We have been to Geirangerfiord twice, it is one of those places that is so beautiful the pull to return is great. Each first we have cruised into the Fiord thus allowing us to fully appreciate how large this fiord is.
The Geirangerfiord itself is 15 kilometers long but is only a branch of the much larger Storfiord. The small village of Geiranger is situated at the end of the fiord. The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 2005.
Views from Dalsnibba
We took a day trip to Dalsnibba travelling 21 kilometers on a very winding road high into the mountains. The views from Dalsnibba is truly stunning. It has an abundance of snow even in summer.
Lake Djupvatne near Dalsnibba
Geiranger as seen from Flydaljuvet
Around the Fiord, there are a couple of place for great photo opportunities and shouldn’t be missed. The first is Flydalsjuvet which is on the road back down from Dalsnibba. This spot is the very popular and perhaps the best known as it features on many postcards on Norway,
Seven Sisters Waterfall
On the other side of the fiord, is Eagle Road and the vantage point at Eagle Bend. Views of the Seven Sisters Waterfall can be had from here although the best way to see the falls in by boat on the fiord itself.
Cruising into Geiranger
As the saying goes..”the best things in life are free” This certainly applies to sunrises and sunsets. One offers the gift of a new day & the other is thanks for a day ended..both never fail to captivate.
Mid-night Sun Norway
We have seen some amazing sunrise/sunsets/s but my all time favourite is the Midnight Sun seen at Nordkapp in northern Norway. We were there at mid-night to watch the sun doing it dance on the horizon…the best.
Remember this lovely song from Fiddler on the Roof
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears
Monument Valley USA
Another beautiful place to visit is Antelope Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona, It is on Navajo land in the same area as Monument Valley.
We stayed at Golding’s Lodge within Monument Valley…fabulous place to stay.
Antelope Canyon is formed by the erosion for sandstone. The colourfulformation of the sandstone cliffs with the reflection of light through the ‘slots’ is beautiful. We took a tour with a Navajo guide who also provide us with many insights into the Navajo history and culture.
Further information on the Navajo Parks & Recreation http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyon.htm
Antelope Slot Canyon
Roof of Slot Canyon
Entrance to Slot Canyon
We have had several trips to the USA and have seen the good, the bad & the ugly.
Top of my list for special places is the Grand Canyon and the other canyons which make up Canyonlands National Park. It is truly a spectacular place.
My impression of the Grand Canyon is best summed up by this expression..
Grand Canyon at Sunset
“There is of course , no sense at all in trying to describe the Grand Canyon. Those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those who have seen it know that it cannot be described. In fact, the Grand Canyon is a sort of landscape Day of Judgment. It is not a show place, a beauty but a revelation. The Colorado River made it, but you feel when you are there that God gave the Colorado River its instructions.” J Priestly 1930
We stayed overnight at the Canyon which meant we were able to sit and watch the sun set over the Canyon thus creating a myriad of colours. It truly is a spectacular place.
Detailed information and advice is available from the US National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
A Picture Really is Worth a Thousand Words
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
The thing about travel is discovering the untold beauty of the world around us and how much we need to protect this unspoilt beauty for future generations.
I love the saying ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints”
Magdelena Bay Svlabard
The Pinnacles WA
Posted in Nature, Scenic, travel
Tagged Antelope Slot Canyon, Fiords, Grand Canyon, Norway, Scenic, sunrise, Sunset, Travel, USA