When the sun is shining, Hellesylt at Sunnylvsfjord looks like a place out of a picture book. The majestic fjord, the Langedalselva waterfall that divides the municipality and the picturesque mountains inspire the numerous visitors who arrive in the summer months.
Hellesylt - embedded in a beautiful landscape
Cruise ships often call at Hellesylt as a stopover for excursions to neighboring Geiranger. Cruise ships are less frequent during the day at Hellesylt's jetties.
Cruise ship Costa Pacifica at the Hellesylt pier
Apart from the beautiful landscape, the place offers very little to tourists. If it weren't for the waterfall of the Langedalselva River. He is a sight. Between the bridges Hellesylt Bro and Høge Bro, masses of water tumble down over granite rocks in a mighty fall. When the snow melts, the river carries a lot of water. The photographers appreciate that.
Another attraction is the Sunnylven wooden church, consecrated in 1859. It is also worth a visit.
Otherwise there is a supermarket, a gas station and several souvenir shops in the area of the pier. The approximately 680 inhabitants live on a hillside and above all above the waterfall. The youth hostel is also worth mentioning; Hellesylt is the starting and ending point of numerous hiking trails.
Near the pier: supermarket, petrol station, souvenir shops
The cruise companies mainly offer their guests panoramic tours when calling in Sunnylvsfjord. Some tour offers include trips to Geiranger, the only place on the Geirangerfjord.
From Hellesylt take the ferry to Geiranger
For ship guests who appreciate individual excursions, we recommend taking the ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger. The highlights of the approximately one-hour journey through the narrow Geirangerfjord are the waterfalls of the “Seven Sisters” and the “Suitor” opposite them. Also of interest are the mountain farms built at dizzying heights and abandoned for decades. Since 2005 the fjord landscape is under the protection of the UNESCO world natural heritage. The sights on the edge of the Geirangerfjord are interpreted in several languages on board the ferry.
Geiranger ferry pier
Taking the ferry is not a cheap pleasure. In 2020, a return trip of 470 NOK (45 euros) per person will be charged. The fact that the Geirangerfjord is one of the most beautiful fjords in the world speaks in favor of taking the ferry. And that alone is decisive in any weather.
June 12th to September 30th: four daily departures from Hellesylt at 09:30am, 12:30pm, 15:30pm and 18:30pm; from Geiranger at 08am, 11am, 14pm and 17pm
Update - June 2020