Welcome to the Geiranger cruise port guide. Geiranger is the smallest but most impressive place imaginable. If you are taking a cruise to Norway to see the Norwegian fjords make sure Geiranger is on your itinerary. It simply doesn’t get more impressive than this. The reason why Geiranger is different from your other fjord villages: the towering high waterfalls, the emerald-green scenery and near-sheer fjord walls. The narrow and deep blue Geirangerfjord is the only fjord in Norway that is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. It is a 15 km long branch of the Storfjord and because of its steep sides it considered to be the most spectacular one of all. The village of Geiranger is nothing special. Imagine this is a small place where about 250 people live year round. In the winter it is isolated, cold with hardly any visitors, but in the summer this is perhaps the most popular destination in Scandinavia. The reason you will be visiting Geiranger is not for the town itself, but because of everything and anything you’ll find just outside of Geiranger. There is not a picture that you can take that wouldn’t be postcard worthy. Whether you are visiting the towering Mt. Dalsnibba, or heading the other way towards dramatic Eagle’s bend or just being in the famous Geiranger fjord all day long, it will not fail to amaze. Definitely make sure you do not stay in town, but get yourself on a bus, organise a hike or rent a boat. Whatever you do, make sure you are going out there. When in Geiranger you are in the Norwegian dream.
There are two roads going in and out of Geiranger. Geirangervegen or Gearing Road is the road going in south. Driving this road is an experience in itself. The hairpins bends you’ll have to negotiate and the ever changing landscapes along the way never fails to impress. The road goes up into the mountains to about 1500 meter above sea level. Find the start Geirangervegen in Geiranger. It is the road going south.
A small white, wooden and octagonal church stands on top of the hill from Geiranger. It’s about a 20 minute uphill walk from town. Check with the tourist information for performances, because usually during the summer this church will give concerts during the day. From port it is 1 km walk to the south.
AT OWN RISK: If you are interested to shoot this picture go the Flydals view point. Find the public bathroom and step over the small fence here AT OWN RISK. 10 meters in front of you you’ll see where and how to take the picture. From port it is 4 km / 10 min drive south.
At the end of the Eagle’s road you’ll find the Ornesvingen viewpoint. This one should definitely be on your list when visiting Geiranger. It gives you a view over Geiranger, your ship, the fjord and the seven sisters waterfall. From port it is 7 km / 15 min. drive to the north.
The waterfall walk is a new simple walk/staircase that opened up in July 2014. In about 20 minutes you can walk from the camping at sea level all the way up to the Norwegian Fjord Centre. The staircase will take you up with spectacular views over the waterfall, the fjord and your ship. Find the start at about 500 meter from the pier at the Geiranger camping.
There are a lot of hikes that you can do around Geiranger. Take into account that nothing is flat and it is all uphill. For easy hikes check out the “Waterfall walk” on this page. For the real deal start to plan ahead through the following link: http://www.geirangerfjord.no/hiking-map.
Dalsnibba is the most famous mountain top in the area. Lots of bus tours will make a stop here. Do realise it is 1500 meter above sea level and therefore sometimes it could be you are in the cloud like you see on this picture. If you are lucky enough to have a clear day, you are able to see all the surrounding mountain tops and your ship all the way in the distance at anchor. Mt Dalsnibba is about 45 minute drive from the dock. From port is 38 km / 45 min drive to the south.
The Flydals viewpoint is not very high but it will already give you that exquisite view over the fjord. Make sure to stop when driving by or even walk up. From port it is 4 km / 10 min drive to the south.
Eagles Road There are 2 roads going in and out of Geiranger. One of these roads is the famous Eagle’s road. This is a steep stretch of road with 11 hair pin bends that opened up in 1955 to keep Geiranger accessible all year round. Navigating the road is an experience in itself. From port it is 1 km / 3 min drive to the north.
Which literally means: deep lake. On your way to Mt. Dalsnibba, about 30 minute drive from Geiranger, you automatically cross it. Make sure you make a photo stop at this 1000 m / 3200 ft high lake that is known for its depth of several hundred meter. This is where the locals go ice skating in the winter. This is what it looks like in early summer. If you are lucky you can even spot wild reindeer here. From port it is 18 km / 30 min drive to the south.
The most famous waterfalls of all is the Seven Sisters Waterfall in the Geirangerfjord. About 15 minutes before your ships reached Geiranger and 15 minutes after it departs from Geiranger your ship will sail past it. Make sure to be ready to admire this magical waterfall. You can also visit the waterfall when you book the rib cruise or when you are going kayaking. Book these activities through the tourist information. Click on this item to be linked through.
This mountain farm is one that is open to the public. It is a great stop for a refreshment during a hike. Take a good look at this typical Norwegian farm house. If you look closely you will see numbers on the foundation stones of the farm. This is for future reference so the farmers know how to rebuild their house should a landslide come by. Continue here on 2 different hiking paths. From port it is 4 km / 1 hrs walk / 10 min drive to the north.