Mysticism combined with wild and an overwhelming abundance of nature’s untamed beauty — that is only one of the innumerable ways to describe the unparalleled Norwegian Fjords for you. By Shubhanjana Das
While it is true that any amount of eloquent description would fall miserably short to paint a true picture of this gorgeous heaven on Earth, we would all agree that there’s no other place in the world which can even remotely resemble the Fjords. The Northern part of Norway looks like the Gods themselves interfered to carve out the waterways, the cliff-sides, the waterfalls and the mile-long panoramic views of every shade of green and blue that can only be found in nature.
An advice: don’t aim to see all of it, for any amount of time to do so isn’t enough to see all the fjords in the region. Just be where you are and take in as much as you can from every moment.
One of the more heavyweights amongst the other contenders in the list of the fjords that just deserve to be seen is the Geirangerfjord region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 10-mile long landscape features a number of waterfalls and abandoned farms, making for an unusual sight. If you want a bird’s eye view, get atop Trollstigen or Dalsnibba, which is about 5,000 ft in the air.
Nature sure knows how to pull off some drama, and that is evident at the Naeroyfjord, which is narrow but quite alluring. The cliff sides tower at a height of 6,000 ft, resembling giants if seen from a cruise, boat, or kayak. Along with the Geirangerfjord, this is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts its share of crowd.
With a length of 179 km and a depth of 900 m, Hardangerfjord is one of the largest fjords in the world. It is in this region where you will find some of the best Norwegian hikes and if you are someone who loves the outdoors, you might think of shifting to Norway altogether. The famous Trolltunga, the four waterfalls trail in Husedalen valley, HM Queen Sonja’s panoramic hiking trail and the Hardangervidda National Park are all wonderful trails waiting to be explored. The Hardanger region in general is always teeming with life and cultural heritage. It is for substantial reason that it is called the ‘Queen of the Fjords’. Like we said, no number of days is enough here at the fjords of Norway.
This one’s the closest to Oslo and the southernmost of the more popular fjords in Norway. The Insta famous flat-edged cliff of Pulpit Rock and Mount Kjerag, which has a boulder hanging 3,000 ft above ground between the two edges of adjacent cliffs. It is also here at Lysefjord that you’ll find the world’s largest staircase with 4,444 steps. We don’t take responsibility for your muscle soreness if you decide to climb them.
With a ‘Queen of the Fjords’ in place, it is natural that there must be a ‘King of the Fjords’ too, right? Well, it is Sognefjord, the largest and deepest of them all, which ends at the beginning of biggest glacier in all of Europe. It’s close to Bergen and also gives access to Jotunheimen National Park, Flåm, Balestrand, and Solvorn.