Alesund, a ferry ride will take you across to Storfjorden - the ninth longest fjord in Norway at 53 miles, that also branches out in subsidiary fjords. Geirangerfjorden, hidden within one of these branches, is the fjord of the third order; it is a part of the Sunnylvsfjorden fjord which, in turn, is one of the branches of Storfjorden.
After about six miles the MS "Midnatsol" turns left and enters the Storfjorden:
Ahead is a 49 mile voyage through the Storfjorden fjord:
Storfjorden is surrounded by mountains as tall as 4921 feet! On the right of the ship, passengers watch the passing mountains as they enter the Hjorundfjorden - the longest of the subsidiary fjords at 21 miles:
During the voyage through the Storfjorden system, the ship passes through the territory of several municipalities - Orsta, Sykkylven, Skodje, Orskog, Stordal, Stranda, and Norddal. Along the banks there are settlements and small villages, with the majestic mountains as their backdrop. Here (and throughout Norway) ferry services are active with lines connecting Spjelkavik and Sykkylven.
Moving more inland, the fjord becomes narrower and the shore front come closer together. In the Stranda "regional center", Storfjorden is divided into two fjords - Norddalsfjorden on the left, and Sunnylvsfjorden on the right. Below is the entrance to Norddalsfjorden:
To the left Norddalsfjorden is continued by the 7 mile long fjord, Tafjorden. It was here, in April 1934, that one of the worst natural disasters in Norway occurred. Two million cubic meters of rock fell into the waters of the fjord from a height of over 2000 feet. The resulting wave reached a height of over 200 feet, claiming the lives of 40 residents and dozens of villages and farms. Gazing upon the Sunnylvsfjorden now, it seems impossible to imagine.
Passing the Robbervika, where industrial olivine production is carried (magnesium iron silicate).
Passing through Sunnylvsfjorden, you are able to see the village of Hellesylt, before the ferry turns almost 90 degrees to enter the Geirangerfjorden fjord. This is the last leg of the voyage inland. To the left, behind a rock, you can see the entrance to Geirangerfjorden:
Geirangerfjorden extends over 9 miles and it is one of the most beautiful fjords of Norway. It is hugged by snowcapped mountains that reach a height of more than 4500 feet. Geirangerfjorden is one of the main natural attractions of Norway. In 2005, this fjord (along with the Naeroy Fjord), was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Along Geirangerfjorden you can spot old abandoned farms, some of which are located on mountain ledges, so you can only access them by rope ladders.
Gliding through Geirangerfjorden:
Another main attraction of the fjords are the waterfalls, the most famous of which are the "Seven Sisters", "Bridal Veil" and "Groom". The waterfall pictured below is the "Bridal Veil" (Brudesloret) with a height of almost 1000 feet.
Directly opposite the "Seven Sisters" stands the "Groom" ("Frieren") - standing at almost 1500 feet above the water. There is a legend that the "Groom" made a proposal to the "Seven Sisters". But being a stubborn waterfall, the sisters did not give their consent. The frustrated "Groom" found solace in the bottle - a silhouette of which (if you look carefully) can still be see on a rock, where the waters of the "Groom" divide.
Tourists are divided into two groups; those who go on a "Geiranger Panorama" tour (this tour, like all the others, can be purchased at the tourist center), are delivered to the shore by a small boat that comes to the ferry and the second returns to Geirangerfjord.