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Enjoy the fantastic view over the Geirangerfjord from Ørnevegen, Norway Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway
Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Destinasjon Geirangerfjord Trollstigen
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Destinasjon Geirangerfjord Trollstigen
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Destinasjon Geirangerfjord Trollstigen
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovasjon Norge
Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway

The Geirangerfjord

The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.


The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Fjord Norway, approximately 100 kilometers 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

Fjord cruises
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, the Geiranger & Norway in a nutshell trip or the Fjord Experience trip.

Geirangerfjord Safari
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 620 meters 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 (1,500 meters 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 one kilometer 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 (2.5 kilometers) 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 1,500 meters 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 50 kilometers (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.

Hotell Utsikten
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: 15 kilometers
  • Depth: More than 600 meters
  • 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 1,227 square kilometers, of which 107 square kilometers is covered by sea. 
  • The Geirangerfjord is visited by 150 - 200 cruise ships and more than 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.

For more information about the Geirangerfjord and its surrounding areas, please visit the following site:

Last updated:  2014-02-20
Geirangerfjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Geirangerfjord, Norway
Geirangerfjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Geirangerfjord, Norway
 - Photo: Terje Rakke, Nordic Life
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norge AS
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Viewpoint Geirangerfjord - Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway

The Geirangerfjord

The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.

The Geirangerfjord

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