Norway: Fjaerlandsfjord

Fjaerlandsfjord is another arm of Sognefjord, stretching out to the north and the endless Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The fjord is about 25 km (16 mi) long and 1.5 km (0.93 mi) wide, with steep mountains on both sides. The area is remote and almost uninhabited except for a small picturesque village of Fjaerland at the mouth of the fjord (only 300 people live here permanently), just getting here requires either taking a long ferry boat ride up the fjord or going around through twisting mountain roads and Swiss-cheese-like tunnels. Several tongues and arms of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier hang almost right above the village and offer stunning mountain vistas. This is the real Norway – desolate, green and full of steep mountains dropping into the water, while rivers of ice top the mountaintops.