The deep, dark blue fjord carves its way between snow-covered mountains, rugged cliffs, roaring waterfalls and lush but steep mountainsides. Walking along the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a truly beautiful experience. Here I give you an insight into my trips in the Geiranger area. The area offers a wide range of experiences. Where to start?
A good place to start is Vesterås Gård. From here, the hiking opportunities are many and you get close to Norwegian, traditional culture. I was welcomed by cute lambs, cuddly goats and the occasional llama who lay and enjoyed life in the sun. You can hardly get it more nationally romantic - and especially not if you do like me to trudge around in the green meadows dressed in knickers and traditional Norwegian wool sweaters.
A STEEP MOUNTAIN SHELF WITH A VIEW OF GEIRANGER
If you want an easy and short hike with first-class views of Geiranger, fjords and mountains, Vesteråsfjellet can be a good choice. From Vesterås Gård, follow a tractor road for 20 minutes before reaching the viewpoint. This is an ideal evening trip if you have some time to spare. The terrain is easy and low hiking shoes are the ideal footwear.
HIKING BEHIND WATER!
Storseterfossen is worth a visit. The hike up to the waterfall is based on Vesterås Gård and is notch more demanding than the trip down to Vesteråsfjellet. The path up is somewhat hilly and hiking shoes will fit better for this trip. The trip to the waterfall is in itself beautiful and takes you through green meadows and nice forest areas. I had to take a break, sit down and listen to the rich bird life. Countless bird sounds created a calming and cozy atmosphere in Vesteråsdalen. Nevertheless, it was the waterfall that gave the trip the greatest experience.
FLYDALSJUVET, A PHOTOGENGE GEM!
Although Flydalsjuvet is not known for being a hike, it is a photographic treat that should be given some attention. The vantage point is one of Norway's most famous photo motifs and has been used in many tourism campaigns - not without reason!
From the center of Geiranger it is about 4 km up to the viewpoint which is right next to the road towards Grotli. The view towards Geiranger is exceptional with fjords, mountains, gorges, buildings and large cruise ships that glide carefully between the rest-exposed mountain sides.
The vantage point consists of two levels and it is absolutely not necessary to go out on the rock in the picture. If you should fall for the temptation, then be extremely careful! This is not the place to step wrong or to loose balance!!
BIGGER CHALLENGES? GO ON A MOUNTAIN TOP!
The mountain hikes around the Geirangerfjord are many and incredibly beautiful! If you think the view from Veståsfjellet, Flydalsjuvet or the other easily accessible viewpoints is spectacular, then some of the mountain peaks near the fjord should have their place in your bucket list. I strapped on my skis and picked up Geitfonnegga (1453 masl) and do not regret a second of that choice!
WHY NOT FLIP INTO EIDSDALEN?
Once you are in Geiranger, you should also consider making the trip to Eidsdalen. I have been to several times recently. Partly because it is a natural passage on the way to Geiranger and partly because the valley offers beautiful nature. Photoshoot with Devold of Norway and swimming in Eidsvatnet has been one of the things I have done in the scenic valley. Had I had more time, I would also have climbed more of the mountains west of the valley. These mountains offer a first-class view of the Sunnylvsfjord!
The hiking opportunities around Geirangerfjorden are endless and the tours I have presented above give only a tiny taste of what the area has to offer. This World Heritage Site should be included in your future itineraries!