The Beautiful Fjords of Norway
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
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.
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.
Did you visit a 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
Norway Travel Guide
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
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.
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.
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.)
There are many different cruises to take in Norway, to see the fjords.
This is one of the most famous cruise lines in Norway. You can go all the way from south to north, or just take parts of the trip.Daily departures all year around.
Luxury cruises to the Norwegian fjords and other ports in Europe.
- Costa Cruise
This Italian-style cruise sails during the summer months.
- Fjord Travel
Daily departures from May 1- August 31. Prices around 2000USD including stay in Oslo, flight to the north and back, and a three-day cruise.
- Virgin Holidays Cruises
Visiting different ports of Norway, including the southern parts.
Norway Fjord West Coast
The Northern Lights
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:
Norway in Pictures
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
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
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.