Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord

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

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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Geirangerfjord and Norway in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours

Some highlights from the Geirangerfjord area

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, experience the great view points or 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.

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.

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 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.

Hike to Skageflå Mountain Farm, Geirangerfjord

This is a fantastic adventure, combined fjordcruise and steep hike up to the abandoned moutainfarm Skageflå (250 metres 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.

Short Roadtrip Geiranger – Westerås – Flydalsjuvet – Dalsnibba

From Geiranger you can drive eastwards, one kilometer uphill towards Hotel Union and the Norwegian Fjord Center. Both worth a visit. At Hotel Union you can enjoy the Spa-facilities with wonderful fjord views. At the Fjord Center you can learn about the Norwegian fjord landscape and how people lived by the fjords in the near past.

Westerås Farm and Flydalsjuvet

Continue two kilometres to Westerås Farm, from where you can do several hikes. One of the hikes is to Storseterfossen Waterfall, approximately 45 minutes hike uphill to the waterfall. Here you can actually walk behind the waterfall. Another easy hike is from Westerås Farm to Løsta or to Vesteråsfjellet, the prize is a great view towards Geiranger, Geirangerfjorden and the surrounding mountains.

Drive to the viewpoint at Flydalsjuvet and see the iconic view towards the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.

Dalsnibba Viewpoint

From Flydalsjuvet you can continue 17 kilometres uphill to Mt. Dalsnibba Viewpoint (tollroad) from you can see Geiranger, Geirangerfjorden and the surrounding mountains. Tremendous view. If you bring your skis you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Center, 57 kilometres from Geiranger.

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.

Dalsnibba Viewpoint

From Flydalsjuvet you can continue 17 kilometres uphill to Mt. Dalsnibba Viewpoint (tollroad) from you can see Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains. Tremendous view. The road to Dalsnibba is closed during winter.

Roadtrip Geiranger – Trollstigen

The 68 kilometre 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 openes in May and closes in October, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains.

Geiranger – Storfjord – Valldal

From Geiranger, you drive up the steep Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road). At 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.

Continue the drive over the mountain pass to Eidsdal, a small, cosy town down by the Storfjord. Cross the Storfjord by ferry to Linge and continue driving to Valldal where tasting 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.

Gudbrandsjuvet and Juvet Hotel

Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometres from Valldal, you should stop at the new viewpoint 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.

Trollstigen

Trollstigen, 16 kilometres from Gudbrandsjuvet, is together with Geiranger 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 great viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road. You can also hike in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are to the edge of Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.

Hotel Union – Geiranger

Hotel Union is situated on a hill just above the centre of the tourist village of Geiranger, with a fantastic view to the fjords and the surrounding mountains. Hotel Union has 197 rooms in several categories, from well-equipped standard rooms to luxury suites.

Union Bath & Spa: Hotel Union invite you to enjoy your spa experience among one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. The view over the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains, the rushing waterfalls, the fresh, clean air – all help to create a feeling of inner peace and calm, in which you can unwind and let your mind wander freely.

Video – Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjords.com: Fjordhike to Skageflå Mountain Farm
Fjords.com: Roadtrip Geiranger-Trollstigen-The Atlantic Road
Visit Norway: The Geirangerfjord Area
Tourist Information: Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord
Union Hotel & Spa
Hotel Utsikten Geiranger
Geiranger Camping
Geirangerfjorden Feriesenter
Grande Hytteutleige og Camping

Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

The UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord – Map Overview