Kayaks, Waterfalls, Fjords: A Norway Pictorial

Think of any cliché of wilderness beauty and it’s nearly certain to fit in with the fjord region of Norway. Last month, after a week of kayaking, hiking and climbing in the country I was awed and honestly moved by the natural beauty of the place. Here’s a peek of what I saw along the way. —Sean McCoy

Fjord hike

Kayaking into the fjords

Chilly wet-exit drill in icy fjord

The water of the fjord was surprisingly fresh for what is essentially an extension of the ocean. Our guides explained that due to the immense snowmelt the water of the fjords, especially near the surface, was nearly fresh. In a couple months, it would be closer in salinity to the open ocean.

View from top of climb

Via Ferrata climb near Tyssedal; full story on this adventure here

Start of 15-mile hike down the Aurlandsdalen Valley, known as the Grand Canyon of Norway

Guides remove a fishing lure from a goat’s mouth (no idea how it got there!)

Flam Railway

Close view of the falls

Wooden boat and church, a classic Norway scene

—Words and photos by Sean McCoy.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.