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Enjoy the outdoors in autumn

Some outdoor activities are best experienced in autumn, for instance hiking or kayaking.

The mountains look fantastic in their autumn splendour, and although the temperature has started to drop, it’s often still pleasant. You don’t have to go very far either – there are easily accessible hikes in the vicinity of the towns and cities in Fjord Norway.

How about testing your limits, and trying rafting, zipline or other activities that will get your adrenaline going? In such case, you can head for action-packed Voss. In early autumn, you can go on an active round trip where you can experience exciting activities in the fjord landscape.

Taste local food in autumn

The fjords are Norway’s orchard, and our specialities include apples, pears and plums. The Sognefjord and Hardanger regions are particularly well known for their fruit, and for the cider they produce. And don’t miss out on the delicious local apple cakes around!

There is a long tradition of cheese making in Fjord Norway, and numerous new small-scale producers are now making world-class cheese. Tingvollost, a family-run farm dairy, can be found in the very north of Fjord Norway. They have won many awards for their cheese, and their ‘Kraftkar’ cheese was even voted the world’s best cheese in 2016!

Also, don’t miss out on delicious local seasonal fare, such as lamb or venison, and snuggling up in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa.

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Dive into culture and heritage

And if the sun isn’t shining? Spend time indoors and delve into our cultural history: discover the Viking history and visit Sagastad in Nordfjordeid, Njardarheimr in Gudvangen, or Avaldsnes just outside Haugesund. The stave churches, many of them situated along the Sognefjord, date back 1,000 years.

There are also many museums in the region that are well worth a visit. In City of Gastronomy Stavanger, you can visit the unique little canning museum or the Norwegian Petroleum Museum to learn about the history of the oil industry in Norway. Stavanger in particular, but also Bergen and the tiny island Utsira are also known for street art. The Art Nouveau Centre and Kube art gallery await in beautiful Ålesund. The ten Norwegian Scenic Routes offer exciting architecture and viewpoints.

Fjord Norway is home to a world of unique and appealing accommodations options for your vacation visit. How about spending a night at a lighthouse? or in a venerable spa hotel by the fjord such as Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Union Geiranger or Angvik gamle Handelssted.

You can also sleep safely on steep overhangs, enjoy the view of the ocean or stay overnight among the spruce trees nestled between the high mountains. Take a look at these accomodations: Hardanger Fjordtun, Raw Ocean Lodge or Engeset treetop houses. Whether your tastes run from boutique design hotels, architectural gems or family-run fjord inns to homey farmstead forays, like Nes Gard in Sognefjord.

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Other tips?

We have great tips if you’re planning a trip with friends to the fjords. Are you looking for good options for autumn breaks with your family? Or would you like to surprise your partner? You will find lots of options in Fjord Norway, whether you're looking for activities, a city break, child-friendly experiences or romance.

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