The Norwegian Fjords feature some of the most beautiful places on earth. As a result, they are on many travellers bucket list. Firstly, I’ll share the best way to explore the Norwegian Fjords. Afterwards, we’ll explore a few must see fjords and top Instagram spots in the region.
Best Way to Explore the Norwegian Fjords
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Without a doubt, the best way to explore this region of the world is by joining one of the Norwegian Fjords cruises with Ponant. Simply relax while you cruise through some of the most beautiful sights you’ll see in your life. During the day witness the beauty of these fjords while at sunrise and sunset these fjords will be glowing with golden light. Stay up after dark and there’s a high chance of experiencing the northern lights dancing in the sky.
Sognefjord – Longest Fjord in Norway
Let’s start with Sognefjord on our Norwegian Fjords cruise. Sognefjord is known as King of the fjords as it’s Norway’s longest fjord and several others branch out from it. As a matter of fact, not only is Sognefjord Norway’s longest but it’s also the deepest at 1300 meters. In contrast, a 2000 meter high mountain range gives Sognefjord a picture perfect backdrop.
Nærøyfjord – UNESCO Fjord
Nærøyfjord is in fact a small branch leading from Sognefjord. Due to it’s outstanding beauty it’s been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. With a narrow point of just 250 meters a cruise through here is one to remember.
Aurlandsfjord – Picture Perfect Fjord
Aurlandsfjord is another branch which breaks from Sognefjord. What makes Aurlandsfjord stand out is its sheer beauty as a whole. Mother Nature drew a perfect picture here. Additionally, Aurlandsfjord is home to the Flam Railway. Take the 50 minute train ride as a cruise excursion to view this perfect picture fjord from various angles.
Lysefjord – Top Instagram Spot
Lysefjord is home to Pulpit Rock, one of Norway’s top Instagram spots. Pulpit Rock is 604 meters tall and overlooks Lysefjord. If Pulpit Rock or the views it offers aren’t enough to complete your day then how about a visit to the worlds longest staircase?
Trollfjord – Steep Fjord Cliffs
Have you ever dreamed of sailing through a fjord in-between steep cliffs? Trollfjord will fulfil this bucket list dream. As a matter of fact, another reason to take a cruise to explore the Norwegian Fjords is you can only enter Trollfjord on a ship. Moreover, what an entrance it is as you sail through a 100 meter corridor of steep cliffs. The surrounding peaks reach over 1000 meters which makes this environment perfect for sea eagles.
Norway’s northern location reaches deep into the Artic Circle. As a result, it’s one of the best locations in the world to see the Northern Lights. Did you know the Northern Lights are one of the seven natural wonders of the world? Yet another reason you should visit the Norwegian Fjords on a cruise is because at night the ship will often turn off the lights as you sail in complete darkness. For this reason, the Northern Lights will be incredibly strong without light pollution. Put your camera down, lay back in your warm blanket and watch Mother Nature’s show.
Geirangerfjord – UNESCO Fjord
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Geirangerfjord is yet another Norwegian Fjord which has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. This UNESCO heritage fjord is home to 3 breath-taking waterfalls. Just as spectacular as the waterfalls are the names they’ve been given. Cruise your way past, the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil as well as the Suitor. What makes the waterfall viewing more exciting is that the Suiter is opposite the other two which may leave you wondering which way to look! Finally, there’s no better way to view these waterfalls than from a cruise ship in between them which makes this another top Instagram spot in Norway.
Enjoy Your Norwegian Fjords Cruise
A Norwegian Fjords cruise is certainly an experience which will stick in your memory for a lifetime. I’ve suggested a few picturesque fjords and also the best way to see them. In addition, there are several more fjords to discover. I wish you lovely weather with clear views, calm waters, golden sunsets and strong Northern Lights on your visit.