Panoramic Geirangerfjord: A UNESCO Partner Tour
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Approximately 4 Hours
UNESCO World Heritage Site
West Norwegian Fjords - Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord were inscribed in 2005. Situated in southwestern Norway, they are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes to the north-east. The two fjords, among the world's longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere.
Geirangerfjord is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights in Norway and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. For generations families made their living up there, and today great efforts are being made to restore and preserve these agricultural relics.
Continue up the mountainside, climbing higher and higher into the mountain world until you reach Mount Dalsnibba at almost 5,000 feet. From here, on a clear day, there is a panoramic view of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, and far below you can see Geirangerfjord.
At Djupvasshytta Lodge, refreshments are served.
On your way back to the village center, you'll also stop at Flydals Gorge for an outstanding view of the fjord. Watch for the small, white-painted, octagonal church -- like most Norwegian buildings, it is made of wood.
Please note: Mount Dalsnibba is a steep mountain road with several hairpin bends and may close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions. Views are weather dependent.