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Geiranger, Norway

 

The fjord of Geiranger is one of most famous of Norway. Surrounded by mountains reaching over 3,000 feet high, the impressive natural beauty has led some to pronounce it the "most beautiful fjord in the world." To get here, a 60-mile passage leads through sheer, steep cliffs and spectacular views of waterfalls.

THE SISTERS AND THEIR SUITOR
Incredible waterfalls in the Geiranger Fjord highlight the surrounding scenery. Found along the northern face, De Syv Søstre, "The Seven Sisters," has a maximum drop of around 820 feet. Across from the sisters is Friaren, "The Suitor," positioned as if asking for a sister's hand in marriage.

SPECTACULAR SPOTS
The dramatic landscape includes snow-covered mountains, glaciers and lakes from many vantage points. From the top of Mount Dalsnibba see a bird's-eye view of the scenery and cruise ships moored almost 5,000 feet below. The Flydalsjuvet lookout is another spectacular viewpoint and one of the world's most famous photographic subjects.

MOUNTAIN FARMS
The unique mountain farm of Herdal is perhaps Norway's largest goat fellesseter, or cooperative dairy farm located in a spectacular setting in the mountains. Although no one has lived there permanently for the last 300 years, the environment and traditions of hand milking and cheese making are well preserved and can be viewed on a visit.

BENDING ROADS
The Geiranger and Eagle Roads are winding routes resembling a roller-coaster ride, and there is a highly impressive road along the fjords Nordalsfjorden and Storfjorden to Sjøholt. The mountain road, Strynefjellsveien, offers views of glacier arms, and the final stretch down to Geiranger called Geirangervegen, goes through at least 38 bends with fantastic panorama views.

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