Eidfjord Cruises, Norway
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This trip kicks off following the River Eid. You’ll pass through tunnels, along almost vertical rock faces and into the Maboedal Valley with its towering mountain walls. After driving 750 metres above sea level, you’ll reach the Hardangervidda mountain plateau - the biggest in Europe. After that, carry on to the Syssen Dam. You can actually walk onto it for fabulous views of the Hardanger Glacier. Then it’s time to return via the same road to Fossli Hotel. Walk down to the viewing platform over the mighty Voringfoss Waterfall, which plunges 600 feet into the canyon below. Be drenched by the spray and spot rainbows in the mist as you marvel at one of Mother Nature’s most dazzling creations.
Leaving the village of Eidfjord, you’ll follow the River Eio to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, a lively and colourful activity centre. The main attraction here is the Supervideograph, a 225 degree panoramic film about the Hardanger Plateau and the fjords. After that, carry on through Maabodal Valley to marvel at its towering mountain walls. After driving a further 750 metres above sea level you'll come to Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Europe. Within the National Park, all creatures great and small are protected. Your next stop is Syssen Dam, an impressive sight with its 80 metre wall built from natural stone and gravel. You can actually walk onto the dam to take photos and admire impressive views of the Hardanger Glacier. As you head back to Eidfjord, there’s time for one final detour - to Fossli viewpoint. That’s where you’ll get to admire the impressive Voeringvoss Waterfall thundering some 600 feet to the canyon below.
How does Norway do it? It mixes high mountains, deep valleys and blue-green fjords effortlessly to create a masterpiece of beauty. And sometimes the best way to appreciate it is to get back to nature and swap your coach for a kayak. The best bit is you don’t need any previous experience to enjoy this fun tour. Your guide will give you all the training and tips before you jump in your shared kayak and take to the water. Along the way, your guide will reveal the colourful history of Eidfjord and its people. The paddling might be hard work, but it’s fun and worth it for the views.