Hike to Westeras
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Geirangerfjord is without doubt one of the most beautiful of the Norwegian fjords. Impressive mountains, numerous waterfalls, and farms clinging to the steep hillsides give the fjord its unique character.
Today's drive takes you uphill past the tiny, octagonal Geiranger Church and via numerous hairpin bends up to the Hole camping site. This is where your hike begins. The path zigzags up the mountainside through former summer pastures. In days gone by, every stem of grass was harvested and used, even that growing in the most inaccessible places. It was gathered together and sent by means of loypestreng -- a wire leading down to the nearest barn. Along the way you will see the spectacular Storsaeter waterfall, which falls nearly 100 feet in a wide curve away from the mountainside. You can experience the unusual pleasure of walking behind the falls.
After enjoying the view, head back downhill to Westerås Farm, perched on a ledge above Geiranger itself. This farm was seasonally abandoned years ago because of the danger of avalanches in winter and early spring, but it hums along at full activity during the summer months. Relax here over refreshments (coffee/tea and a waffle). After your rest, stay a bit longer at Westerås.
A final walk takes you down to the Hole campsite, where the coach waits to return you to Geiranger.
Please note: The hike to the falls is somewhat steep and strenuous, and takes approximately an hour each way. You will encounter uneven terrain. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes. Minimum age is 12 years.