the fjords part two - geiranger

7/24/2012

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geiranger 2

The day after visiting Flåm, we went through another fjord and arrived at the most beautiful place ever, Geiranger! I thought my eyes had seen enough when I visited the Cote D'Azur some years ago, not to mention being in Bergen and Flam just a few days before. The beauty of travelling is that you discover how incredible new locations are, and that they almost always surpass any previous expectations. If you're somewhat confused as to how we ended up here, here's the map of our Scandinavian adventure again. There's still so much to share!

geiranger fjord lake
waterfall
little lake town

We travelled through the mountains for an hour and a half and saw countless wonders such as lakes, waterfalls and fjords. If you blinked, you could miss a family of baby sheep prancing around or a massive waterfall outside of your car window. The purpose of our trip inland was to visit the Herdalssetra Mountain Farm where they make brunost, a traditional Norwegian cheese. They had baby goats and a cheese tasting room with many options. It was super delicious and some of it even reminded me of Mexican delicacies (we use goats a lot too).

brunost
norwegian farm

The adorable farm with grass roofs. It was isolated by large snow-capped mountains which I loved.

geiranger mountains
lil goat
waterfall in geiranger

Try listening to Edvard Grieg while driving through these landscapes, and you too will weep! :)
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me at geiranger

Yes! I was in heaven. After eating pounds of brunost, we went back to Geiranger and stopped at the immaculate overlook atop the Eagle's road. I have never seen anything like it and probably won't again, sigh. I was almost always cold, since I'm a typical California native, so we stopped at a cute chocolate shop in the village below for some warm drinks. It looked and felt like a family's living room.

geiranger chocolate
chocolate
white chips

The hot chocolate was made with real chips and all the decor was a lovely bright blue.
geiranger hot chocolate
tables
geiranger

The view from the little village chocolate shop. We could have sat there for hours, or just pitched a tent in the Geirangerfjord and hope to survive the harsh winters. Since that future was unrealistic for us, we reluctantly continued onto our next adventure. Donald and I felt like this place was too amazing, and we're just happy to have passed through. I dreamt of visiting Norway for more than a decade, and it was as amazing as I thought it would be x



Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op 46

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55 comments

  1. Amazing photos! I've been to Norway but only to ski, and all ski resorts look the same really--would love to see the fjords. x

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    1. I've never gone skiing, but it sounds like quite a brave thing to do! The fjords are definitely a special place and eventhough I feel lucky to have gone I still wish I could go back one day :)

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  2. Okay, I think this is my favourite set of pictures from your trip so far. I'm so into the idea of landscapes with snow-capped mountains, rivers, and green green forests and this place looks perfect. I especially love the waterfalls! The chocolate shop looks cosy too, hot chocolate and a view like that? I'd live there, haha.

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    1. It sounds like we're into the same things! I used to travel to all the places that "you're supposed to see" like Rome, London, etc - but I never felt inspired there. Nature is ten times more interesting, and will still be there long after we're gone. That's probably what amazes me most of all! I'd love to live there - but it's so unrealistic. It's mostly suitable for a summer house life! x

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  3. That first picture is breathtaking, I can only imagine what it must've been like seeing it in person! You capture the green beauty of the place so well- I never knew Norway was that beautiful :) That hot chocolate sounds absolutely delicious.
    I love Peer Gynt!

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    1. Peer Grynt is so romantic, and for years I only listened to minimal music so I appreciate it more now! It's amazing that lots of people I meet and talk to also say they never thought Norway was that great. I always saw photos of it and felt like I HAD to see it because it was almost surreal looking. I suppose the big cities tend to me the most famous :D

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    1. Haha I know! I am a sucker for things in miniature form x

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  5. The place is insanely beautiful!

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  6. This is so beautiful ;_; it's just so breath taking! XD and with the music... <3

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    1. My mind couldn't wrap itself around the view, or the landscapes. You kinda wish all your friends and loved ones could be there with you too :)

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  7. This landscape looks beautiful! It makes me feel really small as a human.

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  8. i always wonder what it's like to live in places so remote as these. i have got to get out of the city.

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    1. Oh, it seems to be incredibly hard! If they need an ambulance, they have to leave by helicopter. I can't imagine being that isolated!

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    2. i never even thought about that! which now leads to more questions: what about food? how do they make a living? what do they do all day? it's just so fascinating to me. sometimes i think i'd like a more simpler life, but i'd probably go into shock if i suddenly moved to a place like this.

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  9. I.. am.. speechless.. I am also so envious right now! :) I have been dreaming of getting out of my country and just hiking mountains! Ones that look exactly like your photos!! Sigh. You are so blessed :D

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    1. I definitely feel very lucky! It took so much to get there though, it looks so simple in retrospect but it took years of saving, canceling planned trips, saving again and then somehow miraculously going. It was so important for me to do so I worked hard on it for nearly 2 years :)

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  10. What an adventure ! I'm seamlessly mesmerized by the landscapes, and can't stop seeing your pictures. They have this special and peaceful atmosphere that makes my dreams fly away !

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    1. You are always too sweet! It felt like quite an adventure and I just wanted to roll in the mountains but then people would think I was strange. Ha!

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  11. I listened to the Edvard Grieg song whilst reading your post and I can only imagine how beautiful it must've been. That little chocolate shop looks like heaven! I've always dreamt of going to Sweden, and now it looks like Norway is on the list too :) your dress is simply lovely as well!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad it's on the list! :) It is sooo worth it. I'd love to visit more of Sweden too one day! Thank you, the dress was perfect for Norway x

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  12. I'm so in awe of how beautiful it is there...I am totally speechless. Its so gorgeous.

