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The best way to see Geirangerfjord, Norway, depends on whether you would prefer to enjoy the spectacular scenery up close or from stunning viewpoints. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site the fjord has become one of the country’s most popular attractions, and so there are a number of different ways to enjoy it. Thankfully it’s easy to get a number of different but equally amazing perspectives of Geirangerfjord in just one day, so there’s no excuse for missing it off your Norway itinerary! It may not even be possible to visit the fjord in the future, as it’s expected the mountain Åkerneset will collapse and send a tsunami along Geirangerfjord that could reach up to 80 metres high and destroy the villages of Geiranger and Hellesylt. Fortunately though, it’s still possible to visit for now and there are evacuation plans in place for when disaster strikes. Don’t miss your chance to visit, so read on to find out the best ways to see Geirangerfjord, Norway!
Planning to visit Geirangerfjord? Make sure to read our article on the best things to do in Geiranger village!
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Best ways to see Geirangerfjord
Ljoen viewpoint in Hellesylt
Situated directly opposite where Geirangerfjord branches off from Sunnylvsfjorden, Ljoen viewpoint offers wonderful close-up views of the fjord. With fantastic views of the stunning mountainous scenery, it’s undoubtedly one of the best views of Geirangerfjord.
Words really cannot do justice to just how brilliant the views of the fjord are from here, but for an idea then take a look at the picture below. All we can say is that this spot is simply unmissable if you’re visiting Hellesylt and want to enjoy a Geirangerfjord viewpoint.
Visiting the viewpoint also gives you the chance to get up close to one of Norway’s many fjord waterfalls. Just follow the trail upwards towards the toilets and you will be able to see the waterfall powering down towards the fjord below.
Ljoen viewpoint is between tunnels on road number 60, around a 5-10 minute drive away Hellesylt. Some tours do make a photo stop at the viewpoint, but if you’re not taking a tour then your best option is to rent a car and drive there yourself.
There is no entrance fee at Ljoen viewpoint, which means you can enjoy one of the best views of Geirangerfjord completely free!
Visit the Geiranger Skywalk at Dalsnibba to enjoy a breathtaking view of Geirangerfjord from 1,500 metres above sea level. It provides a completely different perspective to the Ljoen viewpoint, allowing you to admire panoramic views of the incredible landscape from above.
The Geiranger Skywalk at Dalsnibba is the highest viewpoint of the Geirangerfjord, and so it provides unrivalled views of the towering mountains and surroundings. If that’s not enough, you also get a great view of the nearby Blåbreen glacier.
Geiranger Skywalk is only accessible by road, so you will either need to rent a car or take a coach trip to get there. The viewpoint is normally open between May and October, but exact dates can vary depending on the weather and road conditions.
It costs 170 NOK to visit Geiranger Skywalk by car, which allows entry for up to 5 people. If you want to book in advance you can buy your tickets through the official skywalk website.
If you decide to take a coach tour then prices will vary depending on what other stops are included. Nibblebus provide return trips from Geiranger to the skywalk, with prices for 2020 expected to be 450 NOK per adult and 300 NOK for children. If you want to find out more you can book tickets via this website.
The skywalk is located around a 45-minute drive away from Geiranger, which means it’s an easy day trip from the village. Make sure to wrap up in some warm clothes for your visit as it can get very cold up at the top! Thankfully, it’s worth braving the cold for the majestic views!
Scenic cruise in Geirangerfjord
One of the best ways to see Geirangerfjord is on a scenic cruise. A cruise/boat trip gives you the chance to ride along the length of the fjord, enjoying the spectacular scenery and landscape on the way.
As you cruise along Geirangerfjord you will pass its two most famous waterfalls – ‘the Suitor’ and the ‘Seven Sisters Falls’. Aside from that you will pass between towering mountains and see deserted farms perched high up on cliffs.
Boat trips along the fjord provide fascinating commentary in order for you to learn more about the fjord as you enjoy its incredible landscape. Make sure to listen out for the story of how the two famous waterfalls got their names!
