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Trip to Norway: Bergen and Fiords

Updated on September 4, 2013

Fjords of Norway, the wonder of the North

City of Bergen, located in western Norway is definitely a starting point for many fjord tours. Here will you read about many attractions that wait for a traveller the land of fjords, all of them in a short distance from Bergen.

On this page the city of Bergen and the whole region is presented, drawing your attention to places that are definitely worth visiting and illustrated by many photographs of breathtaking Norwegian landscapes and with an addition of useful information and travel tips, a few words about history and local customs.


Sunset in Bergen (c) kariannesverden.blogspot.com

This city, former capital of Norway, is 1000 years old and is in my opinion one of the most charming cities in this country. Bergen lies between seven mountains (in the same way as Rome lies on seven hills) and among other things is known for rain (you can even buy a jar with "bergensk" rain as a souvenir! ). This is due to its location between stormy Northern Sea and Norwegian high mountains. Nevertheless Bergen is a charming city, beautifully located and very appealing.

Bergen's Fish Market, Norway

Summer season (from May to September) is relatively dry and sunny. At this time the city is most beautiful and charming. There is a lot of cafeterias and pubs downtown, crowded with students, locals and tourists. Among other things worth visiting here is Hanseatic wharf called Bryggen which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On Bryggen you can can find a variety of restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops offering a great collection of troll figurines also handmade by NyForm. Bergen is also a starting point to the fjords - long "sea valleys" cutting deeply into the mainland and captivating by their depth, narrowness and steep mountains towering above.


Bryggen in Bergen (c) wildlens


Aurlandsfjord, part of Sognefjord (c) www.bergenfjords.com

Sognefjord, located north of Bergen, is the largest fjord in Norway, stretching 205km inland and reaching over 1.3km (!) of depth, while the cliffs surrounding fjord have over 1km of hight. North of the fjord lies the biggest glacier of Norway (and of Europe), the Jostedalsbreen glacier.

Among many fjord's branches, two can be distinguished: Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. The last one listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Cruise Ship at Gudvangen, Naeroyfjorden, Unesco World Heritage Site, Western Fiordlands, Norway

Both branches are part of the Norway in Nutshell tourist trip, which indeed shows Norway at its best. The trip starts in Voss (which can be easily reached from Bergen or Oslo by train), leads through narrow, winding mountain roads (by bus), a long ferry tour along the two fjords, ultimately ending with 20km scenic tour by a steam train (called Flåmsbana).


Naeroyfjorden at Gudvangen village (c) wikipedia


Lofthus and Hardangerfjord in Spring(c) www.visitnorway.no

South of Bergen lies one of the most beautiful fjords of Norway, 800m deep Hardangerfjord. Hardangerfjord is second longest Norwegian fjord (and third longest in the world) having 179km of total length and reaching Hardangervidda plateau in its eastern end. Whole Hardanger region is known for its orchards, from here come most of the Norwegian apples. A good example of this is village of Lofthus.


Folgefonna glacier (c) www.hardangerfolk.no

Southern branch of the fjord, ends in town of Odda, which is one of the starting points for tours towards Folgefonna glacier, lying west of this branch. Folgefonna is third biggest glacier in Norway (the other ones lies quite close). The glacier is a summer ski center, offers also thrillig experience of guided tours on its white and blue icy surface.


Guided tour on Folgefonna glacier (c) www.hardangerfjord.com


Norheimsund and Hardangerfjord (c) wikipedia


Cabins at Kvamskogen in winter

Hordaland is great place for skiers, no matter is you prefer cross-country skiing, alpine skiing or telemark skiing. For instance you can take a ski tour at Kvamskogen hills (there are two smaller alpine centers there as well). Kvamskogen lies only 50km from the coast and Bergen city.

Or travel 50km more inlands to Voss, where two other medium sized alpine resorts are located: one in Bavallen valley and second one in Myrkdalen valley.


Skitouring at Kvamskogen (c) www.bt.no


Laatefossen waterfall (c) Dagladet

Norway is not only a land of fjords, but also a land of waterfalls. Above you can see huge and loud Laatefossen waterfall, located some 5km south of Odda.

Another worth mentioning waterfall is Voringfossen. You can watch its 100m impressive fall when you take the road 7 towards mountain plateau of Hardangervidda and farther to Oslo. Before you reach the waterfall (from above), you will climb the breathtaking, winding and steep (8-10%) road leading from Eidfjord through Mabodalen valley.


Voringfossen waterfall near Eidfjord (c) www.bergenfjords.com


Steindalsfossen waterfall near Norheimsund (c) eirikso.com

Royal Pewter Cheese Slicer
Royal Pewter Cheese Slicer

Designed for use with semi-hard cheeses such as Gouda. The stainless steel blade is designed and manufactured by Bjorklund, the inventors of the modern cheese slicer. This pattern depicts King Olav the Holy and Viking warriors at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 AD. This collectible design is a wonderful way to share your Scandinavian heritage for generations.

 

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    • nofocruiser profile image

      nofocruiser 3 years ago

      Great pictures! Norway is on my list of places to see!

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      craftycollector 4 years ago

      LOvely selection of pictures, brings back memories

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      VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

      Such beautiful pictures. A bit cold up there now, but looks like a perfect summer vacation. Great lens.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, but absolutely stunning pictures especially Bergen at sunset! I'd love to visit. My mom was lucky enough since our stepfather was Norwegian. Perhaps someday I will partake in the visual beauty of the place.

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      jozica-lapuh 5 years ago

      wow, beautiful nature! really great pics!!!

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      One of the list for my travel this year is Norway one of the reasons why considered it as cool place to visit for vacation is the cool places such a mountains, oceans and landmarks. Cool lense you have.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I have traveled a lot in Norway, and it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The fjords and mountains are fantastic. Still remember eating delicious fish in Bergen!

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      golfspice 6 years ago

      Enjoyed the lens and the reminder of a great holiday in Norway. The light is crystal clear with photo opportunities around every corner, so don't forget your camera. Perhaps add something about the Flam Railway trip, touristy, but worth it.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never been to Norway, but now I've read your page and seen the pictures, I'd love to visit. Blessed.

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Beauty of nature.Thanks for sharing

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      do I have to pick one thing? I guess the waterfalls. You did a beautiful job and these pictures are amazing!