Here's ten great things to do in Fjord Norway:
1 Walk on a mighty blue-green glacier
Europe’s biggest mainland glacier, Jostedalsbreen has a turquoise sheen that adds vibrancy to the surrounding lakes and fjords. Escorted walks, suitable for families as well as the truly adventurous, really stir the spirit.
2 Perfectly preserved Skudesneshavn
This tiny fishing port lies at the southernmost tip of Karmøy, just south of Haugesund. Its lighthouses and the old town’s 130 wooden houses are lovingly preserved and glow in an extraordinarily limpid light.
3 Astonishing Ålesund
Sea-girt Ålesund was all but destroyed by fire in 1904. It was rebuilt as an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation give the town a fairy-tale character - a jewel that is a joy to explore.
4 Reach the inaccessible
Hurtigruten is the coastal voyage service. Its comfortable ships carry people and supplies deep into the fjords to serve ports never reached by commercial cruises. Hop on and off to suit your own itinerary and enjoy otherwise inaccessible natural beauty spots.
5 Beautiful Bergen
Bergen’s oddest claim to fame is that you can see all of it in roughly eight minutes! The secret is the funicular railway that takes you to the top of Mount Fløyen for a view of the historic 11th-century town.
6 The Grieg Experience
Bergen has a special affection for Norway’s national composer. The Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen, his home for 22 years, is preserved exactly as it was in 1907.
7 An idyllic spa setting
The Union Hotel sits on the Unesco World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, with breathtaking views of stunning waterfalls, rapids, mountains and fjords. This is the ultimate place to unwind.
8 On track for top views
It is only 13 miles long – but the Flåm Railway takes you through some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent terrain as you descend almost 3,000ft from Myrdal to Flåm, on a branch of the Sognefjord.
9 Drive the mountain road
Follow the 85-mile Sognefjell Road through the Jotunheimen Mountains. Superlatives abound: Galdhøpiggen, Norway’s highest mountain; Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s biggest glacier, majestic Sognefjord, Norway’s longest. Medieval churches, farmyards and scenic byroads add charm.
10 Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock
Cruising Lysefjord is astonishing enough, but for an even more jaw-dropping experience, hike to Pulpit Rock (or Preikestolen), a jutting cliff that gives epic views of the whole 25 mile long fjord.
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