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.
You can hike, bike or drive from Geiranger up to Vesterås which is located in the hillside above Geiranger. Here you can read about three short but great hikes you can do from Vesterås.
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.
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.
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. Be careful and DO NOT LEAN ON THE FENCE! Again, 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.
Hiking from Vesterås to Løsta
Hike on the same tractor road as towards Vesteråsfjellet. When the road divides after 6-700 meters, instead of taking to the left towards Vesteråsfjellet Viewpoint, take to the right and follow the marked hilly trail upwards to Løsta, around 500 meters above the fjord.
From Løsta you have a great view towards the Geirangerfjord, Ørnevegen (The Eagle Road) and the surrounding mountains.
NOTE! We recommend you to avoid hiking to Løsta when there are snow in the mountains (spring and early summer, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains), due to danger of avalanche and lots of melting water from the snow.
The hike to Løsta will take you around 60 minutes each way.
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 also take a fjord cruise or join a fjord safari, experience the great view points or hike to Skageflå, one of the abandoned mountain farms. Vesterås is a great starting point for hiking in the Geiranger area. Take a Road Trip from Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road. The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.