Tafjorden

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Tafjorden
Tafjorden Fjørå.JPG
View of Fjørå along Tafjorden
Tafjorden is located in Møre og Romsdal
Tafjorden
Tafjorden
Location in Møre og Romsdal county
Location Sunnmøre, Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates 62°17′16″N 7°20′38″E / 62.2877°N 7.3438°E / 62.2877; 7.3438Coordinates: 62°17′16″N 7°20′38″E / 62.2877°N 7.3438°E / 62.2877; 7.3438
Primary inflows Storelva river
Primary outflows Norddalsfjorden
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)
Max. width 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi)
Settlements Tafjord

Tafjorden is an inner branch of the Norddalsfjorden/Storfjorden in Norddal Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The fjord is located southeast of the village of Sylte, the municipal center of Norddal Municipality. The small village of Tafjord is located at the end of the 12-kilometre (7.5 mi) long Tafjorden.[1] The only road leading to the rather isolated village of Tafjord goes through the 5,277-metre (3.3 mi) long Heggur Tunnel plus several other smaller tunnels on the northern shore of the fjord.

History[edit]

Inner part of Tafjorden, scare of the 1934 landslide visible in the middle of the photo.

When Olaf II of Norway fled up the Storfjorden to escape the forces of Canute the Great, he and his men journeyed up the fjord until he passed through the Norddalsfjorden and reached the Tafjorden. From there they passed north up the Valldalen valley and across the mountains to Lesja on his way to exile in Russia.[2]

On 7 April 1934, a landslide of about 2,000,000 cubic metres (2,600,000 cu yd) of rock fell off the mountain Langhamaren from a height of about 700 metres (2,300 ft). The rock landed in the Tafjorden which created a local tsunami which killed 40 people living on the shore of the fjord. The waves reached a height of 62 metres (203 ft) near the landslide, about 7 metres (23 ft) at Sylte, and about 16 metres (52 ft) at Tafjord. It was one of the worst natural disasters in Norway in the 20th century.[2][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Tafjord" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  2. ^ a b Stagg, Frank Noel (1954). West Norway and its Fjords. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.