GEIRANGER AND THE GEIRANGERFJORD – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Each year, hundreds of thousands tourists visit this area.

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Kayaking, RIB-boating or a Fjord Cruise 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.


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Some highlights from the Geirangerfjord area

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Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord seen from Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint.

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

You should take a Fjord Cruise or join a Fjord Safari and experience the great view points .

Combine a fjord cruise on the fjord and a hike to Skageflå, one of many abandoned mountain farms above the fjord.

Join a guided Kayak Trip on the Geirangerfjord, and see the waterfalls from up close.

The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt is a great way to see the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding nature with numerous waterfalls and steep mountains.

Stay at Hotel Union and enjoy your Spa experience at Union Bath & Spa among one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. The hotel is only one minut walk away from The Norwegian Fjord Centre which is an Information Centre about the Geirangerfjord World Heritage Site.

The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

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Visit Ålesund is the local Tourist Information for the Geirangerfjord Area.

Norwegian Fjord Centre

Visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre in Geiranger, which is an information centre about the World Heritage Fjords. The fjord centre is located vis-à-vis Hotel Union, which is located on a hill just above the centre of Geiranger. Fosseråsa National Hiking Trail goes from Geiranger via Norwegian Fjord Centre and up to Vesterås and Storseterfossen Waterfall.

Hike to Skageflå Mountain Farm, Geirangerfjord

This is a fantastic adventure, combined fjordcruise and steep hike up to the abandoned moutainfarm Skageflå (250 meters above the fjord). Start with fjordcruise from Geiranger to Skagehola, the starting point of the path up to Skageflå. Order fjordcruise-tickets online in advance so you are sure to get seats on the boat. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the Seven Sisters Waterfall on the other side of the fjord.

From Skageflå, you can return back to the fjord and join the boat back to Geiranger. Or you can continue the hike over the mountain towards Geiranger. Both hikes are steep and demanding.

Knivsflå Mountain Farm

Knivsflå Mountain farm above the Geirangerfjord
Knivsflå Mountain Farm

Knivsflå is another mountain farm, on the opposite side of the Geirangerfjord and Skageflå. The abandoned farm is situated on a small plateau beside the Seven Sisters Waterfall, 250 meters above the Geirangerfjord. In 1898, the authorities decided that Knivsflå had to be abandoned due to the danger of rock avalanche from the steep mountains above the farm.

During 100 years, avalanches killed six people at Knivsflå. The last one who died was Oline Marte, 15 years old. On the way home from the mountain pasture above Knivsflå, she took a shortcut across the river above the Seven Sisters Waterfall. With the milk from the mountain pasture in her hands, she fell down the steep cliff and died.

Fjord Safari on the Geirangerfjord

A guided adventure into the wonders of the fjords. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord on a different fjord cruise. In the secure and rigid inflatable boats (RIB) you have the best opportunity to experience and explore the nature and wildlife at close range. Season: Mid May to Mid September

Fjord Sightseeing on the Geirangerfjord

Join a 90 minute long Fjord Sightseeing tour with boat on the Geirangerfjord. The tour starts at the harbour at Geiranger and you will experience the Geirangerfjord and see the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor waterfalls among some of the abandoned mountain farms surrounding the fjord, like Knivsflå and Skageflå.

Ferry-tale from Geiranger to Hellesylt

The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt is a great way to see the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding nature with numerous waterfalls and steep mountains. You will experience the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil Waterfalls close up. The tour takes approximately one hour, and you can bring your car. The season last from May to October.

Kayaking on the Geirangerfjord to Seven Sisters Waterfall

Active Geiranger have their base at Grande Hytteutleige & Camping which is situated at the base of Ørnevegen Road (Eagle Road), 2.4 kilometer north west of Geiranger. From here you can join a guided kayak trip into the Geirangerfjord and see the Seven Sisters Waterfall from close up distance. Grande Camping is also a great place for a swim in the fjord, and the view from the camping towards Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord is beautiful.

Great hikes from Vesterås in Geiranger

Vesterås is a great starting point for hiking in the Geiranger area. Some short and great hikes can be done from here. Waterfalls, mountains and Fjord View are some key words. Vesterås is located in the hillside above Geiranger. Here you can read about three short but great hikes you can do from Vesterås.

Ørnesvingen – The Eagle Road

Ørnesvingen (The Eagle Turn) is a viewpoint at the upper part of the Eagle Road in Geiranger. The Eagle Road is part of the 104 kilometer long Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the small town Geiranger. One minute hike from the road, and the view is even better.

Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint

Drive to the viewpoint at Flydalsjuvet and see the iconic view towards Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord with the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. Flydalsjuvet is located four kilometer uphill from the center of Geiranger. It is possible to park the car there, but it might be busy during the high season during the summer.

Fosseråsa National Hiking Trail

Fosseråsa Hiking Trail goes from the center of Geiranger via Norwegian Fjord Centre and up to Vesterås. The trail is the first National Hiking Trail in Norway, and goes up along the Storelva River to the Norwegian Fjord Centre and further up to Vesterås. It ends at Storseterfossen Waterfall. Storseterfossen is special because you can walk behind it. Fosseråsa is a great experience together with the beautiful nature around the fjord, high mountains, rivers, waterfalls and deep valleys.

Dalsnibba Viewpoint

From Flydalsjuvet you can continue 17 kilometers uphill to Mt Dalsnibba Viewpoint (tollroad) from you can see Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains. Tremendous view. If you bring your skis you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Center, 57 kilometers from Geiranger. The road to Dalsnibba is closed during winter.

Roadtrip Geiranger – Trollstigen – Atlantic Road

The 68 kilometer long road between Geiranger and Trollstigen is one of 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway. Parts of this road are closed during winter; it usually opens in May and closes in October, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains. The road between Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road is also a scenic and beautiful road, from steep mountains and deep valleys to  to the Atlantic Coast.

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

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Tourist Information –  Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord

The UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord – Map Overview