My Favorite Fjords to Visit in Norway

Pal in a fjord on a sunny day

My Favorite Fjords to Visit in Norway

Pal in a fjord on a sunny day

Norway is the land of fjords, and did you know there’s over 1700 of them which have been named? In other words, there are many to choose from and it can make it hard for travelers to know which one(s) to visit.

However, in Norway there’s a handful of fjords I always tend to come back to, and I guess you could say they are my favorite fjords. These four are the Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord and Lysefjord.

In this article you’ll find a description of these four favorite fjords in Norway, and a few suggestions for places to stay, fjord cruises and other activities you can do when you visit.

Also read: What is a fjord?

Notice on the map below that all four fjords are all on the west coast of Norway, also know as the fjord country.

Map of Fjords in Norway


The Sognefjord

The Sognefjord in Norway

The impressive Sognefjord, also known as the “King of the fjords”, is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. It stretches 205 km (127 miles) from the ocean and all the way into the small village of Skjolden.

Much of the Sognefjord is surrounded by steep mountain walls rising almost straight up from the water to heights of up to 1000 metres (3300 ft), making this into one of the most spectacular and visited fjords in Norway.

The Sognefjord branches off into several “fjord arms” which some of them are truly stunning with many cultural and historical attractions. The fjord is also dotted with many small villages, making it possible to spend some very memorable days in this region.

Top things to do in the Sognefjord region

  • Take a fjord cruise or go kayaking on the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord
  • Visit the Lusterfjord and the Urnes Stave Church
  • Stay a night in the idyllic fjord village of Balestrand or Solvorn
  • Check out the Steigumsfossen waterfall
  • Go to the Aurlandsfjord for a visit to the village of Undredal
  • Head up to the Stegastein viewpoint close to Flåm
 Scenic viewpoint in Norway
Photo: @robertbye – The Stegastein Viewpoint


For tours in the Sognefjord area I recommend checking out Get Your Guideand Viator. For car rental in Norway check out or Cabin Campers

Sognefjorden tips

Tip 1: You can get to/from the Sognefjord by driving the scenic National road 55 going over the Sogne mountain to Oslo.

Tip 2: With public transport you can arrive to the Sognefjord by joining the Norway in a Nutshell route departing from both Oslo and Bergen.

Where to stay along Sognefjorden?

Walaker Hotel is an absolute gem and has been run by the same family for nine (!) generations. It sits in the charming village of Solvorn on the Lusterfjord.

Book your stay at the Walaker Hotel here

Another one of my favorites is the Lavik Fjord Hotel. They got a great restaurant, wonderful views of the fjord, and offers both rooms and luxurious apartments. Book your stay at the Lavik Fjord Hotel here.

The Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord in Norway
Photo: @op23


If the Sognefjord is the King, then the Hardangerfjord is the Queen. With her 127 km (79 miles) she is the second longest fjord in Norway, and is situated in a region with majestic waterfalls, plenty of fruit orchards and a rich cultural history.

Top things to do in the Hardangerfjord region

  • Stop by Steinstø kakebu for some fruits, cider, lefse, brown cheese and other Norwegian specialities
  • Take a fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal
  • Do a RIB tour on the fjord
  • Check out the Steinsdalsfossen and Vøringsfossen waterfalls
  • Hike on the Folgefonna glacier
  • Do a day hike to the iconic Trolltunga, Norway’s most spectacular stone formation
  • Pick some fruit at an orchard
Apples from Hardanger in Norway
I LOVE the apples from Hardanger
Trolltunga in Hardanger Norway
Photo: @bendavisual – Trolltunga is situated at the Ringedals lake


For tours in the Hardangerfjord area I recommend checking out Get Your Guide and Viator. For car rental in Norway check out or Cabin Campers

Hardangerfjorden tips

Tip 1: You can drive along the Hardangerfjord by following National Road 7. Check out my YouTube-episode where I take this route from Oslo to Bergen.

Where to stay along Hardangerfjorden?

Hotel Ullensvang, with its heated indoor and outdoor pool is especially great for families. They offer a lot of fun activities and in their restaurant you’ll be served dishes with “short traveled” local food. Great views all around, and you can jump straight into the fjord from their property. Book your stay at the Hotel Ullensvang here

In the town of Norheimsund, just an hour driving from Bergen is Thon Hotel Sandven. Since 1857 there’s been a hotel in this building, and its kept much of its charm and “soul”. The rooms are bright and clean, and I recommend you ask for a room with a fjord view. Book your stay at Thon Hotel Sandven here.

The Geirangerfjord

The UNESCO Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is a short but oh so scenic branch of the greater Synnulvsfjord. Glaciers carved out the steep and dramatic mountain walls surrounding the fjord, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

You can expect wild waterfalls, a lush landscape with small farms clinging on to the hillsides. Whether you experience the Geirangerfjord from a kayak, ferry or from one of the steep roads next to it, you are bound to have a pretty awesome experience.

Top things to do in the Geirangerfjord region

  • Join a fjord cruise from the Geiranger harbor, or this one starting in Ålesund
  • Rent a car and drive the nine hairpin turns up the eagles road while overlooking the fjord
    • From here continue on to Trollstigen and another eleven hairpin turns down the mountain side
  • Go Kayaking or join a RIB tour on the fjord
  • Do a hike to the Skageflå mountain farm and gaze upon the seven sisters waterfalls
  • A hike to the Storsæterfossen waterfall is also well worth it

For tours in the Geirangerfjord area I recommend checking out Get Your Guide and Viator . For car rental in Norway check out or Cabin Campers

Where to stay along Geirangerfjorden?

There’s not a ton of hotels along the Geirangerfjord and my top recommendation would be staying at Geiranger Union Hotel & SPA. The hotel was built in 1899 and has been much upgraded since then. It sits on top of a hill with some amazing views overlooking the fjord. You can count on great food in their restaurant, a relaxing SPA area and nicely decorated rooms. Book your stay at the Geiranger Union Hotel & Spa here.

The Lysefjord

The Lysefjord with the Pulpit Rock@samuelkillworth


The Lysefjord is the southernmost one of the large fjords in Norway, and is located about 25 km (15 miles) east of the city of Stavanger.

It’s surrounded by steep mountains on all sides, and offers spectacular hiking possibilities. The two most popular hikes are up to Kjeragbolten & the Pulpit Rock (if you dare…! see photos below).

Top things to do in the Lysefjord region



The Pulpit Rock


The Pulpit Rock For more tours in the Lysefjord area I recommend checking out Get Your Guide and Viator . For car rental in Norway check out or Cabin Campers.


Where to stay along Lysefjorden?

Most who visit the Lysefjord stay in the town of Stavanger, and make it a day trip from there. My top picks in Stavanger would be the affordable and comfortable Ydalir Hotel. Or try out the equally good Hotel Victoria or Thon Hotel Stavanger

And not to forget…

Well, as a resident of Oslo I also want to just mention the Oslofjord. It might not be as spectacular as these four fjords, but it got a lot to offer and a visit to Oslo is not complete without a tour on the fjord. Find some Oslofjord activities here.

I hope this article gave you some inspiration to your next fjord adventure in Norway! Please share with anyone you might think be interested.

Ha det bra,

Your friend in Norway,


Pål of Norway With Pål

Pål of Norway With Pål

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  1. Kristin Sumrall on September 19, 2022 at 4:01 am

    The Sognefjord was so beautiful to see! I really enjoyed that adventure.

    • Norway with Pål on September 19, 2022 at 9:36 am

      That’s nice to hear! I think it’s one of the most spectacular areas of Norway

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