Fjords were formed when glaciers retreated and sea water flooded the remaining valleys. With the largest concentration of fjords in the world situated in western Norway, the region has become known as Fjord Norway. Cruise ships are able to easily navigate the deep fjords, allowing you to experience some of the most scenic natural environments on earth. Due to the warming waters of the Gulf Stream, the fjords are mostly ice-free and are home to seals, porpoises and an abundance of fish. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, glacier walking, mountain climbing, fishing and cycling on or near the fjords.
A popular destination for sightseeing cruises and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the 15 km fjord is found in the county of More og Romsdal in northern Norway. Cruise to one of the country's most visited fjords and see two of the waterfalls that flow into the fjord: Brudesloret, the Bridal Veil; and De syv sostrene, the Seven Sisters. The nearby Hotel Utsikten also offers scenic views of the waterfalls. Stay in one of the numerous hotels, cabins or campsites so you will be able to spend some time fishing, canoeing or rafting in the area.
An arm of the Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Naeroyfjord is approximately a 7 1/2-hour drive from Oslo or a six-hour drive from Bergen. Situated in the heart of Western Norway, the narrowest section of the 17 km fjord is only 300 m wide. Popular activities in the area include cycling on the Rallarvegen or traveling along the Adventure Road to see fjords, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. You can sign up for an organized sightseeing tour but you can also enjoy exploring on your own. In addition to the fjord, local attractions include the Geirangerfjord, the Alnes Lighthouse and the bird island of Runde.
Located in Ryfylke, in the southern section of Western Norway, the 40 km fjord reaches a depth of 422 m at its deepest point. Towering more than 600 m over the fjord, Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, is a 600 m mountain plateau that can be reached by hiking up a marked trail. The trail begins at the Preikestolen Fjellstue mountain lodge and also features picnic areas. During the summer, food and accommodations are available at Preikestolen Fjellstue, which is also a starting point for several other marked trails. Challenge yourself by climbing up the Kjerag mountain, 1,084 m above the fjord, and take in the panoramic views by standing on the Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice. For those who are not quite so adventurous, a sightseeing cruise is also a great option for scenic views of the fjord, Pulpit Rock and the Kjaerag mountain plateaus.
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