Thursday, 29 July 2010

Fjord Cruise from Hellesylt to Geiranger

Recommended by the Lonely Planet guide, and our friend Judi, we headed to Hellesylt to catch the ferry to Geiranger.

It's a 60 minute public car ferry and reasonably priced, with commontary as well.  We got there again with 10 minutes to spare and there was still enough room on the ferry for us to board. (This ferry only takes 40-50 cars, and runs every 1 1/2 hours.)

This fjord was incredible,  so beautiful that when we downloaded the photos onto the computer, we had taken over 3 photos per minute.

Our ferry took us along the Sunnylvsfjord and then turned right into the Geirangerfjord.
Along the way there were several abandoned farm houses.  It was interesting to hear that the farms here had very fertile ground, and many fruit trees grew here.  It is so remote.

The views from the front of the boat were amazing, expecially as in most parts we were the only boat around.
Another abandoned farm house
We had a flock of sea gulls follow us.  They may have left us alone earlier, but a group of tourists thought it was hilarious to wave crusts of bread in the air.  We were just waiting for one of the sea gulls to leave a deposit on someone's head.

Some of the abandoned farm houses were still being used in the 1950's and 60's.
Some of the mountainsides reach more than 1000 metres, and a few had glaciers at the summits.
There were many waterfalls along the walls of the fjords. 

Along the way, we also spotted some dolphins.  We think they were White-Beaked Dolphins, but we can't be sure.  They only popped up for a few moments, and then swam photos!

This series of waterfalls is known as the Seven Sisters (a group of seven waterfalls with a drop of over 250 metres to the fjord.
Directly opposite the Seven Sisters waterfalls is this waterwall called the Friaren (Suitor).
The legend is that the Frairen tries to flirt with the Seven Sisters, but the Seven Sisters ignore him and continue to dance. 
The fjord is over 200 metres deep in some places, allowing large cruise ships to dock for the day so the tourists can spend the day in Geiranger.  they were just leaving as we were approaching Geiranger.
The white ship is MSC Poesia, the blue one is the Queen Mary 2.

The town of Geiranger was small and surrounded by mountains

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful pictures of your trip to Sweden and Norway. The area is breathtaking. I may have said this before, but what an education your two sons are getting! I've learned a lot just from reading your posts. :-)