Photo: ©Hurtigruten / Ørjan Bertelsen

The Hjørundfjord

The Hjørundfjord is a 35-kilometre (22 mi) long fjord arm of the larger Storfjorden that stretches south from Ålesund.

The Hjørundfjorden is surrounded by the Sunnmørsalpene mountain range with peaks reaching 1,700 metres (5,600 ft). When traveling on the fjord one can really feel small under such towering peaks! 

Both sides of the fjord are dense with forrest, due to the extensive rainfall in the area. This just adds to the experience of being in a magical forested fjord landscape. 

There are several small villages along the fjord, including Bjørke, Leira, Viddal, and Urke.