Sognefjord

Europe

The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world stretching for a distance of 250 kilometres inland. At the entrance it is just 100 metres deep but in the centre is reaches depths of 1,300 metres and is about 4 kilometres wide with sheer cliffs of up 1,000 metres in height. It reaches right into a mountain range of 2,000 metres which is covered by Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on mainland Europe. This fjord has about ten branches attached to it making it into a star-shaped image with several villages along its borders whose inhabitants are connected to each other by boat.

Sognefjord cruise
Sognefjord cruise

Sognefjord boasts of three national parks and exotic scenic routes. Because of its situation it has a climate which is mild in winter and dry and sunny in summer. There are cool glaciers and guides to help you when you walk on the blue ice. There are many unique museums and art galleries. Many well preserved and protected heritage sites are dotted among the villages and some very ancient stave churches. The roar of the falling waterfalls can be heard always as they cascade into the deep water lakes which are everywhere. You can get a fishing Rod and go fishing in these rivers and lakes. And you can explore the areas by driving in your car or by boat or by hiking and walking. A train will also help you to make a trip around the area. You will find easy paths which are just perfect for short walks. Also available here are mountain hikes, climbing, skiing, trails which will bring you right into the interior of the area.

Sognefjord near Gudvangen
Sognefjord near Gudvangen

There is a huge choice of accommodation to suit every pocket or budget. There are the luxurious hotels where you will be pampered and spoilt. You can find places to stay in the greener areas or fields or on the farms high up in the mountains within a short distance of the jagged peaks. If you stay with a local family or in a family hotel you might like to go with the owner on a hiking or bicycle trip. You can pitch your camp in one of the many scented apple or cherry orchards and pick the raspberries from the tall canes for your dessert. You might like to hold the milk bottle while an orphan lamb shakes his tail in appreciation of the warm contents. And before you retire for the night you might make your own contribution to a sing song or perform on any instrument that you can play.