People have been trekking through Hellesylt since the end of the last ice age, but tourists began staying overnight only in 1875, when the village's first hotel was built. Hellesylt was the inspiration for Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's long play in verse, Brand (1865). Despite more than 200,000 tourists and 100 cruise ships visiting annually, there's not much to see here besides the waterfall in the village center, oddly wedged between two bridges. A handful of tourists visit for the mountain walks, climbing, boating, and fishing in the region. View more
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This stop in Hellesylt is only for guests to debark and join the Overland from Hellesylt to Geiranger.
Embrace the stunning beauty of the typical west Norwegian scenery of farmland, surrounded by towering mountains, dotted with calm lakes.
Depart the pier by coach on this full day excursion from Hellesylt to Geiranger. Pass Lake Hornindalsvatn that is well stocked with trout and is the deepest lake in northern Europe. Continue along the lake towards the Nordfjord to the village of Stryn, where there will be a comfort stop.
Reboard the coach and follow the river Stryn up the valley, this river is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway. Continue along the emerald-colored lake Stryn. Ascending up the narrow valley to the Stryn Mountains; this road is a masterpiece of engineering, built for horse-drawn vehicles and opened in 1895.
You drive across the mountain plateau with the well-known summer skiing center of Tystigen, thereafter heading for mount Dalsnibba.
Climbing higher and higher, winding up mountain road relax in the coach and view the ever-changing kaleidoscope of mountain farms, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. From Lake Djupvatn you ascend the hairpin road to the summit of mount Dalsnibba, from where there is a spectacular view of the Geirangerfjord far below and the magnificent mountain peaks. From the summit of 4921 feet (1500 meters) above sea level, the coach will carefully make the way down the road to Djupvasshytta Mountain Lodge.
From the Flydal gorge there is another stupendous view - the classical Geiranger motif - the fjord with your cruise ship anchored in the bay.
Tour ends at the pier in the village of Geiranger.
A three course lunch will be served at a local restaurant en route
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with some uneven ground at the Dalsnibba Summit. This tour is suitable for guests who utlise a collapsible wheelchair and guests with limited mobility that can embark and disembark the coach multiple times via steps without assistance. Local currency is required for restroom facilities. Local vehicles are utilised; coaches may not be equipped with air-conditioned cooling. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing, and bring water and your camera from the ship. Please bring local currency or credit cards for any local purchases made.