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Geiranger

 

Geiranger is a small tourist town in the western part of Norway in the region called Sunnmøre in the municipality of Stranda. It lies innermost in the fjord Geirangerfjord which is a branch of Storfjord. Geiranger 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.

 

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Geiranger is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset which is about to erode into the fjord. This will cause a tsunami destroying most of Geiranger downtown.

 

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Norway's third largest cruise-ship port receives about 160 ships during the four month tourist season. Several hundred thousand people pass through every summer, and tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently. There are five hotels and over ten camping sites. The tourist season stretches from May til early September, and in the off season the pace and activity is reduced to that of a normal small Norwegian town. Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Each year in June, the sport arrangement Geiranger - From Fjord to Summit is arranged. It comprises of a half marathon run and a bicycle race, both starting from the sea level at the fjord and ending on top of Mount Dalsnibba, 1500 meters above sea level (approx. 4500 feet). As there is still a lot of snow left in the mountains at this time of year, the arrangement can also be called From Summer to Winter.

 

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