[Português em breve, desculpem!!!!]
A trip by the glaciers, towering mountains and a beautiful coastline at the Nordfjord zone
Even if you’ve never ever been in Norway, you have heard that the Norwegian fjords are among the best destination in the world. Close up in a boat or from the shore, or from view points and mountain summits, the fjords are an invitation to enjoy the real Norwegian gem. From South to North of the country, passing by the capital, Oslo, the fjords are a worthy reason to visit Norway. But, where are the breathtaking places?
It isn’t a hard question, though. Expedia took me to discover the Nordfjord, a weekend spent between Stryn and Geiranger, the place internationally known for its awesome fjord view, and one of most fascinating roads in the country.
Stryn is a small town surrounded by stunning nature and glaciers. Even during summer, the glaciers are a big attraction, as the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, that capture people’s attention for all their magnitude and beauty.
The way to Geiranger brings surprises and is a remedy for the eyes. The Trollstigen road affords incredible views of the fjord from a high altitude, from dramatic snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and rivers, green valleys to the weather-beaten ocean landscape. Geiranger is approximately 1h30min from Stryn, by car.
The Geiranger Fjord is part of UNESCO World Heritage and if you come and visit you will understand why. Each year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit this area, looking to experience all the great places and spectacular nature. The view from the sights on the way are breathtaking: the incredible blue-green sea between the mountains, receiving thousands of tourists every single day during the year. Dalsnibba is one of Geiranger’s main attractions and is a very popular mountain top with visitors to the area. From the Dalsnibba plateau there is an awesome view across the most beautiful World Heritage Site, nestled in the surrounding mountain landscape with Geirangerfjorden right in the middle.
Everybody knows that prices in Scandinavia are particularly high. Stryn/Geiranger are tourist areas, so be prepared for expensive meals and shopping, even for the Norwegian way of life.
Summer is definitely the best time to visit the region if you are planning to go by car and enjoy the ride through the mountains. During the winter the roads are usually closed, due to the snow.
If you are planning to visit Norway and experience a truly Nordic landscape, you must come to the Nordfjord.