The Geirangerfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, Norway and is part of UNESCO World Heritage List, along with the Nærøyfjord, since 2005 and it is one of most visited tourist sites in Norway. Has a length of 15 km and depth of fjord approx. 260 metres with highest mountain along the fjord: approx. 1,700 metres.
The area’s unique natural surroundings were created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains and it is not a coincidence that the Geirangerfjord today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world.
If you are a nature lover like me, Geirangerfjord must be on your travel bucket-list. The deep blue Geirangerfjord is surrounded by wild waterfalls, lush green vegetation and majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks. Mother Nature definitely will not miss to impress you.
Stunning waterfalls cast cascades of thundering water from almost vertical mountain sides. The two most famous waterfalls are De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”) and Friaren (“the Suitor”). The two waterfalls face one another across the fjord, and the suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters opposite.
Brudesløret (the bridal veil) is another waterfall on the fjord, thus named ease the cliffs with feather‐light sheer veils of mist whose mission is to create a never‐ending display of changing rainbows to fill you with delight and wonder.
Along the sides of this magnificent fjord, there are a number of abandoned farms. The farms that are most commonly visited are Skageflå, Knivsflå and Blomberg. Skageflå can also be reached on foot from Geiranger, while the others can only be seen from the fjord.
If you are looking for a new experience, the Geirangerfjord has plenty to offer. There are many available sightseeing trips, hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak.
An absolute must see is the Trollstigen mountain road, snaking its way up steep mountain sides, passing waterfalls, edged with stone railings, narrow, sometimes nerve‐racking but always extremely fascinating. This road opened in 1936 and is a testimony to superb engineering and construction skills using the simplest of tools from the hard thirties.
Geiranger is in the process of being certified as a Sustainable Destination, so beside providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, Geiranger wishes to preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.
The most closest airport is Ålesund International Airport and there are several daily flights from the largest towns and cities in Norway. For example from Oslo and Trondheim airport it is a 55 minutes flight and from Bergen is a 45 minutes flight.
There are also daily buses from Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen that will bring you to Geiranger but you’ll need to have patience for at least 9 to 10 hours to reach Geiranger.
Other option is the train from Oslo and from Trondheim and will take approx 4-5 hours.
During summer you can reach Geiranger by boat. There are daily departures from Ålesund and it takes around 3 hours.
Of course if you want to travel at your own pace, the roads are open all year round so can enjoy the trip by car.
In Geiranger, the climate is warm and temperate and is a city with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. The average temperature is 4.0 °C.
The peak season to visit Geiranger is July and August. If you want to discover this beautiful nature in a more quiet way, May and June is the perfect time.
You can enjoy this nature wonder from a hotel, farm cottage or camping with a view, beautifully situated on a mountain slope overlooking Geiranger or you may experience it from a cruise. Tours and excursions are available during the months of May to September and you can take in the stunning panorama over Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord, the Seven Sisters Falls and the tiny mountain farms high above the amazing fjord.
If you are a food lover like me, Geirangerfjord will give you a fresh view on nature right on your plate.