The rugged landscape of the Norwegian fjords

This landscape is rated as the most beautiful in the world and it is something you need to experience at least once in your life. The beauty and majestic landscape of the Norwegian fjords. In the past, ice ages and rivers created the current landscape, it doesn't get much rougher than this. You can go hiking, kayaking, but also explore the fjords by ferry or by car. The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are definitly the ones to visit, but each fjord is special.
The fjords of Norway have barely been affected  by human influence. This is simply because this is too wet, steep or too rough for humans. Even though there has been an awareness of protection in recent decades. So that the most famous fjords in the world can be preserved.  The famous Norwegian fjords are the result of great forces during the last ice ages. The mountain country came in contact with large amounts of ice. Glaciers slowly hollowed out the landscape, as a result long and deep coves appeared in the coastal landscape.

You can easily travel a country like Norway yourself. The roads are good and so are all the facilities on the road. You can drive there with your own car or rent a car on site. The fjords, the surrounding mountains and glaciers attract millions of people every year. Because the distances are large, it is not always easy to choose a good route. Certainly not if you know that Norway has more than 100 fjords.

An alternative to the car is a cruise through the fjords with the Hurtigruten. This old ferry is ideal for exploring the fjords, where you will sleep on the boat. You can leave the boat wheneveryou want and get back on when it suits you. There is nothing more relaxed than this cruise. Especially during winter.

Best time to visit

The fjords can be visited throughout the year. It depends a lot on what you want to do.
Winter: In winter, the landscape is often even rougher with snow and countless skiing opportunities. But you also have a chance of clouds and rain. It is relatively quiet with tourists. And you see the  rugged area at its roughest.
Spring: In the spring you can see the flowers bloom, which gives the fjords an extra dimension. Most waterfalls are also at full strength during this period.
Summer: Because you can ski on the glaciers in summer this season is by far the most popular.
Autumn: This season is relatively calm, while the weather is often still OK. Although it can rain for several days in a row.

This article was last updated on November 11, 2019.