Today, Seabourn Sojourn cruised Geirangerfjord, Norway’s best-known fjord.
Lush green farmlands edge up the rounded mountainsides and chiseled, cragged, steep peaks of the Jotunheimen mountains, Norway’s tallest. Sojourn sailed at a leisurely pace so that we spent a good part of the day in the 15-kilometer fjord.
The fjord is branch of Storfjord (Great Fjord). Geirangerfjord, along with Norway’s Naerøyfjord, enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status; however, there is talk of building power lines across Geirangerfjord, which could threaten the fjord’s UNESCO status.
The fjord is also under threat of the mountain Akerneset, which is in danger of collapse, an event that scientists say will create a tsunami as tall as 40 meters (more than 130 feet), posing danger to the towns of Geiranger at the end or the fjort and Hellsylt.
There are dozens of waterfalls throughout Geirangerfjord, the most notable being the “Seven Sisters” and the “Suitor.” The falls face one another across the fjord.
Cruise ships are no strangers to Geirangefjord. The first one sailed into Geiranger in 1869.