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One of the heart-stopping moments of any vacation to Norway is to cruise down the Geirangerfjord in a summer's evening; especially when, to compensate for a shower, the view is enhanced by a rainbow.

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Geiranger and its fjord

Geiranger

A popular destination for cruise boats is the small town of Geiranger at the head of the fjord. Idyllic, perhaps, but spare it a thought...

Geiranger

The population of Geiranger is only 300, but it receives 600,000 visitors a year, and when three cruise ships down anchor at the same time, it can be inundated with between 5,000 and 10,000 tourists per day. It welcomes and maximises their custom, of course, but is less welcoming of all the pollution the boats spew into the otherwise pristine atmosphere. Only a few more years, and such pollution will be officially banned. Meanwhile, to prove your environmental credentials (or at least to offer a token compensation for whe pollution you bring) you can rent a little electric car from near the harbour to take a tour of the area.

river

My delight, in the town itself, was to discover the impeccable clarity of the water in the river at the foot of the town's waterfall, its surface skimmed by a whole flock of pied wagtains, of which one is perched, almost hidden, on the rock to the left of the centre of this image.

falls

A dramatic but slippery path takes you behind the Storsaeterfossen waterfall at the end of a good hike up from Westeras Farm above Geiranger.

Stavanger

Stavanger

Stavanger

White boarded houses in the old part of Stavanger.

The harbour at Alesund

Alesund

Trondheim

Trandheim

Tromso

Tromso

 

hills

The first images on this page feature the area around Geiranger.

fjord at Geiranger

hillside

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sunset

 

Storsaeterfossen

falls from front

This waterfall is well worth the hike up from Westeras Farm above Geiranger, especially if you risk getting wet (see the image in the middle column).

Alesund

Alesund

Bergen

Bergen

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen - atmospheric and often clogged with tourists.