Top 10 Beautiful Fjords Around the Earth

Top 10 Beautiful Fjords Around the Earth

Fjords are quite rarely found in the world. Only few countries can be proud of having some. They include the land of fjords Norway, Chile, New Zealand and even Canada. Check out our ten choices and pick your favorite.

10. Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada

A system of beautiful fjords lies right next to the city of Vancouver. Lush forested and tall peaks protrude right from the sea and form this staggering terrain. It provides the citizens with plenty of outdoor activities, including sailing, fishing, diving, camping, hiking and many more.

Why to go there?

It is the southernmost and most accessible fjord in North America. It provides visitors with various activities and obviously a striking scenery.

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9. Patagonia, Chile

The southern part of the country has a dramatic coast, with numerous fjords and channels. The Spanish conquistadores were the first to explore the shoreline, which was difficult to navigate until a detailed map had been drawn.

Why to go there?

Tourists are offered to explore the shoreline and fjords on a cruise. One can choose from a day trip to a three week journey around the southern part of the continents, which promises numerous great views.

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8. Misty Fjords, Alaska, USA

The fjord and its surroundings are a national monument and wilderness area. The unspoiled environment is found in the remote southern part of Alaska. Steep rocks and narrow water passages are best explored by kayaking – overnight kayak trips are offered for the adventurous tourists.

Why to go there?

Visitors are provided with facilities and special offers like cruise or airplane trips, that allow to explore the natural wonder comfortably.

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7. Westfjords, Iceland

Known as Vestfirðir in Icelandic, it is a large peninsula in the nothwestern part of the country. Basically the terrain is very dramatic: sharp fjords, precipitous hills and mountains make it difficult to travel in vehicles.

Why to go there?

The land can be approached from water on a boat trip. Its shoreline is peppered with small fishing villages, whereas the biggest town in the region of Ísafjörður has a Nordic charm.

6. Berufjörður, Iceland

A 35 km long fjord boasts striking landscapes and mountains. Búlandstindur is loved by the hikers and some believe it has supernatural healing powers. It lies in the eastern part of Iceland and can also be reached via famous Ring Road.

Why to go there?

Experience unspoiled nature, fresh air and have an exhilarating hike on this mystical land.

5. Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Also known as Sound of Silence, the fjord I claimed to be extremely serene and yet grand. It is said to create quite the opposite atmosphere to Milford Sound. It however features a diversity of fauna and lush flora. It is also the deepest fjord in New Zealand.

Why to go there?

Various tours are offered: tourists can explore it by kayaking, hiking, by air or water or even on an overnight cruise.

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4. Sognefjord, Norway

The land of fjords has an abundance of these natural wonders. Sognefjord is the largest fjord in the country and the third longest in the world, it stretches for 250 km (127 mi) into the inland until reaches a small village of Skjolden. At one point the impressive fjord reaches depth of 1,308 m (4,291 ft) below the sea.

Why to go there?

Many villages are located on the fjord’s branches, therefore a comfortable tourism is ensured. Visitors can explore dramatic scenery by boating or hiking.

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3. Geirangerfjorden, Norway

One of the most famous and beautiful fjords is protected by UNESCO as it has been listed as the World Heritage Site. A small but picturesque village of Geiranger is situated at the end of this branch. The site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway.

Why to go there?

The fjord can also be viewed from a cruise in the Geirangelva river. Tourists also like kayaking, fishing and hiking here, while in winter it makes a great skiing spot.

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2. Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

The fjord is a favorite tourist destination in New Zealand and owns a legendary appraisal by Rudyard Kipling, who called it the eighth Wonder of the World. The fjord has two waterfalls – Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, accompanied by the hundreds of temporary falls after a heavy rain. Well developed tourism provides with the best service and tours to this magnificent place.

Why to go there?

Number one site in gorgeous New Zealand. Scenic, Nature or overnight cruises are offered, as well as canoeing in Milford Sound.

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1. Lysefjorden, Norway

The fjord is famous for Preikestolen – a steep flat cliff, looking down the abyss, created by the fjord. It attracts thousands of visitors, who want to admire the breathtaking views and take some impressive pictures. It is the best spot to approach Lysefjorden as well.

Why to go there?

Interestingly there are no fences, preserving an authentic and unspoiled nature.

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