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Fjord Tours Articles / 24 Apr 2020

A Fjord for Everyone

It seems like everywhere you look in Norway, there is another amazing fjord full of dazzling sights and experiences. With over 1,100 fjords throughout the country, even most locals have not seen them all. But, when you visit Norway, going on a fjord safari is an absolute must since they are such a big part of the country’s identity.

We have provided you with a guide on the differences between the main fjords throughout the country and how you can pick the ones that are perfectly suited for your particular interests and desires, for future visit.

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Photo: The Geirangerfjord - Per Ottar Walderhaug / Fjordnorway

The Geirangerfjord

Any fjord that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List should give you confidence that it is going to be worth your time. This is definitely true with the Geirangerfjord thanks to the fact that it contains a large selection of waterfalls along its 15 km stretch of fjord. While many fjords usually have at least one or two waterfalls, this particular fjord includes many waterfalls, including the iconic Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters, which you can assess on an etour from Geiranger.

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Photo: The Trollfjord - Stian Klo

The Trollfjord

While some people love to see the really large fjords, such as Sognefjord that is an astonishing 205 km long, the appeal of Trollfjord is the exact opposite. It is so small that at some points it only reaches a width of about 100 meters. This creates a very cozy and intimate experience when cruising down the fjord and makes it an even more impressive sight when large cruise ships manage to fit through the narrowest parts of the passage. Plus, by visiting Trollfjord, you will get to experience some movie magic since it was used as a filming location for Matt Damon’s 2017 film Downsizing. If you wish to explore the Trollfjord you can do it on a Sea Eagle safari to Trollfjord or on a silent Trollfjord cruise.

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Photo: The Hardangerfjord - B-Nature AS

The Hardangerfjord

Coming in at almost 180 kilometers, Hardangerfjord is the second-largest fjord in the entire country and is widely beloved by residents and tourists alike thanks to its abundance of apple trees in the spring and summer. As soon as these trees begin to grow and ripen in the warmer weather, the sides of the fjord become much more mesmerizing and make it quite a sight to see during the Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell® tour. There are also several historical towns located along Hardangerfjord, such as Eidfjord and Sørfjord. 

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Photo: The Lysefjord - Eduardo Grund / regionstavanger.com

The Lysefjord

For people who love hiking, this fjord on the southern tip of the country is an absolute must. This is because Lysefjord contains the famous Preikestolen or The Pulpit Rock. Hiking up to the top of this 604-meter tall cliff gives you the ability to walk out onto the large flat viewing area and see a spectacular view of the fjord for several miles in every direction. To get the absolute best views, make sure to do the Pulpit Rock sunrise hike.

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Photo: The Sognefjord - Øyvind Heen

The Sognefjord

This expansive fjord is the longest one in Norway and feeds off into many other fjords that are extremely popular in their own right. A Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour is an easy and exciting way to experience the king of the fjords. Its extremely wide path provides a much different experience than the previously mentioned Trollfjord and is truly something that can’t be accurately explained using words.

By visiting Sognefjord, you can take one of its many branches and visit hundreds of different towns and villages spread out across Southern Norway, including the beloved village of Flåm.

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Photo: © Sakte/Flåm Guideservice AS