10 Most Beautiful Fjords of the World

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Howe Sound

(Canada)

Howe Sound is a fjord located in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The fjord stretches over 33 km between Recalculating and Douglas Point on the south to Porteaux Bay on the north side.

It has many rock and islands of similar size as you’ll find in Norway and Iceland. The entire fjord is almost a continuation of the Gulf of Georgia which is a marginal sea between Canada and the USA.

An arm of Howe Sound holds the world’s longest known tides.

On top of the fjord is Vancouver Island which is the second largest island in Canada. Mount Baker, one of the 20 tallest mountains of the world, is located up in mountains on the west side of the Sound.

The “Proud Sound” (Peking Sound), a name that was used by Captain George Vancouver during the 1790’s, comes from the British India Company’s vision of “a powerful and wealthy colony” somewhere between the fur trade in the west and the China trade in the east.

Today, Howe Sound is home to over 15,000 people in the city of Squamish and the city of Vancouver.

Kenai Fjords

National Park, United States.

The stunning landscapes of the Kenai Fjords are some of the most unspoiled in the world. This park boasts some of the most scenic mountains and headlands, along with the mighty Yukon River and its surrounding glaciers. For those looking for photographic opportunities, this is a must-see destination.

Lysefjord

En, Norway.

The Lysefjorden is a long fjord in the north of Norway. It stretches for °. It is part of the Lofoten archipelago and is known for its scenery and beauty.

Belgium, Lake Geneva.

The lake country of Belgium is usually called a lake nation because the country's name means "Belgium on a lake".

It encompasses three countries with a total area of 36,377 km 2 (13,280 sq mi) and a population of more than 10 million.

Cascade Mountains, China.

The Chinese name for Cascade Mountain is Zizhuyi, which literally means "the most beautiful mountain in the world".

Machu Picchu, Peru.

The name means "Old Peak". It is a citadel in the Andes located on a mountain of the same name.

Aisen Fjords

Misty Fjords

because we’re in Iceland!

When we think of Norway, we think of Bjork, so we knew that if we ever got the chance to visit Norway, we had to stop in to see the Fjords!

They look like they are straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, definitely make you feel like you’re somewhere magical. These craggy, erosion-influenced fjords are a feature of Norway and the surrounding areas of mainland Europe and northern Russia.

The Scandinavian Peninsula narrows southwestward until it is just over 100 miles wide. The average depth of the Norwegian fjords is about 1,580 feet, with some depths reported to be almost twice that deep.

The value of the fjords as a natural resource led to the Norwegian government receiving a grant from the United Nations Development Program to improve water quality in the fjords. Cleaning up the fjords has made them a popular touristic destination in Norway. Twenty-eight of these fjords make up an official UNESCO World Heritage Site: …the Fjorde of Norway.

Ilulissat Icefjord

Greenland.

The Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland lies at the south end of the ice-free tongue of land, discovered by Knud Rasmussen in 1928. These beautiful fjords rarely receive any traffic, occasionally being a stopping point on the cruise ships that traverse the Arctic, calling a stop before heading further up along the Northwest Coast of North America.

​It is because of the soft fjord walls and the ever changing nature of the glacial streams that Ilullissat takes its name, which translates as “Beautiful Wind”. It is a testimony to the beauty of the fjord walls, here entirely formed from the ice, that the Ilulissat “iceberg lagoon,” the largest of its kind in the world, is situated in this fjord.

Cold and wet, it is here that the icebergs that break off from the glaciers at the edge of the fjord are carried, chilling and breaking to nothing against the walls of the lagoon until they are finally pushed into the fjord by the meltwater snow.

Doubtful Sound

The upper part of the fjord is called Jomfruland or Jomfruen (the Land of Beauty), because it's the best place to spot orca whales on their annual migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic Ocean. The Odde fjord embraces the Romsdals Festning, an earl's fortress erected during the Middle Ages to protect the region against raids by the Vikings.

The inner fjord is called Breiosfjorden. The Arendal peninsula, on the western side of the mouth of the fjord, is the site of the world’s most northerly vineyard and Norway’s leading wine-making center.

Naeroyfjord

Milford Sound

New Zealand.

Milford Sound is a stunning deep hole cut by the West Arm of the Southern Fjord Fiords, Fiordland in New Zealand. This fiord is the second largest fiord in the world.

Despite the immense size of Milford Sound, the water in this fiord never freezes. The turquoise color of the water is just an artistic representation created by the glacier blue glacial silt that is loads of small stones and shells. The translucent color of the water is due to the boiling prop-ensive action on the pebbles by the heated ocean water.

During the summer months, the flow of the West Arm can reach up to 64,000 gallons per second.

This manmade construction of a fiord cut by the glacier resulted in one of the most beautiful and scenic nature scenes on Earth.

The area where the sea meets land and both blend into one another again has a definite charm to it. The cliffs are lined with a number of bays, coves and terraces, all of which are home to some of the world’s most magnificent penguins.

The area is also host to countless species of birds, sealife and fish.

The pink and white marbled Fiords are the colour the result of the weathering of the towering rock walls.

Geirangerfjord