The wildest and most beautiful branch of the Sognefjord. Fjord cruises in unique setting, with sheer, snow-topped mountains, waterfalls and idyllic farms clinging to the mountainsides. The Nærøyfjord is 17 km long and the narrowest point is only 250 metres wide. The passage through Nærøyfjord is one of the most dramatic fjord trips in Europe.
The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-covered peaks that rise 1,800 metres above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along the fjord. This area has been judged one of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in the world and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Nærøyfjord is undoubtedly the most celebrated fjord memory you can experience onboard the purpose-built hybrid vessel "Vision of the Fjords". Onboard you will get close to nature and you can indulge yourself in silence through the Nærøyfjord, as soon the captain switch over to electric propulsion. Let yourself be seduced by wild and beautiful scenery, just an arm´s length from steep mountains, in harmony with the sound of the waves.
A passenger boat between Gudvangen - Aurland - Flåm is running all year. In winter 1x a day. Rest of the year: 3 - 5 x daily.
The car ferry between Gudvangen - Kaupanger - Lærdal is running from the 1st of May to the 30th of September. 1-4 x daily.
You´ll also see charterboats and large cruiseship coming and going in the fjord area.
The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord stretches through the municipality of Aurland, Lærdal, Norddal, Stranda, Vik and Voss. Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120 km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Åndalsnes, 500 km to the northeast. The two fjords, among the world´s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere.
||Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 meters from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 meters below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine such as submarine moraines and marine mammals.
UNESCO´s WORLD HERITAGE
The West Norwegian Fjords was inscribed on UNESCO´s World Heritage List in 2005. The area on the west coast of Norway comprises of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. The two fjords are situated 120 km from each other and they are separated by the Jostedal glacier.
The World Heritage Site possesses a unique combination of glacial landforms at the same time as each area is characterised by its own outstanding beauty. The World Heritage List includes 812 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 628 cultural, 160 natural and 24 mixed properties in 137 States Parties.
Fjords are common along the coasts of Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, British Columbia, Chile, Antarctica and New Zealand. Their typical configuration is a long, narrow, deep and steep-sided inlet, wich is fequentely branched and sinuous, or in part remarkably straight, wherer firstly the fluvial drainage and subsequentely the glaciers have followed major fracture zones.
Despite the wild scenery and the steep, almost inaccessible fjord landscape with its high risk of rock falls and avalanches, people have left many traces of their presence down the centuries. The extent of human activity here has varied with the size of the population, power factores and markets. The traces left today are merely slight imprints on the grand scale of the fjord landscape.