Country #11 Day 85-88, The Fjords of Norway
Before we get down to explaining the sheer artistry that nature unfolded for us in the many fjords we visited, it is important that one understands what a Fjord is. Pronounced as FIYORD, it is a unique creation of nature found in a select few countries around the world and is a legacy of the million plus years of glacial erosion which ended with the last Ice Age some 11,000yrs ago.
Virtually all of Norway was covered with a thick ice sheet during the last ice age, as well as in many earlier ice ages. The movement of this ice carved out deep valleys, and when the ice melted, the sea filled many of these valleys, creating Norway’s famous fjords. The result of the above is breathtaking scenery, unique and unparalleled by any other confluence of land and sea on earth. A lot of fjords occur in Norway, 1190 to be precise, leading to a shore line of over 25,000kms which without the fjords would only be 2,500kms.
The Norwegian coast is a road travellers dream, every turn on the never ending winding roads filled with tunnels and ferries is something that will keep your adrenaline pumping at all times.
While we did not have time to visit all the fjords we did manage what we thought were really not to be missed. The photos below are select and consciously so, we want you to spend time on each of them and imagine what it was like to witness this magic that nature has unfolded on earth.
We will post more of this treasure trove in the coming days!