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  13. I've never thought of Norway as a very beautiful, but that's probably because I haven't travelled much in Norway (except for the big cities in the southern part of the country). I've heard that the northern part of the country is very beautiful, so if I go there and visit the fjords, I'll probably change my mind.

    But I'm glad you're enjoying my country. Brunost is fantastic. I always miss that (and the Norwegian water) when I'm abroad.

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    1. That's so interesting that you didn't think it was beautiful? I suppose I take certain things for granted in Los Angeles, but when I see the coastline I definitely feel that it's very beautiful. I'm sure even the Southern parts of Norway are more beautiful than many places in the world (like the midwest of the United States!). Brunost was delicious! x

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  14. Oh my goodness, these photos were so beautiful to look through at work! I will have to start back- reading your blog to see what other beautiful travels there are. My favorites are the grass roof farm and the chocolate shop with the real chocolate chip hot chocolate- how wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo Hannah

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    1. Thank you! They had such charming locations in Geiranger that made you want to drool!

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  15. Amazing landscapes...they have in them some sort of indescribable power... x

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    1. That's a great way to describe it. The mountains went on and on forever and made you feel so inspired x

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  16. Wow it's so GREEN! Such beautiful pictures, love your dress in the second one up top too.

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    1. It was so green, and actually - it was more green and blue in real life. The photographs don't even show how bright and vibrant it was. Thank you! I had fun wearing a simple flowery dress in a beautiful landscape x

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  17. I am really enjoying your beautiful photos from Norway! It's so nice to see it green, since it was mostly white while I was there. How did you get along with the language? Did you or Donald learn any Norwegian, or were you two using English? Since I was there with a native speaker, she did a lot of the translating, but I remember thinking it would be difficult to travel around the more rural areas without knowing some of the language!
    Also--that brown cheese looks familiar... Did you try cloudberry jam? I ate cloudberry jam on brown cheese every morning for breakfast when I was there!

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    1. Yum, brunost and cloudberry jam together would be amazing. I've had cloudberry jam in Los Angeles before, but they did have it all over the place in Norway too. It was delicious! Donald and I usually attempt to speak the local language of a country (a few phrases at least) but Scandinavian languages are beyond our comprehension. Everyone we came across spoke English, but a few people didn't really understand what we were saying anyway. I just shrugged my shoulders since I wasn't in dire need of help or anything. The bus drivers in Bergen was the least helpful people ever though ahaha. They didn't care for our English :D

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  18. I like the idea of you and Donald wanting to pitch a tent. Haha. My hair would totally suffer for it! As long as I know bears aren't around the corner, it would be fun to try again :)

    Dropping chocolate chips into warm milk is my kind of treat! Already melting down Abuelita chocolate is fun and delicious. Mmmmmm. Bring on the chocolate chips! :) xx

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    1. My hair surprisingly did well there (my Mexican hair always wants to go wild as you know) but in London it turned into a lion's mane haha. I wish I could pitch a tent, but I'm a city girl. I'd probably suffer in a a city with no vegetarian markets :o Abuelita takes the cake. I don't care what people say about other hot chocolate. Ours has the best cinnamon flavor!

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  19. I don't think I have ever visited anywhere quite like this, stunning!

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  20. hi valerie,
    may i ask you what cruise company you used for your trip? the pictures are amazing, thanks for sharing x

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  21. i'm just overwhelmed by the beautiful photos you've captured of what you saw and experienced. i can't imagine what it would have been like to have lived it, or to live it every day! imagine that being home.

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    1. I believe not many people live there all year around (maybe a few hundred) so it's quite hard to live there. The summertime is perfect though and it makes you wish you could stay there. Thank you for the sweet comments! x

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  22. your pictures definitely make Norway even more beautiful and pretty - this almost makes up for me not being there this summer! so pretty <3
    that chocolate shop is amazing (do you by any chance remember where it was / what it's called?)!

    and....you went to both the shetland ánd faroe islands too? :o
    i'm officially jealous now, and even more excited about all the updates that are yet to come!

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    1. Hehe it was quite a surreal trip! We always wanted to visit places that seemed impossible to get to by ourselves, which is the only reason we took a cruise. It saved us loads of money in the long run! I believe it's thousands of dollars to get to the Faroes and that's just insane. I look forward to sharing more picture too! :)

      p.s. The name of the shop is just "Geiranger Sjokolade" but it's one of the first things you see when you enter the little village. They have a facebook too (http://www.facebook.com/GeirangerSjokolade) x

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  23. Oooh love your pics and blog!!! You are awesome! I follow you!

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  24. Beautifully images. You wear the 50s style dress, so well.

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  25. Heaven? Sure sounds/looks/(and taste I can see!) it!
    Glad you had a wonderful time :) These pictures are breathtaking

    The Lovelorn

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  26. Oh my - this looks like the most beautiful place ever! x

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  27. This is so stunningly beautiful

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  28. Seems like a great journey. There are no words for the beauty in Norway's archipelago. Too bad I'm not visiting that often - it's just a couple of hours away. We have a nice coast here in Stockholm as well : )

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  29. Your summer vacation travelogue pictures are phenomenal. Keep up the great work!

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  30. Stunning photography and scenery.

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