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