Destination: The Norwegian Fjords

Norwegian Fjords

View of Lysefjord From Mountain Kjerag, Norway — Getty Images

What is a fjord? You ask? A fjord is basically a steep, cliff-ed, valley that has been cut out of rock by glacial movement. Over thousands of years, the slipping-downhill of millions of tons of polar ice have scraped away the rock into clean — yet jagged and steep — impressions into the granite and other volcanic rock features in the Scandinavian Plateau.

Many of these fjords, which are basically just waterways that cut into the eroded cliffs just south of the arctic, are now waterways that cut deep into the interior of Norway, Latvia, Finland, and other countries within the arctic region. These hidden bays, and coves, and capes have been explored and enjoyed for hundreds of years. The Dutch shipping

industry first rose to prominence because of their marine and navigational skills — which were developed by adventuring in these same waters.

Ship Navigating Norwegian Fjords

Ship Navigating Norwegian Fjords

Today, the waters are mostly populated by cruise ships packed full of hungry adventurers craving a glimpse at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. These waterways are so  deeply cut into the earth — by glacial movement over thousands of years — that very large, and deep-bellied ships can navigate the waterways with relative ease.

Explore the Norwegian Fjords

Explore the Norwegian Fjords’ coastal ports

You want to know why Norwegian Cruise Line is so successful? Because these are their ports of call: [Pictured Above].

Lofoten cathedral in Norway

The stunning pictures included with this article are from actual ship-based travels through the fjords, and show just how amazing and outer-worldly the sites can be.

Numerous towns and settlements dot the cliffs along the interior of the fjords, as they have for hundreds of years. This is the attraction of the Norwegian Fjords, they are comfortable, safe, waterways — sheltered from the frantic climate of the arctic ocean in a paradise of unique land.


10 responses to “Destination: The Norwegian Fjords

  1. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working
    with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but
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    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  2. Hi Simon,
    I notice you have reblogged something from my country? 🙂
    Your pictures no 2 and 3 (cruise ship) is from a fjord we call the ‘Geiranger fjord’, a beautiful fjord visited by dozens of cruise ships every years, but it is by far NOT the only one 🙂 As you probably remember, you’ll find a lot of such photo reports on my blog by using my ‘INDEX’.
    The last picture (church) seems to be from Kabelvåg in Lofoten (Northernj Norway), but I’m not quite sure due to an unusual angle which makes the church look smaller than it really is. Goes by the name of ‘the Lofoten Cathedral’. There is a photo report from Kabelvåg on my blog. Easiest way to find it: Cut and paste the word ‘Kabelvåg’ into the local search window on the blog. And it’s texted in English! Happy hunting!

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