West Norway has an incredibly vast area and several beautiful places to visit. Not just because the scenery is incredible and because of the towns and people who are so comfortable and welcoming, the entire country offers such fantastic opportunities to explore its natural beauty.
Famous for its fjords and mountainous sceneries. Bergen and Stavanger are dominant cities. There are fjords all along Norway's endless coast,
but in West Norway fjords are particularly long, steep and deep.
The town of Ålesund and the nearby region of Sunnmøre offer amazing contrasts to visitors. Some come here time and again, to savour a wealth of perfect moments. For newcomers, it is a joyful surprise to experience just how enriching a holiday can be! Ålesund is Europe’s Art Nouveau town par excellence. Within an hour’s travel are legendary fjords,towering mountains that invite exploration, a varied coastline partly sheltered by islands with colourful histories and natural beauty. Wherever desire takes you, you meet the friendly informality of the native Sunnmøring, that culture-builder and astute entrepreneur – always ready to guide you towards new adventures, share a good story, or smile silently in keen appreciation of our joint humanity. The light summer evenings give you longer days to enjoy it all. No matter which season you choose for your visit, Ålesund and Sunnmøre are refreshing, dramatic and beautiful – a series of perfect moments.
The coastline of Sogn & Fjordane offers unique experiences year around. In one day you can travel from narrow fjords to small islands far out at sea. Get close to nature in all kinds of weather – enjoy a sunny day at the beach or listen to the stormy wind and waves breaking while you are safe inside a lighthouse. The coast offers you the best of the pure and authentic experiences Norway has to offer. ”Fjordkysten” consists of the municipalities of Gulen, Solund, Fjaler, Askvoll, Flora and Bremanger in the county of Sogn & Fjordane.
Rogaland is the southernmost of the four fjord counties in Norway. The county is devided into four parts; Haugalandet, Ryfylke, Jæren and Dalane. Norway's history begins in Rogaland. It was here the first humans settled in Norway. The Boknafjord is the longest and deepest fjord in the county. The most famous fjord is the Lysefjord which is surrounded by well known mountains like Kjerag and the Pulpit Rock. Stavanger, Sandnes, Egersund, Haugesund, Jørpeland, Sauda, Bryne, Åkra, Kopervik and Skudesneshavn are the ten cities in Rogaland. The nature varies from flat agriculture landscape to deep fjords and high mountains. Well-known tourist attractions are: Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), Kjerag, The Lysefjord and the Sola Beach.
Hordaland is located in the centre of Western Norway. The county is devided into five parts; Nordhordland, Midthordland, Voss, Hardanger and Sunnhordland. The Hardangerfjord in Hardanger, also known for its apple tree blossoming in the spring, is Norway´s second longest fjord. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is known as "The Gateway to the Fjords".
Hordaland is a region of islands and skerries and sheltered bays, fjords with steep mountainsides, magnificent waterfalls, mountain plateaux and glaciers and fertile valleys. The 179 km long Hardangerfjord, one of Norway's main fjords and a great tourist attraction, almost splits Hordaland into two. The county has more than 100 natural parks. The Hardanger Mountain Plateau, the largest national park in Norway and the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe, is the home of the largest herd of wild reindeer in Europe.