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Lysefjord

Listed under Fjords in Norway.

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There are only two fjord villages along the length of Lysefjord, this is pretty remote country, good for views, but not nurturing for life.  The name means light fjord – named for the light colour of the granite this fjord has been carved out of, and which contributes to the dramatic, yet inhospitable surroundings.  

The walls of the fjord are a steep 1000m drop in some places, and as you can imagine the countryside beyond the rock walls is just as peaky – not suitable for road building, which is why the route along the fjord is the main thoroughfare – and another reason not a lot of people live here.  

The cruise ships love it though – the views are spectacular and the emptiness is an attraction.  

Written by  Emma Montague.

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