Geirangerfjord tourist information.
There is a reason why Norway’s Geirangerfjord has attained a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The stunning landscapes that characterise this place are simply otherworldly.
The deep blue Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.
Geirangerfjord is one of the best and most dramatic fjord scenery anywhere in Norway, don’t miss the chance to experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.
The fjord reaches more than 100 km from Ålesund to Geiranger. (Norway’s longest fjord is Sognefjorden, 204 km long.) The first stretch is typified by lively small towns and villages. On the fjord’s north bank, Sula (7500 inhabitants) has refused amalgamation with Ålesund and is full of energy and initiative. On the south bank lies what was once the centre for seal hunting in the Arctic. Further east along the south bank lie Sykkylven and Ekornes, major furniture industry centres. Can it be the area’s natural beauty that inspires the 7,000 inhabitants to produce goods for the world’s markets?
Allow us to set the scene. Surrounded by steep mountains either side of the fjord, you stare around at the roughly cut outcrops that are carpeted with frost-covered trees. Snow paints the tops of the peaks and a frozen waterfall makes its way down the cliff face – stopped in time.
It’s certainly a sight to behold, and one that has made Geirangerfjord the most visited tourists destination in Norway over the past ten years. Scan the edge of the shoreline and you’ll even see the once thriving farms that attempted to carve a living from the harsh and desolate surroundings.
Geirangerfjord is certainly nature at its most beautiful, but not at its most forgiving, and you’ll certainly want to wrap up warm.
Top things to do and see
- Cruise and sightseeing trips on the Geirangerfjord
- Kayaking on the Geirangerfjord
- The famous viewpoints Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road), Dalsnibba and Flydalsjuvet
- Mountain walks to Skageflå and Knivsflå mountain farms
- Geirangerfjord Centre