Norway: Flam & Gudvangen

The small villages of Flam and Gudvangen offer more stunning fjord scenery of the arms of the Sofnefjord. Flam sits at the mouth of the Aurlandsfjord, while Gudvangen is at the mouth of Naeroyfjord. Both fjords are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites for their scenic beauty. Aurlandsfjord is long and narrow – 29 km (18 mi) long and less then 2 km (1.2 mi) wide – and surrounded with 1,800 m (5,900 ft) tall and steep mountains. Similarly, Naeroyfjord is 18 km (11 mi) long and even narrower at only 500 m (1,600 ft) wide, and equally steep walls. The two towns are connected by a tunnel, or alternatively you can take a side road trip to Undredal (see previous post) and get a surreal drive through mountains and cliffs in between the two fjord arms.