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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 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.
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. 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 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.
Route 63 from Åndalsnes via Trollstigen (summer only). Route 63 from Geiranger (short ferry at Eidsdal).
Route 650 from Ålesund.
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.
From Valldal there are buses from Ålesund, Geiranger and Åndalsnes few times every day.
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 year 1028.
Visit the Zacahrias dam in Tafjord. See Muldalsfossen waterfall on the road between Tafjord and Valldal.
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).
Hike to or around numerous charming "sæters" (outfarms), scramble the hills to summits for a spectacular panorama, go white water rafting on Valldal river, try fishing in the fjord. Salmon fishing in the river is reserved for owners, but permission to fish for a specific period can be purchased at the tourist information in Valldal village.
Walk the small road to Muldalen and visit the abandoned farms at the shelf overlooking the spectacular Muldalsfossen. The small road starts close to the small bridge after the 5 kilometer tunnel on the road from Valldal to Tafjord.
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.
Try locally produced strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, apples and other fruits available from mid summer to September.
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. Fjellro turisthotell is the only hotel in Valldal. A large number of cabins ("hytter") are available along the main road.
The tourist information office in Valldal is in the village close to the marina.
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.