Capturing the Beauty: A Photo Tour of Hellesylt, Norway’s Fjord Gem


Come with us on a tour of the Norwegian hidden gem Hellesylt. Tucked away in the Norwegian Fjords, this UNESCO-listed village offers a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and the tranquillity of its surroundings, making it a hidden treasure in Norway’s Fjords. Whether exploring the fjords, chasing waterfalls, or simply enjoying the charm of the village, Hellesylt offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travellers.

A Photo Tour Of Hellesylt’s Highlights

Sailing out of Hellesylt
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

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Nestled at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden branch of Geirangerfjord, Hellesylt emerges as a tranquil oasis in the heart of Norway’s breathtaking Fjords. Join us on a visual journey through this picturesque village, where every corner seems to be a postcard-worthy scene.

1. Majestic Fjords

A village with a view, Hellesylt and the view of Geranger Fjord
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

The journey begins with the mesmerising Sunnylvsfjorden, where crystal-clear waters meet towering mountains. Cruise ships gracefully navigate these fjords, offering a unique perspective of nature’s grandeur.

2. Hellesyltfossen Waterfall

The Waterfall that Splits the village in two
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

A highlight of the tour is the Hellesylt waterfall, a majestic cascade descending from the mountains into the fjord. Witness the raw power of nature as the waterfall becomes a harmonious dance with the landscape and splits the village into two halves.

3. The Historic Watermill

The Watermill at the top of the waterfall
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

Nestled in the heart of a picturesque landscape, a historic watermill stands proudly at the top of the right-hand side of the waterfall—commanding attention and majestic views as it overlooks a rushing cascade of water. Perched high on the banks of a river, the mill embodies the essence of a bygone era, where the harmonious marriage of nature and industry was not just practical but a work of art.

4. Charming Architecture

Architecture in the village
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

Hellesylt’s charm lies in its traditional Norwegian architecture. Wooden houses and buildings add character to the village, with Hellesylt Church standing as a timeless landmark against the stunning backdrop.

5. Mountainous Hiking Trails

Hellesylt A Unesco Herritage Village
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

For the adventurous souls, Hellesylt offers a network of hiking trails, leading to panoramic viewpoints. Experience the tranquility of nature and be rewarded with breathtaking vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see.

6. The Church On The Hill

The 19th Century Church
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

Hellesylt Church, a wooden church with traditional Norwegian architecture, was constructed in 1859 and holds cultural and historical significance in Hellesylt, Norway. The earliest historical records date back to 1432, as mentioned in Aslak Bolt’s cadastre. However, a church has been present in the Hellesylt area since at least 1150, with the first Sunnylven Church likely being a wooden stave church built in the 12th century.

The church plays a central role in community life, hosting events beyond religious services, and its scenic location amidst lush greenery enhances its appeal for visitors in the picturesque village of Hellesylt.

7. Local Culture And Breathtaking Views

Hazy views of Geirnager Fjord
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids.

Immerse yourself in the local Norwegian culture. Whether it’s trying traditional cuisine or engaging with the friendly locals, Hellesylt offers a warm welcome to visitors seeking an authentic experience.

Also Check Out Stavanger Cruise Port

Øvre Holmegate in Stavanger
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising For All

If you are visiting Norway on a cruise, you also need to check out the pretty town of Stavanger.

Also Take A Look At The Ship We Sailed On

P&O Iona in Norway
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie Cruising with Kids

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  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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