Norway · Geiranger Fjord
The UNESCO World Heritage Geiranger Fjord may be Norway’s single most dramatic stretch of water. It is particularly narrow and steep with tall surrounding mountains—the closest thing in the country to a “box” fjord. The walls rise up over 1400 meters above the inland waters of the Norwegian Sea, and for much of the year the surrounding peaks remain capped in snow. It is one of the world’s longest and deepest fjords. In many ways, Geiranger Fjord is the quintessential fjord experience (and has the crowds to prove it).
With its glass-like water, narrow passage, dramatic waterfalls, and hovering low clouds, you will feel as if you are in a mystical place when you visit Geiranger Fjord. It is easy to see why it is often referred to as Norway’s fairytale fjord, and it is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Norway.
The town of Geiranger at the eastern edge of the fjord is the base for all activities and accommodations. Given the high volume of boats that frequent the Geiranger fjord, it is not surprising that the town is built-up with tourist infrastructure. Nevertheless, Geiranger is pleasant and the amenities can provide for a nice stopover.
Along the sides of this magnificent fjord, there a number of abandoned farms. The now deserted fjord farms tell the tales of a different time and way of life. You can visit some of the farms, such as Skageflå, Knivsflå, Blomberg, Matvik, Syltevik and Westerås. You can spend the night at Westerås, sample the local food served at the outdoor restaurant, whilst enjoying the spectacular view of the fjord below.
The fjord also has several impressive waterfalls. The famous and characteristic waterfall “The Seven Sisters” is situated halfway through the fjord. When you visit the Geiranger area, it is possible to stop at amazing viewpoints, such as Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet and Ørnesvingen.