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Valldal is the 30 kilometer long valley going from the fjord in the south to the famous Trollstigen in the north. 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 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.
Despite the high latitude, Valldal has a mild climate and is famous for cherries, apples, raspberries, and strawberries produced on a commercial scale. The thick forrests is home to a large number of red deer, roe deer and other wild animals.
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 vallies and deep fjords, and impressive road constructions this has been named the "Golden 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.
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.
Nature and wilderness is Valldal's prime attraction. Waterfalls, gorges, alpine mountains, glaciers, and lakes are all around.
"The snake" - a geological formation in the cliffs above Valldal village.
In Holsfossen (waterfall 10 km from fjord) next to the road there is a tiny power station recently reopened after 50 years.
The gorge and waterfall at Gudbrandsjuvet (15 kilometers upstream). Rapids/waterfalls at Skjerdsura near Gudbrandsjuvet. According to the Sagas, king Olaf the saint built the first road through the Skjerdsura boulders in 1027.
Try locally produced strawberries, sweet cherries and other fruits available from mid summer to end of August.
Although many tourists rush to world-famous Geiranger, neighbors like Valldal offers inexpensive accomodation a short trip from the crowded and narrow Geiranger village.
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.
By car: roads to Geiranger (short ferry at Linge), Ålesund and Åndalsnes via Trollstigen.