Fjords are testament to the wonder of nature – so, it’s unsurprising that so many of us long to see one in person. If you’re searching for some truly spectacular fjords to visit, look no further than our comprehensive top ten list.

10 – Westfjords, Iceland

Westfjords

Westfjords – Evgeniy Metyolkin [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Iceland is famed for its dramatic landscapes – but its fjords are particularly striking. Though distanced far away from other key destinations on the Nordic island, it’s well worth a visit. And better still, the journey there can be just as exquisite as the destination.

09 – Lysefjord, Norway

Lysefjord

Lysefjord – Svein-Magne Tunli – tunliweb.no [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You may already have heard of Lysefjord in Norway. It’s known across the world for its Preikestolen, a steep, flat cliff created by the fjord, which looms down over the abyss. As you can imagine, it’s a truly splendid sight. Its absence of fences gives Lysefjord a refreshingly unspoilt look.

08 – Misty Fjords, Alaska

Misty Fjords

Misty Fjords – Enrico Blasutto [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Fancy a classic Alaskan view? A snow-topped mountain overlooking a steep-walled fjord kind of view? If so, head to the Misty Fjords! As the name suggests, these natural landmarks are deeply atmospheric, making it an ideal spot for budding landscape photographers.

07 – Hjørundfjord, Norway

Hjorundfjord

Hjorundfjord – Ertennoy [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ever heard of this fjord? If not, don’t worry – you’re not a philistine! It’s a fairly underrated fjord in that it doesn’t receive as much attention as the others dotted across the world. Despite this, it boasts a glorious snowy view. Although highly popular among skiers, anyone can admire its beauty.

06 – Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound – Allie_Caulfield [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand is reputed for its natural wonders – and its fjords are no exception. Located on the south-west corner of the NZ South Island, these fjords are lush, sweeping and – most often – basked in sunshine. Long and large, it offers a fantastic adventure for all travellers.

05 – Isfjord, Norway

Isfjord

Isfjord – Wilson44691 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yet another Norwegian destination has made it onto our list! Head there, and you’ll see why. Low clouds, snow and icy water make Isfjord a Scandinavian gem. Situated in Svalbard, the setting for many a fairy tale and mythical text, its views are nothing short of magical.

04 – Western Brook Pond, Canada

Western Brook Pond

Western Brook Pond – Siderd [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You’ll likely have heard of Western Brook Pond in Canada – after all, it’s a popular tourist site. So, why not seize the opportunity to visit its dead end and rock walls? You’ll find this fjord in the Gros Morne national park in Newfoundland.

03 – Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

Ilulissat Icefjord

Ilulissat Icefjord – Vincent van Zeijst [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Illulissat Icefjord is situated on the west coast of Greenland – and it really is a spectacle to behold. Running from the Greenland ice sheet to Disko Bay, it’s both vast and inspiring to look at. Visit it, and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

02 – The Chilean Fjords

The Chilean Fjords

The Chilean Fjords – Sally [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Chile’s south coast is home to an array of fjords, as you may know already. If this part of the world is on your travel bucket list, who could blame you? Especially when travel experts like Jules Verne offer awe-inspiring cruises around the area. It’s certainly worthy of its praise.

01 – Geirangerfjord, Norway

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord – Andreas Trepte [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Described by many explorers as the best fjord in Norway, Geirangerfjord presents pretty much everything a keen traveller could ask for: waterfalls, lush grass and clear blue water. No wonder it’s such a sought-after destination for cruise-goers!
Visit any fjord, and you’ll likely be wowed by its splendour. With these suggestions, you’re guaranteed to find the right location for your fjord adventure.