I thought the Knivsfla waterfall looked similar to the Seven Sister's waterfall, only this one tumbles over a ledge. It is located very close to the Seven Sisters.
There was a farm next to the waterfall where many people who had bad accidents and met their death.
The last to die, was a young 15 year old girl from the farm. One day she was on her way home from the farm and took a short cut across the river, slipped and fell into the waterfall and died.
The Suitor waterfall, is another well known waterfall. As this waterfall tumbles down the Mountain, it divides as it tumbles, so bare rock can be seen in the middle of the waterfall, resembling a bottle.
Yes, there is a story to this waterfall too!
The suitor was forever wooing the "Seven Sisters,' on the opposite side of the fjord, but he was always spurned. Becoming very depressed, he turned to the bottle to drown his sorrows!
The Seven Sisters is probably the most well known waterfall in Geiranger fjord. A total of seven waterfalls thunder straight down the Mountain and into the fjord.
The waterfalls have an average drop of about 250 metres and are an impressive sight, probably better, when a lot of water is thundering over, but good at any time. The water level, which depends on the snow thawing and the amount of rain, also dictates whether all seven can be seen equally clearly. Obviously, there wasn't much water going over when we saw them.
The waterfalls are usually at their most magnificent, during the thaw between May and July. Why are they named seven sisters? There is a story of 7 unmarried sisters and the waterfall on the other side of the fjord was known as the "suitor," after many failed attempts to woo the sisters!
We had a good view from the cruise ship, but a better, closer view is from the smaller boats that do tours.
Djupvanet lake we drove past on our way to Dalsnibba summit. On the way back, our Bus driver stopped so we could get out the bus and take some photo's. It is a beautiful lake with crystal clear cold water! The Mountains surround it, and if you are lucky, you may get some reflection photo's.
On the lakeside, is a guesthouse where you can stay.
The public bus took us to Dalsnibba summit. Here we were allowed 20mins to have a look around before returning to Geiranger. Toilets and a Cafe are located at the summit.
I hope you have something warm to put on, as it can be quite cool here, and in this area, the weather can change very quickly from sunshine, to thick fog or rain!
What a view from here, not only down to the fjord, but the surrounding mountains.
In May/June the area is covered in snow and there are high snow banks along the road, but for us visiting on August 1st, there was hardly any snow at all. At the top the Norwegian flag was flying high, and I saw heaps of rocky cairns tourist's had built.
If you are lucky enough to be staying in Geiranger, I read the sunrise and sunset is great, and the stars are very bright because of lack of street lighting.
Wild Reindeer and Wolverine have been seen here, but we weren't lucky enough to see any wildlife. Eagles you will be more lucky at seeing.
It is another viewpoint NOT TO BE MISSED.
A stop and some time at the Flydalsjuvet was on our Public Bus tour. From this viewpoint, we are only 4kms from Geiranger, but when looking down from the top, and seeing our Cruise ship looking the size of a "fly," we thought it was a lot further than that.
The view here is impressive!
It wasn't the best of days for photo's, so I haven't any that are like on the postcards!
The viewpoint is divided into two areas, one upper and one lower plateau, with a gangway running in between.
On my walk up the hill at Geiranger, I came beside the waterfall that feeds into the fjord located at the bottom of the hill.
The sign next to it said "Storfossen." I could get really close to the waterfall which was frothing and roaring over the boulders and down the hill and into the fjord. The water was very pretty, and the view of the falls was great!
You are able to venture in near the falls at several different levels, worth going into both for a different view.
Continuing on further up the hill, I came to the Norwegian fjord Centre.
I had a peek inside then a look at the outside displays which I could see for free.
If you do go in, it is a chance to learn about the people who live in the area, about their work and history. A multi-media show "From Mountains to Fjord" shows this World Heritage Site throughout the four seasons. It is advertised as "a captivating picture show, so realistic that it is like travelling back hundreds of years in time."
You will have to go and see for yourself.
Plenty of car parking, Cafe, Toilets, Playground and Shop
THE CENTRE IS OPEN FROM..........
1st May - 1st September............Every day from 10 - 6pm
1st Sept - 15th December....Monday - Saturday 10 - 3pm
ADMISSION....Adults 100 nk........Children 50nk
Standing near the Fjord, I could see a small white Church on the hill above town. It looked the only option was to walk up the hill, which is what I did.
It's a sweet little Church, the wood painted white, and it is octagonal. Built in 1842, it has 200 seats. Surrounding the Church is an old cemetery.
