The magic of nature very often reveals its most beautiful wonders only to those who are bravest and most persistent...
This is exactly the case with the fjords of Norway, which in themselves are real wonders of nature, because they are narrow, winding and cut deep into the land, sometimes reaching a height of up to 1000 meters. Apart from Norway, they can be seen in many other countries such as Chile and Russia.
Each natural fjord is unique and beautiful in its own way. The UNESCO-protected fjords Geirangerfjorden and Nærøyfjord are Norway's most important landmarks, representing the wondrous beauty for which the country is widely known. In fact, there is a museum dedicated to fjords in Norway near Geirangerfjorde, and Nærøyfjord is the country's narrowest fjord. It is 17 kilometres long and only 300 kilometres wide in its narrowest part. Other important features of this fjord are steep rocks that rise up to 1,400 meters above the Norwegian Sea. Numerous waterfalls are visible on these rocks, and there are also several rapid rivers that flow through the forests and glacial lakes above them. For curious tourists and nature lovers, there are many viewing platforms for the famous Norwegian fjords.
Next to Geirangerfjorden, Nordfjorden is the northernmost fjord in the western part of the country. It is 110 kilometres long, stretches from the Jostedalsbreen glacier all the way to the ocean and reaches 565 meters below sea level.
Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier in Europe and it occupies an area of 487 square kilometres, measuring 600 meters at its thickest part and 60 kilometres in length. In the Nordfjorden region, the "tongues" of glaciers descend so low from the mountains that you can touch them. However, this is not the most interesting sight of this region - there is also Hornidalsvatnet, i.e. the deepest lake in Europe with a depth of 514 meters.
Hardangerfjorden with a length of 179 kilometres is the third longest fjord in the world, and the second longest in this country. It is often called the "Norwegian Garden", and the best time to visit is when the numerous orchards in its vicinity are blooming. Magnificent waterfalls flow down Hardangerfjorden, including the 145-meter-high Vøringsfossen. The nearby Folgefonna National Park was created to protect the 207-meter-long glacier. Another interesting place is the smallest castle in Scandinavia, which was built in the 17th century by Baron Ludwig Rosenkrantz.
The record-breaking fjord is Sognefjorden. It stretches 204 kilometres and 1,308 meters below sea level. This makes it not only the largest fjord in Norway, but also the deepest in Europe. It is known by his title "King of the Fjords".
Smaller but no less spectacular Norwegian fjords branch off from Sognefjorden. A lot can be said about them, but it is difficult to convey their true value that you see when you see them in person.
It would be a mistake to think of Norwegian fjords only because of their length and depth. These natural monuments will take your breath away with their magnificence, an incredible combination of uniqueness and harmony, natural beauty that has not been spoiled by the progress of civilization, clear water of incredible colours and many other elements...