Geiranger, Norway

We entered the spectacular 16 km long Geirangerfjord (photo) about 7:00 am, having sailed for some time in the Sunnylvsfjorden, (photo) and sailed down to the head of the fjord to the village of Geiranger.  I was on deck at 6:00 am to get the best of both fjords. The sail down the Geirangerfjord is breathtaking, it being one of the narrowest and most dramatic fjords.    The main sights along the fjord are the Seven Sisters waterfalls with their Suitor opposite (photos) and the Bridal Veil Falls which are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage site.  I was struck by the beautiful reflections in the water (photo).  Geiranger is a small village of about 250 people who are mostly self-sustaining, though farming on the steep sides of the cliffs is very difficult. This is a port where the ship anchors and passengers go ashore using the ship’s tenders. There is not a lot to see in the village.  It contains a number of hotels including the century old Union Hotel, built up on the hill,  and a number of camp grounds. There are a number of cafes and shops selling souvenirs,  in addition to some houses and the church.  It can all be seen from the ship. (photo) I took the hop-on hop-off bus which goes to viewpoints at either ends of the fjord (two photos) before stopping at a museum and then returning to the village.  On the way you get a close up look at the farms and houses which from below seem completely inaccessible.  I got off at the museum stop and walked back down to the village in order to see the church which was quite pretty (photo).  Late tonight we sail for Alesund which is only 35 nm away.

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2 Responses to Geiranger, Norway

  1. daviddapaget says:

    Pix remind me of our Alaska cruise. Love the picture looking down on the fjord and your cruise ship. Is it Holland America again, and which ship?

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