Norway is the undisputed king of fjords, with more than 1,100 of the things dotted along its massive coastline. And if you’re planning a trip, there’s good news: it’s actually quite tricky to visit Norway without seeing at least one of these beautiful geological features for yourself. You’ll find fjords pretty much wherever you go – from Lindesnes in the very south to Cape Nordkinn in the far North – but a handful of them are extra special, and certainly worth seeking out. If you plan to visit Bergen, you have the opportunity to see Norway's two largest fjords, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord. There are day trips or fjord cruises with daily departures from the city between the seven mountains. From Ålesund, Stavanger and Oslo you also have the opportunity to go on day trips to famous fjords such as Geirangerfjord, Lysefjord and Oslofjord.
The Sognefjord is called the King of the Fjords for a good reason. It is the worlds longest ice free fjord, extends more than 200 km (124 mi) inland to the foot of the Jotunheimen mountains and is more than 1300 meters (4200 ft) deep in parts.
This area is said to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The Sognefjord is enveloped with exceptional natural beauty, dramatic, mountains, waterfalls, scenic forests and unique cultural attractions. National Geographic Traveler magazine has called this area "the world's most iconic destination". Travel to the Sognefjord from Oslo or Bergen, and experience fjord cruise and the world famous Flåm Railway.
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 Hardanger National Park.
The 179 km (111 miles) long and 800 meters (2600 ft) deep Hardangerfjord 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 in May, you may well see the blossoming fruit trees all over the Hardanger region.