The Norwegian Parliament has adopted a resolution to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord World Heritage site by 2026 at the latest. This will make the fjords among the world’s first zero emission zones at sea. The decision is expected to have a positive impact on the local population, transport and tourism, climate and broader fjord environment, as well as the maritime industry.
The starkly dramatic landscapes of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005, are exceptional in scale and grandeur in a country of spectacular fjords. Situated in south-western Norway, the fjords are among the world’s longest and deepest, and vary in breadth from just 250 m to 2.5 km wide. Fjord, a word of Norwegian origin, refers to a long, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs formed by submergence of a glaciated valley.
The property is a popular destination for cruise ships. In 2015, nearly 180 large cruise ships made a port of call at Geiranger, and 132 ships visited Flam (Nærøyfjord).
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