21 January 2019 by Simon Langley
Although once a favourite among the angling Victorian elite, fjord Norway is only just starting to get the attention it deserves. Cute villages dot lush-green valleys, sweeping roads ply mountain passes and waterfall-fed fjords form a vast network of granite-framed blue. Indeed, much of the Norwegian countryside remains as unspoilt today as when the English gentry first visited back in the 19th century.
Thankfully, though, Norway’s typically cosy, typically boutique accommodation has ensured that mass tourism has sailed clear of its cragged shores. Norwegians simply don’t have the appetite for it. However, this also means that rooms are limited, so it’s crucial to book early – especially if you want to travel over the height of summer, when the fjords are at their lush-green best. The saving grace, however, is the longer period of good weather. If last year is anything to go by, it’s possible to travel any time between mid-April and mid-October.
To help point you in the right direction, we’ve picked out our favourite fjord Norway itinerary below. A six-day highlights package, it combines everything from historic cities and village idylls to fjord cruises and world-famous mountain railways.
Out top trip: Fjord Escape to Bergen & Balestrand
You’ll make your introductions to fjord Norway in Bergen – Norway’s charming second city. It’s a historic jewel centred around a UNESCO-listed timber wharf that was left over from the Hanseatic merchants’ league of the 1400s. Although you’ll be able to take in the city’s majestic setting from its mountain funicular, you’ll also head out on a cruise along Sognefjord. Norway’s longest fjord will bring you to the village charm of Balestrand, where you’ll enjoy a three-night stay, traditional dinners and the chance to explore the surrounding countryside. From here, a boat hop will then see you on to one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, passing waterfalls and following a rushing river on the Flåm Railway before you end back in Bergen.