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A person on a swing with a view of snow-clad mountains and the Hjørundfjord in Fjord Norway
A person on a swing with a view of snow-clad mountains and the Hjørundfjord in Fjord Norway
A swing by the Hjørundfjord.
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær
A swing by the Hjørundfjord.
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær

Take time out by the fjords

Sometimes we just need a break. A time out to wind down, reflect and reconnect with Mother Nature and our true self. With its spellbinding surroundings, and great outdoor adventures, Fjord Norway is the ideal place for an inward journey. Alone, or together in a group of new friends! 

Big, busy cities are fun, but they can be quite absorbing as well. When was last time you put time on hold to check in with yourself?

Visit Norway invited the activity junkie Charlotte Van Hollebeke from Paris, the foodie Daniel John Lynch from London, and the cultural buff Gloria Butler from New York to Fjord Norway, to give them an opportunity to step out of their big-city bubble for a few days. In raw, airy, and serene nature, they got to discover new perspectives, reconnect with their senses, and learn something new – first and foremost about themselves.

“To step out and look at life in a different way, you need a second to recharge”, Glo says.




    Soothing scenery

    Fjord Norway is known for its stunning scenery with deep blue UNESCO protected fjords, flowing waterfalls, massive glaciers, and tall, snow-capped mountains. Few people who visit this part of Norway leave unaffected.

    “You’re not used to seeing all these types of nature in one landscape. You have the snow, the fjords, and the green trees as well”, Charlotte says.

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    Learn to speak “Fjord”

    Do you speak Fjord? Pick up some local terminology that will be useful on your visit to the Norwegian fjords.

    Foss – waterfall
    Fjordarm – fjord arm
    Ferge – ferry
    Isbre – glacier
    Svele – a compact, thick pancake that locals often eat as a snack between meals, especially on ferries
    Vik – cove
    Tåke – fog
    Brudeferden i Hardanger – famous painting that represents a wedding entourage in a rowboat, painted in 1848 by artists Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude.
    Havn – harbour

    Along every fjord, small communities and villages await, all with their own culinary specialities. Some of the highlights are waffles and rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge), first-class seafood, and some of the world’s best (literally speaking) cheeses and ciders.

    “I was very intrigued about what the food scene was going to be like”, says Daniel, who considers himself a foodie.

    A region to reflect and recharge

    When the summer visitors have left Fjord Norway, the atmosphere of the whole region changes completely. Everything slows down. The crystal-clear fjords get covered in mist, and well-known attractions return to their laid-back, tranquil pace. If you visit the region at this time of year – between October and May – the silence and the mystical, almost spellbinding atmosphere are guaranteed to sneak into your soul. And stay there until long after you have returned home.

    “Coming on this journey has reinvigorated me. Going through the fjords, you think how insignificant you are as an individual compared to what nature is like. I know I’ll go home and re-evaluate what’s important to me”, Daniel says.

    Charlotte, Glo and Daniel agree that Fjord Norway is an ideal destination for solo travellers. It is very safe to travel alone in Norway, and you can easily join a wide selection of organized tours and participate in fun and social activities. It’s a great way to make new friends, and if you prefer, you can have everything arranged before you set off. Ready to step out of your comfort zone?

    Experience Norway’s well-kept secrets with Up Norway, join a guided tour with Authentic Scandinavia AS or sign up for an active adventure with Hvitserk.

    What exactly is a fjord?

    A fjord is a deep, narrow, and elongated sea or lake inlet, often surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. The fjords are often described as ”nature’s own work of art”, and was formed when the glaciers retreated and seawater flooded the U-shaped valleys. Some of the world’s longest fjords are located in Fjord Norway. Read more about these and other popular Norwegian fjords in our article "The fjords explained”.

    Hear their stories




      “Seeing the fjord for the first time is really impressive. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it’s breathtaking”, says the activity junkie Charlotte Van Hollebeke from Paris.




        “It’s made me appreciate what there is, and so close to my home as well”, says the London-based foodie Daniel John Lynch.




          “Travelling to Norway was a culture shock for me, but at the same time a life-changing experience”, says the cultural buff Gloria Butler from New York.

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          Destinations in Fjord Norway
          Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
          Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
          From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
          A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
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          Get to know Kristiansund, a city on four islands famous for clipfish, opera, and The Atlantic Road. Read more
          Explore the charming wooden houses in Gamle Lærdalsøyri. Read more
          Molde has some of Fjord Norway’s most famous attractions. Experience the world-famous Molde international jazz festival, enjoy spectacular views… Read more
          From soaring peaks and glaciers to deep fjords – nature is the main attraction in Nordfjord. Go hiking, surfing and paddling or relax at a spa.… Read more
          Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
          Feel the forces of nature! In Ryfylke, nature is the main attraction. From Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag to salmon safaris and the… Read more
          Røldal is known for getting more snowfall than any other area in Norway. In summer, it's the perfect starting point for… Read more
          In Stryn you can go summer skiing, explore glaciers, and a enjoy a fjordside spa – all on the very same day.  Read more
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          The Sunnfjord area offers a mix of active holiday activities in diverse and unspoilt nature, attractions like a viewing point of unseen… Read more
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          You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
          The Fjord Coast
          The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
          The Geirangerfjord area
          Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
          The Lysefjord area
          Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
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          Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
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          The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
          If you are craving thrilling adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
          Discover amazing Åndalsnes, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and the Rauma Line, Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Read more
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