Port Guide of Geiranger Norway

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Everything you need to know about visiting Geirangerfjord in Norway.The village boasts several attractions, such as the Seven Sisters waterfall, the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord. Is your cruise docking in the tiny village of Geiranger? If it is, you will need this handy guide on the best things to do in the Geirangerfjord port.

Everything you need to Know about visiting Geirangerfjord in Norway

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Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

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The iconic Port of Geirangerfjord is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. In this Port Guide of Geiranger Norway you will find all there is to truly enjoy what this port has to offer. Norway and Geiranger is the perfect place to take children there is so much for them to do.

You can hire Bikes, stand under waterfalls, look for trolls and do the traditional piling of stones. During our trip with the cruise line Royal Caribbean, we embarked on a scenic tour and excursion of Geirangerfjord that lasted approximately three hours which did both view points. We also disembarked and did a boat trip and explored the village.

What is the Port of Geiranger in Norway?

Geiranger Fjord Waterfall
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and although it only has a population of around 200 people it sees many visitors each year. Cruising the Norwegian Fjords is the perfect way to explore this area.

Snow-capped mountains, lush green hillsides, and glistening blue water extend as far as the eye can see. The small village of Geiranger below provides perspective on the majestic mountains either side. There are two viewing areas, a short walk apart, offering stunning vistas. It’s worthwhile to visit both while you’re here.

Get Up Early for the Route in to Geiranger Fjord

View from ship in Geiranger Fjord
View from ship in Geiranger Fjord ,Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

The route into Geiranger is stunning and can take a few hours to approach. It is worth getting up early to see the views well before you dock in Geiranger. The fjord is 260 metres deep while the surrounding mountains are 1600-1700 metres high. The fjord is also known for its spectacular waterfalls and its fjord farms high up in the cliffside.

What is in the Port at Geiranger and what excursions can I do from Geirangerfjord?

Port Guide of Geiranger Norway, Geiranger port has a tourism office, a few cafes and some gift shops
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

You will disembark the cruise ship by way of the new walkway. A floating boardwalk will take you directly from the ship to the portside. If there is another ship in port you may be tendered.

Geiranger port has a tourism office, a few cafes and some gift shops. There are plenty of places to walk should you wish to not go far. Alternatively  you can book a tour of the surrounding area and really experience it all. Almost all of the excursions can be booked from visiting the local tourist office or online at Geiranger Fjord Service

Explore the Waterfalls of Geiranger such as Storsæterfossen

The Bride waterfall in Geiranger
The Bridal Veil waterfall in Geiranger, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

One of the best things to do in Geiranger Fjord is visit some of its many waterfalls. The best season to visit the Geirangerfjord is late springtime or early summer when the snow melts.

Hike to Storsæterfossen waterfall; You can also take a hiking trail to Storsæterfossen waterfall where you will actually take the trail behind the waterfall and stand under it. There are signposted trails from Geiranger where you can also purchase or borrow a walking stick to help you on your route.

The Seven Sisters waterfalls

Port Guide of Geiranger Norway,  Seven Sisters waterfalls
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

The Seven Sisters is the waterfall that every one comes to see. On your arrival you will be lucky enough to see the Seven Sisters waterfall from the comfort of your ship. On your approach to Geiranger you will sail straight past it. You could also take a trip out to see the waterfalls up close. If you do this you will also see the Bridal Veil waterfall and the Friaren waterfall which  means suitor and is shaped like a bottle. If you are lucky your cruise ship may even do a 360 turn in front of the waterfalls as ours did!

Explore the Waterfall Walk in Gieranger in the Centre of the Town. 

One of the easiest waterfalls in Geirangerfjord is the Fossevandring and it is a 10 minute walk from the port.
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

One of the easiest waterfalls in Geirangerfjord is the Fossevandring and it is a 10 minute walk from the port in the small town. This is perfect if you do not want to do an excursion and just want to see directly what Geirangerfjord has to offer.

You can walk to the bottom of the waterfall which is directly in the centre of town and easy to see. You may then choose to climb the 327 steps to the top of the waterfall for the views and a visit to the Norwegian fjords centre. Here you will find all of the information on the wWorld UNESCO site of Geiranger, including the way of life, history and scenery and the latest updates on the technology used to check for landslides.

Take a Boat Trip Along the Fjord

The Seven Sisters waterfalls boat tour
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

There are various boat audio tours that can be booked either online or directly from the port tourist office. Here you will see all of the waterfalls along the Fjord.

Take a bus tour or book a coach trip up to Mount Dalsnibba.

Geiranger Skywalk board
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

A trip up to Mount Dalsnibba for the views is amazing and well worth the views!

Flydalsjuvet viewpoint

View from
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Flydalsjuvet viewpoint is one of the first view points as you climb up to mount Dalsnibba. The coach will stop here for you to take the perfect photo.

Take a Look From Geiranger Skywalk

View from the top of Mount Dalsnibba Geiranger Norway
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Mount Dalsnibba has a fabulous viewing point at the top called the Geiranger Skywalk. This is only open during the summer months when there is no snow. There is a shop and cafe here at the top and with the most superb views if the weather is on your side. 

See the Views from Eagle bend road in Geiranger Norway

Geiranger fjord view form eagle bend
Geiranger fjord view form eagle bend, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

This part of Norway is stunning! Eagle bend road and viewpoint is a wonderful place to get a good view of Geirangerfjord.The Eagle road has 11 hairpin bends and is one of the main routes in to Geiranger. There is a newly constructed viewing point and even a small waterfall you can stand under should you wish. The view over the Fjord here is just amazing. There are many ways you can see this, You could book a bus tour or even hire a Twizy electric car.

Stand under the Waterfall on Eagle Bend Road

Port Guide of Geiranger Norway, The waterfall at Eagle Bend road
Eagle bend Waterfall, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

We loved standing under the Waterfall on Eagle Bend Road! But you may need your waterproofs!

Pile Stones in Geiranger at Mount Dalsnibba

Mount Dalsnibba build stones ,Port Guide of Geiranger Norway
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

One thing that everyone loves to do is stack stones to ward off trolls at Mount Dalsnibba. You will see these everywhere and your children will love it.

Look for Trolls

Geiranger Troll cruising with kids,Port Guide of Geiranger Norway
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Trolls are a big part of Norway and you can find many in Geiranger. For more tours visit Fjord tours where you can Hire bikes, cars or take a boat trip.

Other useful information about Geiranger Norway

Geiranger Fjord, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance
  • The currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). There is an ATM at the supermarket and you can also exchange currency at the Fjordbuda souvenir shop.
  • It is very expensive to eat and drink in Norway so it may be cheaper to go back to the ship for lunch or take a packed lunch.
  • What can you buy in the shops at Geiranger? knitwear, as well as troll figures and other souvenirs. You can also purchase winter down filled coats that are great value for money.
  • Check out this handy map guide to whats in the port.
  • Be aware there can sometimes be a few ships in the port at any one time so it can get busy. Prebook any tours you want to do prior to your visit.
  • The weather in Norway can be unpredictable. Take plenty of layers.

What is the weather in Geiranger?

Most cruises to Geiranger take place between May, June, July, August to September when it is less cold. With the longest days being July and August this is generally the best time to visit when there is less snow and plenty of action from the waterfalls.

This Port Guide of Geiranger Norway will help you navigate your way around the town. Most importantly enjoy your time in Norway and check out our other port guides and Cruising Norway with kids.

 

 

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  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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