On the way back out of the port in Geiranger we passed through the Geirangerfjord. Not too long after we left port (4 miles according to Wikipedia) we passed by the waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters. It's named that because there are at least seven separate streams of water coming down with an average fall of about 250 meters. There is another waterfall on the other side of the fjord called the suitor but I was so busy getting a photo of the Seven Sisters that I didn't go to the other side of the ship.
We looked into kayaking in Geiranger to get to see the Seven Sisters waterfall, it was one of the tours offered by our ship. But then someone told me that the cruiseship would pass by Seven Sisters on the way in and out so we booked a bus trip to Mt. Dalsnibba instead. When we got back from the bus trip we inquired at the kayak rental place at the end of the fjord, it was 300NOK or $60US (the proper conversion would have been around $50US) for a tandem kayak for 1 hour. People were kayaking around the fjord in front of us and around the cruise ships, I couldn't really see the point of it.
The company we booked the Mt. Dalsnibba tour through offered a different kayak trip but when I tried to email them about the details, their communication skills weren't very good. If you are interested in kayaking, try the tourism office first, I believe they take you by boat a little further up the fjord and they said you could get to Seven Sisters.
If you reach a mountain top in Geiranger you have a view for a lifetime . If you're afraid of heights I would not recommend this trip. Small kids should not be joining you on this trip. There are no fences there. .
Just up the road from the port, the small church sits on the edge of the hill, with a wonderful view of the fjord. The small cemetery that sits adjacent gives those buried there an eternal front row seat to one of the best views.
There is some information that a church was first in Geiranger around 1450. But historical records do not really document the early days. A few churches have since stood in the town, but the current wooden timber church was built in 1842. The bell was installed in 1899.
Entrance is free.
Up the road between Geiranger and Dalsnibba, there is a small turn off which takes you to an old rock bridge.
This bridge is part of the old road, before the current highway was constructed. The name Knuten, literally translates to the Knot.
It was built in 1882 and current still stands exactly as it was. You can drive over it in either direction. A detour off the main highway only takes ~2 minutes time.
The Knot is a short section of road built to gain elevation and change the course of the road to overcome difficult terrain. My photo does not show the curve very well, but the web link below does.
Not many people do it, but it is also possible to visit Geiranger during the winter season. It is even more difficult to get there than during the summer, partly because sometimes the roads are closed due to too much snow. But it is still incredibly beautiful. And soooo quiet compared to the summer craze with all the tourists from the cruise ships.
The Eagles' Road links the Geirangerfjord with the Norddalsfjord. It climbs in 11 hairpin bends, with fine views of the Geirangerfjord and its waterfalls, to Korsmyra where it reaches its highest point with 624 m, and then descends, passing the Eidsvann, to Eidsdal.
The Seven Sisters can only been seen from the Fjord as one sails towards Geiranger, i is a waterfall consisting of seven separate streams. The tallest one has a free fall that measures 250 meters. The legend of the seven sisters is that they dance playfully down the mountain, while the courtier which is a single waterfall opposite of the seven sisters flirts playfully from across the fjord.
A narrow road twists at one with nature through the Strynefjell pass, a bit of Norwegian road-building history, which was the only road for vehicular traffic between Skjåk and Stryn for most of the previous century. In 1997 the road was designated a tourist route, and was upgraded to a National tourist route in 2003.
Between the mountain community of Skjåk and the town of Stryn on the fjord, there were for years several paths for packhorses for transporting people and essential goods. It was difficult and slow going. In 1881 the decision was made to build a road between Grotli and Hjelle. Make sure you travel on the old road - since the new road disappears through the tunnels and does not offer the spectacular views over the valley!
Along the deepest lake of Europe one can find the town Horningdal, a small community that lives of tourism and farming. Visit the old church of Horningdal which was built in the traditional way. A boat pier invites visititors to take a boat tour on the lake, or simply relax in the stunning surrounding!
This stunning glacier lake is situated at the bottom of the Stryn Valley. The largest glacier on earth feeds the lake with many rivers and waterfalls, therefore its greenish colour. Many resorts can be found all around the lake making it a popular summer destination with Norwegians and foreigners alike.
Norangsdalen is one of the narrowest valleys in Norway, rich in both spectaculare sceneries as well as cultural memories. The valley bears the scars of the battle against the forces of nature. At lake Jelskred, the bottom of the valley is full of scree. At Urasætra and Stavbergsætra, the houses were built into the ground as protection against landslides.
"The proudest view in Europe." This quote is from a book by the famous British mountaineer William Cecil Slingsby. He was describing the view from "Slogen" - one ot the impressive mountain peaks surrounding Øye.
The river flowing through Oye offers salmon fishing, or one can try once luck with the trout in the mountain lakes. Close by the scenic and untouched Nordang valley which runs from Oye to the famous Geirangerfjord.
Geiranger is a small tourist town in the western part of Norway in the region called Sunnmøre in the municipality of Stranda. It lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, which is a branch of the Storfjord. The nearest city is Ålesund. Since the fjord has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site it has become busier and busier. It is the gateway to the Roof of Norway a tour that I was able to enjoy during my visit to Geiranger.
The Hornindalsvatnet lake is the deepest lake in Europe, 514 metres deep. None of the glacier streams run out into the lake and this has resulted in Europe´s clearest lake. It is possible to swim, row a boat or fish here.