Norway

is the undisputed king of fjords, with more than 1100 of these beautiful geological features scattered along the vast coastline. You will find fjords pretty much wherever you go, but a handful of them are extra special and definitely worth seeking out. From Bergen in Vestland county you have the opportunity to visit Norway's two largest fjords, the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord. We arrange day tours to several destinations in these areas daily from Bergen all year. We are ready in all seasons to guide you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

The Sognefjord

is called the King of the Fjords, for a good reason. It's the worlds longest ice free fjord, extends more than 200 km inland to the foot of the Jotunheimen mountains, and it's more than 1300 meters deep in parts. The Sognefjord has many branches which again have their own names. The most famous of these are Aurlandsfjord, Fjærlandsfjord, Lustrafjord and Nærøyfjord which is on the Unesco World Heritage List. The Sognefjord is enveloped with exceptional natural beauty, dramatic mountains, waterfalls and unique cultural attractions. The fjord area is said to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. National Geographic Traveler magazine has called this area "the world's most iconic destination". Travel to the "Unesco World Heritage" area and experience a premium fjord cruise and the world famous Flåm Railway. We arrange fjord cruise and day tours from Bergen to several destinations in the Sognefjord area all year.

The Nærøyfjord

is a branch of the large Sognefjord, and it's featured on Norway's most popular day tour "Norway in a Nutshell".  Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has also been rated by the National Geographic Society as the world's number one natural heritage site along with the Geirangerfjord. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountain sides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snowfields, waterfalls and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most beautiful and outstanding natural attraction in Norway. The Nærøyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 metres across at its narrowest and a mere 12 metres at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,660 metres, and the fjord is one of multiple highlights on several of our tours. During a cruise on the Nærøyfjord you will have excellent views of small traditional farms on the mountainsides. If you are lucky, you can see goats grazing right beside the fjord and seals basking on rocks along the fjord.

The Hardangerfjord

is Norway’s second longest fjord. If the Sognefjord is the King of the fjords, then the Hardangerfjord is the Queen. From its mouth, which opens up to the North Sea some 80 km south of Bergen, the fjord stretches inland towards the Hardangervidda National Park. The Hardangerfjord has also many branches which again have their own names. The most famous of these are the Sørfjord, Utnefjord and Eidfjord. The 179 km long and 800 meters deep fjord offers scenery that even the most well travelled tourists will find spell-binding. Here you will find cultural and natural gems side by side. Hardanger is also Norway's orchard. If you travel early in the summer, you may well see the blossoming fruit trees all over Hardanger. We arrange fjord cruise and day tours from Bergen to several destinations in the Hardanger region all year.

The Lysefjord 

is located east of Stavanger in the county of Rogaland. The name means light fjord, and is said to be derived from the lightly colored granite rocks along its sides. It is particularly well known for the huge Pulpit Rock overlooking the 42-kilometre long fjord, which is a major tourist destination for the region. The fjord was carved by glaciers in the ice ages and was flooded by the sea when the later glaciers retreated. Because of the inhospitable, mountainous terrain, the fjord is only lightly populated and only has two villages on its length, Forsand and Lysebotn, located at opposite ends of the fjord near the Lysefjord Bridge, the only crossing of the fjord. There is a small farming area on the north shore of the fjord, about halfway between the two ends. There are a few other very small, scattered settlements along the fjord, but those are only accessible by boat along the fjord. We arrange fjord cruise and day tours from Stavanger to the Lysefjord all year. 

The Geirangerfjord

is located south-east of Ålesund in the county of Møre and Romsdal. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and in 2005 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Geirangerfjord is surrounded by some of the steepest mountains on the entire west coast. It is very narrow and has no habitable shore area, for the precipitous heights rise in sheer and rugged strata almost straight out of the water. Foaming waterfalls plunge into the fjord from jagged peaks. There are, however, a few mountain farms here, and some of these have such hazardous access by paths that wind around steep precipices, and by bridges that are fixed to the mountain with iron bolts and rings, that they bear witness in a most striking way to the remarkable powers of invention which the challenges of nature have developed in man. The two most notable waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord are Seven Sisters Falls and the Suitor. Both falls face one another across the fjord, and the Suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters opposite. The Bridal Veil is another waterfall in the fjord, so named because it falls delicately over one rocky edge, and when seen backlit by the sun it has the appearance of a thin veil over the rocks. We arrange fjord cruise from Ålesund to the Geirangerfjord from April to September, and the fjord is also a popular destination on our multi-day tours in Western-Norway.

THE FJORDS

Travel planner & Guide service

Strandgaten 21

5013 Bergen - Norway

Phone: +47 97921000

E-mail: post@guidedfjordtours.com