About the Geirangerfjord in Norway /
The Geirangerfjord is located in the Norwegian province of Møre og Romsdal. With a length of 15 kilometers it is not one of the largest fjords in the country, but one of the most beautiful. The Geirangerfjord is a tributary of the Storfjord, this fjord is 110 kilometers long and one of the longest fjords in Norway. The tourist village of Geiranger is located in the Geirangerfjord.
The Geirangerfjord is one of the highlights of Norway. The fjord has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. The Geirangerjord and the Naeroyfjord are the only Norwegian sites that are on the UNESCO list because of their beautiful nature. Enjoy the view of nature, mountains, water and waterfalls in all kinds of ways.
Waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord /
The Geirangerfjord has a number of famous waterfalls. With the Seven Sisters (Syv Søstrene), Bridal Veil (Brudesløret) and the bottle-like waterfall the Adorer (Friaren), there is plenty to see. The Seven Sisters is one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway. Melting snow from Mount Geitfjellet falls from a height of 300 meters into the Geirangerfjord via seven water streams.
The legend is that the Seven Sisters danced playfully across the mountain and the Adorer watched it from the opposite side. He is said to have proposed several times to the beautiful sisters, but was always rejected by the sisters. So the Adorer went to drink. The shape of a bottle can also be seen in the waterfall.
Discover the fjord from the water /
A great way to discover the Geirangerfjord is from the water. If you are taking a cruise through Norway, you will arrive at the port of Geiranger by cruise ship. If you’re not taking a cruise, there are plenty of other opportunities to see the fjord from the water.
Boat trips depart from the fjord where the beautiful nature is shown, you can rent a kayak and go out on the water yourself or you can take the ferry. Ferries depart from Geiranger to Hellesylt and Valldal. Both ferries travel through the entire Geirangerfjord, the ferry to Valldal also travels through the Sunnylvsfjord.
Hiking in the Geirangerfjord /
Norwegian nature is a beautiful place for walking, it is therefore not surprising that many people do this and the country has countless hiking trails. There are also many hiking trails in the Geirangerfjord, including to the Seven Sisters waterfall (Syv Søstrene) and various lookout points.
Viewpoints at the Geirangerfjord /
You can experience the Geirangerfjord in all kinds of ways, but also from all kinds of vantage points. In the vicinity of the fjord are several viewpoints that can be reached on foot or by car. One of the most beautiful vantage points is Flydalsjuvet, a viewing platform overlooking the village of Geiranger, the fjord and the mountains.
Do you drive through Geiranger by car? Then you pass Ørnesvingen on the way. After eleven hairpin bends, the viewing platform is located on the last bend up. Ørnesvingen is located 620 meters above sea level and along road 63. A ‘waterfall’ is also located at the viewing platform. Water runs over a sheet of glass near the viewing platform down into the Geirangerfjord.
A little further and higher is viewpoint Dalsnibba. At 1,500 meters above sea level, it is Europe’s highest viewpoint accessible from the road.
The village of Geiranger /
The village of Geiranger is located in the Geirangerfjord and has become a tourist attraction. Every year the village is visited by more than 700,000 tourists and more than 150 cruise ships moor there. With so many tourists every year, it is not surprising that the village is geared to this. In Geiranger you will find restaurants, campsites, hotels, souvenir shops and more.
Norsk Fjordsenter, the information center about the Norwegian fjords, can also be found in the village. The information center features permanent and temporary exhibitions about the fjords, nature, animals and culture. The exhibitions have various interactive parts, for example you can take a visual tour of the Geirangerfjord where you see the different seasons. There is an entrance fee for the Norsk Fjordsenter.
Tsunami hazard in the Geirangerfjord /
You wouldn’t expect it soon, but in Geiranger there is a danger of a tsunami. But don’t worry, the Norwegians have taken the necessary measures to evacuate the village in time. The mountain Åknes is located in the Sunnylvsfjord. There is a large crack in the mountain that is hundreds of meters long and tens of meters wide. The crack gets bigger every year by about 20 centimeters. Due to the widening crack, there is the permanent threat of a large chunk of millions of tons of rock coming down. The stone will enter the water, pushing the water away. This will cause a tsunami.
Sensors have been placed on Mount Åknes that continuously monitor the crack. After breaking free from the mountain, Geiranger has about ten minutes to evacuate before the tidal wave arrives.
Highlights near the Geirangerfjord /
Norway has so many beautiful places that you will never manage to visit them all. It is useful to know which recommendations are in the vicinity of the Geirangerfjord, which is why we have listed them for you. Advantage: You can enjoy the Geirangerfjord again (on the way) at various sights.
Viewpoint Dalsnibba /
If you want to enjoy the view over the Geirangerfjord, among other things, then it is recommended to drive to viewpoint Dalsnibba. From the village of Geiranger it is about 20 kilometers and 40 minutes drive to the viewpoint. At 1,500 meters above sea level, it is Europe’s highest view of a fjord from the road.
Drive to the Trollstigen /
While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Trollstigen (Troll Staircase in Dutch). If you liked the hairpin bends at the Geirangerfjord, then this will be dwarfed by the Trollstigen. The special road is more than 67 kilometers and a ferry crossing from the Geirangerfjord.
Discover the Trollstigen from the road, but also from the lookout point. From the lookout you have a beautiful view over the road and the valley. It is therefore not surprising that the road is part of a National Scenic Route, in other words: 1 of the 18 most beautiful scenic routes in Norway.
Drive the scenic route /
As mentioned above, the Geirangerfjord is part of a National Scenic Route. The National Scenic Routes are officially the most beautiful in the country, not surprising that a route at the Geirangerfjord is of course part of this. Nearby is also the Trollstigen, the scenic route Geiranger – Trollstigen connects these and other highlights. So you follow one route, but you will see plenty of beautiful highlights of Norway.
Visit Ålesund /
With a driving distance of more than 108 kilometers you would not easily call Ålesund a place nearby, yet it is close to the Geirangerfjord by Norwegian standards. Ålesund is a beautiful city known for its Art Nouveau architecture. The city is built on several islands in the Atlantic Ocean and is a cultural center for the region. Several cultural festivals are organized here every year.
You can also take a fjord cruise from Geiranger to Ålesund. During the three-hour cruise you will sail through the Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Storfjord, pass waterfalls such as the Seven Sisters and enjoy the beautiful view. An audio guide provides information in English about what you see along the way. In Ålesund, the ship docks near the central bus station. Cars are not allowed on the ship.