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HERDALSSETRA & EAGLE ROAD
The summer mountain pasture (seter) of Herdalssetra in Norddalen, about 30-45 minutes from Geiranger, is part of the World Heritage Area. Farm products such as goat’s cheese and goat’s milk caramels are made here. There are free range cows, goats and sheep and overnight stays are possible in many of the old seter houses.



Your private excursion starts when you disembark your ship in Geiranger. Your driver will be at the pier with your name sign to meet and greet you. You start your journey by climbing up Eagle Road and across the mountain plateau that connects Geiranger to the villages of Eidsdal and Norddal. You will travel alongside Eidsvatn Lake on one side and beautiful old farmhouses scattered around the valley n the other side. From Eidsdal you will follow the road along side the fjord to Norddal. The drive up the toll road (10 km) is steep and fascinating with its many waterfalls, ending at Herdalsvatnet, which stretches about 2 kilometers into the valley.  
 
Old traditions such as making brown and white goat’s cheese and genuine goat’s milk caramels are maintained here. Here, in the old farm, you can participate as a guest in a time warp of smells and tastes. Hear the history of the many old house foundations, ancient farm houses and barns, the making and tasting of cheese and be informed about the “modern” cooperative farm from 1960 onwards. In Kaffistova (the cafe) the milkmaids serve traditional seter food in the summer.

When its time to go back, you return through Norddal and Eidsdal and start on your way down to Geiranger on the other side of the mountain plateau, there will be a stop at Egleas Bend. From here you will enjoy the magnificent panorama over Geiranger, the Geiranger Fjord, the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and the alpine farm Knivsflå. You will arrive back in Geiranger with time so you have a chance to explore the village before you board you ship again.

Please allow 3 - 4 hours for this excursion.

Contact us for a price, and please include in your request; date and time for your tour, and how many you are in your party.



Geiranger
Geiranger is the jewel in the crown of the Norwegian fjords. It is a fairytale landscape with its majestic, snow-covered mountain tops, wild and beautiful waterfalls, lush green vegetation and the deep, blue fjord.  The history of Geiranger can be traced back to the Viking period. The village was relatively isolated until the mid-1800s, when the tourism industry began to blossom. Today, the tourism industry continues to flourish. Geiranger has a year-round population of about 300 residents—and it welcomes approximately 700,000 visitors each year.

Visit Geiranger Fjordsenter for a fascinating look at the people in our area, past and present. Or, travel to beautiful Herdalssetra—a 300-year-old goat farming community—to learn about life in rural Norway. When it’s time for refreshment, choose from several cafés in Geiranger that serve up Norwegian fare. Traditional foods include seafood, root vegetables, berries, cured meats and wild game—like moose, reindeer and duck. You’ll find several souvenir shops conveniently located near the port. Popular souvenirs include woodwork and knitted sweaters in traditional Norwegian patterns.

Geirangerfjord - A World Heritage Site since 2005.    
Situated in south-western Norway, north-east of Bergen, Geirangerfjord, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500 km to the north-east. The fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. Its exceptional natural beauty is derived from its narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 m below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjord have numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers cross its deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine, such as submarine moraines and marine mammals. The fjod is about 300 meters deep.



Herdalsetra Summer Farm
Herdalsetra, the largest mountain farm still in use in Norway. It is situated on a plateau 1,650 feet above sea level and has been running continuously for more than 300 years. The summer farm usually operates from early June until the end of August. Herdalsetra Farm, with its 30 farm buildings, had no road connecting it to civilization until 1960. The main product from the farm is brown and white cheese made from goats’ milk. There are more than 400 goats here as well as cows, sheep and Norwegian ponies. Enjoy samples of the various products such as goat cheese and caramels produced on the farm. The summer farm is located a good hour drive from Geiranger.

Ørnesvingen
The Eagle’s Bend is the name of the steepest stretch of road that runs up the mountainside from Geiranger towards Eidsdal on route 63. The road twists and turns through 11 hairpin bends from Geirangerfjorden up to the highest point 620 meters above sea level at Korsmyra. The Eagle’s road was officially opened on 15 September 1955 and provided the village of Geiranger with a year-round road link. It became a tourist attraction from the very first day, and acquired its name because at the top it ran through an area traditionally associated with high numbers of eagles. The name also suggests something wild and spectacular and, if you drive along this road, that is exactly what you will experience, especially if you stop at the Eagle’s bend, which is the uppermost hairpin bend. It is possible to park here and make the most of the huge view over Geiranger, Geirangerfjorden with its numerous cruise ships, De syv søstrene waterfalls and the mountain farm of Knivsflå.



Our drivers speaks fluent English, are experienced, licensed, and have excellent local knowledge. Please do not hesitate to ask him/her about local history, information about the beautiful scenery you are traveling through or anything else that is on your mind. The itinerary is mainly a suggestion and a guideline for your excursion. If you want to make extra photo stops, just let us know. We will find somewhere safe along the way for those magic photo moments.

All private tours can be “tailor made” to your needs and wants. Even though we try to give you an estimated duration of your private tour, it is just an estimate. Please keep in mind that during the high season many visitors and tourists are joining us on the road to experience this wonderful scenery, so there can be a quite a lot of traffic going to our spectacular view points and attractions.

We do have different vehicles in our limited fleet ranging from smaller 3-4 seat sedans to minibuses. Since all our vehicles are in high demand during the high season and there are often last minute changes, we may not always be able to guarantee a specific vehicle at the time of your private tour.

Our uniformed drivers will meet and greet you with your name sign at the pier right after you disembark your tender or the Sea Walk (gangway) at the confirmed meeting time,  if no alternative arrangements are made. The  pier and the center of Geiranger is quite small, so don’t worry, if you are unable to find our driver, our vehicles in Geiranger are lined up next to Geiranger Skysstasjon Café, about 50 meters/165 feet away from the passenger pier and just above the Tourist Information. (Please do not hesitate to inquire about our “missing” driver to the friendly staff in Geiranger Skysstasjon Café or call us at +47 40003741).

Please note that in high season, when demand is high, we might not be available or may need to change the confirmed start time of your private tour. We are in control of many things, but unfortunately never the weather but our drivers will always be able to suggest alternatives, if there are unexpected problems.  But essentially Geiranger, the fjord and the surrounding areas are all about the spectacular, wild and majestic nature, and sometimes the rough weather can be an attraction in itself.
 

Publisert 05.02.2015 Skriv ut artikkelen Bookmark and Share

Reporter :  Pål Hansen
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