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    Dalsnibba

    by evaanna Updated Jan 18, 2014

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    Dalsnibba -  looking to the south

    A great tourist attraction, the Nibbevegen dirt road to Dalsnibba (1476 a.s.l.) is often full of coaches taking tourists from the ferry-cruises up and down the mountain. This toll road was cut out in the rock in 1939 and is supposed to be safe, or so the local people say. Still, there are hardly any barriers and you often have to drive on the verge of a precipice, particularly when there is a coach coming round the bend from the opposite direction. Altogether, you have to negotiate 11 bends and there is no turning back; once you are there, you have to go on. Your due reward awaits you at the top - a magnificent view of the Geiranger fjord and the surrounding mountains. Unfortunately, we couldn't go that far, we had to turn back just before the end of the road - the fog had obliterated the view completely, even if on one side only.
    To cool down or warm up as the case may be, you can visit Djupvasshytta at the foot of the mountain to have a cup of tea or buy a souvenir, but you do not really need one - the experience is hard to forget.
    Update: I have just seen a recent picture of the road to Dalsnibba and there is asphalt on it now! There are also more barriers so the experience of driving up or down the mountain is no longer that traumatic. One thing though seems to have remained the same - if you get back to Geiranger in the afternoon, don't count on getting warm in a cafe - by then all such places will have closed.

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    Farms on the Geiranger fjord

    by evaanna Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    Farm on the Geiranger fjord

    As your boat moves along the Geiranger fjord, you can see a few farms on the cliffs.
    Most of them are no longer inhabited. Some are situated on extremely steep rock, so steep that their inhabitants had to climb a ladder to get to their houses from the boat. This had its good points too: when the tax-collector arrived, the ladder was pulled up and no taxes were collected. The farmer's children had to be tied to the trees by their legs for fear of them falling off the cliff. Yet, they had a horse up there and farmed the land, growing even peach trees, which thrived in the mild climate.

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    Flydalsjuvet - the hanging rock

    by evaanna Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    View from Flydalsjuvet

    As the road along Geiranger winds its way up in the direction of Dalsnibba, near the last houses, there is a small lay-by on the right where you can leave your car. You can admire a magnificent view of the Geiranger fjord and the mountains from that point, but if you walk about fifty metres back, turn left, and then take the path down the cliff, you will come to a rock from which you can get an even better view.
    Later, you can see where you have just been from the lay-by - or perhaps better not - seeing that hanging rock from a distance might make your hair stand on end.

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    Visit the farms if you dare

    by evaanna Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    Back from the trek

    You can climb the cliffs to see some of the old farms on the Geiranger fjord, but only if you have suitable shoes. It would certainly be better to do this with a guide - inquire at the tourist information about organized trekking in the mountains. The round-trip boat can deposit you at the starting point of your walk and then collect you on its way back to Geiranger, but this must be pre-arranged with the crew.

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    The port at Geiranger

    by evaanna Written Dec 18, 2004

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    More tourists disembarking at Geiranger
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    Apart from running cruises around the fjord and to Hellesylt, Geiranger is a port of call for many cruise-ships, like, for example, the Hurtigruten. It does not have a quay, however, that would be large enough for those: their passengers are brought ashore in smaller boats. After a short stroll around, they usually board coaches to be driven to Dalsnibba or Trollstigveien. Watching the ships and the tourists from all over the world come and go can be really fascinating.

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    High mountain landscapes

    by evaanna Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    Landscape near Dalsnibba

    Even if you have not planned to travel towards Stryn or Lom from Geiranger, that is, past Dalsnibba and on along Road 63, take at least a short trip in that direction. The views there are stunning - it is a rare chance to see the wilderness of high mountains with their alpine flora consisting mainly of various kinds of moss and whole fields of tiny white flowers (in August) from your car windows. The mountains are beautifully reflected in the perfectly clear water of the mountain lakes.
    When you come to the forks in the road, take a break in the car park to admire the magnificent scenery.

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    Glaciers in the distance

    by evaanna Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    Glaciers reflected in the mountain lakes, Norway

    Road 63 south of Geiranger reveals magnificent scenery absolutely not to be missed. In the distance you can see glaciers up on the mountains. And if you look down there are more glacier-covered mountains - their reflections in the mountain lakes.

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    Hellesylt in the distance

    by evaanna Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Hellesylt in the distance

    When you have reached Sunnylvfjord, look to your left and you will see Hellesylt in the distance. This tiny mountain village is worth taking another trip by ferry if only to see the waterfall in its centre. If you are going to Alesund, consider taking the scenic road from Hellesylt to Stranda. For more information see my Hellesylt tips.

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    As close as could be

    by evaanna Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    Waterfall on the Geiranger fjord
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    If you take the round trip on the Geiranger fjord, the boat is rather small and you can take close shots of the cliffs. The captain of the boat actually steered it towards the waterfall when he saw me taking the picture.
    Thank you, Captain!

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    No more Geiranger, it is Sunnylvfjord now

    by evaanna Updated Dec 12, 2004

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    Coming up to Sunnylvfjord

    The boat on a round trip turns back here at the entrance to Sunnylvfjord. The place we are now at can be seen from above - from the road to Stranda. That view is really magnificent. For a modest idea of it - in misty weather - see my Hellesylt tips.

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    Bus to Mt. Dalsnibba

    by Dabs Updated Aug 20, 2012

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    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.

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    Road to Geiranger

    by Diana75 Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Arriving to Dalsnibba
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    If you come from south, you'll have to take Strynefjellsveien road.

    Surrounded by high mountains covered by snow even during the summer (I've been there in August and you can see in the pictures the snow, although it was not very cold) the road is in very good conditions, although is quite narrow.

    The most beautiful part of the road is the one just before Geiranger, called Geirangervegen, which has no more than 38 bends.

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    Dalsnibba viewpoint

    by Diana75 Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Going to Dalsnibba
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    Dalsnibba viewpoint located at approximately 1,500 metres above sea level is definitely a must visit in Geiranger area.

    It took 3 years to build the route that was opened in 1939.

    Although quite narrow and without no turning point up to the plateau, the route seems to be quite safe.

    It takes around 15 min to arrive to the top on the plateau from which you can have a magnificent view of the fjord if there is no fog.

    Entry fee: NOK 12-/person for groups (> 10 persons) plus NOK 30-/car.

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    Wonderful view from Dalsnibba

    by Diana75 Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Wonderful view from Dalsnibba
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    It was quite early in the morning when we climbed the mountain up to Dalsnibba and the weather conditions were not very good.

    We have found a dense fog up to Dalnibba and at the beginning we couldn't see anything.

    While expressing our regret that after cliembing such a breathtaking road there was not chance to see anything, suddently the weather conditions improved.

    We finally had the chance to admire the stunning fjord landscape with the high peaks of the mountains and the road above snaking between the mountain and the fjord.

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    Geiranger fjord

    by Diana75 Updated Apr 13, 2006

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    Geiranger fjord
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    The Geiranger fjord is perhaps one of the most beautiful, many tourists being attracted every year by the beauty of its turquoise waters and numerous waterfalls in the area.

    This wonderful scenery is surrounded by high mountains some of them having up to 1,980 m above sea level.

    The best way to admire the beauty of the fjord is to climb the surrounding picks, while the famous waterfalls, Geiranger's best-known attractions, the Seven Sisters and the Marriage Veil can be seen only by boat.

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