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Jill Sanford | 11.29.2017

Formed by glacial erosion, fjords are majestic, narrow bodies of water that will leave you with your jaw hanging and your sense of adventure on overload. Typically found in rugged, mountainous climates where the peaks seemingly drop right into the sea, these incredible natural wonders offer unparalleled opportunities for recreation and sightseeing.

Typically fjords found in places like Alaska, British Columbia, Chile, Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and Washington state. If you have spent much time exploring the waterways and steeps of these regions, you know how incredible these landscapes are first hand.

The word fjord has Norwegian roots, which is no surprise given the prevalence of these features in Scandinavian landscapes. If you find yourself making a water crossing on one of these lake-like bodies of water, you might also think of how the word evolved into the English word ford, meaning to cross.

Whatever you call them and whether you choose to cross them in a boat or take in the view from a mountaintop high above, experiencing fjords for yourself is definitely something to add to your bucket list. From the mountainous landscape that towers over most fjords to the calm, sheltered waters, there is nothing about them that is short of epic.

Of course, the most iconic fjords are in Scandinavia, and if you find yourself with the opportunity to explore these, go for it. If you are looking for a fjord adventure a little closer to home, below we have a few North American fjords listed alongside some international destinations.


North America


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