Sognefjord: The King of the Fjords

So normally when I write blog posts about where I’ve been, I typically just write about cities. But, on my trip to Norway I spent some time outside of the cities exploring the fjords, and I really wanted to write a separate post just about them.

The entire concept of a fjord is so cool and I’ve always wanted to go check them out.

I mean, it’s a narrow strip of water surrounded by tall mountains that go on for kilometers at a time. As a dude that comes from a city with no mountains or seas, everything about a fjord just seems so amazing.

An overcast day at the fjord.

So, when I was planning my trip to Norway, I made sure I spent some time actually in the fjords. I found the Norway in a Nutshell tour which seemed like a great fit since it meant I could check out the UNESCO section of Sognefjord on the way to Oslo from Bergen.

That was all I really needed to hear. I ended up booking my itinerary myself through the transit sites instead though since it was cheaper to do so. The end result was essentially the same but I just saved a couple hundred crowns.

The fjord experience started off at Gudvangen, which is at the base of Nærøyfjord, the UNESCO section of Sognefjord. The moment I got off the bus I was instantly in awe at how beautiful the place was and it was only just the beginning.

The view at Gudvangen.

The weather was a bit overcast so it was super dramatic and there was no wind so the water was so calm. It was beautifully epic. The water perfectly reflected the mountains and the clouds and it looked like a giant mirror.

It was so amazing to just stand there and look out over the water.

Then, I got onto the ferry which traversed Nærøyfjord and made its way to Aurlandsfjord, another branch of Sognefjord. The ferry itself was also quite cool. Very modern boat and it was purely electric so it was both quiet and environmentally friendly.

The Power of the Fjords.

The view was unbelievable. I did a fjord tour when I was in Bergen but this one had taller mountains and calmer waters and so the atmosphere was just so amazing. I pretty much just stood on deck in the wind for the entire two hours of the tour and just took it all in.

Every time I think about Norse mythology or the vikings or whatever, I think of people in small wooden boats just traversing the fjords. In my head, I’ve always kinda imagined it to be so serene and so epic. And honestly, despite being on a tourist tour on an incredibly modern boat, it still felt so awesome.

By the time the tour was almost over and I could see Flåm, the village where we’d be docking at, I was actually kinda sad. It was such an enjoyable experience that I wanted to just stay on the boat. But alas, I had to depart.

It’s impossible to appreciate the scale of things from a photo.

Typically, Norway in a Nutshell tours would continue on from there and go to Oslo, but I decided I wanted to stay the night in Flåm to spend more time in the area. I booked a snowshoe hike ahead of time and despite it being a bit warm and not snowy, we drove up to the mountains where there was snow and managed to do a bit of a hike.

The endpoint of the hike was this awesome section in the mountains that give this incredible view of the fjord below. After spending two hours on a boat looking at the fjord, it was breathtaking to see the fjord from above.

A view of Aurlandsfjord from the mountains.

Finally, I concluded my amazing fjord day with a “viking dinner” at the Ægir Bryggeri, a microbrewery in Flåm. That was by far the nicest dinner I had during my trip to Norway (and most expensive) and the beer was also fantastic.

Overall, that was honestly such an amazing day and probably the best day of my time in Norway. I had really high expectations of the fjords before I went to Norway and I’m glad to say that it really met my expectations. Seeing the fjords in person really cemented the idea that Norway has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

I really can’t wait to go check out other fjords now. Not just in Norway but in other countries too. I’ve heard that Iceland is also incredibly beautiful and certain parts of Canada also have them too. I can’t really articulate how cool they were, you just have to see them in person.