Valldal

Valldal is the 30 kilometer long valley going from the fjord in the south to the famous Trollstigen in the north. It is a fertile valley (known for strawberries and fruit) surrounded by alpine mountains.

Understand

Valldal and surroundings in the easternmost section of Sunnmøre

Valldal is in the south-east corner of Møre og Romsdal county in West Norway The village Sylte at the Norddalsfjord (a branch of Storfjord) is the centre of this agricultural district. Norddalsfjord is the northern branch of Storfjord, while the more famous Geirangerfjord extends to the south. Valldal is the western border of the Reinheimen - Norway's youngest national park.

Valldal is surrounded by attractive alpine mountains and steep, green hills. A wild river runs through the valley creating several nice waterfalls, including Holsfossen (10 kilometers upstream), Gudbrandsjuvet (15 km upstream) and Skjerdsura (16 km upstream) - these waterfalls are next to the road.

Upper section of the valley, towards Trollstigen

Despite the northern latitude, Valldal has a mild climate and is famous for cherries, apples, raspberries, and strawberries produced on a commercial scale. The thick forests are home to a large number of red deer, roe deer and other wild animals. In the high mountains towards the east, rein deer and wolverine enjoy endless wilderness.

Road 63 through Valldal connects, Trollstigen and Geiranger, two of Norway's major attractions, to each other. Because of it's natural beauty, involving both wild, alpine mountains, green fertile valleys and deep fjords, and impressive road constructions was previously called the "Golden Route". Now the stretch is named National Tourist Route.

From Sylte (Valldal village) there is a local road to Tafjord, a tiny village at the mouth of a wild, narrow valley. From Tafjord village the road leads to the 100 meter high Zacahricasdammen, a concrete water dam in the extensive Tafjord hydro power production system. This is also the gateway to the network of paths and huts in the Tafjord mountains, the western part of Reinheimen national park.

Places

Get in

Valldal seen from ferry from Eidsdal

By car

By boat

In summer there is a scheduled car ferry from Geiranger to Valldal. The ferry has limited capacity and runs only two or three times a day, make a reservation or arrive early to make sure that there is space for your car. The ferry is expensive but provides a 2 hour cruise on the Geirangerfjord. As of 2015 this service is discontinued. The ferry services Valldal-Geiranger may be restarted some other year.

By bus

Gudbrandsjuvet gorge.

To Valldal there are buses from

few times every day.

By rail

The Rauma railway terminates at Åndalsnes the closest and only railway in the area, about 50 km from Valldal, transfer from Åndalsnes via Trollstigen mountain pass (summer only).

By air

There is no airport, closest airports:

Get around

There is one road (route 63) running through the valley. There are few buses every day from Valldal via Trollstigen to Åndalsens. It is possible to get around by bus but relatively time consuming and gives no freedom stop at nice and interesting places. A car or bicycle gives the best opportunity to travel your own way.

There are a couple of taxis in the valley. Unless you are in the village, you must order the taxi by phone and be prepared to wait for it.

See

Zacharias dam in Tafjord is available by car

Nature and wilderness is Valldal's prime attraction. Waterfalls, gorges, alpine mountains, glaciers, and lakes are all around. Norwegian nature is free to anyone, but it's offered as it is - only the most accessible dangerous places are protected with fences and signs. Do not walk on glaciers without proper training and equipment. Be extremely careful on slippery slopes (particularly near waterfalls).

Do

Buy

You can buy hand- and homemade jam and juice at the local shop, Norsk Baerindustri, which you can find in the street at the backside of the church. It has a healthy selection of jams and juices, pressed and simmered in the small factory behind the shop and sourced in the main from local farmers.

Eat

Try locally produced strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, apples and other fruits available from mid summer to September.

Sleep

Although many tourists rush to world-famous Geiranger, neighbors like Valldal offers inexpensive accommodation a short trip from the crowded and narrow Geiranger village.

Valldal is dominated by camping and caravans. A large number of cabins ("hytter") are available along the main road

Connect

The tourist information office in Valldal is in the village close to the marina.

Go next

In summer there is a scheduled car ferry from Valldal to Geiranger. The ferry has limited capacity and runs only two or three times a day, make a reservation or arrive early to make sure that there is space for your car. The ferry is expensive but provides a 2 hour cruise on the Geirangerfjord.

From Valldal there are buses to Ålesund, Geiranger and Åndalsnes.

Trollstigen mountain pass

By car: roads to Geiranger (short ferry at Linge), Ålesund and Åndalsnes via Trollstigen.


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