October 14, 2013

The Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian Fjords are the most spectacular sights in Scandinavia. There are roughly 1,190 fjords in the region, making this country a favorite spot for beauty seeking tourists worldwide. Formed by glacial erosion, the precipitous cliffs surrounding these narrow inlets are truly breathtaking. A sort of mystical paradise, the Norwegian Fjords are home to some of the most fruitful fishing grounds, and here is where you'll find a few of the most extensive coral reefs in the world.

With so much to explore, many tourists spend their time fishing, hiking, scuba diving, glacier walking, and cycling in the area. The possibilities are endless when you visit Scandinavia and you're bound to leave not only with a camera full of gorgeous pictures, but with unforgettable memories you'll be dying to tell for years to come.

Here's a list of a few of the most visited fjords in Norway:

Sognefjord, better known as "The King of Fjords" is the largest fjord in Norway, and the second largest fjord in the world. Tantalizing cliffs, the massive Jostedals Glacier, and some of the best-preserved stave churches are found here.

Frierfjorden is where visitors will find the delights of that unique, small town feel where riding a ferry will become second nature. "Frier" means beautiful and this fjord lives up to its name with its incredible sunsets and a perfect viewing spot to catch the Northern Lights.

Hardangerfjord is known for its gorgeous plants and hiking spots. Human settlements are scattered around this fjord and the charm and heritage found here is unlike anywhere else.

Trondheimsfjord's marine ecosystem is truly amazing with almost 100 different species of fish found swimming in the surrounding waters. Visitors yearning to explore an ice-free fjord scattered with hidden branches and inlets appreciate the tranquil nature of this fjord.

The authenticity of the Oslofjord is one of a kind. Dating back to the German invasion in 1940, this fjord is known for saving the Norwegians in the area at the time. Sprinkled with lighthouses and brilliant scenery, this fjord is a must see for history seeking tourists.

The Lysefjord, located in southwestern Norway is covered in granite rocks on all sides; naturally carved in the ice ages due to glacial flooding. The steep slopes of this fjord make building roads nearly impossible, forcing residents to travel by boat.

Geirangerfjord is one of the most popular spots for tourists in Norway, mainly because this fjord is home to the remarkable Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls, opposite facing falls that are a truly remarkable sight to be seen.

Nærøyfjord, considered the number one natural heritage site in the world by the National Geographic Society is one of the most popular fjords in Norway. The world's narrowest fjord has towering mountains and beautiful water making a trip to Norway unlike anything you've seen before.