If it's a break from the humdrum routine you're after, then look
no further than this extraordinarily beautiful region, and the
charming people (and animals) who inhabit it.
Mention fjords and images of enormous cruise ships packed with
pensioners might spring to mind, but this is an undeniably and
staggeringly beautiful part of the world, and there are ways and
means of seeing it besides from the deck of a cruise liner.
We residents of the UK should thank our lucky stars that we're
located so close to a country with such dramatic landscapes, and
with so much to do in said landscapes. While the likes of the
Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are rightly UNESCO heritage sites
there are other, less well known, places to explore in the region
including a 'private' fjord at the end of which sits a tiny and
remote homestead hotel.
There's also the impossibly pretty shoreline hugging city of
Alesund, now serviced by direct flights from the UK meaning the
whole area is even more accessible.
To the north of Alesund lies the Atlantic Road, recently voted
the most incredible stretch of tarmac (as Jeremy Clarkson would no
doubt say) '....... IN THE WORLD.' The Big Sur might have something
to say about that particular result, but for sheer engineering
flair and dramatic scenery this makes for a truly memorable road
trip. There is some very interesting diving here.
Once you've stayed there and seen the rest of this stunning area
in all its panoramic glory it won't just be Monty Python's
Norwegian Blue parrot who'll be pining for the fjords.