UNESCO World Heritage

Fjord cruises on the UNESCO world heritage fjords
The UNESCO world heritage fjord Naeroyfjord

World Heritage status is granted to areas which are judged to have particularly beautiful scenery or special cultural value.


UNESCO World Heritage list; landmarks, buildings and natural areas of such importance that their loss will be irreplaceable to humanity.


7 at UNESCOs World Heritage list


Western Norway 

Nærøyfjord, Aurlandfjord, Geirangerfjord, Urnes Stavechurch, Bryggen in Bergen

What is UNESCO?

UNESCO is the United Nations agency for education, science, culture and communication. The organisation is responsible for the World Heritage list, whose purpose is to protect the world's natural and cultural heritage.

Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in a single day

Few places in the world can offer as breathtaking a landscape as the fjords of Western Norway. In a single day, you can visit 3 of the 7 Norwegian sites on the World Heritage List: Bryggen in Bergen, Urnes Stave Church and Nærøyfjord.


Beautiful Nærøyfjord and Aurlandfjord is one of two Western Norwegian fjord areas on the UNESCO World Heritage List – it was inscribed on the list in 2005. This unique fjord is 17 kilometres long and only 250 metres wide at its narrowest. The mountains around the fjord rise steeply up to 1,800 metres, with the constant thunder of waterfalls cascading down their sides. Small farms unconnected to roads can be seen at several places along the fjord, evidence of the time when the fjord was this area's most important transport artery. Nærøyfjord is a branch of the famous Sognefjord, and here you can take a fjord cruise from Flåm and Gudvangen every day of the year.


The other Western Norwegian fjord area on the UNESCO list is the spectacularly beautiful Geirangerfjord. This is a 15-kilometre-long branch of Storfjord and one of Norway's most popular attractions. The ferry that sails between Geiranger and Hellesylt lets you experience the stunning fjord landscape at close quarters.

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Fjord Cruise Geirangerfjord

Fjord Cruise Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is a 15-kilometre-long branch of Storfjord, and is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List jointly with Nærøyfjord. The fjord is one of Norway's most popular visitor attractions and offers a spectacula...


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