Situated in the inner Geirangerfjord, Geiranger offers a real taste of World Heritage!
Geiranger is situated in the inner Geirangerfjord which is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites. The Geirangerfjord is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the Nærøyfjord, since 2005.
Geiranger is surrounded by steep mountains on either side of the fjord, which has made it one of the most visited tourist destination in Norway. Along the side of the fjord, there are a number of now abandoned farms. The most commonly visited among these are Skageflå, Knivsflå and Blomberg. Skageflå may be reached by foot from Geiranger, while the others can only be reached from the fjord.
The fjord is also host to several impressive waterfalls. The two most notable waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord are De Syv Søstre(the seven sisters) and Friaren (the suitor or 'the Wooer'). The two waterfalls face one another across the fjord, and the suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters opposite.
There are approximately 240 inhabitants in Geiranger and most of them are employed in tourism. The village is surrounded by steep mountains on either side of the fjord, which has made it one of the most visited tourist destination with more than 700 000 visitors each year.
In Geiranger you can take a one and a half hour fjord cruise. A comfortable sightseeing boat takes you out on the fjord, bringing you close to the cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and the abandoned mountain farms. If you want to see Geiranger from the best viewpoints, you can drive up to Ørnesvingen, Flydalsjuvet or Dalsnibba (toll road). Or you can walk up to Vesteråsfjellet or Skageflå.