Day trip to Geiranger and Geirangerfjord

Drive from Ålesund to Geiranger in a little over 2 hours to visit the beautiful and dramatic Geirangerfjord and amazing waterfalls. You can also drive to Geiranger and take the car ferry to Hellesylt and drive back to Alesund from there (basically make a large loop) - in hindsight we wish we had taken this route. This allows you to see more along the way, and taking the ferry eliminates the need to pay for a fjord cruise too! Give yourself about 6 hours to do the entire loop back to Ålesund. The ferry we took over Route 63 (to Eidsdal) was 56 NOK a person (with a car).

Things to do in Geiranger

Ørnesvingen Viewpoint

Another breathtaking viewpoint of the fjords offering incredible views of the Geirangerfjord. Cross your fingers you get sunny weather like we did when we visited - makes for outstanding pictures! Definitely worth a stop on your way into or out of Geiranger.

Fossevandring (Waterfall Walk)

This waterfall walk can be accessed directly from the center of Geiranger. There are steps that take you up along the side of the waterfall, and you can feel the mist from the falls at certain parts. Once you get closer to the top, the views of Geiranger and the fjord are great. There is a nice park and cafe at the top as well.

Fjord Cruise

We took the 90 minute fjord cruise from Pier 1. We were lucky and had great weather for sightseeing and being out on the water. The cruise took us to the junction of the next small fjord near Hellesylt and back. Along the way we passed amazing landscape and some beautiful waterfalls, such as “The Seven Sisters” and “The Suitor.”

Tips: Get in line at least 20 minutes before departure to get the seats you want on the boat.


This viewpoint is about 10 minutes from central Geiranger, up a few hairpin turns, offering amazing views of the Fossevandring waterfall and fjord. Norway certainly does not disappoint with their great viewpoints located throughout the fjords.

Food in Geiranger

Geiranger Bakeri

Stop into the bakery for a tasty pastry or light bite when visiting Geiranger. It is located right next to the piers and shops.

Cafe Olé

Stop into this cafe for a local Norwegian waffle (served with strawberry jam and sour cream) or traditional cinnamon roll. They also serve hot tea and coffee as well as beers you can enjoy outside.