The Geirangerfjord

This iconic attraction features many of the characteristic natural and cultural charms of the Norwegian fjords.

The Geirangerfjord is often considered the jewel in Norway's crown of fjords. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, 800-meter-high cliffs and cascading waterfalls, the UNESCO-listed fjord is an impressive 15 kilometers long and 260 metres deep.

Some of the fjord's most-visited attractions are its impressive falls, namely Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil. You also shouldn't miss a visit to Ørneveien (the Eagle Road), where you can catch a magnificent view over the fjord itself.


Local culture

The first stretch of the fjord is home to many lively small towns and villages, such as Sula on the fjord’s north bank, as well as settlements that were once centers for Arctic seal hunting.

Geiranger, the charming village at the head of Geirangerfjord, is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions. Despite its population of only 250 inhabitants, it is buzzing with life throughout the summer.

Enjoy the view of a lifetime

The Geiranger Skywalk sits almost 5,000 feet above sea level at the top of a twisting mountain road. This platform at Dalsnibba offers a panoramic view of the Geirangerfjord and the snow-capped mountains that surround it.

It’s the highest view of a fjord from a road in Europe, so take your time, soak it all in, and breathe in the pure mountain air. You definitely won’t want to forget your camera on your visit here (or anywhere in the Geirangerfjord area, for that matter).


A spectacular set of siblings

As you cruise down Geirangerfjord, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Seven Sisters. These are no ordinary set of siblings – the Seven Sisters is a spectacular waterfall made up of seven separate streams. Their average fall clocks in at around 820 feet and they’re best seen from May to June when the previous winter’s snow is in the process of melting.

Across the water is a lone waterfall known as ‘the Suitor,’ forever lamenting his failed attempts to woo the sisters.

Get back to nature

There are plenty of things to do in Geirangerfjord that bring you up close to nature. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’re in for a treat. Guided kayak tours are one option. You could paddle down to the Seven Sisters or just learn a new skill in stunning surroundings. Go full throttle by taking a high-octane RIB boat tour across the water.

Another option is exploring the fjord on foot by taking a short hike – there are trails dotted all throughout the area. One hiking itinerary is a pleasant and short walk from Vesterås farm up to the Vesteråsfjellet viewpoint.


Visit a few local landmarks

The Seven Sisters may be the best-known landmark in the Geirangerfjord, but it is certainly not the only one. You can also visit Bridal Veil waterfall, a delicate fall that has the appearance of a sheer, white veil.

One surprising activity in Geirangerfjord is to check out the now-abandoned farmsteads scattered along the fjord. These farms are a symbol of a Norway lost to time. Many of them, such as Hellesylt Bygdetun, are now museums.