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Fjord Cities

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In Fjord Norway, nature is part of the cities, and the cities are part of nature. Visit the local communities that have the fjords and the coast right on their doorstep.

Top destinations in Fjord Norway

Jury at the Gladmat Festival in StavangerPhoto: Kaitlin Bailey/Matador Network/Fjord Norway

Stavanger – the culinary city

Surrounded by a green, fertile coastal landscape, Stavanger is only a short distance from the dramatic scenery of the Lysefjord. The heart of the modern, cosmopolitan city of Stavanger is characterised by old wooden houses and charming shopping street. Some of the region’s top restaurants, known for their creative use of local produce, are found in this area. The location makes Stavanger a great starting point for day trips to the Lysefjord and spectacular hikes to viewpoints such as Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Mount Kjerag. There are interesting museums where you can learn about everything from Viking history to modern oil production. Just outside the city, you will find lovely, long beaches with fantastic surfing conditions.

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HaugesundPhoto: Scott Sporleder/Fjord Norway

Haugesund – homeland of the Viking kings

Situated on the coast between Stavanger and Bergen, Haugesund is a charming coastal town.

This is the area where the Viking kings had their royal seat. Visit Avaldsnes and the Norvegen history centre to learn about the history of the Viking kings and how they lived.

In summer, Haugesund hosts fun festivals like a herring festival, a jazz festival and the Norwegian International Film Festival.

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BergenPhoto: Robin Strand –

Bergen – the gateway to the fjords

Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords. Located between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord, it is the perfect starting point for day trips to these fjords.
The old Hanseatic Wharf at Bryggen, situated beside the city’s lively fish market, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The city has a rich cultural scene with both classical and contemporary music and art.
The KODE Art Museums house the world’s third largest Edvard Munch collection. Bergen is a Creative City of Gastronomy and many of the city’s excellent restaurants pride themselves in making food based on local traditions and produce, with a new and innovative touch. 

ÅlesundPhoto: © Sverre Hjørnevik /

Ålesund – the Art Nouveau town

Ålesund is blessed with a spectacular location on narrow islands, where the fjords of Sunnmøre meet the sea.

The city has a long, interesting history, and it is known for the distinctive Art Nouveau architecture of the city centre, which was rebuilt after it was ravaged by fire in 1904.

The location makes Ålesund a great starting point for a multitude of activities and experiences. Within an hour from the city centre, you can experience the ocean, unique island communities and beautiful fjords lined by steep mountainsides plunging into the sea.

Ålesund is also a fantastic base for exploring the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps.

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RomsdalsmuseetPhoto: Søren Harder Nielsen


Molde is known for jazz, roses and fantastic views. Check out the Molde panorama from the Varden viewpoint (407 metres above sea level), where you can spot 222 partially snow-clad peaks.

The annual jazz festival Moldejazz features world famous artists and attracts teeming crowds every summer.

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KristiansundPhoto: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life


Kristiansund is situated on four islands, and offers both cultural and culinary experiences.

For centuries, fresh cod was salted, dried and refined into the product clipfish, considered a delicacy in southern climes. Spices and culture were shipped back in return.

Today, an opera festival, an international photography festival, and of course the clipfish are all an integral part of the town’s identity.

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Destinations in Fjord Norway

