Valldal is in the south-east corner of Møre og Romsdal county in West Norway The village Sylte at the Norddalsfjord (a branch of Storfjord) is the centre of this agricultural district. Norddalsfjord is the northern branch of Storfjord, while the more famous Geirangerfjord extends to the south. Valldal is the western border of the Reinheimen – Norway’s youngest national park. Valldal is surrounded by attractive alpine mountains and steep, green hills. A wild river runs through the valley creating several nice waterfalls, including Holsfossen (10 kilometres upstream), Gudbrandsjuvet (15 km upstream) and Skjerdsura (16 km upstream) – these waterfalls are next to the road. Despite the northern latitude, Valldal has a mild climate and is famous for cherries, apples, raspberries, and strawberries produced on a commercial scale. The thick forests are home to a large number of red deer, roe deer and other wild animals. In the high mountains towards the east, reindeer and wolverine enjoy the endless wilderness. Road 63 through Valldal connects, Trollstigen and Geiranger, two of Norway’s major attractions, to each other. Because of its natural beauty, involving both wild, alpine mountains, fertile green valleys and deep fjords, and impressive road constructions, the route was previously called the Golden Route. Now the stretch is named one of Norway’s 18 National Tourist Route. The Minister of transport inaugurated all of the 18 routes in a ceremony at iconic Trollstigen mountain pass. From Sylte (Valldal village) there is a local road to Tafjord, a tiny village at the mouth of a wild, narrow valley. From Tafjord village the road leads to the 100-metre-high Zacahricasdammen, a concrete water dam in the extensive Tafjord hydropower production system. This is also the gateway to the network of paths and huts in the Tafjord mountains, the western part of Reinheimen national park. Credit: Wikivoyage.
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