The Geirangerfjord is a fjord in More og Romsdal County, in the region of Sunnmore, in the country of Norway. It is located completely in the municipality of Stranda. It is a 9.3-mile long stretch off of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branching off of the Great Fjord (Storfjorden). The tiny town of Geiranger is located in the area of the fjord where the Geirangelva rivers empties out into it.
The fjord is one of the most heavily visited tourist sites in Norway. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, along with the Naeroyfjorden, even though the current status is threated by the plans to develop power lines over the fjord. Fjord1 Nordvestlandske operates a car ferry, which also acts as a sightseeing trip. It runs between the tiny towns of Hellestylt and Geiranger.
There are several farms that are now abandoned along the sides of the fjord. The Storefjordens venner association has done most of the restoration. The sites that are visited the most include Blomberg, Knivsfla, and Skagefla. You can also get to Skagefla on foot from Geiranger, but the other places have to be gotten to by boat. The fjord is also the site of a lot of amazing waterfalls like the Seven Sisters waterfall.
The two most famous waterfalls in the area are the Suitor and the Seven Sisters waterfall. The Suitor waterfall is also called the Friar). Both of the waterfalls are across from one another over the fjord, and the Suitor is storied to be attempting to woo the sisters across from it. It’s all part of the story that locals tell their children about the waterfalls. Many places and sites in Norway and throughout Scandinavia have historical tales, stories, and legends surrounding them.
One other waterfall in the fjord is the Bridal Veil, and it is named that because it falls lightly over a rocky edge, and when the sun lights it up, it has the look of a thin veil that drapes over the rocks. There are many scenes of such stunning natural beauty in Norway.
The Geirangerfjord is always at risk from the Akerneset mountain, which is nearly about to erode down into the fjord. A collapse could trigger a tsunami, and it would hit several close by towns like Hellesylt and Geiranger in roughly ten minutes.
Geirangerfjorden Photo Gallery
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