Day 10: Geiranger

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The Geirangerfjord is famous for its waterfalls. There are too many to count.
Although we stayed in Geiranger we had to get up early again. We booked a fjord cruise which was scheduled at 9.30 a.m. and it should last approximately 1 1/2 hours. We arrived just in time. The weather wasn't great but at least it was dry.
 
Since we were early in the morning the boat wasn't as crowded as it used to be during the day. Therefore we had enough space to take hundreds of photos :o

The boat cruises the whole Geiranger fjord until close to the village of Hellesylt. Then it makes a turn back to Geiranger. During the cruise you get many informations in several languages about the fjord and the people who live or lived here. It's very interesting to listen to.
From the boat you see Geiranger's attractions in a different angle and it's worth it. On the way back some people were dropped off the boat (you have to pay an extra fee for the service) at a place were a hiking trail along the fjord begins. I assumed that the trail ends at the camp ground we were staying and suggested to hike the other way around.

An alternative is taking the ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger (or the oposite way). The cruise is similar and you have explanations for tourits onboard aswell. Since we wanted to go to Lom it wasn't possible for us to take the ferry therefore we made the boat trip.

We were back at 11 a.m. and went shopping for our dinner at night. Off course we bought some of the delicious cookies aswell ;) which we ate immediately instead lunch :)

Back to the camper we packed the stuff we would need (rain clothes, camera, water, some fruits etc) in the backpacks.
Then we changed clothes and shoes, took our hiking poles and off we went.

The first 2 1/2 km are flat and you walk on the banks of the fjord then behind the houses and the camp ground of Homlong it's getting steep. Since I've been there in 2006 already I knew about the steepness therefore I brought the hiking poles with me. I read that using them saves about 30% of your energy and I can second that. Without them I doubt I would have make it. I don't know the exact distance between Geiranger and Homlongseter but we needed 3 hours to get to the summer farm and 3 hours back. All the way up you have a steep ascent there are no flat parts. Back to Geiranger I read that the trail is only recommended for practised hiker (hehehe even a low-land girl can make it - you just need the will and a bf who forces you ;))

While hiking you have overwhelming views on Geiranger, the fjord, the eagle road and the water falls.
The trail itself is narrow and when wet very slippery since it's almost rock and mud. I lost foodhold several times on the way back. But if you make it up there the hurting knees and feet are forgotten.

Shortly before we arrived the camp ground it started raining again and we were happy when we came back to the camper. I told Klaus if he wants dinner he has to cook it or invite me to a restaurant. He choose the restaurant. Buddy felt to sleep immediately. Even having dinner was a huge experience for him aswell as his daily "good night pee".

All 3 of us had a great sleep.
aloneinthecrowd says:
I've been to Geiranger several times now but it's always great to be there. Every time we experienced something new :)
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
tvillingmarit says:
Think you have seen the best of Geiranger.
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
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The Geirangerfjord is famous for i…
The Geirangerfjord is famous for …
Old boat houses in Geiranger
Old boat houses in Geiranger
Coming in to Geiranger
Coming in to Geiranger
Can you see the face?
No wonder y…
Can you see the face? No wonder …
old farm buildings
old farm buildings
Devils gorge
Devil's gorge
View from Homlong seter
View from Homlong seter
Homlongseter (summer farm)
Homlongseter (summer farm)
We filled up our waterbottle at th…
We filled up our waterbottle at t…
Finally weve made it
Finally we've made it
The views are amazing
The views are amazing
The trail is very steep and the fj…
The trail is very steep and the f…
Eagle road
Eagle road
Geiranger
photo by: cvanzoen