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Geiranger is a small tourist town in the western part of Norway in the region called Sunnmøre in the municipality of Stranda. It lies innermost in the fjord Geirangerfjord which is a branch of Storfjord. Geiranger is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and has been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet.
Geiranger is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset which is about to erode into the fjord. This will cause a tsunami destroying most of Geiranger downtown.
Norway's third largest cruise-ship port receives about 160 ships during the four month tourist season.
Several hundred thousand people pass through every summer, and tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently.
Kings, Queens, Emperors and hundreds of thousands of tourists have made Geiranger one of the most visited places in Norway and the first cruise ship came here as early as 1869. There are five hotels and over ten camping sites.
The tourist season stretches from May til early September, and in the off season the pace and activity is reduced to that of a normal small Norwegian town.
Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Each year in June, the sport arrangement Geiranger - From Fjord to Summit is arranged. It comprises of a half marathon run and a bicycle race, both starting from the sea level at the fjord and ending on top of Mount Dalsnibba, 1500 meters above sea level (approx. 4500 feet). As there is still a lot of snow left in the mountains at this time of year, the arrangement can also be called “From Summer to Winter”.

The Geiranger fjord is a branch of the Synnulvsfjord which in turn is a branch of the mighty Storfjord. The Geiranger fjord thrusts its way 10 miles
inland and the views are spectacular; towering mountains, farms clinging to the steep mountain side and the fjord itself. Waterfalls with names such as the Suitor, the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters plunge down
the mountain sides.

  • Last visit to Geiranger: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 13, 2008
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  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    Fjords, mountains and scenic glacier lakes seem a good plan for some relaxing days in the nature. Happy to have found this beautiful hidden page on VT!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Thanks so much for your postcard from Gerianger! Wow, what a beautiful place with stunning panaromas. SL :)

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