If you ask what country to visit in the summer, Norway must be one of the best places to go, because the fjords there are definitely not to be missed. Enjoying the scenery of the fjords on both sides of the river while facing the wind on the cruise ship is very relaxing!
The fjords are a calling card for Norway and are a UNESCO world heritage site. Here, the pace of time seems to slow down, the fjords remain magnificent and full of the charms of the Norwegian fjords. These “works of art from nature” have become important symbols of Norway precisely because they attract us with their fascinating scenery and bring us unique travel memories.
Why visit the fjords in Norway?
- Large quantity
There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway.
- Each has its own characteristics
Some Norwegian fjords are long and narrow, some are deep, some are lined with fruit trees, some are wooded… You can explore any fjord you want. Actually, the fjords have their own advantages all year round, but the best in summer and autumn.
- Abundant activities
There are many ways to learn about the fjords besides by boat. Hiking, kayaking, and driving are all great ways to learn about the fjords.
- Mature development
The development was not to destroy, but to preserve as much of the landscape as possible, with a view deck at a good Angle on the mountain path, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the fjord.
The four fjords of Norway
Norway is a “land of fjords”. The fjords on the southwest coast are well known. Here are four fjords to introduce to you, recommend a variety of activities, take you to visit the Norwegian fjords!
- Songn fjord: Norway in miniature
At 205 km long, Sognefjorden is the longest fjord in Norway. The many branches of the songn fjord tour, including the wonderful scenery concentrated in the nearby tributaries of naroyi fjord and ayurlandfjord, are a must to visit songn fjord.
(1) Tour Route Recommendation
- train from Oslo across the hartangel plateau to myrdal;
- take the little alpine train from myrdal to fromm, which has been voted “one of the most beautiful train journeys in Europe”;
- take a cruise ship from flom to the naroy fjord – ayurland fjord to gudwann;
- take the bus to voss to experience the winding mountain road;
- the last train from vos back to bergen.
(2) Selected play activities
1) Canoe and Kayak
Canoeing can be found in several towns in Norway, such as voss and goodwin. This is a popular water sport that is exciting and fun while keeping you safe! Kayaking, floating freely on the water, getting in touch with the magnificent fjords and seeing the pure fjords from another Angle is a very special experience.
2) The stegstein observation deck
Stegastein, on a mountain road between ayuran and leidar, is part of Norway’s national tourist road project. Rising 30 meters from the valley wall and 650 meters above the river, the observatory offers breath-taking views of the ayurlandfjord. For visitors to fromm, this is a must-see “web celebrity” attraction, so don’t forget to clock in and take some pictures as a souvenir.
Fromm station, on the shores of the songn fjord, has been named the world’s most incredible train route by Lonely Planet magazine. A train ride takes you from flom on the edge of the fjord up to the top of the mountain, where the line connects with the bergen-oslo railway at Myrdal. There are trains every day of the year.
Buses ply daily throughout the year to and from Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Voss, Gol, Hemsedal, Fagernes and Lillehammer.
Passenger ships ply between bergen and the small towns along the sonnjord every day of the year. In the summer, there are also daily express passenger ships between bergen and fromm. You can also hop on a sightseeing boat to travel to different destinations along the fjords.
If you choose to drive to the sonnjord region, the journey from bergen takes 2-3 hours, from Oslo 4-5 hours and from trondheim 5-6 hours. Please note that vehicle ferries across the songn fjord and its tributaries are available at several locations.
- Hartangerfjord: Pastoral
Hardangerfjord rises from the Atlantic ocean in the west to the Hardangervidda plateau in the east. It is the fourth longest fjord in the world and the second longest in Norway. The landscape of the fjords offers a clean uncarved beauty, with idyllic scenery on both sides and the famous tongue of the mountain demon.
(1) Tour route recommendation: Hartangell Miniature
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fjords, valleys, rivers, plateaus and waterfalls along the way.
Route: bergen-vos-ullvik/noor hermsons-edfejul – Oslo
Time: at least 1 day
(2) Selected play activities
1) The tongue of the mountain demon
Trolltunga, or devil’s tongue, is one of Norway’s most stunning cliffs. Giant rocks soar over the Ringedalsvatnet lake in odar, overlooking the magnificent hartangel fjord, a popular hiking destination and photo spot for tourists from around the world. What’s more, summer is a great time for hiking, and many travelers choose to go there to conquer the tongue of the mountain demon.
2) Walking on the fogel glacier
The Folgefonna glacier in hartangel is a famous glacier hiking destination. With a professional guide, you can experience the fun of ice walking and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Norway, which will be a rare experience during your trip to Norway.
