This week’s Photo Friday features scenic, aerial images from Geirangerfjord, Norway. Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most famous fjords and holds a spot on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List. Over 800,000 tourists flock to Geirangerfjord annually to take in the beautiful landscape.
The last photo highlights “The Man”, an unstable mountainside located in the region. If this mountainside were to fall into the fjord, it could create a tidal surge of up to 80 meters high. Fortunately, Norwegian researchers at The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate are constantly monitoring the mountainside.
Fjords are long, narrow inlets of the sea, situated between mountainous coastline on either side. Fjord formation occurs when significant glacial retreat reaches bedrock level. The glacial retreat then leads to land erosion and the creation of a U-shaped valley, which fills with seawater, resulting in unique geological features such as Geirangerfjord.
This post is the second in a series of posts about firsthand experiences visiting Norwegian glaciers, famous fjords, and well-known hiking destinations. Check back to GlacierHub in upcoming weeks to read more about my travels in Norway.
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