There are many questions on how, where and how long time you need to experience the Western Fjords from Oslo. We recommend two UNESCO-protected fjords; the Nærøyfjord (fjordtour #1) and the Geirangerfjord (fjordtour #2).
See below for more information about fjordtour #2. We also recommend to plan and book your trip at FjordTours.
If you plan to visit the Western Norwegian Fjords, we recommend you to book your adventure online at Fjord Tours and to buy the Fjord Pass. Fjord Tours are experts on Norway and the fjords, and you will find all information you need on their website. You can book travel, accommodation, fjord cruises and activities. Fjord Pass will give you discount on all of this, from car rental to activities and accommodation.
Tour Summary: Train from Oslo with Dovrebanen Railway to Dombås. Continue from Dombås with the pictueresque Raumabanen Railway to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. Bus from Åndalsnes to Ålesund. Hurtigruten coastal cruise Ålesund-Geiranger, Bus Geiranger-Ålesund included the Eagle Road. Hurtigruten coastal cruise Ålesund-Bergen, Norway in a nutshell® Bergen-Oslo
Return to Oslo: See above.
Season: 1st June to 31st August
Time to spend: Four days or more.
Booking: Book this roundtrip with train, bus, fjord cruise, Hurtigruten coastal cruise, activities and accommodation at Fjord Tours
Pictures from the Geirangerfjord area:
At Åndalsnes, we recommend you to hike the Romsdalstrappa Path up to Mt. Nesaksla (715 metres above sea level) and experience the Rampestreken Viewpoint where you have a great view over the Romsdalsfjord, the Rauma River and the Isterdalen valley. If you have a day extra, you should hike the Romsdalseggen Mountain Ridge, one of Norway´s great hikes with view towards the Romsdalen Valley and it´s surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and far out to the Atlantic Coast.
Trollstigen, together with Geiranger, is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. There are two new viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road. You can hike in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are to the edge of Mt. Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.
The 68 kilometre long road between Trollstigen and Geiranger is one of 18 tourist routes in Norway. Parts of this road are closed during winter; it usually openes in May and closes in October, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains.
Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometres from Valldal, you should stop at the new view point at Gudbrandsjuvet. This is one of many architectural constructions made in connection with the road´s status as a National Tourist Route. Here you can visit Juvet Hotel. This hotel has won many prizes for its special construction and integration into its wild and beautiful surroundings. At Valldal, tasing the the strawberries from the local farms is a must – the best strawberries in the world! If you want to feel the adrenaline pumping, Valldal Naturpplevingar takes you down the Valldøla River in river kayaks or rafts.
Continue to Linge from where you cross the Storfjord by ferry to Eidsdal, a small and cosy town down by the Storfjord. Then drive over the mountainpass from Eidsdal to the steep Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road). On the upper part of the steep hillside there is a viewpoint where you can stop and see Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord from a birds-eye perspective. From here you can also see the famous waterfall “The Seven Sisters” cascading into the fjord.
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Each year, hundreds of thousands tourists visit this area. Kayaking, RIB-boating or ferry are all great ways to experience this majestic fjord. You can combine a boat trip and mountain hiking to one of many abandoned mountain farms, like Skageflå and Knivsflå, and hike the mountain back to Geiranger.
Drive to the viewpoints at Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet and Ørnesvingen (the Eagles Road) and see the view towards the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. If you bring your skis you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Centre, 57 kilometres from Geiranger. You can also stay a night at Hotel Union and enjoy the Spa-facilities there with wonderful fjord views.
From Geiranger, you can return back to Oslo tha same way as you came. Or you can take a bus via Grotli to Otta, from where you can take the train back to Oslo. Another option is to take bus via the Valdresflye National Tourist Route back to Oslo.
The weather is very important during such a round-trip in western Norway. The best time is June to August. But also May is a beautiful month – where spring meets summer, with green valleys and snowy mountains. Note that some of the roads are closed during winter. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains these roads are usually open between late May and early June.
Official page for Norway: www.visitnorway.com
Official page for Fjord Norway: www.fjordnorway.com
Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities: www.fjordtours.com
Fjord Pass Discounts: www.fjord-pass.com
Credit: Tomasz Furmanek