West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord World Heritage Site

Official name
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord | UNESCO
Country
Norway
Continent
Europe
Location
Counties of Møre & Romsdal and Sogn & Fjordane
62.1166° Lat, 7.1666° Lon
Code
1195
Time Zone
Europe/Oslo, CEST +0200
Current Time
Category
Natural
Description
Inscribed 2005. Situated in south-western Norway, north-east of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120 km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500 km to the north-east. The two fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 m below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine, such as submarine moraines and marine mammals.