The prestigious US nature magazine National Geographic has chosen the Norwegian Fjords as the world’s best tourist destination.
It is the first time the magazine has compiled such a list, asking travel experts, journalists and reaaders to evaluate the 115 most well known tourist destinations of the world, using six criteria.
Among them: The beauty of the place, how well it is preserved and how little pollution is found.
Using a scale from 1-100, Norwegian Fjords are at the top of the list with 82 points, in competition with top dream destinations, such as the Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, the Ngorogoro Crater, Italy’s Toscana, the Alps and the Bahamas, the Chinese Wall and Australia’s Barrier Reef.
However, Fjords are favourites also in other places: Next afater Norway on the list are coastal areas in Canada, New Zealand and Chile.
Boerre Berglund, Deputy CEO of the Norwegian Tourist Board, says the article will mean very good advertising for Norway.
Leif Gjerde of Destination Geirangerfjord -Trollstigen is very pleased with the top ranking.
-This is enormously important, and will give us a very good status. But is is also important because it gives Norway even grater identity as a tourist destination, Gjerde says to NRK.