Geiranger and Hellesylt are villages in Møre og Romsdal. The Geirangerfjord is one of the most beautiful mainland fjords and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway. In a rating of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord (along with Nærøyfjord in Sogn og Fjordane) obtained top score in a survey conducted by prestigious National Geographic Magazine. A visit to Geiranger can be included in a trip along the Norwegian coast. The villages of Geiranger and Hellesylt sit at either end of the Geirangerfjord and Hellesylt is included in this article.
Several hundred cruise ships with some 300,000 passengers visit Geirangerfjord every summer, as cruise port only surpassed by Bergen. Many tourists arrive by charter bus. In addition there is a large number of independent travellers. Geiranger itself is a small village of 200 people, the influx of 5000 (or more) tourists daily makes Geiranger a relatively crowded place at day time.
The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway's oldest destinations for international tourism. Cruise ship tourism began in the late 19th century. Kaiser Wilhelm visited Geiranger every summer until the first war. Road 63 between Åndalsnes and Geiranger via Valldal is one of Norway's 18 national tourist routes, these routes are the most scenic drives in Norway.
By planeThe distance from Ålesund airport is 124 km (77 mi), Ørsta/Volda airport is 65 km from Hellesylt.
address: Vigra near ÅlesundDistance from Ålesund airport is 124 km (77 mi)
- Oslo airport Gardermoen is 400 km from Geiranger
- Road 63 from Eidsdal and Valldal to the north via Eagles Highway (mountain pass, 10 hairpin turns); from Otta, Stryn and Grotli to the South via Geirangervegen (mountain pass, 50 hairpin turns).
- Road 60 from Stryn or Ålesund to Hellesylt, from Hellesylt car ferry further to Geiranger
- From Ålesund
- summer only:
- Åndalsnes by route 63 including iconic Trollstigen.
- Otta or Stryn, transfer at Langvatn junction on road 15
By trainThe closest railway stations:
- Otta - station on Dovre line (Oslo-Trondheim), 160 km to Geiranger
- Åndalsnes - terminal station for Rauma line, 90 km to Geiranger via Trollstigen
By boat or cruise ship
Car ferry from Hellesylt, on the famous Geirangerfjord. Eight daily departures 1 Jun - 2 Sep, four daily departures 1 May - 1 Jun, 3 Sep - 30 Sep (310 kr for a car and its driver). There is also twice daily ferries from Valldal (20 Jun - 20 Aug). Hurtigruten calls Geiranger on a summer service (15 Apr - 14 Sep). Embarking/disembarking by small boat.
The sailing into the fjord is not to be missed as many cruisers wake up as early as 4am to witness the stunning beauty of this Norwegian fjord. Or enjoy the Geiranger sail away in the afternoon. Small towns and homes cling to the high cliffsides. Friendly Norwegians' can be seen doing their farmwork, milking cows, working in cliffside garden fields. Temperatures and weather can vary by the minute, it is best to wear warm clothing layers and bring your binoculars to see animals grazing on cliffsides, small Norwegian homes, and the beauty of this fjord. Check if your cruiseline visits the Geiranger Fjord, it is truly one of the best, most relaxing, awe-inspiring cruises that you will ever take.
Both towns are easily walkable and scenic, and each blessed is by a waterfall.
It's a lovely small Norwegian town that you must visit in the summer months. Plenty of photo opportunities in and around Geiranger.
On footAdventurers take to the hills of Geiranger via walking and sometimes even biking. Winter closes most of the roads in the Geiranger fjord, so its best to visit in the summer. Watch out for campers, trucks, and tour buses, especially when biking, walking or hiking. Hills are steep and for more fit adventurers.
By busPublic transportation is also available, including bus line 211 Geiranger-Dalsnibba-Geiranger. Other bus tours are also available.
DalsnibbaDalsnibba is a 1500 m (4920 ft) mountain summit. Faboulus view over the fjord and the mountain behind. Detour from road 63 (Geiranger mountain pass) direction Skjåk and Stryn.
GeirangerfjordThe steep-sided fjord with its waterfalls, including the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Geiranger-Hellesylt ferry, Hurtigruten (summer) and cruise ships travel the fjord.
phone: +47 70263810Visitor centre for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Topside terminus of Waterfall Walk in Geiranger (See Do below)
Ørnesvingenaddress: Road 63View of the fjord and the village from high point.
Ljøen panorama pointaddress: Road 60 (Hellesylt-Stranda road)Panorama point towards Geirangerfjord and Sunnylvsfjord from high point near Ljøen hamlet, between tunnels.
FlydalsjuvetFlydalsjuvet offers an impressive and closer view than Dalsnibba of Geiranger and Geirangerfjord and the cruise ships. The viewpoint is divided into two areas, one upper and one lower plateau, with a gangway running in between, and the view is from the southeast, allowing for fine photography.
Sadly many Geiranger citizens talk about the glaciers retreating more and more each year.
Waterfall Walk in GeirangerThe well-maintained pathway includes metal stairs (327 non-slippery steps with railings) going up one side of the waterfall all the way up to the Norwegian Fjord Centre and Hotel Union, with viewpoints along the way. Powerful sounds and stunning viewsǃ Prepare to get wetǃ
- The "Sky-to-Fjord" trip, run out of one of the small gift shops by the ferry dock (easily identifiable by its green roof), is a spectacular 17 km bike trip from the top of the mountain (high enough to still have snow in August!) back down to the gift shop. The trip includes van transportation to the top of the mountain and bike rental. You can go at your own pace as long as you return your bike to the gift shop by the end of the day. Take your time, as the spectacular views can make for worthy detours!
phone: +47 95118062Kayaks for rent either by the hour or for a whole day. You can also take part in a guided tour. Kayaking down the fjord is a very enjoyable experience; it offers spectacular views of waterfalls, mountains, and even, occasionally, dolphins.
Naustkroaphone: +47 70263230Pizza.
phone: +47 70263230address: Geiranger Sentrum
Weserås Restaurantphone: +47 92899187Traditional Norwegian food.
phone: +47 95246488address: Geiranger Sentrum
- Grand, local favourite beer, delicious, light beer, enjoy it with a sandwich or fresh salmon. Available at most pubs and restaurants.
- The Grans Brewery (Grans Bryggeri AS) is a brewery founded in 1899 in Sandefjord, Norway.
phone: +47 70263005address: 6216 Geiranger, Norway145 rooms, within walking distance of the ferry dock, sightseeing boats, bus stop and other activities in the village.
phone: +47 70263005address: 6216 Geiranger, Norway197 rooms, with restaurant, spa, pool, a vintage car museum and easy access to Waterfall Walk in Geiranger
phone: +47 70269490
Vinje CampingA campsite in Geirange near a waterfall.
Geiranger Turistinformasjonphone: +47 70263099Internet.
- Return to Ålesund: Visitors arriving by cruise ship usually return the same way along the fjord towards Ålesund.
- By car or bus there are two directions along route 63:
- North along towards Valldal and Åndalsnes (bus to Åndalsnes only in summer), or
- South towards the junction with route 15 with connections to Stryn and Otta, bus to route 15 only in summer.