Sculpted by glaciers both ancient and modern, Norway’s fjord-laced coastline is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. The lodge is nestled in a secluded nook amid this maze-like landscape, beneath the soaring summits of the Sunnmøre Alps and overlooking Storfjorden, or the “great fjord.” Some of the country’s most famed fjords are within easy reach—including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord—and the region’s timeless villages offer a glimpse into a rich Norwegian folk culture.
Ice sheets have been shaping Norway’s coastline for roughly two-and-a-half million years, creating a land and seascape characterized by deep, narrow inlets—a geological feature so pervasive here, it gave us the word “fjord.” These cold waters harbor hearty marine life, including fascinating coral reefs that support fish, plankton, and sea anemones; and the rocky coastal cliffs are havens for massive seabird colonies—most famously, colorful Atlantic puffins.
Norway is the homeland of the legendary Vikings—a pillaging, seafaring culture that left their mark far beyond the Nordic fjords, establishing outposts as far away as Russia and Canada. The Vikings disappeared centuries ago, but elements of their culture live on in Norway’s fjord villages. Ancient Norse mythology infuses traditional folklore, and the sea and soil remain central to daily life; however, each of the area’s coastal villages has its own unique customs and culinary traditions.
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