While cruising through Geirangerfjord I witnessed more waterfalls in one hour than I have seen in my entire life.
One of my favorite things about my favorite little island in the Pacific–Kauai–is the number of waterfalls that we see on our trips. So you can imagine my surprise (and overjoyed happiness) when I witnessed one waterfall after another on our early morning cruise through the fjord.
There’s a reason that Geirangerfjord has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. Are you wondering how to pronounce Geirangerfjord? Click here and listen. Majestic mountains covered with lush green vegetation, and snow capped peaks contributing to the abundance of waterfalls throughout the fjord keep one intrigued along the journey. We took more than 1,500 photos while cruising through the fjord. (You’re not surprised, are you). Here are some of the highlights:
The two most widely known waterfalls in this fjord are the Seven Sisters and the Suitor. Situated across the fjord from one another, legend has it that the suitor tried to date each one of the sisters and was rejected by all so he drowned his sorrows at the bottom of the bottle (which is why the waterfall is in the shape of a liquor bottle).
I was amazed at how many small mountain towns were along the banks of this fjord. Looking up, I saw small farms located high above the water and I found myself wondering how they were constructed to begin with. Did they use a helicopter, ladders secured along the cliffs, a secret hidden road from the other side? It’s all a mystery.
The town of Geiranger has about 300 year-round residents so it’s safe to say that this town is tiny. After a quick ten minute ride on the tender we were in port and ready to explore.
Throughout our day I kept staring up at the sky as I viewed the seemingly endless mountains. They were so tall–and so green! We browsed the shops and stopped off for some delicious Norwegian chocolate at none other than the Fjordnær Geiranger Sjokolade (or the fjordside Geiranger Chocolate Factory). This tiny building houses the World’s first chocolate factory in a converted boathouse. We sampled different chocolate infused with strawberries, blueberries, blue cheese, caramel, brown cheese and more. Afterwards we worked off those calories as we slowly made our way up the hill towards the Hotel Union Geiranger.
On our hike my husband was able to capture some amazing photos of the massive waterfall-part river-part rapids that runs right through the middle of town.
The town of Geiranger was quaint, the architecture was interesting, and the views were spectacular. If I lived in Norway I could see myself taking weekend getaways to this quiet little town at the end of the fjord. It’s the perfect spot to get away from it all. Leave your phone in the room, grab your camera and submerse yourself in the beauty.
15 thoughts on “Cascading Waterfalls in Geirangerfjord”
nice blog !!! this is on my bucket list as well…. I hope i can visit this place some day.. enjoy travelling.
I loved every moment in Norway. I hope to go back again soon and hope you get a chance to visit as well. 🙂
You are definitely right ,next time I’m going to Norway I’m going to do it like spring or summer to enjoy all the scenery you enjoy . Those pictures are beautifully captured and very inspirational .
Thank you! 🙂 Our visit in late spring/early summer was incredible. I would love to go back in the winter and see the northern lights. 🙂
Must. Go. To. Norway! Thank you so much for sharing! You’ve definitely added a trip to my bucket list.
This makes me happy! 🙂 I try to explain my travels in a way that makes the reader feel like they are there in the moment with me, so it makes me happy to know that my message is getting across.
I’m excited that you have added this trip to your bucket list. It truly is a once in a lifetime trip. Every city we visited had something new and unique to offer, and the scenery was better than I could have ever captured in a photo.
Fabulous shots…reminds me of Alaska in a way … I gotta get to this place!
My aunt has made that exact comment. That the Norway scenery reminds her of Alaska. I have yet to go to Alaska, but it’s on my bucket list. 🙂 You should definitely visit Norway. It was such a wonderful experience, and we got pretty lucky with the weather.
I couldn’t get over the beauty! The pictures don’t even do it justice…
wow!! wonderful and i am amazed to read and seen your photographs. It’s totally beautiful destination and wonderful images 🙂
Thank you. We bought a new camera before we left and I feel like the camera really helped to capture the colors. Even so, it still doesn’t do it justice. Have a great weekend.