Western Norway (Vestlandet)

Photo: David Castor, based on maps by Júlio Reis and João David Tereso

Western Norway (Vestlandet)

Written by: Student Bergen

Photo: David Castor, based on maps by Júlio Reis and João David Tereso

Western Norway is one of Norway's major geographic areas. Its nature has a lot to offer.

Norway's geographic areas

Norway is considered to have five major geographic areas (landsdeler): Nord-Norge (Northen Norway), Trøndelag (described as the northern most section of southern Norway, it is the area containing the city of Trondheim), Vestlandet (Western Norway), Østlandet (Eastern Norway) and Sørlandet (Southern Norway).

Western Norway

Western Norway contains the following counties: Møre og RomsdalSogn og FjordaneHordaland and Rogaland. Bergen (located in Hordaland) and Stavanger (located in Rogaland) are the two largest cities in Western Norway. Western Norway has a variety of natural beauty, from mountains to fjords to islands, rushing waterfalls or gentle rivers and lakes. Hiking in the moutains of Bergen and nearby areas is one of many ways to enjoy the surroundings. Western Norway's climate is such that a short trip from the milder coastal areas can bring you into a colder inland climate, offering skiing in winter. The links below will get you started exploring Norway's Vestlandet.   

  • Kvamskogen


    Popular recreation area, especially in the winter. Offers ski centres and cross country trails

  • Voss


    Voss is surrounded by mountains, valleys, waterfalls and lakes. Voss is also a paradise for extreme sport and winter sport.

  • Hardangerfjord


    Hardangerfjord is close to Bergen and is considered one of the most beautiful areas in Norway. Two national parks, two national tourist r...

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