One of the highlights of the fjordlands, this hamlet sits quietly at the head of the beautiful Synnylvsfjord. Near the village, the gorgeous Hellesylt Waterfall plunges over the granite face of the fjord, cascading in thousands of feet of rainbows and foam. This majestic area, along with its breathtaking glaciers and mountain lakes, inspired Henrik Ibsen’s drama Brand. The town is a starting point for trips to Geiranger, considered Norway’s most beautiful fjord.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
For more than 100 years the Geirangerfjord, considered by many the world's most beautiful fjord, has been visited by people from around the world. For hundreds of years, the mode of transportation here was the stalwart and powerful "fjordingen" (fjord horse). Today, the magnificent beauty of this area is possible via scenic roadways.
Arriving ashore via tender, you will board your coach and begin your tour in Hellesylt, a small but important village. Almost immediately after setting off, you will be able to see the Hellesylt Waterfall. Leaving the village behind, the road will take you through scenic farmland that is typical for western Norway, in between towering mountains and lakes, including Lake Hornindalsvatn which is the deepest lake in Europe at 1670 ft. and has an abundant trout population.
Continue along the lake towards Nordfjord to the village of Stryn, and up the Stryn Valley. The River Styrn has a beautiful emerald color, created by the melted ice from Jostedalen Glacier that can be glimpsed in the distance. This river is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway and the largest salmon ever caught in the river weighed 64 pounds. Proceed to climb the narrow valley to the Stryn Mountains. The road is a masterpiece of engineering, built for horse-drawn vehicles and opened in 1895.
A stop will be made for lunch at Hotel Alexandra and following a relaxing lunch you'll re-board your coach and proceed up the winding mountain road which offers an ever-changing kaleidoscope of mountain farms, waterfalls, lakes and streams. From Lake Djupvatn you will make your way along the hairpin road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. From this incredible location you are afforded a spectacular view of Geirangerfjord far below and the magnificent mountain peaks.
Your return to Geiranger includes a photo stop at the Flvdalsjuvet view point before arriving back at the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however, the sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, weather appropriate layered clothing and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests may also wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship.
Experience an unforgettable scenic journey through farmlands, valleys, mountains and lakes during this overland tour and hike.
Norwegians measure mountain hikes in hours and not in kilometres. Trails climbing up and down, winding in and around, in order to avoid natural obstacles of rock and rivers, make linear measurements altogether irrelevant. The path from Vollset to Flo, which you will follow on this hiking tour, used to be one of the main throughfares between Sunnmøre and the Nordfjord and the Eastern districts from medieval time onwards, and was important for the exchange of goods between the inland and coastal communities.
Departing the pier, you will be transferred by coach from Hellesylt to Vollseter where you will leave your coach behind and begin your exploration on foot. Along the path you will pass three 'seters' (Summer farms). Though the seter huts are still standing, the summer farming in the old way has mostly become history. Next, you'll proceed past several mountain lakes and reach the highest point on the trail at 1800 ft. above sea level. As you walk along, try to imagine that centuries ago this was the 'highway' where literally, caravans of cattle and horses were herded along.
As you come upon Strynsvatnet lake below you, the first sighting is truly spectacular. Surrounded by mighty mountains like Skåla and Lofjellet, the view is magnificent. From here, you will descend along the path to Flo, a delightful community with many orchards. Re-joining your coach, you will then proceed along Stryn Lake, known for its turquoise color, to Hotel Videseter; where a well-deserved lunch will be served.
Following lunch, continue along the New Strynefjell Road and then follow the hairpin road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. From this amazing location you will be treated to a spectacular view of Geirangerfjord far below and the magnificent mountain peaks.
A brief photostop at the Flydal gorge will be made before returning to the pier in Geiranger where your excursion concludes.
Please note: This challenging hiking tour will cover approximately 4 miles and involves extensive walking over difficult and uneven surfaces and thus, is only recommended for guests in very good physical condition. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, or those with mobility issues, back and/or neck problems, asthma, heart or respiratory conditions. It is recommended that guests dress in layers, bring a wind and water-proof jacket and wear sturdy, comfortable hiking boots. It is also suggested that participants bring along a bottle of water from the ship. Lunch venues/locations are subject to change.