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The Beautiful Fjords of Norway

Updated on March 2, 2015

Norwegian Fjords Are Special

Norway has a really long coast-line, over 25,000 km. Without counting the coast around the thousands of islands. Along this long coast-line are some of the world's most beautiful fjords. People from all over the world visit Norway each year to see these fjords, and the surrounding mountains. Take a virtual trip toNorwayon this page, and enjoy the beautiful Norwegian fjords.

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Norwegian Fjord Puzzle

Ravensburger Norwegian Fjord - 1000 Piece Puzzle
Ravensburger Norwegian Fjord - 1000 Piece Puzzle

What can be more relaxing than to spend some time doing a puzzle with this beautiful picture of a Norwegian fjord? Afterwards, you can hang it on your wall.

 
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norway fjords

What is a fjord?

Where are the fjords?

The fjords are said to have been formed long time ago, when the ice was melting away. Basically, a fjord is the sea which goes in like a tongue into the land. The sides are steep, the bottom deep. (this is the reason why cruise-ships can make it all the way in.) Fjords can be found in many parts of the earth- Chile, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska. Maybe the Norwegian fjords are the most well-known.

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Seven Sisters, Geirangerfjord
Seven Sisters, Geirangerfjord | Source

Geiranger Fjord

The Geiranger fjord, is a fabulous part of the earth. So special is it that UNESCO has decided to put it on its list of World Heritage Sites. At the beginning of the fjord lies Alesund, a picturesque, thriving little city. Some even call it Norway's most beautiful city. The Geiranger fjord is almost ten miles long, and this is also where a number of breathtaking waterfalls can be found. The Seven sisters and, right across the fjord, the Suitor are among the most famous.


Visit the Geiranger Fjord

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norway fjord | Source

Norway Travel Guide

Lonely Planet Norway
Lonely Planet Norway

Lonely Planet has a really good guide book for Norway. They have gone visiting the country very well, you can tell from the way they are describing it. Great information not only about places, but also people and food.

 

View of the Oslo Fjord

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norway fjord

The Oslo fjord has not been formed by glacial movements, but is actually a rift valley. Full of picturesque islands, it is a popular place all year around.

There are an estimated 3000 fjords in Norway

Norway Map - Alesund is marked, where the Geiranger fjord starts.

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norway

As you can see from the map, Norway's coastline is really long. There are few places in Norway where you are not close to the sea.

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norway fjord

Best Time to Visit the Norwegian Fjords

The fjords are beautiful all year around. But since Norway is in northern Europe, the weather can get quite cold. The best time to visit the Norwegian fjords would be late spring, early summer. The weather is usually nice, nature is beautiful with buds and fresh green, and the tourist season has not yet started. The most crowded time is during July and August. Early autumn is also a good time, not too many people and still warm enough to enjoy the scenery.

(The picture shows the Oslo Fjord during summer.)

Norway Cruise

There are many different cruises to take in Norway, to see the fjords.

Norway Fjord West Coast

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norway fjord
Northern lights
Northern lights | Source

The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis

Norway is the home of the midnight sun, it is true, but also of the Northern Lights. This spectacular display of energy and light is commonly seen in the northern parts of Norway. According to NASA's predictions, the winter of 2012/2013 is going to see the strongest Northern Lights' activity in 50 years. Learn more about the Northern lights and what they are here:

The Northern Lights- Beautiful Aurora Borealis


Norway in Pictures

Norway in Pictures (Visual Geography Series)
Norway in Pictures (Visual Geography Series)

Visit Norway with this book full of pictures and facts.

 

Thanks to the Gulf stream outside the coast of Norway, the climate is quite mild. The water in the fjords doesn't freeze, and there is plenty of fish.

A piece of Norwegian history

Assault in Norway: Sabotaging The Nazi Nuclear Program
Assault in Norway: Sabotaging The Nazi Nuclear Program

Norway was occupied by the Nazis during World War II, and the memory is still very strong in the hearts of the people. This book tells the story behind one of the most famous raids by the opposition.

