What is a Fjord?

A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated sea or lakedrain, with steep land on the sides. 

The fjords were formed by glacier tongues that through several ice ages have shaped the landscape. A fjord is a U-shaped undersea valley, and this valley is often surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. In Hardanger some of the Glacier is still found on top of the mountains, the Folgefonna Glacier.  We reccomend a combined tour with Fjord Cruise and Glacier visit, this can be done in one day.


Fjord is one of the few Norwegian words that have become international, especially in English where it is used directly. Fjord comes from the Norse fjǫrðr. This stems, in turn, from the prehistoric Indo-European word * prtús, derived from * por* or * per, meaning "go", "pass" or "to put over on the other side." Fjord in its basic meaning "where one fares through", then has the same origin that the word "fare" (travel). The verb "fare" and the noun "ferry", has the same origin.


the Western Norway region has some of the longest fjords in the World, with the Sognefjord (203 km), and the Hardanger Fjord (179 km).

 

Photos from our Fjord cruise destinations:

 

Interactive Fjord cruise MAP