Friday, November 12, 2010
Norway - Geiranger (Town) Flydalsjuvet (Fjord)
Norge. (Norway) Geiranger, Flydalsjuvet.
Foto: Per Eide
postmarked in 2010 with three Norway stamps
(one is Fjernsynet 50 ar (50 Years of Television)
the sender writes:
I hope you like this card from one of our famous fjords. I've been here myself, it's an amazing sight.
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Geiranger is a small tourist village in the western part of Norway. It is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and has been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Since 2005, the Geiranger fjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The third biggest cruise ship port receives 140 to 180 ships during the four-month tourist season. Several hundred thousand people pass through every summer. Tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently. The tourist season stretches from May to early September; in the off-season the pace and activity are reduced to that of a normal small Norwegian town.
Each year in June, the Geiranger - From Fjord to Summit event occurs. It comprises a half marathon run and a bicycle race, both starting from the sea level at the fjord and ending at the 1,497 metres (4,911 ft) summit of Mount Dalsnibba, near the lake Djupvatnet. Since there is still a lot of snow left in the mountains at that time of year, the race could also be called "From Summer to Winter".