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Key facts about the Sognefjord area

Sognefjord is the area where you find the Flåm Railway, the Nærøyfjord, Jotunheimen, Jostedalsbreen, Urnes Stave Church and Vettisfossen Waterfall.

Geography

The Sognefjord itself is 204 kilometers long and lies in the heart of Fjord Norway, where it carves its way from the coast, just north of Bergen, to the mighty mountains of the Jotunheimen National Park and the blue ice of the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

Skjolden is the innermost village.

The Sognefjord is not only Norway's longest fjord; it is also the deepest. At its deepest, the fjord plunges to more than 1,300 meters and the mountains along the fjord rise to more than 1,700 meters.

Every arm of the long Sognefjord has its own name. The most narrow and famous fjord arm, the Nærøyfjord, is only 250 meters wide at its most narrow.

Other picturesque and well-known fjord arms are the Lusterfjord, Fjærlandsfjord and Finnafjord. These fjords often have a beautiful emerald green colour because of the melt water from the glaciers.

Municipalities in the Sognefjord area

  • Aurland
  • Balestrand
  • Leikanger
  • Luster
  • Lærdal
  • Sogndal
  • Vik
  • Årdal

County

Sogn og Fjordane

Borders to

Hemsedal, Valdres, Lom, Skjåk, Stryn/Nordfjord, Sunnfjord, Outer Sognefjord, Osterfjord, Voss, Hardangerfjord, Hol/Geilo and Ål.

Regional center

Sogndal

Airport

Sogndal Lufthamn

Population

The approximately 30,000 inhabitants live together in small, idyllic villages along the fjords and up in the valleys.

Language/dialect

"Sognamål" – a distinctive Norwegian dialect. The Sognefjord people can normally communicate well in English and some also in German, Italian, Spanish, French and so on.

History

Tourism started in the area more than 150 years ago. The first tourists were wealthy adventurers interested in the amazing scenery, salmon fishing or mountaineering. Many of them were British.

Most visited attraction

Flåmsbana – the steep and spectacular Flåm Railway

UNESCO World Heritage Sights

The Nærøyfjord and Urnes Stave Church (Norway's oldest stave church)

Scenic routes

National parks

Other landscape preservation areas

  • Nærøyfjorden
  • Stølsheimen
  • Utladalen
  • Breheimen
  • Mørkridsdalen
  • Nigardsbreen

There are also several bird and wetland reserves.

Most interesting glacier arms

  • Nigardsbreen
  • Bøyabreen
  • Fåbergstølsbreen
  • Tunsbergsdalsbreen
  • Bergsetbreen
  • Austerdalsbreen
  • Austdalsbreen
  • Supphellebreen
  • Flatbreen
  • Fanaråkbreen

Highest waterfall

Vettisfossen in Utladalen

Highest mountain

Store Skagastølstind (Storen) in Turtagrø, Luster (2,405 meters above see level)

Most famous construction

Lærdalstunnelen – the world's longest tunnel

National visitor's centers

  • Norwegian Glacier Museum
  • Norwegian Wild Salmon center
  • Norwegian Book Town
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Last updated:  2013-07-16
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View over to Sogndal, Norway - Photo: Destination Sogndal & Luster/Finn Loftesnes

Key facts about the Sognefjord area

Sognefjord is the area where you find the Flåm Railway, the Nærøyfjord, Jotunheimen, Jostedalsbreen, Urnes Stave Church and Vettisfossen Waterfall.

Key facts about the Sognefjord area

Source: Visitnorway

About the Sognefjord area

Flåm

Beautiful Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204 kilometres long and up to 1,308 metres deep Sognefjord.

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