of the splendor of Norway. The shoreline of Norway is about 2,000 long; with all its fjords, inlets and offshore islands. Visit the fjords in the Western Norway that have some of the longest, deepest, narrowest and most beautiful fjords in the world. One of the best ways to enjoy the remarkable cliffs of Norway, with glaciers perched at the top, is on a cruise. Other way of experiencing the beauty is by hiking and trekking this inimitable wonderland. The four main fjords of Norway are Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord and Lysefjord. If you have to choose one fjord in Norway, let it be Sognefjord- the longest fjord in Norway. Situated 70 kms north of Bergen, it stretches 204 kilometers (125 miles) inland, has stunning fjordscapes, and boasts some picturesque villages. Geirangerfjord, though shorter in length than Sognefjord, it is believed to be the country’s most beautiful fjord. Situated much farther north of Bergen, it is blessed with many tall, surging waterfalls. Seven Sisters is the most famous waterfall here. Hardangerfjord, located south of Bergen has low lying farms, orchards and grazing slopes. Lysefjord lies south of Bergen and is known for the mountain formations of Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock). If you dare, stand on Kjeragbolten, to look 1,084 meters straight down into a magnificent fjord.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Norwegian fjords is during the months of May and June when spring meets summer. If you want to walk in the mountains, the best time is between July and September due to lots of snow early summer.

Trivia

Norway, commonly referred to as “Fjord Norway”, has the highest and the most beautiful fjords in the world. Summer-ski, climb the mountains, go kayaking and rafting in the fjords, walk on the glaciers and do much more than you had ever imagined in this beautiful landscape.


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