Arriving in Geiranger, one of the very first things I knew I had to do was to head to the spot where I could get that iconic view of the village and its fjord… well that and checking into the hotel (perhaps even for a little snooze?).
As it turns out, the spot with the iconic view and our hotel happened to be the exact same place (yay!)… In other news though, it was far too early to check in so there would no snoozing on my part.
We dropped off our stuff at reception and jumped back into the car in search of a highly recommended spot – Dalsnibba!
See Dalsnibba is the highest spot here and although the roads to it are quite windy, it’s said to be totally worth it for the view alone.
We stopped off briefly at another great view-point for the Fjords (Flydals viewpoint)…
…before hitting the road again in search of Dalsnibba.
By the way, this route is paved with many distractions and even more reasons to stop. Not that I’m complaining – this is what I came here for.
I mean, just look at that view – this is the reason why I keep insisting, the real reason to visit Norway is its stunning natural beauty.
After what seemed like an infinite amount of winding around through curvy roads, we finally arrived at the entry road to Dalsnibba (which is next to the lake, Djupvatnet so once you see the lake, you know you’re near it).
*There’s an entry fee (charged based on the type of vehicle you have) and payable by card so you don’t have to worry too much about carrying cash with you.
Djupvatnet is worth a gander in and of itself so you’d be justified if you decided to make a little pit stop here too. 😉
Eventually we hit those windy roads again and within minutes we arrived at Dalsnibba.
Now this might sounds slightly controversial, especially after the hike to get up here and the amazing view over Geiranger from up here but Dalsnibba wasn’t my favourite view of the fjord – my favourite view was still further down south.
That being said, you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer height and sprawling valley (and mountains) over the Norwegian countryside.
By the way, dress warm for the top.
Despite it being a lot sunnier down at the bottom in Geiranger, it’s positively freezing at Dalsnibba so if you plan on sticking around to check out the view – doing so in a warm jacket is definitely recommended!
After a wee while, we decided to head back into town where, we could grab a bite to eat (I’d been craving a proper Nordic hotdog for some reason) and go explore the fjord properly…
…but more on that in the next post! 🙂