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Kayaking on the Hardangerfjord in Norway Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
Go mountain biking in Hellesylt, Fjord Norway. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson
The blue ice and the mountains. Try glacier walking on Folgefonna in Fjord Norway. Photo: Désiré Westrate/Reisemål Hardanger Fjord
A cycling holiday in Fjord Norway is an exciting way to experience the stunning Norwegian nature. Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik
Climb to the top of the Jotunheimen Mountains, Fjord Norway, for a breathtaking view. Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik
Take the hike to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) towering above the Lysefjord and enjoy the spectacular views. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011
The deep blue, UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord in Fjord Norway is surrounded by majestic mountains. Photo: Sveinung Myrlid/www.visitnorway.com
Climbing the Via Ferrata in Loen, Fjord Norway, is a real adventure in stunning nature. Photo: Ernst Riha
Rent a boat and relax on a trip along the mighty Geirangerford in Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Fjord Norway is a very exotic destination for surfers from all over the world. Photo: Hoddevik/Lapoint.no
A RIB-safari is a fast and fun way to experience the nature in Fjord Norway. Photo: Fred Jonny Hammerø/Møre og Romsdal fylke

Active holiday in Fjord Norway

Magnificent glaciers. Mountain peaks dipping their toes in the fjord. The freshest air and the clearest water. Experience that fjord feeling.

That fjord feeling

Few places in the world offer as many strong nature experiences as Fjord Norway, and it has never been easier to take part in what the region has to offer.

Until a few years ago, the region was a well-kept secret among air, water and mountain sports enthusiasts. Thanks to systematic developments over the last few years, there are now excursions and adventures available for all types of visitors. Fjord Norway is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world for people who seek nature experiences, physical challenges and green, sustainable holidays.

Feel the pull of the abyss. The force of the rapids. The freedom and freshness of the landscape. Experience that fjord feeling.

Cycling in Fjord Norway

It is not the distance that counts; it is what you experience en route. Cycling is a great way to experience Fjord Norway, and you can bring your bike as special luggage on the many express boats in the region. 

Families with children can enjoy cycling on almost traffic-free level roads, both along the Fjord Coast and along the coast of Møre. Professional cyclists will find some of Europe’s toughest mountain passes, with fantastic views of the fjords and mountains. To experience the mountain scenery at its best, you can cycle on gravel roads in the mountains. On the Rallarvegen Navvies’ Road from Finse or the Aursjøvegen road between Eikesdal and Sunndal you get a real sense of wilderness, similar to the experience you can get on a hiking adventure. Another option is to try terrain cycling on one of the prepared terrain tracks that have been built at the ski centres in the region.

Whatever you decide, biking in Fjord Norway offers great experiences, challenges and many encounters with the friendly locals. Plus, blueberries grow by the roadside.

Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Whether you prefer sailing the waves at the ocean’s edge or canoeing along a calm fjord with high mountains as a backdrop, you will find what you are looking for in Fjord Norway.

Rent a boat
The islands off the west coast, with their rugged landscape and charming harbours, have been popular with boat enthusiasts for a long time. Several companies in the region rent out sailing boats and motor boats. Old sailing ships have been fitted out for tourists, and some boating holidays include a skipper who knows the area well.

Canoeing and kayaking
To get really close to nature, go on a kayaking trip. There are plenty of guided kayaking trips to choose from, from a relaxing couple of hours along the coast to wilderness adventures where you sleep in a tent at the foot of a mountain. For the most spectacular scenery, go kayaking among the icebergs on the Styggevatnet Lake at the end of the Jostedalen Valley, close to the edge of the glacier where the water meets the ice.

High-adrenalin sport – an unforgettable challenge
Life is at its most intense when adrenalin is pumping through your veins, and a holiday is the ideal time to try activities you would not usually dare to do. The Fjord Norway region has become famous throughout the world as a playground for the most daring extreme sports enthusiasts. The region has cliffs to be climbed, roaring rapids, great terrain cycling trails and fantastic waves for surfing. Not to mention the fact that there is snow all year round.

Glacier experiences

Fjord Norway offers unparalleled glacier experiences with incredible ice crevices, cave formations, frozen towers fighting against gravity and rock-strewn slopes with hardy plants that seem to flower out of nothing.

A trip to the edge of a glacier or a walk through an ice labyrinth is the highlight for many visitors to the region. Many companies organise glacier walks that can be adapted to the physical fitness and adventurousness of the participants. Glacier experiences are offered in Nordfjord, Sunnfjord and Indre Sogn. The Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the biggest glacier in Norway whilst the Folgefonna Glacier is one of the best known.

If you are keen to learn more about this fascinating natural phenomenon, pay a visit to the Breheimsenteret Visitor Centre in Jostedalen or the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland.

Skiing all year round

With an abundance of mountainsides and snow all year round, Fjord Norway is a skiing paradise for enthusiasts of all levels and abilities. 

The ski resorts in Fjord Norway may not be able to compete with the Alps in terms of the number of ski lifts and visitors, or the volume of the disco music on the slopes. You will however find well-run ski resorts that are among the very best in regards to the amount of snow, the snow quality and their spectacular locations. And you are likely to spend more time in the slopes and less time queuing for the ski lift.

The skiing season is long in Fjord Norway. The summit skiing season is at its best in spring. The Sunnmørsalpene and Romsdalsfjellene mountains and the mountains to the north and south of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier have been voted the best summit skiing areas in Norway. For the best summer skiing experience in Europe, head to Folgefonna or Stryn.

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable experience, try Ski & Sail, a combination of sailing and skiing in the steep and spectacular fjords. Or end your skiing holiday by surfing the winter waves at Stadt.

Wildlife in Fjord Norway

Every winter, the world's biggest concentration of killer whales passes the coast of Fjord Norway and if you dare, you can swim with them. For those interested in birds, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds pass through Fjord Norway every spring and autumn, giving birdwatchers a fantastic opportunity to see many rare species.

Last updated:  22 May 2013
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Kayaking on the Hardangerfjord in Norway - Photo: CH/Innovation Norway

Active holiday in Fjord Norway

Magnificent glaciers. Mountain peaks dipping their toes in the fjord. The freshest air and the clearest water. Experience that fjord feeling.

Active holiday in Fjord Norway

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