Saturday, July 28, 2012

Geiranger

I am back ”home” in Norway for a bit of holidays and I thought I could share some of my favourite spots from my own country now that I am here anyway. Before, I always wanted to go far away (aka abroad) to see new, exciting and different places when traveling, it wasn’t interesting enough to go traveling in my own country. But then I realized that it might be a good idea to actually see some of Norway too! I am from the eastern part of the country and there isn’t a whole lot of breathtaking nature, as what’s marketed in the traveling industry. So off I went to explore, and today I want to tell you about GEIRANGER. One of the classic ”must see” fjords, but really- it is worth a visit. 


Maybe I need to slow down just a little. Maybe you don’t know what exactly a fjord is? Don't worry, I’ll let you in on the secret. In few words, it’s a long and narrow inlet with steep cliffs or mountains, created in a valley carved out by glacial activity during the last or earlier ice ages. Most fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea, and the longest fjord, Sognefjorden, reaches 1300 meters (4265ft) below sea level. Above the water, the mountains rise up to 2000 meters.

Here, from Google maps, you can see how the fjord twirls it way from Geiranger to the sea.

    There are several companies arranging fjord-cruices and take my word for it- it’s worth it! Being out in a boat below these powerful mountains make you feel  very small! But it’s a good and awe-inspiring way of feeling small if you know what I mean.



    There are a couple of ”sights” along the way. One of them is the waterfall ”The Seven Sisters” (De Syv Søstre). The waterfall consists of seven separate streams and got the name because at a distance it could resemble the hair of seven women. The tallest of the seven has a free fall of about 300 meters.


    On the opposite side of the Seven Sisters, is ”the suitor” (Friaren) This waterfall is bottle-shaped, and according to the myth, the suitor is unhappy (and hence turning to the bottle) while he awaits the answer from his proposal to the Seven Sisters. (All seven of them!??)


    I don't remember the name of this one, but can you see the face in the rocks?


    Some facts:
    • Geiranger is a little town, located at the very end of Geiranger fjord in western Norway. It has a grand total of 255 inhabitants...
    • Every year, more than 700 000 people visit the little town and the fjord
    • Geiranger fjord is an arm of Storfjord, and the total length of these fjords from the coast is about 100 km
    • In 2005, Geirangerfjord was included among UNESCO’s world heritage sites
    • It's very beautiful. Go see it!

    Have you ever heard of Geiranger, seen photos, or even been there? 

    17 comments:

    1. For et fantastisk innlegg, og så flotte bilder du har tatt! Nå i voksen alder har jeg også fått øynene opp for hvor fantastisk Norge er som reisemål, og har lyst til å se mer, mer:-) Kos deg hjemme i Norge!

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      1. Tusen takk søte! Ja, det er også bare i de senere år jeg har skjønt at Norge faktisk virkelig har flotte ting å by på! Og takk, jeg koser meg :)

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    2. Wow, Norway is more beautiful then I ever imagined :)

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      1. Thank you, Norway has some nice landscapes here and there! :)

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    3. These look like scenes out of a dream! It's crazy to think that somewhere so beautiful exists. I love the faces, and the myths behind them!

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    4. Ah now I find that you are not scorching in Barcelona but floating down a fjiord. It looks wonderful. I have always wanted to visit Norway - one of those countries which I don't know much about but have always had a yen for. I want to go on a boat and explore fjiords and see the longest day. And walk - I hear the walking in the mountains is wonderful. Have a great trip Kx

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      1. I am not in Barcelona, but neither on a fjord. These are images from former travels in Norway. Thought I could post about a couple places in Norway now that I'm here, but it will be mostly old photos. So nice to hear you are curious about Norway! One of my favourite things about summer in Norway is how it doesn't get dark. And there's a lot of space! Only 5 million to this quite big country, makes it peaceful and in the countryside you can walk / drive for hours without seeing anyone.

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    5. Hey lovely, I'm still waiting to hear about my abstract for the conference, but this post makes me determined to visit! I'm so glad you managed a trip back home, another one, how exciting! I love the Seven Sisters and the meaning behind the name :) xoxox

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      1. I am so glad to hear it! Although I must say, things are mostly nicer in summer... (our summer!) December can be cruelly cold! But you just need good warm clothes :)

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    6. When I get to London, I plan on making a trip to Norway. I have a friend living in Bergen :) I'm excited because look at how beautiful it is!!!!

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      1. :) Lucky you for having a friend to visit, the perfect excuse :) (As Norway is quite expensive that helps a lot!)

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    7. Wow, Norway looks amazing! I would love to make a trip there one day. Have fun at home!

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      1. Thank you Sarah! I am enjoying my time here a lot!

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      2. Som du sier, man setter ikke pris på eget land før man reiser derfra. Nå synest jeg Vestlandet er toppen, har bare flyttet til Østlandet, men likevel... Kommer fra Stryn, ikke så langt fra Geiranger. Savner utsikten til fjorden, ikke mye av det hvor jeg bor...

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      3. Jeg forstår veldig godt at du savner utsikten til fjorden, stillheten (?) og de mektige landskapene der i vest!

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