‘The fruit trees start flowering in May, first the plum trees and cherry trees at the same time, followed by the apple trees. The air is pure and clear, and the fjord is a sparkling blue,’ says Olav Bleie, apple grower and cider producer on the Sørfjord in Hardanger. He is one of the many local farmers who tend to the blossoming hillsides along the fjords in Fjord Norway every spring.
But the explosion of colour and fragrance doesn’t come from the apple, pear, cherry and plum trees alone. The magical atmosphere comes from all the nature in bloom in the fjord landscape, from Ryfylke to the Hardangerfjord, the Sognefjord, Nordfjord, the Geirangerfjord and the fjords in the north of Fjord Norway. If you visit one of the fjords in bloom between the end of April and the second half of June, you’re guaranteed memories for a lifetime.