The Geirangerfjord ferry, which runs between Hellesylt and Geiranger, costs 295 NOK per person. If you’re travelling with children from 4 to 15 years old then tickets are half price, and for any children below the age of 4 the ferry is completely free.
Ferries along the fjord only run from 1st April to the 31st October, so if you plan to visit outside of these months you won’t be able to cruise along Geirangerfjord. Trips take around an hour and 5 minutes one-way. You can find the Geirangerfjord cruise timetable by clicking here to visit Fjord Norway’s website!
If you don’t want to travel all the way to Hellesylt then you can opt for a boat trip that both starts and ends in Geiranger itself. There are 3 different options available: a 60-minute cruise, a 90-minute cruise, or a 90-minute cruise with a hike to the Skagehola fjord farm. Dates for these trips vary, but it’s possible to book these cruises for dates between 1st June and 31st October.
If you want to admire Geirangerfjord from another perspective then don’t miss the Flydalsjuvet Rock Viewpoint. It’s a very popular viewpoint thanks to its wonderful views, so it can get quite busy during the peak season – especially when cruise ships are visiting Geiranger and the nearby areas.
Despite not being as high as the skywalk, Flydalsjuvet still provides brilliant views. If you’re pushed for time and don’t want to go all the way up to the skywalk then this is a great alternative. To make things better, it’s completely free to visit!
The best way to access Flydalsjuvet Rock Viewpoint is by road, but you can also walk there if you’d prefer. It takes around 75-90 minutes to walk there from the village itself, but be prepared to work hard as you ascend towards the viewpoint.
Kayaking along Geirangerfjord is a truly special experience that can help turn a good trip into a great one! It’s a great alternative to the boat cruise if you’re looking for a more active and adventurous way to see the fjord.
Travelling along Geirangerfjord is more peaceful when compared to the ferry trips as it’s unlikely that many other people will be about at all. This means you can often have uninterrupted views of the surroundings.
Prices vary between operators and depending on whether you rent a single or double kayak. Expect prices to start from around 360 NOK per hour for a single kayak, and around 480 NOK per hour for a double. As you’d expect, the longer you rent the kayak for, the lower the hourly rate is.
It’s also possible to take guided kayak tours of Geirangerfjord, but again prices will vary between operators.
Best time to visit Geirangerfjord
The best time to visit Geirangerfjord is between May and September as these months normally have the best weather. This does mean that it’s the peak tourist season in the area though, with June to August being the busiest period.
To avoid the crowds you’re best to visit in either May or September. The weather in Geirangerfjord should still hopefully be good enough in these months, but there should be fewer tourists.
The fjord is a lot quieter between October and April as no cruise ships visit during these months. If you’re hoping for good weather though, you’re best to visit during peak season.
It’s important to remember that the ferries and boats along Geirangerfjord don’t run all year round, so if you want to take a boat trip make sure to visit between 1st April and 31st October.
To see the waterfalls at their strongest then we recommend visiting in April as the recent winter rainfall should mean they are still relatively powerful. The ferries only start running in April, so if you visit earlier in the year it isn’t that easy to see the waterfalls along the fjord.
How to get to Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord’s nearest airport and train station are around 120 kilometres and 130 kilometres away respectively, so it’s best to reach the area by car. Fortunately car rental prices in Norway are reasonably affordable considering how expensive the country can be!
Having a car is a great option as it means you can travel at your own pace and stop to admire the country’s incredible scenery whenever you want. The roads in Norway are in good condition, although you may want to avoid driving in winter unless you’re used to driving in harsh conditions.
The alternatives to renting a car are to get to Geirangerfjord by public transport, cruise or tour. If you aren’t renting a car then make sure to read this article by Fjord Norway for information on getting to Geiranger.
Best places to stay in Geirangerfjord
If you want to stay in Geirangerfjord then you will need to stay in one of the hotels in the small village of Geiranger at the end of the fjord. Accommodation options are quite limited, especially as some hotels and guest houses are only open during peak season.
As there are only a few accommodation options, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to make sure you have the best choice. There are some great accommodation options available on Booking.com, so we suggest taking a look on their website to see what suits your needs best.
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