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.
The cities in Fjord Norway reflect the personality of the people who live there. They are shaped by the landscape, the ocean, the cultural landscape and mountains. As a visitor, you will see that the past and modern city life go hand in hand. A long seafaring, fishing and trading history has made its mark on the cities, but they are also characterised by modern technology and forward-looking industries.
The lively cultural life is inspired by local traditions and impulses from the outside world. Hospitality, a rich history and exciting experiences are common denominators for all of them – and nature is right on their doorstep. The best way to experience the essence of the fjord cities is by going on a round trip and enjoying the taste of life and tradition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt. Spectacular architecture and exiting food made from local produce enhance the experience.