Norway has some of the most famous and beautiful fjords in Europe. In fact, it has more than a thousand of them. They have become one of the most important symbols of the country and definitely amongst the most popular attractions.
What is a fjord? It is a long, deep and narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs. In Western Norway, they are typically formed by submergence of a glacier valley. What does fjord mean? It means a strip of sea between high cliffs.
A Norway summer is a great idea if you want to do something different than lying on the beach. In order to enjoy your time in Norway to the fullest, plan your trip in advance. The fjords can be seen all year long, but summer is definitely the most preferred season.
Here are some tips for an unforgettable summer trip to the fjords.
The Starting Spots
Usually, the trips to the fjords start either from Bergen or Stavanger swinging around Alesund. You can see the fjords from trains, boats or mountain plateaus.
Starting from Stavanger
The Stavanger region is very well connected with domestic and international flights. There is also a ferry connection to Denmark. The most famous hike here takes about three hours and takes you to The Pulpit Rock which is a must see. One of the most photographed places in the world. Another hiking challenge in this region is the trip to Kjerag, where you can see a famous boulder stuck between two mountains. For those who prefer something lighter in terms of physical activities, there is a great fjord cruise to the Lysefjord.
Starting from Bergen
From Bergen, there are great options for different day trips and fjord cruises. This is the best place to start your trip if you want to see the Nærøyfjord which is a UNESCO site. A great option to see the famous fjord is by train with the Flåm Railway. If you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery on two wheels you can rent a bike and take the finest bicycle road in Norway called Rallarvegen.
Sunnmøre and Ålesund
Alesund is a charming city built in the art nouveau style.
From here you can take a day trip to the famous Geirangerfjord one of the main jewels in the fjord crown of the country and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cruise through the fjords
Certainly, the most popular way to see the beauty of Norway and the fjords is by cruising through the channels that the sea and glaciers have formed. There are cruises which extensively cover the country’s coastline and fjords. Such a trip will take you to some of the most iconic sights in the country – fjords, dramatic waterfalls, vertical mountain faces, charming towns and farming communities along the coastline.
If you are ready to enjoy a different summer, away from the crowded beaches, Norway offers amazing experiences. The fjords are natural wonders that will leave you breathless. Plan your summer well and make some lasting memories.