The West Norwegian Fjords

Published by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage Lag rapport Les på norsk

The Norwegian coastline is more heavily dissected by fjords than that of any other country in the world, and the term fjord is of Norwegian origin.

Inscribed on World Heritage List in 2005

The World Heritage Site on the west coast of Norway comprises of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. The two fjords are situated 120 kilometres from each other and they are separated by the Jostedal glacier.

Geologically, the area may be characterised as an extremely well-developed example of a classic fjord landscape. The myriad of fjords and inland waterways represents a major assemblage of glaciated landscape features which have dominated communities, life styles and trading patterns in Western Norway for centuries.

Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord posess a unique combination of glacial landforms at the same time as each area is characterised by its own outstanding natural beauty. They display values that stem from the spectacular scenery and the pristine and unspoilt character of the areas.