Norwegian fjords are a unique and truly magical place. Just by looking at photos on the internet, you'll already want to come here: to see waterfalls, witness the emerald greenery with your own eyes, and enjoy the enchanting Norwegian villages. A yacht journey through the fjords is not only an opportunity to see as many unique places that are difficult to access by land and take a long time to reach, but also a chance to save. After all, a yacht is a hotel that is always with you. While you're getting ready for your journey, we offer you an interesting route that you might want to replicate.
Stavanger is the gateway to the fjords. Most journeys begin in this town in southwestern Norway. With a population of 180,000, it is the oil capital of Norway, responsible for extracting up to 80% of the country's oil. It's no wonder that the Oil Museum, the only one in Norway, is located here. But some time ago, Stavanger was a fishing town. In memory of those times, there is a canned fish museum here, worth a visit. In the old part of Stavanger, you'll find wooden buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, painted in white or yellow. You won't see anything quite like them elsewhere. Stavanger is also home to Norway's oldest cathedral, built in 1100.
The first fjord you'll encounter on your journey from Stavanger is Lysefjord. Its hallmark is two cliffs. Kjerag rises 1,100 meters above the sea, while Preikestolen is 600 meters high. You can reach the cliffs; the path stretches for 4 kilometers. Or you can venture further into the mountains with a longer route of 16 kilometers. The views of the fjord and valleys here are unforgettable. Interestingly, Preikestolen is also known as the "Pulpit Rock." From it, the entire Lysefjord will appear as if it's in the palm of your hand.
This place will appeal to avid fishermen, so if you have a passion for this hobby, be sure to make the most of your stay in Haugesund. Haugesund is a small city, and life here revolves around the sea. The city center is the waterfront, where you'll find the best restaurants. Haugesund is where Norway was unified into a single state, known as the "Land of the Vikings," making this town of great historical importance to the country.
Akrefjord stretches for a length of 32 kilometers. You can be certain that throughout your entire journey through the fjord, you won't be able to tear your eyes away from the surrounding beauty. The most impressive attraction in Akrefjord is the Langfossen waterfall. You can take a hike along the waterfall, and don't forget to capture this magnificent sight from your yacht!
Village of Rosendal
Rosendal is a charming village where you can drop anchor. It is located on the southern shore of the Hardangerfjord, which is the third largest in the world (and the second largest in Norway). In the village, tourists often visit the Baronet Rosendal estate with its very picturesque garden. If you bike a few kilometers away from the village, you can also visit the glacier lake Bondhusvatnet.
Just 4 kilometers from Rosendal, you'll find one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway, Steinsdalsfossen. Inside the waterfall, there's a bridge, allowing you to admire Steinsdalsfossen without getting wet.
Loftus and Troll's Tongue
From the port of Loftus, you can journey to one of Norway's most famous attractions, Troll's Tongue. This rock formation truly resembles a sharp tongue, and from there, you'll be treated to the magnificent Norwegian landscapes.
Eidfjord is notable for the "rainbow" waterfall, Vøringsfossen. It's named this way because you can almost always see a beautiful rainbow (or even several) above it. Renting a car from Eidfjord, you can also head to the Hardangervidda National Park. If you're into rock climbing and other extreme sports, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
To conclude your journey, you can visit Bergen, often referred to as the "capital of the fjords." Bergen boasts the best marina in Norway, and its Hanseatic Wharf is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The houses here are painted in vibrant colors and house shops, restaurants, and shopping centers. The fish market is one of the most colorful places in the city, and you should visit it even if you're not particularly interested in fish. However, if you do love seafood, Bergen is a paradise for you, as it is recognized as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Some of the most delicious dishes include Bergen fish soup and "peshetoshk," a steamed cod dish. There's an abundance of other seafood, and they are prepared very deliciously here.
Well, we hope you enjoyed this virtual journey through the fjords of Norway. Now is the perfect time to start planning a real yacht trip to this wonderful corner of the Earth. If you have any more questions or need assistance with travel planning, feel free to ask. Safe travels!