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A Beautiful, Wild and Dramatic Cruise through World Heritage.
The ferry tour of the Nærøyfjord is one of the world's foremost fjord attractions, a fact recognised by UNESCO when it added the Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord to its World Heritage List in 2005. Beautiful, wild and dramatic are the words most often used to describe the three hour trip along the Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. This is where people have lived from time immemorial, and the trip affords the sight of small homesteads clinging to the sides of the steep mountains that plunge into the fjord. An air of nostalgia permeates this spectacular fjord landscape surrounded by mountains reaching up to 1800 metres. Snow-covered peaks forming a striking contrast with the dark, deep fjord are all part of an experience you will never forget.
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Departure from: Gudvangen & Kaupanger
Duration: 2-4 hours
Days: All days
This ferry trip is a unique opportunity to experience several of the most beautiful fjords in Norway – all in one trip; the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord. The classic-looking car ferries will take you on a 48 kilometre (39 miles) long fjord cruise – up-close to the best of Western Norwegian fjord landscape.
Mighty nature and exciting cultural history
The Nærøyfjord is considered one of the most stunning fjords in the world, so it is with good reasons the fjord is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage site. If you take the ferry from Gudvangen, you will start your fjord cruise by sailing through this narrow, majestic fjord. During the snow melting in June, you can see up to 25 waterfalls in the Nærøyfjord, and the largest of them can be seen all year long. One of them is Kjelfossen waterfall in Gudvangen, which is free-falling 840 meters in stages down to the fjord.
Further on, you will arrive the Aurlandsfjord, also on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of this fjord, the ferry will sail past the little village Frønningen, a village without road connection. The only access is by boat. You will, for instance, see the legendary “Frønningen- godset”- a historic manor situated by the seaside.
Soon after, you sail past the mountain Bleia, 1775 metres (5823ft) above sea level. The fjord below the mountain is almost 1000 meters deep. For this reason, it is said that "Without water in the fjord", Bleia is the highest mountain in Norway.
Furthermore, the ferry will set the course to the final destination; the idyllic village of Kaupanger. In Kaupanger you can amongst other things see one of the 28 preserved stave churches in Norway, dating back to the mid-1100s.
The ferry trip between Gudvangen and Kaupanger is a definitive bucket list experience. It is a perfect break from the car drive, and an outstanding opportunity to experience many of the most beautiful fjords in Norway!