The tiny towns along the fjord have so much history, and John filled me in on tons of it during our tour. For instance historically, ladies of the fjord were responsible for taking care of their farm animals while they grazed in spring, living in tiny spring houses at the base of the fjord. After some time, they would trek with their animals to the farms at the top of the mountains. So every year, they made climbs from the bottom to the top of these mountains, often having to tie the animals with rope and lug them up the parts that were too steep for them to climb. Today, some of those farm houses are summer homes that people visit from around the world, and they are often still difficult to get to (usually you can arrive only by boat, then you must hike to your destination).
Some of the larger fjord towns have more unique stories behind them. One tiny town we visited is the largest exporter of goat cheese in Norway. Their population: 67 humans, 300 goats.