Historically, the label "Norwegian" ("nordmann") primarly applied to people along the west coast and western fjords, from around city of Stavanger and further North (unspecified). People in the eastern valleys said that people in the fjord areas "live in the north", although they knew very well that it was fact in the west. So the inhabitants in the eastern valleys were called "east men" ("austmenn") and the inhabitants of the western fjords and coast were called "north men" ("nordmenn"). This old names remain as place names like "north men's path" (the way to/from western fjords to the market in east Norway). Today, "nordmann" means a citizen of Norway.

In the age of the Vikings, king Rollo conqured an area in Northern France and the name of this area, Normandy, reflects Rollo's northern origin, although it is not clear if Rollo was in fact from Western Fjords. "Norman" then became the name of persons or things from Normandy as well as things related to the Normans in England.

In 2006 British artist Katie Melua become a world record holder for the deepest underwater concert ever. The concert was held 303 meters below sea surface inside one the legs of Statoil's giant Troll platform. About 25 persons experienced this unusual concert live.

Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had a modest hut near Skjolden village in Luster at the very end of Sognefjord. Wittgenstein's work Tractatus Logico-philosophicus was largely during his time in solitude at Skjolden. The site of his hut can be seen across the lake from road 55.

The Gudvangen-Lærdal stretch of road E16 is about 50 kilometers, no less than 43 of these within tunnels (of which 25 km within a single tunnel). The E16 from Bergen to Lærdal has an unofficial world record in the number and kilometers of tunnel.

The worlds deepest road tunnel: Eiksundtunnelen between Ørsta and Ulstein in Møre og Romsdal county, 287 meters below sea level, 9.6 % maximum grade.