After walking around the Geiranger we continue the trip on the ferry which will take us to Hellesylt. This is not a transport line, and tourist, so the navigation lasts only from April 1 to October 31 and ticket prices are much higher than on regular ferry crossings. The length of the route is about 20 kilometers, the journey time is 50 minutes.
Just arrived MF "Bolsøy" from Hellesylt. There are many passengers, although the peak of the tourist season has already been passed.
We leave Geiranger, a cozy corner of the amazing country of fjords. The visit to this small town left one of the most vivid memories of a trip to Norway.
During the year, the Geirangerfjord is visited by hundreds of cruise ships, except vessels of regular lines, Hurtigruten, that come here daily. Today at the anchorage could be seen Costa Luminosa liner.
Geiranger is located at the mouth of the fjord, on the banks of the valley, cut through by the glacier. The topography and soils are suitable for agriculture, therefore, on the gentle slopes of the valleys located many farms. Closer to the water settled villages of small guest houses. Spend a weekend in nature-a favorite relaxation for living in big cities of Norwegians.
But most of the fjord shores are almost sheer cliffs or steep mountain slopes with a height of 1000 meters or more.
the main highlight of the cruise along Geirangerfjord is its waterfalls, which are called "Seven sisters".
The aft deck of the ship is the best place to enjoy the natural beauty.
And again rain...it is impossible to count how many times a day the weather changes from heavy rain to cloudless sky.
For the superstructure, though not hide from the rain, but the wind does not blow, and you can even warm up at the fans of the engine room.
Collision course disagree with the ship Hordnorge Hurtigruten (Norwegian for "fast route"). This passenger line was established in 1893 to link the Northern and southern parts of the country and was subsidized by the government as a social transport. With the development of the road network, land crossings have become much cheaper and faster and the line has become tourist. The fast ships run daily from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. The duration of the cruise is 7 days or 11 days round trip. The price level corresponds to the European, it is not typical for a very and very expensive Norway.
If you do not want to get wet on the deck, you can watch the beauty of the fjord from the cozy lounge.
In the ferry there is a cafe, you can eat or drink coffee, by the way, the prices are not higher than the coast. However, in Norway everything is much more expensive than in Central Europe.
From the salon there is a door to the bow deck, but going out there, I immediately wanted back - there was a strong wind, which was not at the stern.
The Geyranger-Hellesylt line is served by three ferry "Tustna", "Veøy" и "Bolsøy". In spring and autumn, 3-4 voyages per day are performed. From 20 may to 10 September, ferries depart from Geiranger and Hellesylt every hour and a half, the first cruise at 8:00, the last at 18:30. The ticket price for an adult passenger 280NOK (roundtrip 385NOK), car up to 6 meters in length with a driver 570NOK. (Full timetable and prices).
We came to a pier Hellesylt, here we continue the trip on Western Norway.