The Geiranger Fjord (Norwegian: Geirangerfjorden) is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located entirely in the Stranda Municipality. It is a 15-kilometer-long branch off the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it.
Like the rest of Norway’s fjords, the Geirangerfjord we see today was created during several ice ages. The enormous power of the glaciers carved out this huge canyon between mountains 1600 meters high, and the fjord depth reaches 250 meters. This makes Geirangerfjorden as deep as the Grand Canyon.
After the glaciers of the last ice age retracted some 10,000 years ago, the landscape was slowly covered by vegetation. Today the steep hills are dressed in lush birch forests up to about 7-800 meters above sea level. From there, heather and moss cover the mountains to even higher altitudes, until rock and snow are the only elements in sight.
Along the sides of this magnificent fjord, there are a number of abandoned farms. The farms that are most commonly visited are Skageflå, Knivsflå, and Blomberg. Skageflå can also be reached on foot from Geiranger, while the others can only be seen from the fjord. Some restoration has been made by the Storfjordens venner association. The most commonly visited among these are Skageflå, Knivsflå, and Blomberg. Skageflå may also be reached on foot from Geiranger, while the others require a boat excursion.
The fjord also has several impressive waterfalls. The two most notable waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord are ‘de Syv Søstre’ (the seven sisters) and ‘Friaren’ (the suitor, also called the wooer). The two waterfalls face one another across the fjord, and the suitor is said to be trying to woo the sister’s opposite.
The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites. In 2005, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with the Nærøyfjorden.
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