At the end of the 1800s, the British (and other Europeans) ‘discovered’ the beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape. They were looking for perfect fishing conditions, especially salmon and trout fishing. They were captivated by the beautiful landscape.
The Geirangerfjord in Øye, Møre og Romsdal county, cuts nearly 10 miles (15 km) deep into the steep mountain sides. It is one of the most remarkable Norwegian fjords. The wild waterfall The Seven Sisters (Norwegian: De sju søstre ) is a typical landmark along the fjord.
In 1952, the distinctive Ørnevenein (English: Eagle Road) was finished with its eleven hairpin turns through the valley from Åndalsnes to Geiranger. Ørneveien is an engineering masterpiece with a magnificent view over the fjord.
The Geirangerfjord is the most visited fjord in Norway and for more than 150 years, scientists, artists and tourists have flocked there to enjoy the spectacular scenery and landscape.
In the Geiranger area one can go fishing, hiking and cycling. One can visit the many exciting farms far up the hillsides that are completely inaccessible from the road, or go hiking to the Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier.
Hotel Union in Geiranger is a popular hotel with nostalgic atmosphere. Today, it is refurbished and modernized. If you are lucky and get room number 12, you can take a bath in the German Kaiser Wilhelm’s original bath tub!
In 2005, the Geirangerfjord was incorporated into the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source: 1000 Places To See Before You Die
Photos: On top: Ingvild Torp Pedersen, below: VisitNorway