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View of the Geirangerfjord in Norway - Photo: Fritjof Fure/Fjord Norway
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View of the Geirangerfjord in Norway Photo: Fritjof Fure/Fjord Norway
Photo: Fritjof Fure/Fjord Norway
The Geirangerfjord is located in the inner part of Northern Fjord Norway, between Stranda and Stryn. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
The Hardangerfjord is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge AS
The Lysefjord is 42 kilometres long, with rocky walls falling nearly 1000 metres into the water. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Nordfjord stretches from Måløy at the coast, far into the mountains of Fjord Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
The Geirangerfjord is a 15 kilometer long branch of the Storfjord. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
The Nærøyfjord is a 17 kilometer long arm of the Sognefjord, and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Close to Fjærland by the Sognefjord, you will find the Bøyabreen and Supelabreen glaciers, which are parts of the larger Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Photo: Frithjof Fure

What Is a Fjord?

The fjords of Norway were dug out by ice, stone and rock during successive ice ages.
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National Geographic Magazine about the fjords in Western Norway

Norway has the highest concentration of fjords in the world, and nowhere on earth are there more fjords than Fjord Norway. For this reason, the region is commonly referred to as Fjord Norway. The fjords are nature’s own work of art, formed when the glaciers retreated, and sea water flooded the U-shaped valleys.

Mild climate

Thanks to the warming Gulf Stream and air currents caused by the coriolis effect, the Norwegian fjords enjoy a mild climate and remain virtually ice-free. Sealsporpoises and an abundance of different fish swim in the fjords, while eaglesand other birds soar in the skies above.

The fjords, which consist of saltwater, are often very deep in their upper and middle reaches. Take the Sognefjord as an example – it drops 1,308 metres below sea level, making it Norway’s deepest fjord. Because fjords are so deep, they permit navigation by large ships, allowing you to experience their beauty at close range.

Fertile soil

Along most fjord shores there is lush flora and fertile soil. In many places the land has been farmed for thousands of years. Blossoming fruit trees along the Hardangerfjord in May make for an impressive sight.

The Nærøyfjord and the Geirangerfjord

UNESCO has included the fjords of Norway, exemplified by the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, on its prestigious World Heritage List.

The Nærøyfjord is at one point 250 metres across, while mountains tower up to 1,800 metres above its tranquil waters. The Geirangerfjord is known for its beauty and magnificent waterfalls, the best known being the Seven Sisters.

Gudvangen and Geiranger, the two innermost villages of these two fjords, are among the most popular cruise ship ports in Scandinavia.

National Geographic and Chicago Tribune

It is not only UNESCO that views the Norwegian fjords as exceptional. National Geographic Magazine has named the fjords "the best unspoiled travel destinations in the world". And the respected American newspaper Chicago Tribune has included Norway’s fjords on its list Seven Wonders of Nature.

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Last updated:  2014-04-02
Kayaking in the Geirangerfjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Kayaking in the Geirangerfjord, Norway
Taking a break on the shore of the Nærøyfjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Fjord Norway
Taking a break on the shore of the Nærøyfjord, Norway

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View of the Geirangerfjord in Norway - Photo: Fritjof Fure/Fjord Norway

What Is a Fjord?

The fjords of Norway were dug out by ice, stone and rock during successive ice ages.

What Is a Fjord?

Source: Visitnorway

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