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Geirangerfjorden

The inner part of Storfjorden divides to form two of Norway’s best-known fjords: Tafjorden to the north and Geirangerfjorden to the south. The 16-km (10-miles) long Geirangerfjorden is the quintessential fjord. A strip of dazzling green water snakes its way to the village of Geiranger, below precipitous mountains with farms perched on the slopes and cascading waterfalls. The RV63, Grotli-GeirangerAndalsnes, is known as the Golden Route. Driving south from Geiranger, the road passes Flydalsjuvet, an overhanging cliff providing a picture-postcard view of the fjord and surrounding mountains. It continues to the mountain hut of Djupvasshytta, from where it is possible to reach the summit of Dalsnibba (1,476 m/4,843 ft). North from Geiranger, a dramatic part of the Golden Route leads to Norddalfjorden. This is known as Ornveien (the Eagle’s Road) and offers panoramic vistas. A ferry leads across the fjord to Valldal, where the next section, known as Trollstigveien (the Trolls’ Path), leads to Andalsnes (see p186) via some dizzying hairpin bends and great views. Tafjorden was hit by a tragedy in 1934 when an immense rock from Langhammaren crashed into the fjord, causing a huge wave which killed 40 people in Tafjord.

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