Nærøyfjord

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
West Norwegian Fjords:
Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Nærøyfjord
Type Natural
Criteria vii, viii
Reference 1195
UNESCO region Europe
Coordinates 60°56′37″N 6°55′53″E / 60.94361°N 6.93139°E / 60.94361; 6.93139Coordinates: 60°56′37″N 6°55′53″E / 60.94361°N 6.93139°E / 60.94361; 6.93139
Inscription history
Inscription 2005 (29th Session)

The Nærøyfjord (or Nærøyfjorden) is a fjord in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. The narrow fjord is a branch of the large Sognefjord, and it is featured on the "Norway in a Nutshell" daytrips for tourists. The 18-kilometre (11 mi) long fjord is only 500 metres (1,600 ft) wide in some parts.[1]

The river Nærøydalselvi flows down the valley Nærøydalen into the fjord at the village of Gudvangen, near the highway E16. The village of Bakka and the Bakka church are located on the west shore of the fjord.

Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been rated by the National Geographic Society as the world's number one natural heritage site along with the Geirangerfjord.

Nærøyfjord was also used as an inspiration for Arendelle in the 2013 Disney movie Frozen.[2]


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  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøyfjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Disney's Frozen: Inspired by Norway's beauty.". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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