Explore the fjords in Norway: Nærøy, Sogne, Aurlands, Troll and Oslo
The Norwegian fjords have crossed my mind several times since returning from Norway. Norwegian history creates wanderlust, and the country’s fjords play a vital role in instilling a strong desire to reminisce about vacation memories over and over again. These natural harbors in Norse Fjǫrð evoke travel by their very nature. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these steep, elongated and cavernous sea drains are well worth traversing. Passing from the mouth of the fjord to the interior of the sea, the past limited by the titanic glaciers which shaped the landscape through successive glaciations is revealed.
As a result, the best of the best sea gorges form a U-shaped formation surrounded by breathtaking beauty. Even though Norway is unquestionably the king of coves, there are some very special fjords that you must visit on your next trip. To see these fjords, you can either take a mini-cruise or even better, go kayaking.
The Naeryfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world, dotted with the settlement of Bakka. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord is 18 kilometers long and 1,600 feet wide and offers breathtaking views of breathtaking landscapes. As the ship cruises at a leisurely pace, one of the most believable sights occurs. During the Ice Age, a huge blanket of thick ice covered Norway, and your sail will be carried through it. On your left you will see the calm Nærøydalselvi river flowing through the serene Nærøydalen valley. You will bid farewell to the village of Gudvangen when you pass Bakka Church on your right. The natural heritage of Naeryfjord is the best place in the world to appreciate the forces of nature. The Norway in a Nutshell trip, which takes you around a high mountain surrounded by breathtaking beauty and the relaxing sound of waterfalls, includes this stretch as a continuation to the Sognefjord.
The Sognefjord, 205 kilometers long, cuts Norway in two and extends to magnificent coves. It is the longest and deepest fjord in the country, as well as a natural, historical and cultural treasure. At every turn, expect to see academic vistas. The Sognefjord offers a beautiful spectacle of spectacular views while cruising through. This tranquil hideaway is home to Norway’s wildest glaciers, coastline, valleys and mountains. In summer you can walk and cycle along the fjord, while in winter you can enjoy recreational skiing. If you prefer to stay indoors, take a spin on the mini-cruise and admire the waterscapes. Two of the most popular stops on this fjord route are the Kleivafossen waterfall and Olden, a small village of around 100 people. It is also the fjord to visit if you want to meet friendly seagulls.
Both Aurlandsfjord and Naeryfjord are included in the two-hour Norway in a Nutshell trip, however, Aurlandsfjord is the more photographed of the two. The crown jewels of this 29 kilometer long fjord are the viewpoint of Stegastein and the village of Flåm. The Stegastein steel platform protrudes 30 meters from the mountainside, offering a breathtaking panorama and is open all year round. In summer, the Aurland Valley, on the other hand, is a 40 kilometer long cycling paradise. With a trail of beautiful forests that have been here forever, Aurlandsfjord, Norway’s Grand Canyon, is one of the most amazing places to explore in this region. The cultural significance of the Aurland Valley is as captivating as the stunning beauty that surrounds it. Many tourists, on the other hand, prefer to take advantage of the unique opportunity to kayak along the Aurlandsfjord.
Trollfjord is a 2.5 kilometer long fjord with a somewhat narrow entrance. This fjord is lined with jagged mountain peaks and extends from Raftsund, not far from the Lofoten Islands. Trollfjord is beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching style, but it attracts few visitors due to its special position. The majority of people visit during the summer to take a mini-cruise to see the highlight of the northern part of the fjord excursion. The narrow entrance and how the cruise manages to get through it may surprise you. Trollfjord is one of the best places in the world to watch wild sea eagles diving for fish.
Even if you don’t plan on visiting Norway’s countryside, the city of Oslo offers a taste of the country’s outdoor lifestyle. Visit Oslofjord for a taste of the fjords without having to leave the city. Although you cannot see the waterfalls or the steep cliffs, you can take a short sail to explore the beautiful small islands nearby. You will pass by Hovedøya, a small island containing a nature reserve, former military installations, the ruins of a Cistercian monastery and Hovedøya Abbey.
Getting back to nature is one of the best things you can do after a pandemic, and if you’re not sure which country to visit next, I’d recommend Norway for many reasons. Norway will offer you a variety of possibilities, whether you want to visit isolated islands, rent a cabin in the remote countryside, sail through breathtaking fjords or discover the conveniences of a bustling city in the privacy of a luxury hotel room.
Written by Veidehi Gite.
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