Off-The-Beaten-Track Fjords In Norway
Norway has literally hundreds of fjords . . . most of which tourists will never venture to see. A deeper experience of the culture and scenery of Norway's fjord country lies in amongst these hidden gems. From the Arctic to the Southwest, surprises abound in the Norway fjords.
Dalsfjord (More Og Romsdal)
Silfjord sits on a less-visited southward spur off the main road across Senja. Beatiful vistas abound at every turn over the three arms of the fjords. The tiny towns of Medby, Silfjord, Grunnfarnes, and Kaldfarnes are truly Senja at its best and most scenic.
On yet another spur southward from Silfjord (see above), Selfjord is an amazing spot at the end of the road. The huge wall next to Flakstadvag is immense and one-of-a-kind.
Around Tromso, many of the fjords hold major roads going from here to there. Fortunately, the inner arm of Ullsfjord (Sorfjord) was spared. World-class alpine scenery and protected glassy waters make this a spot not to be missed. The road all the way out to Jovik makes for a great back-roads fjord drive.
Tucked in just off the main road across Lofoten, Steinfjord in an excellent surprise on the way to Unnstad. Very big and beautiful, with great vistas above town.
Indrafjord in inner Arnafjord is a true hidden gem at its best . . . and one of the most stunning spots in Norway. Tthe sheer abundance and immediate proximity of so many vertcal falls tucked around a tiny fjord head. Indrefjord alone is worth the side trip into Arnafjord from Vik.
Hyefjord is completely off any tourist path (or almost any path for that matter). Stunning beauty up and down the length of the fjord. The view at the fjord mouth into Hyefjord (coming around from Gloppenfjord) is a champion spot. The tiny town of Hyen has stunning views as well up the fjord.
Grotfjord sits along a rural side-road on the North of Kvaloya. Despite being so close to Tromso, Grotfjord is a peacful oasis of a fjord. Deep aqua-marine waters sourced from the numerous glacier perched on the vertical walls that ring the narrow fjord. Throw in a sandy fjord-side beach, and Grotfjord is one of the top fjords in Norway (and still yet to be a main destination itself).
That such a pristine fjord coyld site right off the E10 is quite a surprise. The main traffic-flow across Lofoten bridges the mouth of Olderfjord. Spur roads into the fjord exist on both sides of the fjord, though the masses skip right past. Drive a few kilometrs in on Olderfjord North spur, and then hike in the rest. Peaceful and pristine!
The long dirt road must keep the masses at Kjerringoy away from Nevelsfjord. The road itself is in excellent condition, so should be any impediment regardless of your vehicle. The road sits right at the fjord edge most of the way in, with a fantastic view down the fjord from the road end.
Mofjord is a quaint little fjord, with fantastic waterfall scenery. Though not the tallest fjord, the array of walls and waterfalls make for a great spot. The drive into and out of Mofjord town is great (though often single lane) back-road driving.
The main route ferries traffic across the mouth of Dalsfjord . . . leaving this extremely long and narrow fjord solely to the explorers taking the slow way around to Volda. The drive itself is wonderful, with great scenery and quaint little farming areas such as Steinsvik. The views through are tremendous. And the slow pace is perfect.
Maurangefjord fjord is an entirely off-the-beaten-track fjord. Though with access to a beatiful glacier in the new national park of Folgefonna, the crowds might pick up. A leisurely drive down the fjord brings one right under this small but visually magnificent falls.
Don't skip Bjaerfjord! Tucked between majestic Glomfjord and Hollandsfjord (Svartisen Glacier), most folks just pass right on by Bjaerfjord on their along The Coastal Route. Bjaerfjord is long and narrow, with a fanstastic viewpoint on the drive into Bjaerangen. Also, the drive out of the toward the coast (Amnoya & Gronoya) provide stunning flat-water Meloy vistas that are not to be missed.
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