Question: Where in the world do 800-foot-tall sisters dance merrily while an admirer watches from afar?
Answer: The Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjorden, Norway
Norway is home to an endless array of magical booming waterfalls, each with its own unique beauty and legends. Among them is a set of seven waterfall columns that cascades powerfully into a deep-blue fjord below. From a distance, this majestic waterfall resembles the long, flowing hair of seven maidens giving it its name as the Seven Sisters Waterfall, or De Syv Søstrene in Norwegian.
The Seven Sisters is located in the fjord of Geirangerfjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. On the opposite side of Geirangerfjorden from the Seven Sisters is another waterfall known as “the Suitor”, or Friaren in Norwegian. This one takes the shape of a bottle. Local stories say that the suitor proposed to the sisters many times but was continuously turned down, and while the sisters went unmarried, the defeated suitor turned to the bottle to drink away his woes. Another folk story describes the Seven Sisters as dancing playfully on the mountain while suitor flirts with them from across the way.
Geirangerfjorden is also home to Brudesløret, or “The Bridal Veil” which is another beautiful waterfall that pours delicately over the edge of the cliff. When the sun is shining, the falls appears like a wedding veil hanging over the rocks with an endless array of dancing rainbows in its mist.
The tallest column of water in the Seven Sisters stands a commanding 825 feet tall, yet the set is still ranked as only the 39th tallest waterfall in Norway—there’s lots of other competition. The power of the falls depends on the time of year and how much snow is melting down the mountainside. The best time to visit is in May through July as the melting snow puts on a show of strong cascading water. From the earliest settlers to today’s travelers, the world famous falls continue to awe anyone traveling through Geirangerfjorden.
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5 Favorite Fjords in Norway:
- Nærøyfjord: At only 980-feet wide at some points, the unspoiled landscape of this fjord seemingly envelops those who are boating through. The plunging coastline on either side makes for dramatic viewing and was said to inspire the land of Arandelle in Disney’s Frozen.
- Vestfjord: More truly a Norwegian sea, Vestfjord reflects its Arctic Circle setting by playing host to strong winds and heavy tides during the winter months. All year round it’s known for sea life, including orcas and cod.
- Trondheimsfjord: The third-longest fjord in Norway, Trondheimsfjord has recently been the home of giant squid (which have bodies roughly 16 feet in length with a full reach of up to 30 feet). Of only 600 ever documented anywhere on earth over the course of the last 300 years, four were found right in this fjord in just the past 50 years.
- Romsdalsfjorden: This fjord forks into three main branches at the quiet island of Veøya, once the main medieval trading center between Trondheim and Bergen. The island is still home to the medieval Church of St. Peter that opened in the year 1200. As such a historic site, Veøya became the first legally protected land in the nation.
- Drammensfjorden: Near the surface of this fjord, the water is fresh and swimmable. However, as you dive down and the salt concentration rises dramatically, so does the population of cod, flounder, and mackerel. And coral reefs have even been found around 60 feet down—a surprise discovery one might not expect within an hour of Oslo.
Sail Geirangerfjorden and see waterfalls like the Seven Sisters during our Fjord Cruise & Lapland: Norway, Finland & the Arctic Circle Small Ship Adventure.