Fjords of Norway
The Fjords of Norway have been placed as a top ranking travel destination by National Geographic Magazine several times. This leads to a rather large amount of tourists coming every year. At Njord, we believe that the best way to experience this fantastic area is in a kayak out on the fjords, in peace and quiet, and to let the magical impressions and incredible natural beauty take you away. Below you will find some facts about the fjords of our area.
The Sognefjord (or Sognefjorden) is the largest fjord in Norway, and the second longest in the world, after Kangertittivaq (Scoresby Sound) on Greenland. Located in Sogn og Fjordane county, it stretches 205 kilometres (127 mi) inland to the small village of Skjolden. The fjord takes its name from the traditional district of Sogn.
The fjord reaches a maximum depth of 1,308 metres (4,291 ft) below sea level, and the greatest depths are found in the inland parts of the fjord. Near its mouth, the bottom rises abruptly to a sill about 100 metres (330 ft) below sea level. The average width of the main branch of the Sognefjord is about 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi). Cliffs surrounding the fjord rise almost straight up from the water to heights of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and more.
The inner end of the Sognefjord is located southeast of a mountain range rising to about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level and covered by the Jostedalsbreen, continental Europe’s largest glacier. Thus the climate of the inner end of the Sognefjord and its branches is not as humid as on the outer coastline.
Smaller fjords which branch off of the Sognefjord include Esefjorden, Fjærlandsfjord, Sogndalsfjord, Lustrafjord, Årdalsfjord, Lærdalsfjord, Aurlandsfjord, and Nærøyfjord (which is also a World Heritage Site).