Cruises to Geiranger

161 Reviews
Geiranger (Photo:Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to 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. Find this popular port on one of our upcoming Norway cruise itineraries.

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More about Geiranger

Why Cruise 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.

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).



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Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). 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
In Geiranger our electric bike excursion was not until the afternoon so my husband and I decided to explore and hike up to the waterwall on our own. We spent about 4 hours hiking up the trail. We made it to the farRead More
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Ella2014
A small place so a few hours was enough, unless you do one their long hikes. We booked via P&O the ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger. The scenery en route was absolutely fabulous. We had 3 hours their and we hiked alRead More
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Podweeb
Geiranger was one of the highlights of this cruise. The town itself is tiny, nice souvenir shops, a few restaurants and a grocery store. The bus tour we took was wonderful, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous! ThisRead More
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LVHOKIE
By the time we woke up our ship was already docked in Geiranger, so we missed the sail in. We probably wouldn't have seen much anyway as the fog was socked in. I was worried our panorama bus tour would have no view aRead More
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