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    I would like to start a new thread to determine which is the "Best", or most beautiful fjord in Norway. Very subjective and may raise the temperature in some, but I thought it could be fun to see what constitute "best" and "beauty".

    I start off with my choice; Hjorungfjorden, Sunnmore.
    Why this fjord is so spasingly visited by Cruise ships I don't know. It has all the scenery required, but may lack the required infrastructure?

    To prove my point, here are some pics taken during my 2006 visit. Taken from the ferry between Saebo and Oye:


    If this scenery doesn't match anything Storfjorden/Geirangefjorden has to offer I don't know what it takes?


    And this is looking the other way


    Here is looking back towards Saebo and Bondalen.


    And here is looking towards Oye and Norangsdalen


    Snow left over from an avelance that goes every year


    Waterfalls and glaciers aplenty.


    View of Oye from the wharf.


    And the famous Hotel Union, Oye.

    More pics of the hotel later. It is worth a visit by itself. Link: http://www.dehistoriske.com/hotel/hotel-union-oye/

    This is Mt. Slogen in winter. (Not my own pics but I can't remember from where so no dedication)


    Now beat that for spectacular scenery.

  • #2
    This could be a very interesting discussion, though, with so many wonderful fjords, this could be really hard to agree on. Each fjord has their own charm, their own mystique and their own story.

    I would guess that it all comes down to our own personal experiences and memories in each one of them.

    On top of my list is however the Naerøyfjord: shown below where my ship, the Crystal Symphony is making her way through the very narrow Bakkasundet in Naerøyfjord the very last time such a large ship would be permitted to transit in to Gudvangen.

    Now, there are new restrictions governing ship's allowed to sail all the way in through Bakkasundet and to Gudvangen at the end of the fjord.



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    • #3
      Geirangerfjord is no less spectacular: here my ship, the Crystal Symphony passing the Seven Sisters Waterfall inbound to Geiranger on June 24th 2004:

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
        ...Crystal Symphony is making her way through the very narrow Bakkasundet in Naerøyfjord the very last time such a large ship would be permitted to transit in to Gudvangen.
        Remarkable to see those photos of Crystal Symphony in such a narrow strait – it seemed narrow even on the ferry boat Skagastøl.
        I thought this view near the entrance to the Naerøyfjord the fjord taken earlier on that route to Gudvangen had rather an exotic feel about it. It was the first time I’d been there and I was continually wondering what was around the next bend. It felt different to the large scale magnificence of Geiranger.

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        • #5
          I think this is taken at Gudvangen:
          Last edited by Administrator; June 22nd, 2011, 18:32. Reason: Image removed.
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          • #6
            Or how about the Geiranger Fjord:

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            • #7
              In a recent article in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, it is revealed that new powerlines may be stretched above Geiranger - Norway's foremost tourist magnet.

              A short introduction to the article: Ormen Lange needs power.

              The planned power line will go through several counties and cause a great deal of impact on the environment, including World Heritage Site of Geiranger.

              The VP of UNESCO is very critical to the new plans. He claims this will be extremely embarrassing for the country as the impact on the wild nature is considerable.

              The masts carrying the cables will be 29 meters high and be laid in a line which will be 40 meters in width. The power in the lines will be 420 kV. The powerlines will pass residential areas, forests and mountains and across the fjord where cruise ships sails. Residents in the area demands the cables be laid in an underwater cable.

              NVE, the company which has been given permission to raise the lines, states that laying an underwater cable is too expensive and complicated. The complaints keep coming in against the project.

              "We don't have theater or opera, the nature is all we have to offer" states Jan Kåre Aurdal, Mayor. "We are fully aware of the power shortage, but we have to take into consideration the nature" he continues.

              A protest group on facebook on Facebook has been created by young adults in the area, to work against the new powerlines. The group now has some 4000 members (including me).
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              • #8
                I think that the Norwegian government or Board of Tourism should have an outside, unbiased person come to Norway for a period of several months to determine the precise answer to this question....

                I have a volunteer in mind...


                (ps- totally absolutely against the power line thing...what ARE they thinking????)

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                • #9
                  There are a lot of powerlines in the fjords. I remember Undredal - I tried everything to avoid the powerlines between my camera and MS Lofoten. A photo from the mountain was only possible with both on it.
                  Same problem in Finnafjord - but there is more space to walk around.

                  My favourite place is the beginning of the Naerøyfjord from the Aurlandsfjord - don't know how to explain it in English.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Best Fjord in Norway????

                    Bumping up this old thread to the top, with this article:

                    http://www.dagbladet.no/2011/08/22/n...vold/17779666/

                    Norway is according to Lonely Planet voted has the 3rd most wonderful seavoyage: and here I am, thinking Norway had the absoluteley best seavoyage....

                    With Google translate: http://translate.google.com/translat...%2F17779666%2F
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                    • #11
                      Re: Best Fjord in Norway????

                      Sailing along the coast of Corsica is a great experience.As well as Seychelles or Caribean Isllands.In fact a lot maritim places have their own attractive charms(Iceland,Brittany,Ireland...).BUT!
                      Due to his incredibly wild nature,his varied lanscape and his rough geological work, Norway is unique both from the sea or from the coast,sailing between isles and the shore or walking along the fjords.
                      I did'nt see yet the whole world but it will be difficult for Lonely Planet to make me change opinion.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best Fjord in Norway????

                        Here is your chance to vote for "The Best Fjord in Norway", or more accuratly " Best of FjordNorway": http://bestof.fjordnorway.com/?utm_s...ampaign=bestof

                        (From smp.no today)

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                        • #13
                          The "second best fjord in Norway" is going to get more accessible from next summer: http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/2015/1...d-11886624.ece
                          Not the most stream lined and beautiful boat I have seen, but probably suitable for her task.
                          I wonder what they can find to use this one for outside the tourist season??

                          This article could also have been posted in the "News about Ship Design and Equipment". (In fact I will post it there too)
                          Last edited by ombugge; December 5th, 2015, 04:52.

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                          • #14
                            Of the fjords I have visited, I would have to vote for Lyngen Fjord.

                            And the reason is probably obvious - the fjord is overshadowed to the west by the high mountains of the Lyngen peninsular, which are stunningly beautiful.
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                            • #15
                              Is Hjorundfjorden FINALLY able to claim it's rightful place as the "Best Fjord in Norway": http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/03/09...r-14414979.ece

                              Nice picture of Hotel Union at Oye.

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                              • nari
                                nari commented
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                                I have been on Aurlandfjord, Geirangerfjord, Naeroyfjord and Hjorundfjord. All are spectacular but Hjorundfjord beats the socks off the rest. Not sure why, but it had the most visual impact on me. Another popular and different fjord is the baby Trollfjord. Also some of the NZ fjords are very spectacular but I have only seen them in photos.
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