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.

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.

SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way.

SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE

IMPORTANT! These hikes are not suitable for children! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why 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 bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. We recommend you to join a Guided Tour.

NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. We recommend to use a map and compass on hikes in the Geiranger area. It also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog.

SEASON & WEATHER: July to August, depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather!

Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.

Hike from Vesterås to 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

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. 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

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. Visit Flydalsjuvet, Ørnesvingen and Dalsnibba 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. 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. 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.

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

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

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Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Safety in the Norwegian Mountains

Vesterås Hikes – Map Overview