At the end of the mesmerizing Sunnylvsfjord we find the charming village of Hellesylt. The Sunnylvsfjord is the “sister fjord” of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Together they form two of the innermost branches of the great Storfjord. This makes Hellesylt a perfect starting point for excursions to Geiranger. But, Hellesylt also merits a visit in its own right!
With less than 300 inhabitants, Hellesylt is an idyllic example of the authentic, small villages you find along the Norwegian coastline. Located on a fertile field between the high mountains and the deep fjord, Hellesylt has a long and rich history. In ancient times Hellesylt was regarded a sacred site. Today the area is first and foremost known for its stunning natural beauty, which has attracted international visitors since the late 1800s. One of these natural wonders lies in the very heart of the village, the beautiful Storfossen waterfall.
Just a short drive from Hellesylt we find the crystal-clear lake of Hornindal. With a depth of 514 meters (1686 ft) it is the deepest lake in Europe and said to be the home of a legendary sea serpent…! From the shores of Europe’s deepest lake, you can drive directly to Europe’s highest fjord view accessible by road at Mount Dalsnibba, almost 1500 meters (4 921 feet) above sea level. Looking down on the snowy mountain peaks around you, you will feel as if you’re standing on the top of the world.