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West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 2005
Location: Europe, Norway, Counties of Møre & Romsdal and Sogn & Fjordane
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Description: Set 120km from one another Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, located in southwestern Norway, northeast of Bergen, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which fully extends from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500km to the northeast. These two fjords are amongst the longest and deepest in the world, they are also deemed archetypical fjord landscapes that are some of the most scenically wonderful. The slender and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that climb up 1,400m from the Norwegian Sea and stretch 500m below sea level award the site its outstanding natural beauty. The fjords’ steep walls hold various waterfalls whereas free flowing rivers cross the site’s deciduous and coniferous forests towards glacial lakes, glaciers and jagged mountains. A range of supporting natural phenomena appears within the landscape, both terrestrial and marine (for instance submarine moraines and marine mammals). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Geirangerfjord: The Geirangerfjord (Geirangerfjorden) is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region, located in the southernmost part of the county Møre og Romsdal in Norway. It is a 15km long branch of Storfjord. Innermost in the fjord lies the small village Geiranger. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with Nærøyfjord, since 2005, although this status is now threatened by the disputed plans to build power lines across the fjord. The Geirangerfjord is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset which is about to erode into the fjord. This will cause a tsunami hitting several nearby towns including Geiranger and Hellesylt in about ten minutes. The two most notable waterfalls in the Geirangefjord are the Seven Sisters and the Suitor (also called 'the Wooer'). The two falls face one another across the fjord, and the Suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters opposite. The Bride's Veil is another waterfall in the fjord, so named because it falls delicately over one rocky edge, and when seen backlit by the Sun it has the appearance of a thin veil over the rocks. Nærøyfjord: The Nærøyfjord (Nærøyfjorden) is a fjord in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is about 20 kilometers long, and a branch of the large fjord Sognefjord. Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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