3) The traffic
The nearest international airports to hartangel are bergen and higgenheim.
For a visit to hartangerfjord, take a bus from bergen or vos to noorhelmsong/eusteser/odar, which also has buses to and from Oslo.
Although there are no direct trains to hartangerfjord, you can take the Norwegian national railway to Geilo, Voss or bergen and then take the bus to hartangerfjord.
Norwegian national railway website: https://www.vy.no/
A daily passenger ferry runs from bergen to Rosendal, a village on the south bank of hartangerfjord.
In the hartencourt fjord region, shipping services include guided sightseeing Tours with ships stopping at various hartencourt locations, such as Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik and Ulvik.
Self-driving can be from bergen along E39, E16 can be reached; RV13 is accessible from the town of worth; From Oslo follow the e18-e134-rv40-rv7 until you reach edphiur.
Lysefjord is located in southwest Norway, approximately 25 km east of stavanger. It’s 42 kilometers inland, and the water is as still as a mirror, with no waves. The most famous sites are the cliff Preikstolen (600 meters above sea level) and the Kjeragbolten (about 2 meters in diameter), which is suspended 1, 000 meters above sea level in the fjord.
(1) Recommended tour route: cruise tour
The cruise will take you through the majestic lysefjord, where there are no waves or surges of the sea but only the reflections of high mountain cliffs in the fjord, making it hard to tell the real from the imaginary. You can hear the sound of silence as the wind blows through. They also pass the famous preikestolen, look up at the cliffs, and experience the wonders of nature.
Time: 3 hours
(2) selected play activities
1) A sermon stone
Pulpit Rock, located in southern Norway, is one of the three wonders of Norway, with a vertical drop of 604 meters and a platform of about 625 square meters at the top. Cliff “budaotai”, straight cliff side as if cut out by a knife. Stand on the cliff and watch the fjords, the rolling mountains, the winding fjords, the floating boats… It is like unfolding a long scroll of scenery. Such a magical place has naturally become a go-to destination for many people.
In summer, many hikers climb preikestolen. If you choose the unfrequented route, you will not only enjoy the unique scenery along the way, but also have an unforgettable mountaineering experience. Follow the professional guide, take the unusual road, brave to climb! Popular, it is recommended to book in advance!
2) The Wonder stone
Kjeragbolten is one of the three great rocks in Norway except the tongue of the mountain monster and preikestolen. The miracle stone is sandwiched between two giant rocks at an altitude of 984 meters. Every year during the summer, many brave challengers come to climb the stone to see what it really is. When the miracle stone appears calmly, it is like a treasure, sandwiched between two mountains, this scene is a great interpretation of the workmanship of nature.
a. Cruise ship
The nearest city to the lysefjord is stavanger. There are cruises from bergen to stavanger, about five hours each way, and round trips are optional.
b. The bus
Public buses can also easily shuttle between Bergen and Stavanger. The trip, about 4.5 hours each way, offers endless views of Norway’s west coast.
The Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO world heritage site, is surrounded by majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush vegetation. The gaeronerfjord is backed by the Norwegian port city of olesund, along with some of the most winding roads on the west coast of Norway: the spirit road and the eagle road.
(1) Tour route recommendation: classic cruise ship + multiple national highways
1) The galangerfjord cruise ship
The gaeronerfjord is a stunning landscape with many famous waterfalls such as De syvs strene, Friaren and Brudesl ret. Magnificent waterfalls pour water, mist like a hazy veil over the cliffs, the sun over the spectrum of a beautiful rainbow, magnificent. Cruise ships are a great way to get a close look at the original beauty.
Time: 1 hour
2) Galangel fjord + eagle road
In addition to the spectacular waterfalls and fjords of the galangerfjord, you can also do your own sightseeing and shopping, or visit small farms. And on the way, you’ll pass the magnificent eagle trail! Let you experience the shock and wonder of Norway’s roads.
Route: alesund – helesulte – galanel – eagle road – eidsdal-linge-sjoholt-alesund
Time: at least 1 day
3) the galangel fjord + the eagle road + the spirit road
If you love Norway’s roads, then the eagle road + the elf road must go! It starts at alesund and travels to the galangel fjord, passing the eagle trail. After the tour, the bus continues on to vardar and ondalsnes, passing the elven road on the way and stopping at its observation deck, which offers stunning views over nearby mountains and fjords, stimulating your nerves!
Route: oleson-linge-eidsdal-eagle road – galangel – elven road – Andalsnes- oleson
Time: at least 1 day
(2) selected play activities
Drive on the Atlantic highway
There are many national roads near alesund, including the eagle road and the spirit road. In addition, the Atlantic highway, known as “Norway’s architecture of the century,” is nearby.
The Atlantic road is an s-shaped, winding, high and low crossing a dozen low Bridges slightly above sea level, spanning all the islands between the western fjords of molde and christianson, and subtly connecting a series of islands in the avor islands to the mainland. Built between an island and a reef, it is often swept over the road by waves, especially during a hurricane.
(1) the plane
Every day, there are many flights from big towns in Norway to Alesund Airport Vigra, the closest to the gaeronerfjord.
(2) the bus
There are daily express buses from Oslo, trondheim and bergen.
(3) the train
Trains run daily from Oslo (about 5.5 hours) and trondheim (about 4-5 hours) to Andalsnes, the nearest station.
(4) the ship
In the summer, the northbound Hurtigrute cruises from bergen to galanel.
The galangerfjord is about a three-hour drive from olesund, including two hours by bus and an hour by boat.
Three, how to play four fjords?
If you have more time and energy, want to see different scenery, or have a long trip plan, the double fjord or triple fjord route will be more suitable. A variety of fjords are combined and you can fully appreciate the different charms of each.
(1) songn fjord + hartangel fjord
Both of these fjords are close to bergen, so they are very convenient to visit together.
From Oslo/bergen, take the train to voss, then take a boat tour of the nuroy fjord, the most beautiful tributary of the songn fjord, embrace the beauty of the fjord, and then take the famous frome alpine train. Return to voss for a night off. The next day, from worth, head to huervik for the hardown fjord cruise, where you can see the beautiful and pastoral fjord with its blossoms and fruit trees.
Route: bergen – vos – naroy fjord – fromm – vos – hartangel fjord
Time: at least 2 days
(2) four fjords luxury self-driving tour
For more ambitious self-driving enthusiasts, this luxury road trip to sifjord is highly recommended. Covering the essence of four fjords and bypassing Norway’s highest peak, the route is one of the most beautiful self-driving routes in Europe. Drive freely and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the fjord!
Route: stavanger – lysefjord – hutene – hardangerfjord – edfayur – fromm – sonn fjord – ayuram – survaun – yoton herm national park – lome – galangerfjord – edzdal – ondalsnes – olesund
Time: at least 7 days
(3) The towns can not to be missed on the way
Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is an important transit point in addition to its impressive urban landscapes, such as medieval wooden houses, open-air old towns, small, quaint alleys and colorful roofs. From here you can travel to multiple fjords by different means.
Voss is a small town, but with all the shops, restaurants, and accommodations, it’s a great place to stay, and the scenery is stunning. In addition, it is also the “adventure capital of Norway”, whether it is hiking, mountain biking, rowing, bungee jumping, skydiving, gliding, mountain rafting… Voss allows you to fully experience excitement and pleasure.
The village of Flam is located in the deepest part of the ayurland fjord, surrounded by high mountains, waterfalls and canyons. There are also many activities to take part in: surfing, canoeing, mountain hiking, cycling and so on. A day or two in fromm is recommended for outdoor activities or visits to nearby traditional villages.
Norheimsund is a beautiful town with its quiet villages, clean water and lush greenery. As the gateway to hartangerfjord, it is also a very useful public transport hub.
Living in Alesund, which has a thriving fishing industry, allows you to feast on fresh seafood. In addition, the curvy art nouveau architecture in the city is also impressive.
- Preparation before departure
The weather in Norway is usually stable in summer, with pleasant temperatures on land and at sea. In summer, the days are long and the nights are short. The temperature is around 20-25℃.
The weather in Norway is more stable in summer, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t change suddenly. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you bring more clothing and wear it according to the temperature. For example, bring at least one warm jumper, waterproof coat or umbrella, and wear comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes.
If you’re going hiking in the mountains or deep into the fjords or mountains, be prepared for all kinds of weather, and bring waterproof and windproof clothing, and wear wool. And in the evening and after the night, the temperature will be lower.
Tips: While the wind may feel cool in summer, the sun is much stronger than you think, so be sure to take precautions.
Norway is a schengen visa country. You can check the latest information requirements and fill in the visa application form online on the website of the Norwegian visa center.
Summer may participate in kayaking, rafting, seaside play and other water activities, remember to pay attention to safety, according to the individual’s physical condition optional participation. If you’re going to the beach, be sure to test the water before you go into the water. The water may be colder than you expect.
Many people think that the landscape of the fjords is largely the same, but if you visit Norway in person, it will refresh your understanding. Each fjord has its own essence and is one of nature’s most unique wonders. This summer, try one of Norway’s four fjords.