 

Norwegian Fjord Video

Killer whale
Killer whale | Source

Whales in Norway

In the Northern parts of Norway, it is possible to see whales. Within one hour from the Lofoten islands, there is always a large concentration of male sperm whales from May to September. They come there to feed, as the water is deep and there is plenty of fish.

Want to see the killer whales? You can go on a snorkeling safari where you actually get into the water with the whales. Otherwise it is also possible to see them from the safety of a boat or dinghy.


Have you ever visited a Norwegian fjord?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      As I was reading, I was thinking if I ever went to Norway, I would never want to come home! I would love to watch the whales, see the Northern Lights and explore the fjords of Norway! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Once a gain I am stunned by the beauty of Norway through this lens. Shouting on FaceBook and refreshing my Squid Angel blessing. :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Taks!

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      ShariSmith 5 years ago

      already bookmarked!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for a delightful journey to the fjords of Norway. The picture of the Oslo fjord reminded me of Kabetogama where I grew up and I heard myself sigh!...*

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      missyjanette 5 years ago

      nice

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Norway one day

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      MarionElodie 5 years ago

      I haven't, but it is definitely on my to-do list! Thank you for those beautiful pictures.

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool site beautiful places

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I have been to Norway and enjoyed the fjords. I look forward to going back one day. Thanks

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful pictures! Some day I hope to see the Northern Lights. it sounds like this would be the best year to visit Norway. Great lens!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Norway is such a stunning country! I hope to visit it some day...

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      Eleni Bat 5 years ago from Greece

      I hope one day to visit this beautiful place.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      You have some beautiful pictures of Norway here. Nicely done.

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      falling lakes 5 years ago

      Norway rules!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Such an enchanting place. It's on the 'to visit one day' list.

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      How deep are typical fjords?

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great pictures and a lot of good informations. Thnx for this lens!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Wow! There is so much to see in the Norwegian Fjord.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit the fjords, since I was a small child looking through my father's old photographs of his student travels all over Scandinavia - amazing scenery!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Fjords of Norway is one of those areas that's been on my list of places to visit for as long as I can remember. They are a very special and I very much enjoyed the virtual trip via your lens, thank you!! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful picture of the Northern Lights.

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      seojyo 5 years ago

      awesome place..thanks for sharing

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thank you for this travel info. I wish we lived next door, instead of in California.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This is the trip my mom and I are saving for to take on my 35th birthday in 2013. Can't wait!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful indeed, loved the photos.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I just wish that you could make this lens in 3D. The Norwegian fjords are stunning!

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      MBcandy 5 years ago

      How i wish i could take a trip for the place, but i have to save for it, for how long i don't know.

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      Melody Lassalle 5 years ago from California

      Gorgeous photos! Looks beautiful.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Just beautiful and I can only hope to visit someday!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Nice lens! This is quite comprehensive and I learned a lot! I would like to visit someday, the pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Had a chance to visit when I was a child, hope to visit sometime as an adult with my own children, since they are Norwegian from both sides of the family now.

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I would love to visit all the Norwegian fjords! Congratulations on being featured on Squidoo front page - this lens certainly deserves it!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Visiting a Fjord is a fantastic experience, they are deep cut in maintains.

      Thanks for a great lens

      Regards

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely very high on my list of places that I want to go - such a beautiful country. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I would love to take a trip to Norway to see the fjords. Most spectacular sites.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I would love to take a trip to Norway to see the fjords. Most spectacular sites.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      So the Aurora Borealis will be particularly strong this holiday season on 2012/13? If the world hasn't been blown up by manic Mayans, I will have to travel to see the Northern Lights. I must see these beautiful Norwegian fjords too. Will I survive the cold in Norway?

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Such beautiful scenery.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have visited many of these breath taking fjords. Still I have a wish to travel Hurtigruten along the Norweigan coast! May be one day my dream come true?