Now when you’re in Geiranger, even if you’re not much of hiker (like myself), one thing you have to do is take a trek to a waterfall called Storseterfossen.
Why do you have to go to Storseterfossen? Well, its pretty simple really – Storseterfossen is an amazingly powerful waterfall, high up in the mountains that you can actually walk underneath!
The only other waterfall I’d walked underneath was Seljalandsfoss in Iceland and it was a pretty fantastic experience so the chance to do something as fantastic in Norway was an opportunity even my resistance to hiking would not be stopping me from doing (don’t get me wrong – I moaned the entire hike up but grinned like a Cheshire cat once I finally saw the waterfall).
The view when you start to go up is pretty great and an encouraging start for one…
You even find some Norwegian friends encouraging up halfway up…
Soon enough, the unmistakeable sound of rushing water comes clear through the trees and you know you’re near your prize…
Seeing it should feel you with relief but you know there’s still some more uphill walking to be done to get to do it. (Plus where did all these flies suddenly come from???).
In a bid to escape the flies, you run and very quickly run out of breadth (lazy sod that I am). At least now you’re a lot closer.
Finally all the uphill bit is done and you’re there!
The view from up here ain’t too shabby either!
Storseterfossen is magnificent. Absolutely fantastic! It’s kinda scary too… but mostly magnificent!
You spend ages underneath it, slowly getting wet while you’re at it but not minding a single bit! This is what that hike was for!
Eventually, driven by the hungry rumbling in your tummy, its time to bid Storseterfossen farewell and head back to the hotel for a quick freshen up before dinner.
The sunset from here by the way is pretty great – especially considering you’re surrounded by mountains. (This photo was taken from my room).
The rest of the evening is spent pretty much eating drinking and falling asleep as soon as you possibly can (which for some reason ended up being 1am – darn lack of self control)!
The next day was our final day in Norway and so, after breakfast, we headed up to another different viewpoint of Geirangerfjord, the one right up on Eagles Road.
Random aside: There are 2 main road here – the one by Dalsnibba and Eagles Road. Eagles road is open all year but due to snow in winter (I mean, there was already snow and this was deep summer), the Dalsnibba road is closed.
The viewpoint on Eagles Road (called Eagles Bend) is a pretty great one and is very different from the other ones as you get to see the bends and curves in the fjords that you really can’t from the other viewpoints.
It’s definitely a fitting farewell to Geiranger and its amazing Fjord as we headed back to Alesund to catch our flight back home (from Geiranger you drive to Eidsdal and then take the ferry from Eidsdal to Linge, finishing off with a drive from Linge to Alesund).
Norway, you’ve been great – a true beauty as always and I can’t wait to return very soon!
Northern Lights up North perhaps? 😉 🙂