5. Sognefjord — Queen of the Norwegian fjords
Norway's longest fjord extends all the way to Jotunheimen National Park, which boasts no fewer than 24 of Norway's 25 highest peaks.
Mighty Sognefjord has a jumble of fjord arms spreading outwards into beautiful landscapes packed with wild nature and rich cultural heritage. You are never far away from unforgettable hikes, exciting glacier walks, activities to set your pulse racing, fishing trips or other exciting activities and unique experiences for the whole family.
Sognefjord is no less than 204 kilometres long. At its deepest, the fjord extends 1300 metres down to the seabed, which also makes it Norway’s deepest fjord. Majestic mountains towering over 1,700 metres surround the beautiful blue water of Sognefjord.
Fjord arms such as Fjærlandsfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, all radiate out from Sognefjord.
It is impossible to take in the whole of Sognefjord in a single holiday, but you can join a fjord cruise on Sognefjord and experience some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places. The trip will take you from Gudvangen at the bottom of Nærøyfjord to the old Viking trading place of Kaupanger, situated on the opposite side of Sognefjord.
The trip passes many beautiful natural wonders, so keep your camera ready. If you are lucky enough to travel at a time when the snow is melting, you will be able to savour the many waterfalls that cascade down into the fjord. Near Gudvangen, you can for example take in the fascinating Kjelfossen waterfall, with its free fall of 840 metres.
The ferry also passes the impressive mountain of Bleia, which is 1,775m high. If you remember that this mountain continues 1,000 metres down below sea level, it would be Norway’s highest mountain if there were no fjord.
On the other side of Sognefjord is Kaupanger, a well-known ferry pier, but also an ancient trading place. Directly translated from Old Norse, Kaupang means ‘trading port’. Here, you can see Kaupanger Stave Church, which dates all the way back to the 12th century, just after the end of the Viking Age.
The classic car ferry has frequent departures during the tourist season and takes about 2.5 hours one way. The tourist ferries are very popular, so we recommend that you book your tickets in advance. Tickets for fjord cruises on Sognefjord can be booked here.