It’s not often that you have scenery as serene as you do when starting the day in Geiranger, a small village in the Møre og Romsdal county of western Norway.
Looking out to the Geirangerfjord with the spectacular Seven Sisters, Suitor and Bridal Veil waterfalls pouring what seems like an endless flow of water from heaven to earth it’s no wonder this was voted best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet.
From the crystal fjord waters we leave the trolls and cruise ships behind to start our 20.9 kilometre journey to the summit of Dalsnibba. At 1,500m this is the highest fjord view road in Europe and on a clear day the views back down to Geirangerfjord put all the effort into perspective, making the distant ships seem like toys resting on the water below.
Whilst the summit views are spectacular, the climb to Dalsnibba journeys through a landscape formed during the last ice age (around 10,000 BC) and if you experience the ride at a quiet time of day (we recommend starting early or late) being so close to the arctic circle the sun barely dips low enough making the days feel endless. The landscape this part of Norway is so famous for has an overwhelming drama that immerses you in a natural wonderland that’s hard not to set your imagination wild, wondering what life was like here all those years ago?
Seeing the rich sunset at midnight was the perfect finale to our Norwegian adventure, from the mighty waterfalls of the Trollstigen to the fjords and glaciers of Dalsnibba, the natural scenery interlaced with the colours of the wooden clad chalets and boats reflecting on the water make for a spectacular place to spend some time on (and off) the bike. We highly recommend adding Norway to your list of ‘must ride’ locations.