THE SOUL OF NORWAY
THE SOUL OF NORWAY
In 2009, the renowned National Geographic Traveler Magazine voted the Fjords of Western Norway the best preserved attraction on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. That is quite an honour – but there are many others! Lonely Planet for instance, put Fjord Norway on the list over 8 voyages of a lifetime.
The Geirangerfjord attracts travellers to its pristine beauty, Nærøyfjord is the narrowest in the world, while the Sognefjord stretches halfway to the Swedish border. Hardangerfjord is famous for its flowering fruit trees, and the Lysefjord winds past the sheer 600-metre Pulpit Rock.
What unfolds as you travel Fjord Norway is a fantastic story of water, with many chapters
The fjords you see were carved by a massive sheet of ice up to three kilometres thick that covered Northern Europe in a succession of ice ages. As you peer up at the towering mountains surrounding the Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in the world, you can appreciate the immense power of those forces of nature. As you cross the fjord, you travel in the wake of fishing boats and merchant ships. Most of the landscape has changed little since Viking longboats set sail for distant shores. From the air, you see how unspoiled Fjord Norway really is. Most is still wilderness.
Waterfalls cascade down the dark mountainsides, roaring as you approach. Did you know that many of the highest waterfalls in the world are in Norway? Whether you are inland or travelling along the fjord, chances are there is a dramatic waterfall nearby. Even in the midst of summer you may see snow-capped mountains. In fact, there are places where you can ski on the warmest summer day.
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