Sailing further into the fjords of Western Norway will eventually bring you to the Nærøyfjord; 18km long and part of Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord. And here lie the peaceful little villages of Bakka and Gudvangen, typical of the settlements where the practice of small scale farming is still very much part of daily life.
At Bakka you can experience fjord farming as it has been for many hundreds of years. The surroundings have changed little over the decades with some of the houses dating back to the early 19th century and still very much used by their inhabitants.
Gudvangen is situated at the innermost part of the Nærøyfjord and is home to the famous Viking Heritage Festival and the Magice Caves, an adventure through the labyrinth of naturally white walls, sometimes covered in running water, that give wonderful reflections of colour and shadow shows, with Grieg’s music adding to the atmosphere.
Both Bakka and Gudvangen are great stopping-off points for long mountain hikes where you can gaze down at green-blue fjords or watch the hypnotic tumbling of one of many waterfalls in the area. However, if you fancy something a bit more exciting, adventure sports and activities are common place.