This is not the first of the Churches to be built in this position, it is the 3rd to be built here.
The altarpiece, the altar frontal, the pulpit, the choir screen and the hymn boards all have been hand-carved and painted. The altar picture is of "Christ the Comforter." It was a lovely Church and in a wonderful position overlooking Geiranger and the Fjord.
OPEN FROM.....10 - 9PM
This is a cruise that some people did and enjoyed.
We saw some in the Viking ship and they seemed to be having a good time. Evidently, you get to dress like a viking, and then the leader "Heinz," will take you in his boat to have a closer experience of the waterfalls in the Geiranger fjord. It's about 2hours round trip.
PRICES ARE....ADULTS 240 NK .... CHILDREN 120 NK
CRUISES ARE FROM JUNE - SEPTEMBER
Geiranger - Valldal is ferry tour of the Norddalsfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and the Geiranger fjord.
We were looking at doing this, but the times between our tours were too close together, not enough time to get from one to the other, so we had to give it a miss.
Depending on how you are here, will depend on if you can do any of the Ferry tours, which are quite cheap in comparison to the Ship's tours.
The ferry runs between Valldal and Geiranger is part of a round-trip around the World Heritage area, a stage along the way between Geiranger and Trollstigen. You can stop on land for a while, and then catch the next ferry back.
If you stay on for the full round trip, it takes approx 2.15 hours.
You can go outside or sit in the lounge and even have a meal while travelling along.
The ferry takes vehicles too.
ADULTS IN 2012.....230 DK CHILDREN 120DK
Tickets can be bought from the website OR at the waterfront office
Please check website for timetable.
There are other FERRY TOURS available.
Trolls! Norway is full of them!
Not far from where the Ship's Tender pulls in and near the shops, is this oversized Troll, quite a popular Troll with tourist's like me who like having their photo taken with these giants!
Of course, you can buy a smaller version to take home as a souvenir from one of the shops. They had plenty to choose from that were styled pulling all sorts of faces and up to all types of antics.
Our ship docked at the end of Geirangerfjord, a lovely spot surrounded by waterfalls, snow capped mountains and lush greenery. After we got back from the trip up Mt. Dalsnibba, we took a walk along part of the fjord and up past the waterfall that feeds into the fjord. Many people say that this UNESCO World Heritage listed fjord is the nicest in Norway.
Cruise ships sail up the Geirangerfjord, a branch of the Synnulvsfjord which is a branch of the Storfjord. Some of the cruise excursions and independent excursions went out by viking boat or RIB up the same fjord we sailed in and out of so it didn't make a lot of sense to me to book one of those.
We prebooked a bus tour to Mt. Dalsnibba with Geiranger Fjordservice, it would have been the same price if we waited until we got off the ship and there seemed to be plenty of empty seats on the bus. Geiranger is tiny, finding the Geiranger Fjordservice office from the tender docks took us all of about 1 minute. The bus ride was similar to the one we took in Olden to Briksdal, it appeared to be a public bus that makes a couple of runs a day up to Mt. Dalsnibba. It appeared to be exactly the same trip as the ship, perhaps minus a waffle and a cup of tea. On the way up you stop at Flydalsjuvet, a viewpoint where you can take pictures of the part of the fjord where the cruise ships are docked. Then back on the bus, up a road with a bunch of switchbacks to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba where you have 15-20 minutes to wander around and take pictures.
The view wasn't as spectacular as some of the photos I've seen, it was overcast and a bit foggy but the scenery on the ride up was beautiful. We got out and played in the snow, after we had a snowball fight, we tried to make a snowman, you can see our feeble attempt in the attached photos.
The bus trip was 250NOK, roughly $42US, the ship tour was $72. The tour took 2 1/2 hours, we left at 9:40am and got back at 12:10pm. I saw a sign for Dalsnibba Express which advertised at 240NOK but I don't know any of the other details.
If you drive up to Mt. Dalsnibba, just be aware that the road going up is a series of switchbacks. Not as blood curdling as some roads I've been on but also probably not ideal for a nervous driver. There is a toll gate, it appears from this website that it's currently 100NOK for the toll and that the road is open 24 hours from May-October.
On the bus ride up to Mt. Dalsnibba, our bus pulled over for a photo stop at Flydalsjuvet, the scenic overlook of Geiranger and the end of the Geirangerfjord where the cruise ships dock. Most excursions, whether by cruise ship or not, will stop here for the photo op. It's 4-5km from where the ships dock and uphill so I'm not sure if anyone, at least from the ships, climb up here or not.