A fjord is a long, deep, narrow body of water reaching far inland, set in a U-shaped valley with steep, dramatic walls of rock on either side. Fjords are famous for their epic, natural beauty, and UNESCO has included the fjords on its prestigious World Heritage List.
Norwegian fjords enjoy a relatively mild climate and remain virtually ice-free, surrounded by snow-clad mountains, towering waterfalls, and lush valleys of foliage. Seals, porpoises and a variety of fish swim in the fjords throughout the year.
Fjords are often very deep, permitting navigation by large ships able to travel far inland. In addition most are accessible by car, with serpentine roads and charming villages alongside. In the winter filmproductions can find snow and unearthly, barren landscapes a short drive up from the fjords.