Storfossen is a nice waterfall with great power in Geiranger, More og Romsdal, Norway. Storfossen drops down over appr. 35 meter from hotel Union into the Geirangerfjord.
From the harbor and tourist shops walk (southwest) to Geiranger camping. Here you see a sign waterfall walk (fossevandring). From here a pleasant and surprisingly (short) walk brings you up along Storfossen with the hotel and visitor centre as endpoint.
The path along Storfossen is mainly made of rusted steel stair (great design). Sometimes a remarkable viewpoint offers an excellent view on the power of Geirangerelvi. I visited Geiranger four times, but I never did this walk (probably it doesn’t exist that long…).
At the end of the path you also will have a clear view on a long stretched waterfall called Grinddalsfossen. Just before Storfossen two significant rivers joins each other: Grinddalselvi and Geirnagerelvi. Both rivers are being fed with melted snow from several mountains around Geiranger like Dalsnibba and Blafjellet. There are many small lakes and small gletsjers that feeds the rivers consistently from springtime.
Geiranger is a perfect base for day trips, hikes or boat trips. I can recommend the ferry Geiranger-Hellesylt. It wasn’t cheap but again (fourth time) I enjoyed the boat trip. It can be cold because of the wind, so take a jacket with you. If you are with more then two people you also can rent a boat at Grande camping in Geiranger. In two hour time you can make your own trip and it really fun, certainly with children.
A lot of people take their fishing rod with them when renting a boat. It is allowed to fish freely on sea (fjord) and there is a lot of fish in the fjord. Nice for the bbq! I am not really fund of fishing so I bought Salmon in the supermarket (quit cheap in Norway).
It always nice to know which waterfalls there are in the Geirangerfjord. From Geiranger the first waterfall you see at the right side (after the camping site) is Gjerdefossen. If you drive up to Eidsdal there is a parking at the top of the waterfall. Actually the made a art piece going over the water flow.
A little bit further at the right side you will see Bringefossen. Here you already can see the famous Sju Systre (or Dei Sju Systrene also called seven sisters waterfall). Look at the right side of the top of the waterfalls. Here you see several farms.
On the other side of the Fjord you can see Friaren. The legend of the seven sisters is that the seven sisters dance playfully down the mountain, while the suitor, a single waterfall opposite the seven sisters (called Friaren), flirts playfully from across the fjord. The Suitor tried to propose to the seven sisters on the opposite side of the fjord but never succeeded. Nice story.
After the Sju Systre you will see a low volume waterfall at the right side called Brudesløret (Bridal veil) and on the opposite side of the Geirangefjord Ljosurfossen. There are still many named and unnamed waterfall in the Geirangerfjord but these are the significant ones.
Off cause at Hellesylt you will see the Hellesyltfossen. After the ferry arrives in Hellesylt you still have 10 minutes to visit the waterfall.
Other things to do in and around Geiranger:
- Nice walk to Storsetterfossen (recommended!)
- Day trip Muldalsfossen
- Challenging hike to Homlongsetra: