Eidfjord: the fjord and the village.


Eidfjord, as noted last week is both the name of a village and a fjord, a branch of the Hardangerfjord, the third longest fjord in the world.  The Hardangerfjord is 111 miles long. The Folgefonna glacier, one of the largest in Norway, is located along fjord.

Fjords are found mainly in Norway, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, Greenland, and the U.S. state of Alaska.

Fjords were created as the glaciers slowly retreated at the end of the ice ages.  Fjords can be thousands of meters deep. Fjords are usually deepest further inland, where the glacial ice was thickest and heaviest.

I was interested to read that some fjords have coral reefs. I always thought of coral reefs as a tropical thing, but some of the largest are found at the bottom of Norwegian fjords.  Others are found in New Zealand. These coral are adapted to total darkness and live under high pressure. Few other life forms can live in such a cold, dark habitat.

Both Norway and Alaska and Washington in the U.S. have skerries, small-rocky islands: they are basically left-over bits after the glaciers retreated. Most of the Scandinavian coastline is cut into thousands of these  jagged bits of coastline.  Ålesund is on seven such islands.

After our visit to Hotel Fossli, posted last week, we had a little bit of time to wander around Eidfjord.  The small village, is easy to see.

We first walked along the water and were amused to see tree trunks covered with crocheted decorations.  Our immediate reaction: even the trees need sweaters in Norway.

We chatted with an older woman sitting on a bench by the path.  She said the people of the community work on the coverings during the winter and put them on in the spring.  Because the wool is heavy and the knitting very loose, she said it only takes about a month to produce one.

Subsequently, we wandered into the “downtown” where their city hall was located.  I enjoyed seeing what I call “public art” on display.  A few pieces were realistic, but most were more imaginative.

Behind the offices was a Tesla charging station.  I was surprised to see it in such a small village, but I imagine it makes sense with the Sysen Dam so close by.

Another waterfall along the Eidfjord: Compare the width to the houses.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Date of our visit: 7 September 2019

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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4 Responses to Eidfjord: the fjord and the village.

  1. Some super photos Ray. Beautiful

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  2. The public art pig was quite the porker, Ray! –Curt

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  3. I also associated corals with the tropics. Thanks for teaching me otherwise.

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  4. neelstoria says:

    Learnt something new today – Fjord , I had no idea. Tree trunks covered with crocheted decorations sounds so unique, must have been super cool 🙂

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