Tucked in the folds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, the small coastal town of Geiranger is the gateway to Norway’s mighty fjords and a popular stop for cruise ships. Disney fans will recognize the town’s dramatic backdrop: Its jagged sea cliffs, pine-covered valleys, and iridescent waters served as inspiration for Frozen.
While cruising around the fjords is the main reason visitors flock to Geiranger, there’s plenty of interest on dry land, too. For the best lookout points, hike to the peak of nearby Mount Dalsnibba to take in views from Geiranger Skywalk, brave a photo on the famous overhanging cliffs at Flydalsjuvet, or take a thrilling drive along Eagle Road (Ornesvingen) or the famous Trollstigen Mountain Road.
Back in the village, Geiranger Fjord Centre fills you in on the region’s history and natural wonders, or you can hike to one of the many nearby waterfalls, and enjoy kayaking or fishing around the fjord.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Geiranger’s small size makes it easy to get around the town on foot, but you’ll need your own transport or join a tour to explore the surrounding fjords and mountains.
- Good hiking shoes and all-weather clothing is a must, if you plan on hiking in the mountains, even in the summer months.
- Many hotels and tourist attractions close during the winter months, so make sure to book ahead.
How to Get There
Cruise ships pass through Geiranger during the summer months (May–August). Trains run from Oslo to Andalsnes train station, from where direct buses run to Geiranger during the summer months, passing along Trollstigen Mountain Road. The closest international airport is Alesund, which has regular flights to Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim.
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Geiranger is between May and September, when the weather is ideal for hiking and outdoor activities, and tourist buses run to the town. It’s still possible to visit Geiranger all year round, but mountain passes, such as Trollstigen Mountain Road, are typically closed in winter (November to May) due to high snowfall and risk of avalanches, and transport options are limited.
Norway’s Frozen Landscapes
Geirangerfjord’s towering cliffs and glittering waters inspired the kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen, and there are plenty of other Frozen-related sights around Norway. The fairy-tale landscape of Naeroyfjord is equally Arendelle-like, the UNESCO-listed Urnes Stave Church inspired some of Arendelle’s unique architecture, and Akershus Fortress in Oslo was used as the blueprint for Elsa and Anna’s grand royal castle.