I almost missed out on seeing the Geirangerfjord up close and it would’ve been one of my most devastating travel let downs to date (number one spot currently belongs to not hot air ballooning over Cappadocia due to windy conditions. I still can’t look at pictures of it without great sadness).
My tour group was held up on the drive to Geiranger due to road works. And by road works there was a laughable one bobcat and maybe three workers on this two lane road.
Having rarely even seen other cars for hours it was a little bit of a shock and we were already pushing it to make the last ferry that evening.
After already having spent the entire day so far in a bus, none of us were keen to spend a few hours more having to drive to Hellesylt instead of taking the scenic route by boat that was planned.
As our tour leader desperately tried calling the ferry company to see if they could delay their departure for a few minutes, thankfully the road workers let us pass after 15-20 minutes and our driver sped off.
Attempting to navigate a 50 person coach down the winding roads to a fjord must definitely not be an easy feat, but he managed to zoom around the corners at a speed which was as fast (yet safe) as possible.
While every person on board was holding their breath in anticipation together, worried we’d miss out on this experience, we finally whipped in sight of the ferry.
Screeching on to it at 5pm on the dot as our noses filled with the smell of burning rubber from the tyres, excitedly we ran up the stairs to the deck to witness this view.
Everywhere I looked there was unbelievable beauty- so much greenery, dozens of waterfalls, birds dipping gracefully overhead and not a single person in sight beyond our boat.
The hour long cruise we took is actually a regular transport ferry which takes passengers and cars between the two towns of Geiranger and Hellesylt.
Pleasant uplifting classical music played the entire time, adding to the amazement of the surrounds of this UNESCO heritage listed site.
When my friend and I spotted rainbows too though, we laughed. The ridiculous amount of awesomeness surrounding us was too much to handle, we had to.
Norway just takes nature to a whole other level.