Land of the Fjords: Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord

Much of Norway’s grandest scenery lies in the west coast region. Many of the most enchanting fjords, massive glaciers, and breathtaking lakes and valleys in the whole country, are to be found here.

Sognefjord

The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway, running inland a distance of 110 miles and averaging 4 miles in width. It is in places 4000 feet deep. The scenery along its whole length and in its numerous arms is grand and impressive beyond any power of language adequately to describe. It needs to be seen, and once looked upon is never forgotten. Since no roads are running along the whole length of the fjord, it is best explored by boat. From Bergen, several ships run trips to the Sognefjord. The eastern part of the fjord has a continental climate, with warm summers and long, cold winters.

Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is about 10 miles long. It is in many parts a narrow stretch of water with cliffs towering almost perpendicularly from 1800 to 4000 feet above the level of the sea. On either side are numerous waterfalls, one of them, known as the Seven Sisters Waterfall, being exceptionally graceful and beautiful. High up on the skyline, here and there, are little patches of agricultural land with small farms on them. The village of Geiranger, one of the most famous resorts in the fjord country, is set at the very head of this narrow fjord. Almost daily, during the summer months, large cruising liners anchor in the Geirangerfjord as they have done since 1869. Occasionally, some of the world’s best-known vessels are moored here at the same time.

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