Monday, August 2, 2010

Hellesylt to Geirangerfjord, Norway

Hellesylt, Norway, a very small town that is overwhelmed by the size of the waterfall that feeds into the Sunnylvsfjord. It was the departure point for a drive to Geirangerfjord.

First stop down the road was an old stone bridge built in the late 1700’s by the King to expedite the mail deliveries, it is not used for road traffic currently. There were other similar bridges from the same era but smaller along this road that follows the shores of Lake Hornisdal that at 514 meters is considered the deepest in Europe.

There nice landscapes along this road with farming communities and at Grodas, I found a Best Western Hotel. This one was different since it has an attractive architecture not typical for this type of accommodations.

Down the road, I arrived at the village of Stryn, with a bridge across the river where the shore covered with very colorful houses are located as seen below.

Stryn is definitely a tourist town, most other villages shops were closed on Sunday, but not here. Everything was available such sheep skins, smoked salmon and a variety of honeys. And the parking lots were full of buses, as the one pictured below, I find buses in Europe most fascinating due to their decorations.


We had a stop at the Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalparksenter; let me count: two words and 32 letters. It was by the side of the lake with a stream to the side. The main building has displays of the local fauna, flora and geological formations. It has a well kept garden with trees and shrubs in full bloom when I was there in June. An enjoyable place with no “entrance fees.”

Soon after, the road started climbing up the mountains covered with snow. This is a serious road, with 180 degrees turns and at times, the road is surfaced with gravel with snow banks to the side serving as protective barriers (illusion) to prevent vehicles from falling into the valley below. The thrill was when a bus was coming in the opposite direction leaving hardly any space to pass, having to squeeze over the snow banks hoping that they would hold.


This road climbs 5,000 feet to the top of Mount Dalsnibba, offering spectacular views of Geirangerfjord. It seems to be a very popular location and several families were having picnics; of course you must be Norwegian, it was extremely cold and windy to lid a fire, cold smoked salmon with hot chocolate will do.


Looking down, the winding and twisting road that brought me here, is waiting for the return trip. A worthwhile drive but not for the faint at heart.

12 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The overall impression is one of cold Jose, and I for one would have curled up into a ball and not gone anywhere. :)

That is a wonderful old bridge. Built to last and I am sure it will still be standing 300 years from now.

I have to agree that it is the most unlikely looking Best Western I have seen too and much nicer as well. Do the rooms have fire places?

That is magnificent scenery there but the villages must be snowed under in winter. Those valleys look so narrow with the mountains looming over them.

I would not mind going on that boat though. That part looks like fun. :) A wonderful post again. Thanks for sharing.

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jeannette said...

Breathtaking scenes - you're right, not for the faint of heart!
And I hope you had a jacket with you:)
I can imagine those hairpin corners might turn some stomachs.

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sebi_2569 said...

very nice photo;bravo

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Aja Canyon said...

These are so beautiful! Now I want to go to Norway