Fjords of Norway - A Day in Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord Waterfall

 Linda Garrison

Driving over the mountain and seeing Geirangerfjord for the first time is a memory I will carry forever. The views of the steep mountains, waterfalls, and deep fjord below our bus were breathtaking. Geiranger only has a few hundred residents, but thousands of tourists flock to the city to see Geirangerfjord, hike in the mountains, and to ride the ferry to Hellesylt. Our full-day Jewel of the Seas shore excursion group rode a bus from Alesund, and we enjoyed three ferry rides, including the hour-long ride from Geiranger to Hellesylt. Before joining the ferry, we had a buffet lunch at the Union Hotel, which sits high on the hill above town. The restaurant and rooms have spectacular views. The fjords of Norway near Flam and Bergen were beautiful, but not nearly as magnificent as Geirangerfjord.

The fjords of Norway are often thousands of feet deep, so even very large modern cruise ships can sail up the Geirangerfjord to Geiranger.

I visited Geiranger a second time while on a transatlantic "Voyage of the Vikings" transatlantic cruise on the ms Maasdam of the Holland America Line. On this cruise, we sailed up the fjord from the sea after a day in Molde and spent a very long day walking around this quaint little town and touring the Geirangerfjord via small boat before sailing back down the fjord to nearby Alesund.

Hurtigruten's coastal liners visit Geiranger on their northbound voyage during the summer months as its ships sail from Bergen to Kirkenes.

Because of its spectacular setting, Geiranger is one of best sail away ports in the world.

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Geirangerfjord Seven Sisters Waterfall

Geirangerfjord Seven Sisters Waterfall
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord Seven Sisters Waterfall

Geirangerfjord Seven Sisters Waterfall
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord in Western Norway

Geirangerfjord in Western Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfall and Reflection

Waterfall and Reflection in the Geirangerfjord in Western Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Clouds and Snow-Capped Mountains

Clouds and Snow-Capped Mountains in the Geirangerfjord in Western Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Maasdam at Anchor in Geiranger, Norway

Maasdam at Anchor in Geiranger, Norway
Photo Courtesy of Claire Johnson Cline
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Maasdam Cruise Ship Anchored at Geiranger

Maasdam Cruise Ship Anchored at Geiranger
Maasdam in Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Clouds over the Mountains

Clouds over the Mountains in the Geirangerfjord in Western Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison

Lucky for us, the early morning clouds over the mountains dissipated during the day.

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View of the Maasdam and the Geirangerfjord

View of the Maasdam in the Geirangerfjord, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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River Flowing into the Geirangerfjord in Norway

River Flowing into the Geirangerfjord in Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison

The angle of this photo looks like the ms Maasdam is "cruising" on the river!

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River Flowing into the Geirangerfjord

River Flowing into the Geirangerfjord in Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Viking Tour Boat

Viking Tour Boat in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Small Boat Cruise

RIB Cruise of the Fjord in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfall in the Fjord

Waterfall in the Fjord in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjord

Fjord in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters Waterfall at the Geirangerfjord, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Maasdam of Holland America Line

Maasdam in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Snow Capped Mountains Line the Geirangerfjord

Snow Capped Mountains Line the Geirangerfjord in Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Small Tour Boat Meets Ferry in the Geirangerfjord

Small Tour Boat Meets Ferry in the Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Small Boat Shore Excursion in the Geirangerfjord of Norway

Small Boat Shore Excursion in the Geirangerfjord of Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord Ferry to Hellesylt

Geirangerfjord Ferry to Hellesylt
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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The Suitor Waterfall in the Geirangerfjord

The Suitor Waterfall in the Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison

Our small rigid inflatable boat got very close to the Suitor Waterfall.

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Rigid Inflatable Boat used for Tours of the Geirangerfjord

Rigid Inflatable Boat used for Tours of the Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjord Waterfall

Fjord Waterfall
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Goats Along the Fjord

Goats Along the Fjord
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfall

Waterfall
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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View of the Maasdam and the Fjord from the Hotel Union in Geiranger

View of the Maasdam and the Geirangerfjord from the Hotel Union in Geiranger
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Fast-Flowing River in Geiranger

Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison

A walk to the Hotel Union at the top of the hill overlooking Geiranger follows this fast-flowing river.

