FjordNorway

“The world’s most iconic destination”
National Geographic Traveler

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Sunnmøre Alps

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Indescribable travel experiences
Fantastic, dramatic, spectacular, authentic or unique? It is difficult to find words to properly describe FjordNorway, considered by many to be the world’s best and most diverse destination. Words are inadequate because there is, without a doubt, something truly unique about the mountains, fjords, waterfalls, glaciers, cultural landscape, the people and the fjord cities. What more can you actually say about what National Geographic Traveler magazine has called ’the world’s most iconic destination’.
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You have to be here to believe it.

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FjordSpectacular
The Norwegian fjords are perhaps the most startling and wonderful tourist attraction in the world: the beautiful Geirangerfjord, the infinite Sognefjord and the gripping Nærøyfjord, to name just a few. A trip to the fjords is obviously a unique meeting with the untouched, beautiful and powerful nature. However, the most impressive for many visitors is that people live in this majestic landscape. There is so much more than what you see at first glance! How about a relaxing fjord cruise, a ski trip in the middle of summer or a bike ride far off the beaten track? Hidden in each inlet there are always more indescribable and unforgettable travel experiences.

FJORD SPECTACULAR
YOU HAVE TO BE HERE TO BELIEVE IT

GEIRANGERFJORD

Geiranger ord and The Seven Sisters waterfall seen from Skageflå. Geiranger ord is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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6 | FjordNorway – SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND ROADS

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Narrow it down. The Nærøyfjord is the most spectacular arm of the Sognefjord and the narrowest fjord in the world, at one point only 250 metres wide, with mountains towering more than a thousand metres above its tranquil waters.

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This theatre is nowhere near you
You won’t find fjords more beautiful anywhere else in the world, nor more of them. From north to south, FjordNorway presents an amazing array of fjords surrounded by varied terrain. In summer 2005, the Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord were nominated to UNESCO’s celebrated World Heritage List – but they have drawn tourists here since the early 19th century.
Built by trolls?. Trollstigen is part of the National Tourist Routes.

The ever changing scenery. Stegastein vantage point of the Aurlandsfjord.

A road with a view
There are still roads that are not merely designed to get you to your destination as quickly as possible. National Tourist Routes are beautiful drives with that little bit extra. Each of the 18 routes has it’s own history and character and half of these routes are in FjordNorway. The routes are adapted to travellers’ needs with spectacular viewpoints, with service buildings, car parks, furniture, paths and art.

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A coastal voyage. The famous Atlantic Road with its eight bridges winds like a sea serpent through the forceful ocean, over islets scoured smooth by the element.

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FjordTouch
A trip on Western Norway’s fjords is more than just one trip. It actually contains an infinite number of special trips and experiences. You can explore a unique world by walking along the fjord or to the top of a mountain, by cycling across mountains or kayaking up a fjord arm or experience a wonderland of ice and colour in the blue-ice caves under the Nigardsbreen glacier. There are endless possibilities, which are actually indescribable. You have to experience them yourself to understand.

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© Bjørnar Bjørhusdal/Fimbul Jostedal

FJORD TOUCH
YOU HAVE TO BE HERE TO BELIEVE IT

GLACIERS

Touch the blue ice under the glacier. This experience is available from November to April, with guides from Fimbul Jostedal.

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Get wet behind the ears. Thrilling kayaking in angry white waters.

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The iron road. Via Ferrata to Hoven in Loen is an airy experience you’ll never forget – high over the fjord, surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks and Jostedalsbreen National Park.

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Do it!
Life is at its most intense when adrenalin is pumping through your veins and holidays are the ideal time for doing things that you don’t really dare to do! The FjordNorway region has become famous throughout the world as a playground for the most daring extreme sports enthusiasts. The region has cli faces to be climbed, roaring rapids, great terrain cycling trails and fantastic waves for surfing and not to mention the fact that we have snow all year round!

Fjords in the fast lane. Ocean rafting outside Ålesund.

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Pure glacier. Adventure on ice.

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There are few places in the world that have such varied scenery in one region. You can climb wonderful mountains by the coast, experience fantastic mountains that rise straight up from the narrow fjords or join a safe walk on the blue ice of one of the glacier arms. There are vast, untouched mountain areas all over FjordNorway that are perfect for hikers. There are wonderful walking areas along the largest fjords. Several national parks o er great walks in everything from barren glacial landscapes to lush forested areas.

Small-Hell. Or “Vetlahelvete” as the locals call it. This natural wonder has been shaped by the Aurlands-river for thousands of years, and is one of many attractions along the trekking-route through the Aurlandsdalen canyon.

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Take a hike!

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Tenting. With the house on your back you’ll always feel much closer to the nature, forces of nature, mountain scenery and fjords, and complete freedom to choose where to go and where to stay.

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Stranda ellet. This newly re-opened ski resort is situated by the entrance of the UNESCO Geiranger ord. Take in Northern-Europe’s largest express-lift and yearly more than 6 meters of snow, it’s one of FjordNorway’s best kept secrets. (Btw, the skier is just 10 meters off the piste, this could be you).

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A sight for skier’s eyes
FjordNorway’s greatest strenghts is its diversity of winter activities – all wrapped in a stunning and unique fjord landscape with lots of snow in the mountains and a long winter season. Ski family friendly resorts, go ski touring on a boat, surf the waves, explore the caves or hit the city for a break. Welcome to FjordNorway in winter!

Ski Touring in FjordNorway
Imagine the sun high in the sky over a scene of breathtaking beauty. Mountains covered in gleaming, pristine snow, the deep blue of the fjord far below. A place where you can actually ski all the way from the summit to the sealine in one run. The possibilities are endless and the chances are that you and your group will have the mountain and the fjord to yourselves.

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Ski Resorts
Their location in the fjord landscape makes the ski resorts in FjordNorway unique. The ski resorts range from large family-oriented resorts with express lifts to smaller resorts tailored to the freeskier. What they have in common is the most snow in Northern-Europe combined with no crowds and great ski runs.

Top 5 ski resorts Voss Strandafjellet Røldal Sogn Sirdal

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FjordCity
Visits to Norwegian fjord cities such as Bergen, Stavanger and Ålesund have resulted in many people grasping for superlatives and vivid descriptions, and rightly so. The fjord cities are located along the coast, near the sea, close to nature and they are all gateways to the Norwegian fjord landscape. They are a unique combination of people, culture and nature. The fjord cities stand out from everything else, and the experiences are actually almost indescribable. The only way to do them justice is to come and experience them yourself.

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A ord in the city. Ålesund is well known around the world for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Go kayaking and see the Art Nouveau City from the sea.

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FJORD CITY
YOU HAVE TO BE HERE TO BELIEVE IT

ÅLESUND

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Find the big picture
FjordNorway’s tradition of being a cultural melting pot goes back thousands of years through merchandise and trade. The fjord cities are where the world meets Norway. This is where you will find one of the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch paintings in one street and gra itti on the next. Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, established in 1765. The region also hosts the world renowned Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche.

Do not eat, just listen. Bergen superduo Röyksopp (puffball) has delighted electronica lovers across the world for the last decade. Aram. Bergen street art.

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Fishy business. Nothing tastes better than monkfish when it is prepared in Stavanger, Norway’s main gastronomic destination. The city is known for focusing on locally produced food, and fish is their specialty.

Iconic Bergen. Bryggen is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites.

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