When you’re in Norway, one of the best way to see much of the fjords is by boat/cruise. There are multi-day/week cruises that go up and down the coastline and weave through the fjords, but there are also shorter excursions that occur for those that want a bit more freedom when planning their itinerary.
I took two different short 2-3 hour cruises while in Norway. One of them was from Flåm to Gudvangen (or vice-versa). It passes through two different smaller fjords, Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord. Each of them has a number of very obvious waterfalls that drop hundreds of feet down into the waters below.
This post focuses just on those in Nærøyfjord. From my pictures, I counted at least five different noticeable waterfalls in the fjord. There were also many other finer, wispier waterfalls that might only be there when it’s rained for a few days (which might be pretty frequently!).
One of the waterfalls, the one that should show up first in the pictures, is large enough at its base that you might notice a boat pulling up to the falls themselves. Our larger vessel didn’t do that, so if that’s something that interests you, I would ask around in Flåm. While on the boat, I think they gave a name to the waterfall, but I couldn’t remember it even minutes after, and the name doesn’t seem to show up in online searches.
The way the cruise is set up, you can start at Flåm or Gudvangen, and this means you can connect onto other modes of transportation. From Flåm, you can get on the Flåm Railway, and connect to Oslo or Bergen (via Myrdal). From Gudvangen, you can catch a bus to Voss. I drove a rental car, and ended up hitting many of the same stops along the way.
- This cruise starts in Flåm or Gudvangen. You need to figure out how to get to either of those cities, both of which are on the E16. This is one of the main roadways in Norway, but it is still narrow compared to our main roads (interstates, etc.).
- You can find out more info about the cruise I took here. There was another “operator” selling tickets, but I have a hunch it might really be the same company. If I’m wrong, let me know :). The cost of the cruise was about $50 USD at the time, and lasted for approximately 2.5 hours.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Distance of Hike: N/A
Height: Not sure…Pretty tall! Upwards of 600-900′
Where in the World are the Waterfalls in Nærøyfjord?