South-West Norway. Tourist information for the fjords of south western Norway
The fjords - as spectacular as their reputation and perhaps the main draw for
tourists coming to Norway. Mighty peaks towering over deep blue water, with occasional
towns of brightly coloured houses clinging to the shoreline. Plunging waterfalls
born in the snow fields which in some places never melt. Wonderful walking and hiking
and an excellent public transport network to help you get around. Plus the larger
towns, especially Bergen and Stavanger.
Towns and places of interest in south-western Norway:
Bergen is the self-styled Capital of the Fjords, and with some justification.
In fact the main fjords are a little to the north, as the town itself is beautifully
placed on one of the lesser fjords. Bit it's very easy to reach the mighty fjords
to the north, the Sognefjord, the Nordfjord and the Geirangerfjord. You can do this
by car, or there's a variety of excursions by boat, train and bus. Don't
miss the train journey down the Flam valley to the Aulandsfjord/Sognerfjord on one
of the steepest conventional railway lines in the world.
Bergen itself is a lovely town with an easy going atmosphere and much to keep you
occupied. There's the world heritage site, the Bryggen - ancient wooden buildings
on the quayside - cable car and funicular rides to the hills around the town, an
excellent aquarium, and Grieg's birthplace. It's also big enough to have
a lively nightlife, mostly concentrated around the port.
There's so much to see and do, and so many walks, drives and cycle rides that
we can only hint at the possibilities. Visit the
Official Bergen Tourist site
for more information.
Stavanger in the south is the other main town on the fjords, and for a relatively
small place is very lively and well worth visiting. The bustling waterfront is crowded
with bars and restaurants where you can sit and watch the boats come and go. Fishing
was once the main industry, but now the town is active in supplying and maintaining
the oil industry and the offshore rigs. The fjords may lack the grandeur of their
more northern counterparts, but they are still beautiful, especially the Lysefjord.
For more information visit the
Stavanger Web Site.
Stavanger. (Photo: Stavanger-Web)