The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The surrounding mountain areas are amongst Norway’s most popular hiking areas.
Sognefjorden is also in the process of being certified as a Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, Sognefjorden wishes to preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.
The approximately 30,000 inhabitants in the area live together in small, idyllic villages along the fjords and in the valleys. Skjolden is the innermost village and home to around 200 people.
Other places well worth a visit is Lærdal, where you can marvel the Borgund stave church, and Flåm, where the Flåmsbana Railway takes you from the fjord to the top of the mountains. There are several options for getting to Sognefjord and around.
There are strong food traditions in the Sognefjord area, and the mild climate, fresh air and abundance of lush mountain pastures mean that the Sognefjord area produces fresh ingredients of high quality. The area is particularly well known for its fruit, berries, lamb, game, mountain trout and goat cheese.
The mountain areas surrounding the innermost part of Sognefjorden are amongst Norway’s most popular hiking areas. Jotunheimen National Park, Jostedalsbreen National Park, Breheimen, the Aurlandsdalen valley and the Utladalen valley are all well-known mountain areas. Besides hiking, other popular activities in the area include rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, summer skiing and mountain biking.
Find more inspiration on Sognefjord’s official website.