The classic car ferries between Gudvangen and Kaupanger will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in Norway. You will sail through UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed fjords featuring majestic mountains, wild nature and idyllic villages.
This ferry trip is a unique opportunity to experience several of the most beautiful fjords in Norway – all in one trip: the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord. The classic car ferries will take you on a 48- kilometre (39-mile) fjord cruise – up close to the best fjord landscape in Western Norway.
A classic and historical fjord journey, operating since 1875
If you take the ferry from Gudvangen, the start of the cruise will be sail through the narrow, majestic Nærøyfjord. When the snow melts in June, you can see up to 25 waterfalls, including Kjelfossen waterfall in Gudvangen, which has a free fall of 840 metres.
Further on, you will enter the Aurlandsfjord, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of this fjord, the ferry will sail past the small village of Frønningen. The village has no road connection. The only access is via boat. You will see, for instance, the legendary Frønningen Forestry Manor – a historic manor situated by the fjord.
The ferry trip between Gudvangen and Kaupanger is a definitive bucket list experience. It is a perfect break from motoring and an outstanding opportunity to experience many of the most beautiful fjords in Norway!
The car ferries MF Hardingen Sr. (1966) and MF Skånevik (1967) are typical, classic Norwegian fjord ferries from the heyday of ferries. MF Hardingen Sr. and Skånevik are listed ferries.
Both ferries are early HSD ferries and have many enthusiasts around Norway.
You will sail past the Bleia mountain, 1,775 metres (5,823 feet) above sea level. The fjord below the mountain is almost 1,000 metres deep. For this reason, it is said that "without water in the fjord", Bleia would be the highest mountain in Norway.
In the idyllic village of Kaupanger you can, for example, see one of the 28 preserved stave churches in Norway, dating back to the middle of the 12th century.