VESTERÅS – A GREAT STARTING POINT FOR HIKES 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. Map to use: Geirangerfjorden 1:25000.

You can hike, bike or drive from Geiranger up to Vesterås which is located in the hillside above Geiranger. Here you can read about two short but great hikes you can do from Vesterås.

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On our way towards Storseterfossen Waterfall. Vesterås in Geiranger.
On our way towards Storseterfossen Waterfall. Vesterås in Geiranger.

About season and other important information

GRADING – Medium. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – These hikes starts at approximately 320 masl (Vesterås). Highest point at approximately 540 masl (Storseterfossen).

GUIDE – We recommend you to join Guided Tours in the Geiranger area.

SEASON – July to August, 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 – Some of the hikes in the Geiranger area are not suitable for children. These are often demanding hikes that you should be an experienced hiker to do. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on many of these hikes. Obtain more information about the hikes from the local tourist information office.

NOTE – We recommend to use a map and compass on the hikes.  It often happens that the mountains in and around Geiranger are shrouded in fog.

Vesterås in Geiranger

Vesterås in Geiranger.
Vesterås in Geiranger.

Vesterås is located in the hillside, only a four kilometers drive from the center of Geiranger.

There is a restaurant and also cabins for rent, and you can park your car beside the restaurant.

It is possible to hike from Geiranger via the Norwegian Fjord Center and Hotel Union to Vesterås, along the Fosseråsa National Hiking Trail.

You can see Vesterås in the featured image, to the right in the upper part of the image.

Hike from Vesterås to Storseterfossen Waterfall

The grassy area above Storseterfossen Waterfall.
The grassy area above Storseterfossen Waterfall.

Storseterfossen Waterfall is special because you can walk behind it. This is a great experience in itself together with the beautiful surrounding nature with high mountains, rivers, waterfalls and deep valleys.

There are two trails that goes up towards Storseterfossen Waterfall, both trails are well marked from the starting point at the parking place. If you choose the trail made of stones, it is beautiful placed in the nature by Sherpas from Nepal. Despite the steep trail, it is easy to walk on the stones. As you approach the target, you both see and hear the waterfall from the trail.

After you pass the waterfall, which is on you right side, the trail turns to the right and you descend down to a grassy area. Here you will find signs that lead you to the secured trail down towards and behind the waterfall.

NOTE – Take care, the trail down towards the waterfall might be wet and slippery and is not recommended for children!

The hike to Storseterfossen will take you around 45-60 minutes each way.

Hike from Vesterås to Vesteråsfjellet Viewpoint

From Vesteråsfjellet above Geiranger.
From Vesteråsfjellet above Geiranger.

This hike also starts at Vesterås. You need to open the gate beside the restaurant (remember to close the gate after you) and walk along a well prepared tractor road, slightly uphill. After 6-700 meters, the trail divides. Take to the left. From here it is a short hike downhill towards Vesteråsfjellet Viewpoint.

The viewpoint is secured by a fence, but the fence is a bit loose and not safe. From the viewpoint there are vertical cliffs straight down to Geiranger.

NOTE – Be careful and do not lean on the fence! We do not recommend you to bring children to this viewpoint!

From the viewpoint, you can see straight down to Geiranger and to the Geirangerfjord. You can also see Ørnevegen (The Eagle Road) in the background.

The hike to Vesteråsfjellet Viewpoint will take you around 30 minutes each way.

Geiranger and Geirangerfjord – What to See and Do

FJORDS NORGE - Geiranger og Geirangerfjorden sett fra Flydalsjuvet Utsiktspunkt
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

 

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.

Vesterås Hikes – Map Overview