Herdal Summer Farm
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Heading out of the village of Geiranger you’ll drive along the fjord before the road starts winding up the mountainside in a series of 11 hairpin bends. The mountains tower above you on both sides of the road, and you’ll pass several waterfalls with stories to their names -- the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. At the uppermost bend, called the Eagle's Bend, you’ll stop to enjoy the view. In the distance you can see old farms stubbornly clinging to narrow shelves high above the fjord.
You will soon reach Eidsdal village on Norddalsfjord and follow the shoreline to the village of Norddal. Now, you leave the fjord and drive up the valley until you reach Herdalssetra summer farm, situated at approximately 1,500 feet above sea level. The setting is picturesque and, during the summer months, some 450 goats roam freely, as well as cows, sheep and fjordhorses -- the blond pony that is native to the west coast. Goat cheese -- both white and brown -- is produced here and you can watch some of the process and taste a sample. This 30-year-old farm consists of 30 tiny buildings in all. The small, wooden houses with turf roofs were built under the mighty peak called Heregga, away from the annual avalanches.
On the way down the valley, admire the lovely Herdøla River, cascading in several impressive waterfalls. You’ll reach Eidsdal and return to Geiranger via the Eagle Road.
Please note: Participants must be able to walk approximately ¼ mile over even and grassy surfaces with 2 to 5 steps. Wear comfortable, non-skid shoes.