The Norwegian fjords are tremendously popular amongst tourists, and numerous boats plough along the most scenic stretches. But not all of them are purely there for the visitors. Distances between towns and villages on the fjords can be short as the crow flies, but due to watery diversions, by road they can be surprisingly large. Therefore, it's often better to travel by boat, and a number of ferries criss-cross the fjord-riddled horizon.
Between May and September every year, a ferry service runs between Laerdal and Gudvanger on Nærøyfjord, which is surrounded by steep mountains and is often regarded as the prettiest fjord in Norway. It's hardly a secret it has long since run with three quarters of an eye on the tourist market but the three hour round trip is still a relative bargain.