SKAGEFLÅ MOUNTAIN FARM ABOVE THE GEIRANGERFJORD

Skageflå is an abandoned mountain farm above the Geirangerfjord at Sunnmøre in Møre og Romsdal. The hike up to Skageflå (250 masl) is one of the most scenic hikes in Norway, with view down to the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains, and to the Seven Sisters Waterfall on the other side of the fjord. Map to use: Geirangerfjorden 1:25000.

The Geirangerfjord is one of two fjords in Norway that is part of our common UNESCO World Heritage. Geiranger and the fjord is a great base for hiking and fjord cruise. And the scenery is out of this world.

Visit Ålesund

Visit Ålesund is the official destination company for the Sunnmøre, Geirangerfjord,  Hjørundfjord and Ålesund area.

About season and other important information

GRADING – Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 1 masl (Skagehola). Highest point at approximately 250 masl (Skageflå).

GUIDE – We recommend you to join a Guided Tour to Skageflå.

SEASON – May to September, these are approximate dates that depends on the weather, temperature and the amount of snow in the mountains.

SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS – You should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always check the Weather Forecast before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms, in fog, in bad weather and when it is snow and ice on the trail and in the mountain! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack.

NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.

FJORDS NORWAY - View from the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå. View outwards the Geirangerfjord and to the "The Seven Sisters" waterfalls on the other side of the fjord.
View from the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå. View outwards the Geirangerfjord and to the “The Seven Sisters” waterfalls on the other side of the fjord.

The Skageflå Mountain Farm

Skageflå is far down there. Skageflå, Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.
Skageflå is far down there. Skageflå, Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

There have been farmers at Skageflå since the Middle Age, and it was one of the wealthiest farms in the Geirangerfjord area due to the lush pastures in the Skagadalen Valley.

In the early years, the trail up to Skageflå went through a steep and difficult mountainside.

Due to this, in year 1855, the council in Geiranger decided to give financial support to rectify the trail.

Fjord Cruise and Hike to Skageflå

The trail up to Skageflå is steep, narrow and airy.
The trail up to Skageflå is steep, narrow and airy.

The hike to Skageflå starts with fjord cruise from Geiranger to Skagehola, the shore below Skageflå where the trail starts.

The most common thing to do is to join the fjord cruise, hike up to Skageflå and then return the same way down to the shore and take the fjord cruise back to Geiranger.

The hike is steep and exposed, and the trail is narrow. You should not be afraid of heights! The trail is secured by fences, and it takes around 45 minutes from the shoreline to the mountain farm.

From Skageflå, you can return back to the fjord and join a boat back to Geiranger.

Online Booking – Fjord Cruise to Skagehåla

We recommend to book the Fjord Cruise Tickets online some days in advance to be sure the boat is not fully booked. There are several departures from Geiranger and from Skagehola every day during the summer season. The Fjord Cruise operates from end of April to the end of October. See website for more information about the season.

It is also possible to book boat transport to Skagehola with a RIB boat with Fjord Guiding. On the website of Fjord Guiding you can also read more about Skageflå and the history of the abandoned mountain farm. There you can also read about the mountain hike to Skageflå.

Geiranger and Geirangerfjord – What to See and Do

FJORDS NORWAY - Geiranger and Geirangerfjord seen from Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint
Geirangerfjord.

The Geirangerfjord is like a fairytale. It is unique and exceptionally beautiful. And the fjord is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

You should take a fjord cruise or join a fjord safari. The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt is a great way to see the Geirangerfjord and the spectacular nature with its many waterfalls and steep mountains. You will see the waterfalls The Seven Sisters, The Suitor and The Bridal Veil from the fjord.

The Fosseråsa trail goes from the center of Geiranger via the Norwegian Fjord Centre and up to Vesterås which is a great starting point for mountain hikes in Geiranger. The Fosseråsa trail ends at Storseterfossen Waterfall.

Visit the Flydalsjuvet, Ørnesvingen and Dalsnibba viewpoints and see the iconic views of Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord. Combine a boat trip on the fjord with a hike up to Skageflå, one of the many abandoned mountain farms above the Geirangerfjord.

Take a Road Trip from Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road. On this tour, you will experience two National Tourist Routes and one “construction of the twentieth century” in Norway. Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

Hotels and Accommodation in Geiranger

Hotel Union is situated on a hill just above the centre of the tourist village of Geiranger. The hotel has 197 rooms in several categories, from well-equipped standard rooms to luxury suites. Union Bath & Spa invites you to enjoy your spa experience among one of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway.

Other places to stay in Geiranger are Havila Hotel GeirangerHotel Utsikten, Geiranger CampingGeirangerfjorden Feriesenter and Grande Hytteutleige og Camping

Geiranger – Useful Links

Online Booking Fjord Cruise from Geiranger to Skageholo
Geiranger Fjordservice
Active Geiranger

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

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