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Nærøyfjord Sognefjord Aurland Lærdal Flåm Norway in a Nutshell
West Norwegian Fjords represent some of the longest, deepest, narrowest and most beautiful fjords in the world. Many people consider the fjords the very symbol of Norway. The west Norwegian fjords are classic, superbly developed fjords, considered as the type locality for fjord landscapes in the world. They are comparable in scale and quality to other existing fjords on the World Heritage List and are distinguished by the climate and geological setting.
The Nærøyfjord and the Geirangerfjord areas are considered to be among the most outstanding fjord areas. The Nærøyfjord is the most spectacular arm of the Sognefjord, and the narrowest fjord in the world, at one point only 250 metres across with mountains towering more than 1700 metres above its tranquil waters. The fjord area has been inhabited for about 10 000 years. The area has been farmed for almost 3000 years, and farming is still important for people living along the fjord.
The fjord landscape is beautiful no matter the season and Aurland -Flåm - Lærdal is an easily accessible destination all year. You can get there by train, express bus or in your own car and the round trip Norway in a Nutshell runs all year. Most tourists come during summer, but you are welcome to join the growing ranks of visitors who wish to experience a different season.
Springtime is wild and beautiful and offers fabulous scenery. Many see springtime as our most beautiful time of year. Are you visiting the Fjords in April/May the mountains are still covered with snow while at the fjord the meadows are green and fruit trees are in full bloom. From May 1st the ferry connection between Lærdal and Gudvangen cruises the Nærøyfjord offering you a unforgettable spring-time cruise.
A boat trip on the Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord between Flåm, Aurland and Gudvangen is particularly thrilling in the winter, when the mountains are snow-covered and the waterfalls freeze to ice. Even though the weather can change quickly, the views are nearly always good and a stroll on the boat deck is a refreshing experience.
In Autumn time the mountains call with their beautiful autumn colours and abundance of blueberries for you to enjoy! The air is clear offering fabulous views, but there may be some rainy days as well, so remember to dress accordingly.