The natural scenery in Geiranger is nothing short of spectacular. Surrounded by majestic, snow-capped mountains and stunning waterfalls, the town is perched on the edge of the Geirangerfjord, which has been rated the best preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site by National Geographic.
As Norway’s second largest cruise port, the town of Geiranger has been a magnet for tourists from all over the world for years; Geiranger sees over 700,000 nature-loving travellers each year. It’s also a prime destination for more active travellers, offering up chances to kayak on the Geirangerfjord, as well as hiking trails through the nearby mountains.
Pristine and photogenic, Geiranger is one of Mother Nature’s premier works of art and should rank highly on any Norway itinerary. The surrounding landscape has been capturing the hearts of visitors for decades and you are sure to fall in love with it as well.
Cruise ships dock just offshore and either tender passengers ashore or allow them to walk straight into town via the new SeaWalk pier. The tender pier is only a 5 minute walk from the town centre.
All necessary amenities are available in the town centre, which is a leisurely walk away from the Geiranger pier.
Facilities nearby include:
- Public toilets
- Internet access
- Restaurants and cafés
- Tourist information office.
Geiranger is a small fjord town and, apart from its natural splendours, offers little beyond a few hotels, souvenir shops, and restaurants and cafés.
How to Get Around
Geiranger itself is very small and is easily explored on foot.
To reach some of the most popular viewpoints in town, passengers are advised to make use of the hop on/hop off bus (available just near the port). Alternatively, passengers can also hire a car for the day or flag a taxi to reach other parts of the surrounding region.
Travel times from the cruise ship port:
- It is a 2 minute journey to the Peer Gynt Galleriet
- It is a 15 minute journey to the Norsk Fjordsenter.
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Dalsnibba lookout point.
- The other famous viewpoints of Ørnevegen and Flydalsjuvet are best visited on the hop on/hop off bus.
- Currency - The local currency in Geiranger is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Geiranger is on Central European Time (CET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Geiranger switches to daylight savings around the end of March and switches back in late October; the area is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time during this time of year.
- Weather - The climate in Geiranger is mild, with cool summers and refreshing winters. The surrounding mountains often receive plenty of snowfall during winter, making for excellent skiing conditions. The average summer temperature (June to August) is around 10 degrees Celsius, while average temperatures in winter (November to February) hover between -3 and -5 degrees Celsius.
- Geiranger Sightseeing Cruise - Appreciate the raw beauty and natural splendour of one of Norway’s most picturesque fjords on a Geiranger sightseeing cruise. The Geiranger Fjordservice operates 90-minute cruises through the UNESCO World Heritage site, sailing through glistening water and past majestic waterfalls (including the Seven Sisters), towering mountain ranges, and dramatic cliff faces. Cruises depart every day from May to September.
- Dalsnibba Lookout Point - Head to the Dalsnibba lookout point for the best panoramic views of the Geiranger Valley and Fjord. At 1,500 metres above sea level, this lookout point is the highest vantage point from which to take in the beautiful landscape and it can be reached via a daily bus (from mid-June to mid-August) from Geiranger.
- Norsk Fjordsenter - Drop by the Norsk Fjordsenter while in Geiranger and learn all about Norwegian fjord history and culture. Housed in an architecturally impressive building, the centre uses displays, paintings and pictures – as well as the latest technology – to educate and entertain. Opening hours are from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Saturday every day of the year, with slightly longer hours during the summer period (May to August).
- Peer Gynt Galleriet - Spend an hour or two checking out the impressive bas-relief interpretation of the famous Peer Gynt fairy tale. Carved by local artist Oddvin Parr, the wood carvings take visitors on a journey through Norwegian myth and legend. There’s also an hourly 35-minute audio-visual show in English that visitors can enjoy. The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm.