Consistently on the list when international travel magazines and -programmes select «The World’s top 10 Destinations» and similar, the spectacular Fjords of Western Norway have attracted foreign visitors for more than 200 years.
Two of them are also UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Geirangerfjord ( see «Ålesund & Geirangerfjord» in our list, right), and the Nærøyfjord, the latter an extremely narrow arm of the majestic Sognefjord (top).
Bergen, often called the «Fjord Capital of Norway», is the ideal starting point for visiting the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord, the two longest and deepest in Norway. Go there by boat or seaplane (weather dependent) to enhance the experience of the magnificent scenery – fjords, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and pretty farming villages galore!
Excellent accommodation in spectacular settings is available in a number of villages throughout the fjord region. Some are Fairy Tale Victorians, others modern. Some are grand, others small gems. Or try a rustic hide-away on the Hardangerfjord, available to private parties only.
Activities include Flightseeing by seaplane or helicopter, Cruising, Fjord fishing, Fjord rafting, Kayaking, Mountain hikes and Glacier walks. Private venues are available for events and Theme Parties. Should not be missed: the Hardanger fiddle (small photo above), the national instrument of Norway.
Airports: Bergen, Sogndal, Førde. Railway stations: Voss and Flåm.