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Hike to the Skageflå farm by the Geriangerfjord in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
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Hike to the Skageflå farm by the Geriangerfjord in Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Hiking in Geirangerfjord, Ålesund and Nordfjord

The stunning landscape of Fjord Norway is a paradise for hikers, with superb walks within easy distance of Geiranger, Ålesund and Nordfjord.

Hiking enthusiasts have many reasons to explore Geiranger, Ålesund and Nordfjord on their next trip.

The Art Nouveau town of Ålesund is a perfect starting point for hikes along the coast and to the fjords in the region of Sunnmøre. Wherever you go, there are outdoor experiences and cultural history to be found.

The Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and when you take a well-deserved rest on the mountains above the fjord, you will understand why.

Nordfjord is jam packed full of stories and experiences. From the coastal views in the west to the glaciers and lush mountain farms towards the inner arms of the fjords, the Nordfjord countryside should be savoured from many different perspectives.

When

The hiking season varies from place to place. Along the coast it is usually possible to hike all year; in other places, the season lasts from May to October or from June to September. More information is available in the individual hiking offers.

Hiking possibilities

The hiking trails usually start near your accommodation or in connection to a car park. Many trails are also easily accessible by public transport. Explore the area on your own or join a guided tour. Walks can take a few hours or several days – the choice is yours.

In Ålesund there are easier options in the town itself, along the coast and in the fjord area, and tougher challenges like the summit of Slogen in the Sunnmøre Alps. In Geirangerfjord you can also choose between gentle strolls and demanding summits. You can also hike for days in the Tafjordfjella Mountains, going from cabin to cabin.

South of Ålesund and the Geirangerfjord you will find the glacier landscape of Nordfjord, which includes the spectacular Briksdalsbreen Glacier. This area also offers great hikes, for example the hike to the top of Skåla Mountain, as well as many lovely trails along the coast.

Top hikes

At 1,564 meters above sea level, Slogen in the Sunnmøre Alps is arguably the finest summit in the Sunnmøre Alps, with impressive views of the surrounding peaks and the Hjørundfjord.

Perched high above the Geirangerfjord, the mountain farm of Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord is a popular hiking destination, offering spectacular views of the fjord and the famous Seven Sisters Waterfall on the opposite mountain side.

The highest mountain in Northern Europe with its foot in a fjord, Skåla in Nordfjord reaches 1,848 meters above sea level. It is possible to spend the night in the tower at the top of Skåla, from which you enjoy an extraordinary view.

Guided hikes

Several companies offer guided hikes in Ålesund and Geiranger. There are also guided walks in Nordfjord.

How to get there

Ålesund is the regional traffic hub with connections to the whole Sunnmøre region. This region is easy to get to by air, land and sea.

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Last updated:  2014-03-04
Enjoy the fresh mountain air and water in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
Enjoy the fresh mountain air and water in Norway
Loen in Nordfjord offers many opportunities for walking and hiking among Norway's mountains - Photo: Ernst Riha
Loen in Nordfjord offers many opportunities for walking and hiking among Norway's mountains
Hike to Slogen and enjoy the view over the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps - Photo: Bjørn Isene
Hike to Slogen and enjoy the view over the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps

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Hike to the Skageflå farm by the Geriangerfjord in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Hiking in Geirangerfjord, Ålesund and Nordfjord

The stunning landscape of Fjord Norway is a paradise for hikers, with superb walks within easy distance of Geiranger, Ålesund and Nordfjord.

Hiking in Geirangerfjord, Ålesund and Nordfjord

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What to do in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Go on a bird safari on the island of Runde, try hiking in the Sunnmøre Alps or check out one of the many annual festivals in the Ålesund area.

Winter in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Skiing with a fjord view: Sunnmøre's fjords and mountains make a perfect backdrop for unique and family-friendly winter adventures.

Attractions in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The most popular attractions in the area are the Geirangerfjord, the bird island of Runde, Ålesund's Art Nouveau architecture and Alnes Lighthouse.

Tour suggestions in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Use Ålesund as a starting point to explore the Geirangerfjord, the Hjørundfjord and the scenic coastline with islands and flourishing wildlife.

About Geirangerfjord, Ålesund and Nordfjord

Key facts about Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Ålesund has around 40,000 inhabitants. It is the largest town in Sunnmøre, a region known for fishing, maritime technology and furniture production.

Tourist information in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The Tourist Information Office in Ålesund is situated at Skateflukaia in the city centre. Other offices are located in key areas throughout Sunnmøre.

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