The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Fjord Norway, approximately 60 miles from the town of Ålesund.
Top things to do and see
- Cruise and sightseeing trips on the Geirangerfjord
- Kayaking on the Geirangerfjord
- The famous viewpoints Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road), Dalsnibba and Flydalsjuvet
- Mountain walks to Skageflå and Knivsflå mountain farms
- Geiranger Fjord Centre
What to do and see
Experience the fjord and waterfalls such as Brudesløret (the Bridal Veil) and De syv søstrene (the Seven Sisters) from one of the many available sightseeing trips. You can take the ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt, the longer ferry trip between Geiranger and Valldal, the one-and-a-half-hour sightseeing trip on board M/S Geirangerfjord Sightseeing or the Geiranger & Norway in a nutshell trip.
FjordGuiding offers sightseeing trips in open RIB boats on the Geirangerfjord.
Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road)
Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road) is the name given to the steepest stretch of road up the mountain side from Geiranger towards Eidsdal on the road rv. 63. The road turns through 11 hairpin bends up from the Geirangerfjord to the highest point 2,000 feet above sea level.
At Ørnesvingen you can take in the magnificent panorama over Geiranger, the fjord, De syv søstrene and the alpine farm Knivsflå.
The famous viewpoints of Dalsnibba and Flydalsjuvet
Dalsnibba (5,000 feet above sea level) and Flydalsjuvet are among the absolute favourite attractions in the area. Experience calm, raw nature and clean air combined with astonishing views.
Geiranger Fjord Centre
Offers a unique and rewarding insight into the history, the colourful people and the fabulous natural scenery of the Geiranger area. Geiranger Fjord Center lies approximately half mile from the center of Geiranger.
Hiking and walking in the Norwegian fjord landscape
Choose between short easy walks or summit hikes offering you the most stunning view. Hiking is a must for everyone visiting the area. There is a wide variety of trails, all marked and with good maps available.
Many people who want an easy trip choose to walk along the fjord (2 miles) to the small place Homlong on the south side of the fjord. Here you will find a small, cosy café with great home-made food.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful nature in the Geirangerfjord area, you can drive to Westerås Farm (four kilometres from the centre of Geiranger). From there you have easy walks to view points or to the glorious Storseterfossen Waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall.
Read more about hiking in the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen area.
Kayaking on the Geirangerfjord
Get close to nature. Kayak rental is available in several villages along the Geirangerfjord, and in Geiranger you may join Coastal Odyssey for a guided kayak tour.
There are fantastic fishing opportunities in the area. From fishing in the fjords, easily accessible rivers and lakes in the lowlands, to multi-day hikes in the mountains with a fishing rod in your backpack. Read more about fishing in the Geirangerfjord area and Trollstigen.
What to do and see in the Geirangerfjord area
The Herdalssetra Mountain Farm
At this idyllic summer farm you may experience the manufacturing of goat milk cheese and caramels. And of course also meet the animals – goats, cows and sheep. Herdalssetra is located in Norddal within the UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Trollstigen Mountain Road
This road is one of Norway's most dramatic and most visited attractions. The mountains that encircle Trollstigen Mountain Road are enormous.
Rafting down the Valldøla River
Feel the adrenalin rush in your body. Join a rafting trip on the Valldøla River in the village of Valldal.
In winter, the region offers superb skiing experiences. Try skiing from the summits at around 5,000 feet above sea level down to the blue fjord. You can combine it with skiing at Stranda Ski Center, Norway's powder paradise with fjord view.
During the summer you can go skiing on the Tystigbreen Glacier beside the scenic old Strynefjell Road. The popular Stryn Summer Ski Centre opens approximately at the end of May or beginning of June, depending on how much snow there is. Stryn Summer Ski Centre is located 31 miles (a one-hour drive) from Geiranger.
Where to stay
Hotel Union Geiranger
Enjoy a stay at the family-run Hotel Union Geiranger which is situated on a hill just above the centre of Geiranger. From the hotel there is a fantastic view of the fjord and mountains.
From Utsikten Hotel & Restaurant you have a stunning view of the Geirangerfjord.
Juvet Landscape Hotel
This "landscape hotel", winner of the Norwegian Tourism Award in 2010 (Reiselivsprisen) aims to be different from other design hotels in that it showcases the nature that surrounds it rather than focusing on its own architecture. Stay at Juvet and you can almost feel the spray from the Valldøla River on your face.
Hellesylt Youth Hostel
For those on a budget, stay at Hellesylt Youth Hostel in Hellesylt at the outer part of the Geirangerfjord.
Read more about where to stay in the Geirangerfjord area.
Facts about the Geirangerfjord
- Length: 9 miles
- Depth: More than 800 feet
- The Geirangerfjord is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site The West Norwegian Fjords. This World Heritage site includes two separate areas: The Geirangerfjord area and the Nærøyfjord area. Together they make up an area of 473 square miles, of which 41 square miles is covered by sea.
- The Geirangerfjord is visited by more than 200 cruise ships and over 700,000 tourists each year
Getting to the Geirangerfjord and around
You can travel by car, bus or boat to the Geirangerfjord area. Travelling to the Geirangerfjord by car is a seven to eight-hour drive from Oslo, five to seven hours from Bergen and five to six hours from Trondheim. Read more about getting to the Geirangerfjord area.
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