The striking landscapes of Fjord Norway were created by a succession of ice ages, and the characteristic landscape hasn’t changed a great deal since people started living here. Fjord arms and waterfalls are accessible virtually everywhere you go, and UNESCO has included the west Norwegian fjord landscape, exemplified by the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, on its prestigious World Heritage List.
In Fjord Norway you’ll find everything from solitary islands to some of Norway’s largest cities. A short drive is all it takes to go from urban life to quiet countryside or prime wilderness.Travel from the small villages and towns in the inner areas of the fjords to the extreme western coast and its many islands holding old settlements and fishermen’s cabins. Or start in Bergen and take the train into the mountains or the coastal steamer Hurtigruten northwards – all the way to the Arctic, if you so desire.
Along the sides and at the inner and outer ends of each fjord you’ll find small communities and villages, each with its own speciality that reflects its local traditions and what was possible to grow in each place.Alternatively, stay put and enjoy the fjords in Fjord Norway, which form natural playgrounds for all sorts of salt-water activities. From fishing to kayaking via camping and scuba-diving, you’ll find many nooks and crannies with calm waters and mysteries to explore.
Many of the region’s fertile valleys are ideal for growing fruit, and apples, pears, cherries, and strawberries are popular and common crops. Wild game, fish, or locally reared sheep form the base of many a special dish from Fjord Norway.