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Geiranger Church

Geiranger Church
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Linda Garrison and Claire Cline in Scenic Norway

Linda Garrison and Claire Cline in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
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Ferry on the Fjords of Norway between Valldal and Eidsdal

Ferry on the Fjords of Norway between Valldal and Eidsdal on the Way to Geiranger
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Geirangerfjord

Fjords of Norway - Geirangerfjord
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Geiranger Fjord

Fjords of Norway - Geiranger Fjord
Geiranger Fjord, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord - Route of Ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt

Geirangerfjord - Route of Ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Scenic Road Connects Geiranger and Eidsdal, Norway

Scenic Road Connects Geiranger and Eidsdal, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord - Scenic Fjord of Norway

Geirangerfjord - Scenic Fjord of Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Cruise Ships at Anchor in Geiranger, Norway

Cruise Ships at Anchor in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Geiranger, Norway - Scenic Village on Geirangerjord

Geiranger, Norway - Scenic Village on Geirangerjord
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Flowers on the Mountainside at Geiranger, Norway

Flowers on the Mountainside at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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P&O Cruises' Arcadia Cruise Ship in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway

P&O Cruises' Arcadia Cruise Ship in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfalls at Geiranger, Norway

Waterfalls at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Boarding the Geirangerfjord Ferry - Geiranger to Hellesylt

Boarding the Geirangerfjord Ferry - Geiranger to Hellesylt
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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German Cruise Ship AIDAaura in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway

German Cruise Ship AIDAaura in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway
AIDAaura Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord at Geiranger, Norway

Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfall at Geiranger, Norway

Waterfall at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Cruise Ships in the Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway

Cruise Ships in the Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Scenic Geiranger, Norway

Fjords of Norway - Scenic Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Aida Cruises' AIDAaura Cruise Ship in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway

Aida Cruises' AIDAaura Cruise Ship in Geirangerfjord at Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Cruise Ships in Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Cruise Ships in Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The P&O Cruises' Arcadia, Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord, and Transocean Tours' Astoria at anchor in Geirangerfjord.

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Last Look at Geiranger, Norway from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry

Last Look at Geiranger, Norway from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Sailing Away from Geiranger, Norway on the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas

Sailing Away from Geiranger, Norway on the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Geiranger, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord - Fjords of Norway

Geirangerfjord - Fjords of Norway
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Waterfall into Geirangerfjord

Fjords of Norway - Waterfall into Geirangerfjord
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Waterfall into Geirangerfjord

Fjords of Norway - Waterfall into Geirangerfjord
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Waterfall and Cottage in Geirangerfjord

Fjords of Norway - Waterfall and Cottage in Geirangerfjord
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Fjords of Norway - Geirangerfjord Waterfall

Fjords of Norway - Geirangerfjord Waterfall
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Astoria Cruise Ship in the Geirangerfjord, One of the Fjords of Norway

Astoria Cruise Ship in the Geirangerfjord, One of the Fjords of Norway
Astoria Cruise Ship (c) Linda Garrison
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View of Geirangerfjord from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry in Norway

View of Geirangerfjord from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry in Norway
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Geirangerfjord - Fjords of Norway

Geirangerfjord - Fjords of Norway
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Arriving into Hellesylt on the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry

Arriving into Hellesylt on the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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View of Geirangerfjord from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry

View of Geirangerfjord from the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord in Geirangerfjord

Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord in Geirangerfjord
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Panoramic View of Geirangerfjord on the Road from Hellesylt to Alesund, Norway

Panoramic View of Geirangerfjord on the Road from Hellesylt to Alesund, Norway
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Road from Hellesylt to Alesund, Norway

Road from Hellesylt to Alesund, Norway
Fjords of Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Waterfall in Hellesylt, Norway

Waterfall in Hellesylt, Norway
Waterfall in Hellesylt, Norway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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