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July 5th 2016
Published: July 8th 2016
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Geiranger, 5th July.
It took until 3:30 this afternoon to reach the town of Lom that we'd planned to travel to yesterday. We had no idea how windy, steep and wildly beautiful, full of photo ops the road would be. We also started the day with another short drive and then a hike to the impressive mass of Breen glacier. The drive up and over the mountains to Lom is rugged and dramatic scenery. Sun shone with snow and peaks reflected in lakes, views down valleys, short walks, and so 100km takes 4 hours!
Lom itself was a super busy crossroads. Stocked up on supplies, visited the popular stave church with dragons on the roof beams, then took another scenic drive over another mountain. The weather changed as we left Lom with low rain clouds so didn't bother with the highest view point but did stop lower down to appreciate the steep sided valley with the zig zag road down into Geiranger. 2 more cruise ships in and a super packed campsite down by the water front.
On our full day in Geirangar we waited until the rain stopped in the morning then did a muddy walk from one of the crazily located farms that dot the cliff sides. The story goes that the families who lived here in some of these farms would tether their young children so hat they didn't fall off the cliffs! The walk took us up to a view point down to the harbour and along the fjord. In the afternoon we took the ferry to Hellesylt and back for a cruise up Geirangerfjord. It's very steep sided, with long waterfalls and a few isolated farms that are no longer inhabited but looked after by a trust.


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