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Geiranger (Photo:Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock)

About Geiranger

Geiranger is a tiny little village, situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Geirangerfjord. The real draw is the fjord itself, with its green mountainsides, snowcapped peaks and fairytale-esque waterfalls. You'll get up close views of the fjord -- and the famous Seven Sisters and the Suitor waterfalls -- as you sail in and out of Geiranger; in summer, it'll be light out for both the early morning arrival and afternoon or early evening departure. The scenic cruising will be the highlight of a Norwegian fjords itinerary.



The town of Geiranger can be traversed from end to end in about five minutes. It's got the requisite souvenir shops, restaurants serving up reindeer and caramel-tasting brown goat cheese, a charming old church and the Fjordcenter to get your fjord 411. But mostly it serves as a jumping-off point for tours in the area. For a bird's-eye view of the fjord scenery, head up to scenic viewpoints like Dalsnibba or Eagle's Bend or take to the skies in a helicopter. Or go the other direction, and hop in a kayak to get closer to nature and feel the enormity of the mountains above you. For a bit of history and culture, visit a mountain farm and learn about how people live in this remote area.



About 150 to 200 cruise ships visit Geiranger every year, bringing more than 700,000 tourists during the May-through-September tourist season. With up to five ships in port at a time -- you wouldn't think the harbor could fit that many -- tours book up and the streets in town get packed. If you've got your heart set on a specific tour, do your research and consider booking in advance. Geiranger is such a beautiful place, it would be a shame not to see it to its fullest.

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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Norse Legends & Baltic JewelsDetails

52 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 29, 2023
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Norways Famous Fjords 11d Lon-cphDetails

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Leaving:Dover
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Leaving:Reykjavik
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7 Reviews
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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79 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 7, 2023
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185 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Leaving:Reykjavik
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538 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Aug 6, 2023
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Norse LegendsDetails

52 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Europe - IcelandDetails

7 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 17, 2023
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More about Geiranger

Why go to Geiranger?

Pros:

Geiranger is where passengers will find the too-stunning-for-words Gierangerfjord

Cons:

Geiranger is more remote than other ports, and fog can seriously inhibit views

Bottom Line:

If you're lucky enough to be booked on a cruise that calls here, don't miss the fjords

Geiranger Cruise Port Facilities?

Nothing in Geiranger is too far away. The area immediately adjacent to the pier offers a tourist office (where you can book day-of tours), toilets, a post office, souvenir shops, bus pickup, taxi stand and food.

Good to Know?

Norway is very expensive. Be prepared for sticker shock if you're planning on dining in town or doing any shopping.



Also, the weather in Norway can be changeable, though bad weather can linger for hours before clearing up. Wear layers and bring rain gear -- even if it seems nice when you're preparing to debark. If you're booking any kind of tour in advance, make sure you're willing to go even if the weather is overcast or wet. On our day in Geiranger, many people reported the scenic overlooks to be fogged in with no view to be had.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Geiranger proper is about a five-minute walk end to end. If you want to reach the church, Fjordcenter, Hotel Union or hiking trailhead, it's a steep 10- to 15-minute walk up Geiranger's one real road.



By Bus: A City Sightseeing bus takes independent travelers to Geiranger's two scenic viewpoints, Flydalsjuvet and Ornevegen (Eagle's Bend). The tour takes 90 minutes, and unlike the company's omnipresent hop on hop off buses, the Geiranger version does not let passengers come and go as they please (though there's a 20-minute stop at each overlook).



By Taxi: Taxis are available on the main road by the pier if you wish to head up to Westeras Farm or another destination. They take both cash and credit cards.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). Check www.xe.com and www.oanda.com for current exchange rates. An ATM is located at the supermarket, and you can exchange currency at the Fjordbuda souvenir shop.

Language?

Norwegian is a varied language, with two written forms --Nynorsk and Bokmal. When speaking, Norwegians use their own regional dialects but generally can understand each other. Most people speak excellent English, as kids learn it in school from an early age. A few key phrases to know include: hallo (hello); tak (thank you); ja (yes); and nei (no).

Where You're Docked?

Ships tender to the Geirangerfjord Cruise Terminal, three short piers side by side. Amazingly, given the tiny size of the town, a maximum of five ships can call in Geiranger in one day, with a limit of 8,000 cruise visitors.


Geiranger Cruise Reviews
This was our third visit to Geiranger, it's always a pleasant spot with plenty to see in the town and several museums in case it rains. Read More
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Myrrhanda
All the ports were nice but Geiranger was the best. I recommend Mt. Dalsniba and a RIB boat; the latter was very exciting. Save big bucks by arranging tours independently Read More
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PomPoot
One of us had a RIB Boat tour and the other had a Kayaking tour - unfortunately due to the foul weather, the Kayaking was cancelled but the rib went out anyway. Despite a minor stress about the cancelled tour, I was Read More
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slclove
Wow!! This is the most beautiful place on earth! We did a ship tour to Herdal Farm, what an enjoyable day we had. I feel like we stepped back in time at the farm. Some 450 head of goats there and some we so frienRead More
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