A Great Trip Over Land From Hellesylt To Geiranger Fjord
For a very different perspective, we booked a trip over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord. During our cruise along the Norway fjords we had so many amazing views from the water level. We had a great day as we travelled into the mountains on the railway in Flam. On this day trip we explored the heights of the mountains that surrounded the fjords.
The ship docked in Hellesylt and we departed for an 8 hour bus trip overland to Geiranger. We saw so many iconic sights as we drove along. Glacier rivers and lakes shone with emerald hues. Green valleys were filled with small farms.
We climbed up the mountain for an amazing view from the Dalsnibba Viewpoint out over the Geiranger Fjord. Coming down the mountain switchbacks we made a second stop at the lower Flvdalsjuvet Viewpoint. Far below us we saw the Oceania Cruises Marina in the harbour as it awaited our return.
Travel Through The Countryside
We arrived in the small town of Hellesylt and were charmed. The town settled around a small waterfall with the church on a hill. We left the ship and boarded our bus for a full day tour. The ship continued on to Geiranger and we re-boarded the ship there. There was one small stop for a closer look at the Hellesylt Waterfall before we were on our way.
We drove through typical Norway countryside. There was so much to see on every side of the bus. We passed mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Small towns were nestled close to water. And we even saw houses with grass on the roofs. We saw these fascinating houses again when we later visited the Faroe Islands.
In the fields we saw hay bales all wrapped in plastic. Our tour guide called these “troll toilet paper”. We got our first exposure to the trolls of Norway when we visited the Akfrafjorden Fjord on our stop in Haugesund. And we saw more trolls on this day trip too.
On a trip over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord we saw so much along the way.
Stops On Our Travels Along The Norway Fjords
On our first short stop we saw the old stone bridge of Honndøla built 1810. In the background we had a great view of the Hornindalsrokken Mountain which reached about 1500 metres high. From this point, it was a short drive to the trail head to climb this mountain.
The next scenic stop was at Lake Hornindalsvatn. This was the deepest lake in Europe at 1670 ft. We walked along the shore and enjoyed the view. Although we did not see any of the abundant trout found in this lake.
At the next stop, we got a short break and explored the village of Stryn. After we had coffee and a treat in the local shop, we wandered down to the River Styrn. The beautiful emerald colour was created from melted ice from the Jostedalen Glacier. This river was apparently one of the best salmon rivers in Norway.
As we continued, we saw a series of beautifully clear glacier lakes. There was a short stop and we caught some amazing reflections along the still waters.
There was a longer stop for lunch at the Grotli Hotel. We had a lovely traditional lunch in the charming hotel. After lunch, we wandered inside and admired the decor. And looked at the history display of the area. Then the views drew us outside.
There were so many great places to stop on a trip over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord.
Climb To The Geiranger Skywalk On Mount Dalsnibba
We drove back along the shores of Lake Djupvatn at 1,030m above sea level. High above the lake we saw mountains and glaciers in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We then started the long drive up Mount Dalsnibba on the steep hairpin road. When we looked down, we got another view of Lake Djupvatn and down the valley. We were amazed when we saw bicyclists climbing with the bus.
We reached the summit at 1500m above sea level. There we found yet more of the fun Norway trolls we first saw on our day trip from Haugesund. The Geiranger Skywalk provided a large viewpoint platform. And when we looked straight down we saw the harbour at Geiranger where our cruise ship waited for our return.
We wandered around the top level and looked at the views in all directions. We saw the twisty road below us. On the rocks we found fanciful rock statues that reminded us of the Canadian Inuit Inuksuk.
The stop at the viewpoint at Mount Dalsnibba was a highlight of our travels over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord.
Down From The Mountains To The Flvdalsjuvet Viewpoint
Our final drive could only go down from here! We began the return drive along another set of hairpin roads. The views down the steep slopes fascinated us.
The final stop for this day trip was at the viewpoint at Flvdalsjuvet. We went to the edge and looked down at a much closer view of the Geiranger harbour. When we looked up with the zoom lens, we just saw the edge of the platform at Mount Dalsnibba high above. We would have loved to stop and picnic in this spot.
The hills flattened out below this point and we got a great valley view. The bus navigated this gentler slope into Geiranger. But we were still amazed the bus managed some of the tight turns along the way.
It was a very long day tour so the bus went right back to the pier. There was no time to wander in town. We crossed a fascinating movable pier and got back on the ship.
It was such an amazing day exploring over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord.
Cruising Out The Geiranger Fjord
When the ship pulled out, we stood on deck and got our last look at the charming town of Geiranger. But our views for the day were not done.
All the way out along the Geiranger Fjord there was so much to see on both sides of the ship. Small towns nestled at the bottom to switchback roads. We saw our first Norway waterfall when we took a boat trip on the Akrajorden Fjord from Haugesund. On our visit to Flam, we saw the thundering Kjosfossen Waterfall. And then on our transit out, everywhere we looked we saw waterfalls that tumbled from the steep rock faces.
The ship passed the Seven Sisters Waterfall close to a bend in the fjord. So it meant the ship was quite close to the side of the fjord when we passed. It was easy to see the water as it fell down the rocks. Passengers and crew were all on deck as we caught this last show.
We were so glad we did a daylight transit out of the Geiranger Fjord. It was the perfect way to finish our day as we travelled from Hellesylt to Geiranger.
Stunning Views On Land From Hellesylt To Geiranger Fjord
We loved all the views we got as we cruised through the Nordic countries. But we were so glad we planned a day trip and travelled over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord. Along the trip we got such beautiful sights in the countryside. And the two high viewpoint stops gave us stunning vistas down to the Geiranger Fjord that stayed in our memories.
We originally booked a small boat excursion on the Geiranger Fjord. That would have been a lot of fun. But we were so glad we changed to the longer inland trip. It was one of our favourite day trips on this cruise along the Norway Fjords.
The ship headed for the next port in Alesund. It was the first but not the last of the charming northern towns in the Norway Fjords.
Have you travelled travelled over land from Hellesylt to Geiranger Fjord? Weren’t the views some of the most memorable?
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