The village of Gudvangen is located at the far end of the Nærøyfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, the largest in Norway. The small, fairy-tale village was known as a trading post during the Viking Age. In modern times, it is still a hub for many travelers, who cruise to the stunning fjords of the World Heritage Site or take a sightseeing bus to enjoy the scenic views along the main road.
The Sognefjord, the largest of the many fjords that fill the Norwegian coast, is a 5 km wide inlet that stretches from the coast to about 200 km inland. While the depth near the entrance is only about 100 meters, the maximum depth near the center reaches 1,308 meters, and steep cliffs with elevations of 1,000 meters surround both banks. Fjord cruises are one of the most popular activities in Norway, offering beautiful views of the spectacular terrain.