Today we headed back down to Geiranger to take the ferry along the Geirangerfjord to Hellesylt. The iconic Geirangerfjord is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Below is our route for the day.
There were multiple ferries that ran each day. We were going to shoot for the 11am ferry. It was a little over an hours drive from Linge to Geiranger so we were going to leave around 9:30am. We left a little later than we had planned but we figured we would just take our time and, if we missed the ferry, we would look around the village of Geiranger and wait for the 2pm ferry. We were in luck as we arrived at the ferry dock a couple of minutes after 11am and the ferry was still docked. It was quite full but the ferry attendant thought we might be able to get on. He motioned a few other cars ahead of us to drive onto the ferry along with a big bus. He then motioned for us to drive on. To us, it looked like there was no room but we proceeded onto the ferry. He motioned for us to stop and they immediately started closing the gate behind us. We were sure the gate would crunch into the back of our car! However, there was a foot or two to spare.
They don’t waste any space on these ferries!
We headed out onto Geirangerfjord. The fjord is 260 meters deep while the surrounding mountains are 1600-1700 meters high. The fjord is also known for its spectacular waterfalls and deserted fjord farms high up on the steep cliff sides. Geirangerfjord is a 15-kilometer (9.3 mi) long branch off the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off the Storfjorden (Great Fjord).
Looking over at the Eagles Road which we just drove on coming down from Linge.
The first major waterfall we came to was Bringefossen (also called Gomsdalsfossen).
We continued cruising along and came to the famous and characteristic waterfall “The Seven Sisters” which is situated halfway through the fjord. The waterfall consists of seven separate streams, and the tallest of the seven has a free fall that measures 250 meters (820 feet). Seen from a distance the waterfalls can resemble the hair of seven women, hence it has been called “The Seven Sisters”. On the opposite side of the fjord you can see ”The Suitor”, a waterfall shaped like a bottle. Legends tell us how “The Suitor” proposed to ”The Seven Sisters” several times and was continuously rebuffed, leaving the “The Seven Sisters” unmarried, whilst “The Suitor” turned to the bottle.
There were really only four recognizable streams. I imagine earlier in the season with more snow melt, all seven streams are probably visible.
The “Suitor” or Friarfossen on the opposite side of the fjord.
Further on down we passed the Ljosurfossen.
We continued to take in the views of the steep walled mountains of the fjord.
Some of the farms seen along the fjord.
Looking back in the direction we had come from.
The village of Hellesylt in view.
We arrived in Hellesylt and walked around the village. A view of Hellesyltfossen.
The Sunnylven Church in Hellesylt. It is a log construction from 1859 with a total of 400 seats.
Another shot of the village.
It was time to head up route 60 towards Stranda. As we climbed up, we stopped to look back at the Sunnylvsfjorden.
When we reached Stranda, we decided to take a left and head up the road a ways to check out the views.
We saw a sign that said it was only 60 kilometers to Alesund so we thought maybe we would continue on to check out the city which is on the coast. However, we came to Orsnes and found we would need to take a ferry and then still drive a ways and realized it was too ambitious to try and go all the way to Alesund so we turned around to head back towards Linge. We drove back to Stranda and took the ferry across the fjord.
We arrived back at our apartment. After a short break, I decided to take a little walk around the fruit farm community of Linge. In talking with our Airbnb host, Elida Linge, I asked her if the community was founded after her family since she had the same last name as the community. She told us that it was common for people who moved into a community to take the community name as their last name. Basically, she was saying that everyone in the community has the same last name but they are not necessarily related. I found that very interesting. So much for following or tracing family lineage! Seems like that would become difficult with unrelated people all having the same last name!
Here is a shot of the fruit barn where we are staying. The apartment is on the second floor.
The main house next door where Elida, our host, lives.
Walking down the road, enjoying the views and different homes and buildings.
Some beautiful flowers along the road. And yes, there are power lines in the photo! As I was taking the picture, a lady was driving by and told me there were power lines in my picture. I told her I realized that but I wanted a shot of the flowers with the mountains in the background and since I couldn’t move the flowers, mountains, or power lines, I would have to settle for this shot!
I did take a closeup without the lines, but then I couldn’t get the mountains in the shot.
Apple trees and raspberry bushes on my walk.
What a peaceful little community. I could live here!