Norway is first and foremost a place of unforgettable natural beauty — and Norway's greatest claims to scenic fame are her deep, lush fjords. The surrounding countryside is decorated with medieval stave churches, fishing boats, cascading waterfalls, dramatic glaciers, and brightly painted shiplap villages. The entire west coast is slashed by stunning fjords, and the seductive Sognefjord is tops, with tiny but tough ferries, towering canyons, and isolated farms and villages marinated in the mist of countless waterfalls. Travelers in a hurry zip through the fjords on the "Norway in a Nutshell" route. Their heads spin from all the scenery, and most wish they had more time to linger in fjord country.