An iconic attraction featuring many of the characteristic natural and cultural charms of the Norwegian fjords.
The jewel in the crown
The Geirangerfjord is often considered the jewel in Norway's crown. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls, the fjord extends more than 100 kilometres inland from Ålesund on the west coast.
A visit to Geirangerfjord is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Norway. With its steep mountains and glittering lake, it’s an impressive 15 kilometres long while the fjord itself is 260 metres deep.
The UNESCO-listed fjord boasts 800-metre-high cliffs and impressive waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil. One of the many highlights include a visit to Ørneveien (the Eagle Road), where you can catch a magnificent view over the fjord itself.
Local culture in Geiranger
The first stretch of the fjords contains many lively small towns and villages, such as Sula on the fjord’s north bank, and the settlements that once were centres for Arctic seal hunting.
The go-getting attitude in the local culture is best exemplified by the “furniture adventure” in Sykkylven and Ekornes. Many of the 70,00 residents of these communities are involved in a thriving local furniture production sector that serves domestic and export markets. A bit further into the fjord, the 4,600 inhabitants of Stranda have made an adventure for themselves, supplying all of Norway with frozen pizza.
Mountains dominate the mid-section of the fjord, where human activity is restricted to small farms clinging on to the mountainside.
Geiranger, the charming village at the head of Geirangerfjord, is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions. Despite its population of 250 inhabitants, Geiranger is buzzing with life throughout summer.