Geiranger, Norway cruise holidays
The small idyllic village and cruise port of Geiranger lies at the head of the famous S-shaped Geirangerfjord. It’s surrounded by spectacular UNESCO-listed scenery: the area is recognised as one of outstanding natural beauty, boasting some of Norway’s longest, deepest, narrowest and most dramatic fjords. It is just nine miles long but the snaking Geirangerfjord is the most photographed of all Norways fjords because of the sheer beauty of its setting. As you cruise along to the ships anchorage off Geiranger cruise port, just marvel at the views as spectacular waterfalls with evocative names like Bridal Veil and The Seven Sisters cascade down from the steep rocky peaks that overlook the fjord from both sides.
Geiranger welcomed its first cruise ship (carrying a group of Quakers from Scotland) in 1869 and its appeal for visitors has hardly changed since then. It is still just a small village resort which simply makes the ideal base for walking, boating, or motoring tours into a surrounding area full of natural beauty and magnificent scenery with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, plunging waterfalls and age-old glaciers. There are superb views from the Dalsnibban mountain plateau overlooking the fjord.
Take the precipitous Trollstigen mountain road (the Troll’s Path), which weaves through the village connecting to the Flydalsjuvet lookout with its stunning fjord views. The road is an experience in itself with plenty of amazing photo opportunities, but further adrenaline-inducing experiences await at the Geiranger Skywalk at Dalsnibba, a hair-raising 1,500m above sea level. This is Europe’s highest fjord view from a road, so bring your camera (but hold on to it tight!) – the new platform with its glass guardrail opened in 2016 and offers a different way to take in the uninterrupted views of the surrounding fjords and mountains.