Where is Geiranger?
Tucked away in the hills of More og Romsdal of west Norway, Geiranger can be found in the municipality of Stranda. The small village of Geiranger is home to some 250 permanent, year-round residents. It is nestled in amongst the surrounding Mount Dalsnibba that overlooks the head of the Geirangerfjord waterway, which is also part of the Storfjord. Its nearest city is Alesund.
Norway is as famous for its trolls as it is for its untouched beauty, and Geirangerfjord has been listed as one of Norway’s most pristine places. Being named the best Scandinavian travel destination by Lonely Planet, as well as a World UNESCO Heritage Site, it provides visitors with some of the most unspoiled natural scenery in Scandinavia.
During its four-month tourist season, Geiranger shows off its village and surrounding area to several hundred thousand people. Tourism is the main livelihood for the village, seeing that all five hotels and more than ten camping sites are filled to capacity from May to September.
Things to do in Geiranger
Although it is a relatively small village, Geiranger does come with a range of elements and activities. Taking tours of neighbouring historic farms such as Skagefla and Knivsfla are popular ways to enjoy a day. If your visit is during the month of June, there is the From Fjord to Summit half marathon. Spectators watch as 400 to 500 people participate in several events that see them run and bike their way 21 kms from sea level to the top of the local Mount Dalsnibba.
The Seven Sisters Waterfalls is a spectacular set of falls that are made up of seven separate streams. Located along the Geirangerfjord about 6.5 km away from the village, visitors will witness the 39th tallest waterfalls in Norway. These waterfalls are south of two local historic farms.
When traveling along Geirnagerfjord, you will see several small farms amongst the hills that run along the fjord. Along the route are two farms that date back to the 1600s. One of these historic farms is Knivsfla, which sits approximately 820 feet (250 meters) above the fjord. Due to the danger of falling rocks, it was abandoned in 1898. Part of what used to be Knivsfla farm is now a mountain pasture that sits 1,600 feet (500 meters) above the fjord and can be reached only by a small footpath.
Directly across from Knivsfla is another historic farm. It too, lies about 820 feet (250 meters) above the fjord and takes between two and four hours to reach by foot from Geiranger. Another option to get there is sea kayak, which then leaves visitors with a step 30-minute climb to reach the farm.
Getting to Geiranger
For such a remote location, Geiranger does ensure those looking for it can find it. Geiranger can be reached by plane from the neighbouring city of Ålesund, a mere 124 kms away. It can also be reached by car via different mountain passes, depending on your departure city. Hopping on a ferry at Hellesylt or Valldal and arriving via the famous Geirangerfjord is also a popular option.