Visit Western Norway
Western Norway is best known for its deep fjords and towering mountains, which comprise some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Europe. The rugged, expansive and breathtaking fjords continue all the way along the Norwegian coast as far as the Russian border but are at their most awe-inspiring in the region around Bergen, the ‘capital of the fjords'.
Summer is the most popular time for fjord cruises, with fine views to be had of green mountains and serene blue waters and opportunities for hiking to landmarks such as the Pulpit Rock.
Sognefjord, the longest in Norway; Hardangerfjord, near the colourful old Hanseatic port of Bergen; and the dramatic Geirangerfjord, accessed from the Art Nouveau city of Alesund, are the fjords that feature on most Western Norway itineraries. But there are others too, and also subsidiaries of the bigger ones that lead to tiny fishing and farming hamlets. Cruises can also be enjoyed in winter, when the ink-black fjords contrast vividly with the brilliant white glare of snowy peaks and waterfalls frozen into solid columns of ice.
Western Norway is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with zigzagging mountain passes and wild coastal routes such as the Atlantic Road near Molde showcasing many of the region's best attractions. Along the way are opportunities for a wide range of excursions, such as riding the Flam railway or trying adventure sports in Voss.
Where to go in Western Norway
Balestrand is a popular base for exploring Norway's spectacular Sognefjord. The dramatic 200-kilometre-long fjord cuts inland from the Norwegian Sea roughly half way between the west coast towns of Bergen and Alesund and the town of Balestrand has been welcoming travellers for more than 150 years.
Voss is a picturesque mountain resort in Norway's beautiful western fjords region, which has firmly established itself as a major hub for adventure tourism and winter sports. Overlooking Vangsvatnet Lake and ringed by forested hills, Voss also benefits from its position on the road and rail route b…
Molde is well positioned for tackling two of Norway's most spectacular driving routes, which can be incorporated into a Western Norway self-drive holiday. The first of these is the Altanterhavsveien - The Atlantic Road - which connects Molde with the town of Kristiansund, a stretch that is especial…
The fishing and ferry port city of Alesund is noted for its concentration of Art Nouveau buildings and proximity to the rugged, beautiful western fjords. After a fire in the early 1900s destroyed much of the city, it was rebuilt in the distinctive style of the German Jugendstil movement, as Art Nou…
When to go to Western Norway
Top itineraries in Western Norway
The architecturally impressive coastal town of Alesund and the equally striking Hotel Union in Geirangerfjord provide perfect bases from which to explore the stunning surroundings of glistening lakes, towering peaks and deep forests.
See the best of Norway on this five-day journey from Oslo to Bergen, designed to capture the essence of Norway's magnificent fjords and mountains. Discover Oslo's cultural core, admire the views from some of Europe's steepest railways, and enjoy Bergen's charming UNESCO-listed quayside.
A journey through the Hardangerfjord region is a chance to witness some of Norway's most awe-inspiring fjord scenery. It can be explored independently on a self-drive tour, but there's also an excellent network of buses, trains and fjord boats that connect the key destinations in the fjords.
Top places to stay in Western Norway
Hotel Union welcomes and invites guests to share one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world, and experience something truly unique.
A classic Scandinavian-style log cabin, the Storfjord Hotel is just 30 minutes from Alesund by car, and has stunning views across the fjord and surrounding forest.
A charming hotel located in central Bergen, within easy striking distance of the city’s top attractions, shopping centre and transport links.
Special offers in Western Norway
Northern Lights Promise Winter 2016-17
Book by: 31 March 2017
Norway's lHurtigruten cruise ships sail along its western coastline, a region of fjords, mountains and, in the winter months, the Northern Lights. The ships stop at more than 30 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes, no other voyage offers such a close look at Norwegian coastal life.
Special fly cruise and hotel stay offer
Experience Viking culture and Scandinavian style on this voyage. Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that is Flåm from a unique perspective during a panoramic ride aboard the Flåm Railway. Drink in the spectacular scenery in Bergen, gateway to the Fjords, not forgetting picture perfect Copenhagen.
Western Norway articles
Bergen is one of Norway's most atmospheric cities. Second only to Oslo, the vibrant, atmospheric port boasts a spectacular setting, surrounded by seven hills and protected on three sides by a smattering of carelessly strewn islands.With a flight time from London of less than two hours and some seri…
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