This has been described as the jewel fjord of Norway. It is so unique that it has been included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is shaped like the letter ‘S’and is 15 kilometres in length. It is surrounded by sheer faced mountains which show several high purê silver waterfalls into the deep blue fjord.
You can go walking here or hiking to your heart’s content in the mountains or along the beautiful coastal road. You can go rock or mountain climbing according to your experience and abilities. If you like skiing this is the place for you. In winter or summer the scenery here is spectacular as you look at the meeting point between the steep cliffs and the blue waters of the fjord.
The breezes from the snow-covered mountains cleanse the air here and you breathe in health and purity as you expand your lungs in exercise and challenge. These heavenly scenes refresh your body, mind and spirit. You can go fishing for sea trout free in the fjords or in the rivers and streams and lakes for a licence fee which is easily available. In the autumn you can hunt for game and deer.
If you have a knowledge of or interest in the arts you will find it enriched here. There is a strong culture and entertainment curriculum in handicrafts in this part of Norway. History and legend become intertwined with everyday existence and living.
Many of the mountain farms and houses are empty and deserted and the area is quiet all year round. There is some movement to occupy these lands again and to populate the empty places anew. At the entrance to the fjord you have the Art Nouveau city of Alesund followed by these steep cliffs which show green vegetation in the fertile valleys. As you travel along the road you will see the excellent natural sights and beauties of these fertile valleys and on the island of Runde you will see more than half a million birds during the hatching season.Within fifteen of leaving Alesund you will meet the beautiful fishing village of Alnes where you can walk up the mountains or along the shore and see the famous lightouse of Alnes. There are numerous waterfalls, the most famous of which are the Seven Sisters and the Friar. These make this town the most visited in Norway.
There are several ferries operating on the fjord. You can catch the ferry from Hellesylt to Gieranger or travel on the Hurtigruten coastal express between April and October, or take any one of the cruise ships. This fjord is visited by 130 cruise ships annually.