Top destinations
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
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
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
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
You could go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The… Read more
The Sognefjord area
Imagine finding yourself looking over mountains, rockslides and polished cliffs – hundreds of metres above sea level. In Ryfylke, the nature is… Read more
The Town of Roses! Molde is located in between several impressive tourist attractions like Romsdalseggen, Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road. It is a… Read more
Things to do
CYCLING - RALLARVEGEN 80 km - Season: 10/7-30/9   ACCOMMODATION & FOOD: HAUGASTØL FINSE - Finsehytta VATNAHALSEN Høyfjellshotel… Read more
Cycling - Rallarvegen
At the western edge of the Hardangervidda plateau, you’ll find Trolltunga – the most spectacular rock formation in Norway.… Read more
Join us on an active adventure from the fjord to the mountain! We start the day with a Basic FjordSafari on the Aurlandsfjord and to the great… Read more
Basic FjordSafari
Nature Trail - Kreklingen The trail starts from Belehalli sports hall in Balestrand and goes on to Sandstølen or Skåsheim. This is an easy trail with… Read more
Hiking: Nature trail (easy family walk)
Canyoning through Gudbrandsjuvet Canyoning is an amazing nature experience in the spectacular Gundbrandsjuvet! The river flows quietly and calm… Read more
Canyoning in Valldal - The Adventure Valley
Stranda Ski Resort is located east in the magnificent "Alps og Sunnmore",in the western part of Norway. 7 lifts (including 2 chair lifts) ,17 downhill… Read more
Stranda Ski Resort
Hodlekve has a 1200 meter long ski lift, who takes you up about 290 meters and have 4 possible downhills. 3,5 km of prepered hills is waiting for you! Read more
Sogndal Skisenter- alpine resort
Take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen! Check out the spectacular view of the city, play in the Troll Forest or walk exciting nature… Read more
Fløibanen funicular
The open-air Old Bergen Museum is a reconstructed small town consisting of around 50 wooden houses dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Read more
Old Bergen Museum - Bergen City Museum
The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway's most visited outdoors markets. The Fish Market sells seafood, fruit and vegetables. Read more
Fish Market in Bergen
Food and drink
Ægir is our very own brewery, which opened in 2007 and is one of the best craft breweries in Norway. The building is inspired by Norse mythology… Read more
Ægir BrewPub
Focus on culinary food and wineexperiences At Kviknes Hotel, we place great emphasis on culinary experiences. Local ingredients are used as far as… Read more
Dining room at Kviknes Hotel
Culinary experiences that satisfy all of your senses. Welcome to Ostehuset Domkirkeplassen. In one of Stavanger's magnificent buildings, in one of the… Read more
Ostehuset Domkirkeplassen
In 2016 RE-NAA is the first restaurant outside of Oslo to achieve a Michelin star in the Scandinavian Michelin Guide. The star was maintained in 2017,… Read more
A restaurant for memorable culinary experiences and a cosy atmosphere, both in- and outdoor. The bar features an open hearth and a modern café.… Read more
Lothes Mat & Vinhus
Restauranthuset Bryggekanten is located at the edge of the kai-edge in the center of Kristiansund. In our Brasserie you will find a tempting selection… Read more
Bryggekanten Brasserie & Bache Bar - restaurant
The restaurant at Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri is renowned for its kitchen, and its use of fresh and local ingredients. We are very proud of our kitchen… Read more
Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri - restaurant
An oasis for the good life. Savour the flavours of a bygone era in the restaurant, wake up to the smell of newly-baked bread fresh from… Read more
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Attraction & culture
The beautiful power station at the fjord is a monument of the hydropower adventure that started in 1906. Today it is a museum… Read more
The Dokken museum on Hasseløy takes us to the very start of the great herring era and gives us a rich insight into the everyday life in… Read more
Dokken Open air museum
Regional museum for Hardanger, exhibiting Hardanger embroidery, traditional costumes and Norway's largest collection of old Hardanger fiddles.… Read more
Hardanger Folk Museum
Founded in the 15th c., St. George's was a hospital for lepers until the middle of the 20th c. The present day buildings date back to the 18th c. Read more
Leprosy Museum - Bergen City Museum
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen was the home of composer Edvard Grieg for 22 years. He composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut. Read more
Troldhaugen Home of composer Edvard Grieg
Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. The catastrophic fire of… Read more
The Art Nouveau Centre & the Art Museum KUBE
Bryggens Museum display findings of the archaeological excavations of Bryggen from 1955 and contains the foundations of the oldest buildings in… Read more
Bryggens Museum - Bergen City Museum
The Hanseatic merchants are long gone, and no longer part of the hustle and bustle of Bryggen, but you can still experience this unique place, which… Read more
The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene - Museum Vest
One of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway is located only a 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Molde town. The Romsdal… Read more
The Romsdal Museum in Molde
The Barony in Rosendal the only one of its kind in Norway and a major attraction in Western Norway. Among other things, the manor house is famous… Read more
Baroniet Rosendal manorhouse and gardens
In Austre Åmøy, specifically at the Meling farm, you can find the largest concentration of rock carvings in Rogaland. There are several fields in the… Read more
Rock carvings at Austre Åmøy
The richly decorated Hopperstad stave church in Vik would have been lost but for the intervention of cultural conservationists, who managed to save it… Read more
Hopperstad Stave Church
UNESCO Urnes Stave Church , the oldest of Norway's stave churches, is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It was built around 1130 AD, but the… Read more
Urnes Stave Church
Built around 1180 and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches… Read more
Borgund Stave church
Its size and numbers of posts is what makes Kaupanger stave church stand out from other stave churches, as well as its interior. The church… Read more
Kaupanger Stave Church, Sogndal
High above the fjord, 600 metres above sea level lie the two Kjeåsen mountain farms. Nowadays of course it’s a comfortable car ride… Read more
Kjeåsen Mountain Farm
Season: all year. By Hafrsfjord, the monument Sverd i fjell (Swords in rock). This was where Harald Fairhair gathered Norway into one kingdom in 872. Read more
Swords in Rock
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