Best Norwegian Fjords including UNESCO World Heritage sites with beautiful waters, towering mountains and ethereal waterfalls
The Norwegian Fjords look like they belong in a storybook with their spectacular landscapes ranging from the crystalline blue waters to towering cliffs and dense green forests.
The fjords are some of the best places to see in Norway, and not just because of pretty views; there’s plenty for intrepid explorers to discover from hiking trails to guided fishing tours and even kayaking excursions.
As for the best time to go? June through to August is often tipped as one of the best seasons for views of the lush green landscape and plethora of wildlife.
There are over 1,000 fjords in Norway – but a small number are particularly awe-inspiring.
While we can’t travel at the moment, it never hurts to dream – so we’ve rounded up some of the best Norwegian Fjords worth bookmarking for future adventures.
Check out our top 10 picks below…
There’s something majestic about this UNESCO World Heritage site with its snow-covered mountain peaks, rugged cliffs and ethereal waterfalls nestled amidst the dense green forests.
Glaciers from the ice age carved the rocks to create the dramatic landscapes, and there are plenty of hiking trails and walks for those who want to explore the scenery.
Norway’s longest and deepest fjord is a hit with both locals and visitors thanks to its awe-inspiring mountains and rugged forests that line the shores of its azure waters.
Then there are the countless national parks tucked away amidst the landscape, alongside heaps of historic sites and churches including the stave church at Urnes, the oldest in Norway.
The second longest fjord in Norway is ideal for those who love to explore, whether that’s a visit to one of the countless charming villages in the region, or a hike to the Trolltunga rock formation, a must-visit if only for the views.
Come wintertime Hardangerfjord is transformed into a real-life winter wonderland, with activities including epic ice hikes across the blue ice that covers the landscape.
Nordfjord looks like it belongs on a film set, offering a mix of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, picture-perfect green trees and azure waters, as well as open sea waters.
There are swim-friendly areas in the fjord where you can take a dip while also enjoying the views, or on land there are plenty of villages to discover and hiking trails to follow.
Tucked away on the archipelago Svalbard (incidentally one of Norway’s best places for seeing the Northern lights), this remote spot overlooks the Spitzbergen Mountains.
It’s one for the more active of holidaymakers with activities including fishing, sea-kayaking and mountain climbing on the cards.
A 29km-long branch of the Sognefjord, along the shores of Aurlandsfjord you’ll find picturesque villages including Undredal, Aurland and Flåm. Expect some rugged cliffs and mountainsides which have been shaped thanks to glaciers in winter, leading to this fjord often being tipped to be one of the prettiest in Norway.
For some of the best unrivalled views of the area, head to the Stegastein viewing platform which juts out 30m over the scenery.
The narrowest arm of the Sognefjord, this fjord gets its name from ‘Njord’, the Norse god of the sea. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its narrowest point measures approximately 250m in width.
There are plenty of boat trips and cruises for those who want to take in views from the water, while on land there’s ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the region’s history thanks to the wide array of Viking Villages to explore.
The Lysefjord is famously home to Norway’s Pulpit Rock, also known as the Preikestolen, which is a steep cliff sitting about 604 metres above the fjord’s waters.
If you’re not a seasoned walker then an escorted tour could be a safer option; there are no fences or gates along the Pulpit Rock as authorities don’t want to detract from its natural beauty. (Film fans may recognise it as one of the locations from Mission: Impossible – Fallout).
Measuring 94km in length, Romsdalsfjord offers up snow-capped mountains, coastal views, hanging valleys and plenty of islands, so it’s no wonder that it never fails to be a hit with adventurers.
The region also boasts plenty of towns and villages so there are some charming hotels if you’re making a short break of it, not to mention there are activity centres offering up everything from hikes to mountaineering.
Measuring just 2km long, this small but mighty fjord is located right by the Lofoten islands, and is surrounded by steep mountains.
Because it’s narrow, larger ships can’t access the fjord, which has helped it remain relatively unspoilt. The result? Lush green forests filled with heaps of wildlife including an impressive array of species of birds.