Description of the area

Fjords are some of the most dramatic and spectacular landscapes on earth.
The world heritage area of the West Norwegian Fjords includes parts of the longest, deepest, narrowest and most beautiful fjords in the world. These are areas with a natural and cultural content that has left visitors spellbound throughout time. Many consider these fjords as the very symbol of Norway, the foremost fjord country in the world. The Norwegian word "fjord" has become part of international language.

The world heritage area consists of two parts: the Geirangerfjord area and the Nærøyfjord area.

In terms of natural science, the two fjord areas are considered classic examples of this type of landscape. There is great natural diversity due to high altitude differences and the short distance between the sea and the mountains. Both areas are free of significant technical interference. The natural geological processes resulting in the formation and development of fjords are not influenced by human activity. Overall, the areas have qualities that allowed them to be inscribed on the UNESCO list of the World's cultural and natural heritage because of meeting two of the criteria relating to natural science in the convention.