If you are thinking of travelling to Norway, you don’t want to miss the Fjords! You’ve no doubt heard of the Fjords, but you may not be familiar with Fjords or what they look like. Norway is a Scandinavian country with many mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. There is no better way to discover the beauty of Fjords in Norway by road. The beautiful roads with stunning views make a road trip through Norway an amazing and memorable experience.
What is a Fjord?
A fjord is a deep waterway that is surrounded by massive cliffs on each side. The creation of a fjord is a very long process and created thanks to glaciers. Without too much theory and detail, glaciers moved through the valleys and glacial melting formed the waterways that are often deeper than nearby seas.
Discover the Beauty of Fjords in Norway by Road
The perfect way to discover the beauty of the fjords in Norway is to take a road trip. If you have a few hours or a few weeks, you can have an amazing road trip. Many tour operators offer trips to see the most famous fjords, but these are usually expensive and full of tourists. You will experience the most of your trip if you rent a car and discover it by yourself. Here are a few road trips that can last for a few hours or a few weeks by car.
Short Trips Up to 5 Days
A short trip (no longer than 5 days) is perfect for people who want to relax and clear their mind from an urban area. If you want to discover the fjords by car, we suggest you take a journey from Bergen to Ålesund. This can take from 2 – 5 days with a route distance of 500 kilometers. You need to take 5 ferries on your trip, but these are short rides and are inexpensive. The road trip starts in the city of Bergen and the final destination is the beautiful city of Ålesund with its amazing architecture. The road is easy to drive with many curves that offer tremendous views of the fjords along the road. If you’re a real adventurer, take a tent and camp somewhere along the roadside. Another great short trip is to start from the capital city of Oslo and go through national parks and Haukelifjell Mountains with magnificent views of fjords along the way.
Medium Trips Up to One Week
If you have more time available to extend your road trip up to one week, you’ll discover still more of the beauty of the fjords. There are many different medium length trips to consider. The first one is ideal for travelers who want to discover the southern part of Norway. The trip starts in Kristiansand and ends in the same city as you do a round trip. The coastal road is going by the North Sea offering amazing views of mountains, waterfalls, interesting towns on the road and fjords. The trip is around 1000 kilometers and it can take up to one week to discover everything on the road. A second trip option starts and ends in the northern part of Norway, the city of Ålesund. The trip is around 900 kilometers long and it offers dramatic landscape along with interesting small villages and towns that will show you the Norway culture.
Long Trips Up to One Month
You’ll get the most Norway has to offer if you have time to extend your trip up to 1 month. If you’re staying in Oslo, you have a chance to take a road trip that will show you the best of the country. The trip starts in Oslo and ends in Bergen with the distance no longer than 1300 kilometers. You could take up to two weeks to finish the trip, but you’ll experience amazing view of valleys, mountains, glaciers, fjords, cities, and many villages on the way. If you want to blend Norwegian culture and discover the beauty of fjords, this is the trip you should take.
Now you have an idea of a few trips that uncovers the beauty of fjords and Norway landscape. It’s time to plan and start your road trip. Have you taken a road trip to discover the fjords in Norway? Share your road trip experiences with us!
About the Author: This article was written by Dorothy Goodman, savvy travel blogger at asabbatical.com , a personal travel blog of Adrian Sameli.