Aerial view of Geirangerfjord with cruise ship docked at Geiranger cruise pier

Geiranger Cruise Port: Ultimate Guide to DIY Shore Excursions (2024/2025)

Is your ship sailing into Geiranger? Ready to experience the breathtaking beauty of Geirangerfjord? Design your perfect day with my comprehensive guide to DIY shore excursions in Geiranger and Geirangerfjord. From scenic hikes and fjord cruises to cultural experiences and iconic attractions like the Geiranger SkyWalk, I’ll help you make the most of your time in this postcard-perfect Norwegian paradise.

If your cruise ship is small enough to dock in Geiranger itself, then lucky you! You’ll be right in the heart of Geirangerfjord – one of the two UNESCO heritage listed fjords in Norway for their exceptional beauty. (The other is Nærøyfjord.) Geirangerfjord is among the world’s longest and deepest!

Ship Docking in Hellesylt? Then read my DIY Guide on Hellesylt cruise port. It covers all your options for enjoying Geiranger and Geirangerfjord on your own, including details on ferry schedules from Hellesylt and panorama bus options once you get to Geiranger.

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Planning a Norwegian Fjords Cruise But Not Booked?

If you’re still in the planning stage of your Norwegian fjord cruise, don’t hesitate any longer! Norway has banned any greenhouse gas-emitting vessels from sailing into these two UNESCO heritage listed fjords from 2026 onwards. Not just cruise ships but ferries and boats as well. Only zero-emission ferries and boats will be permitted in Geirangerfjord from 2026.

In June 2024, when I wrote this, just after I returned from Hellesylt and Geiranger, only Havila Voyages’ ships have an emission-free ships to travel to Geirangerfjord. This is the reason why most cruise lines have completely taken Geiranger off their cruise itineraries starting in 2026. If you cruise with P&O Cruises (ex Southampton), you may notice that P&O Iona and Britannia will also stop calling in Hellesylt, starting in 2026. Instead, some itineraries will stop in Kristiansand while other itineraries will stop in Alesund instead. (Geirangerfjord will be a 8-9 hour return excursion from Alesund). Cunard will continue to use Åndalsnes.

Of course tourists can still travel by land, as they do today. But it’s truly magical to cruise through Geirangerfjord, no matter what kind of ship, ferry or boat you sail through in! It’s also possible that tour operators will start using electric catamarans from Geiranger – the current ones are not electric. I went on a fully electric catamaran for the first time in Olden this year and the cruise was super quiet compared to conventional catamarans!

Geiranger Cruise Port: Is a DIY Excursion Easy? 😎😎😎  Do-able But Needs Hustle

Geiranger may be a small village, but it’s a tourist hotspot! That means while it’s absolutely possible to DIY your shore excursion here in Geiranger cruise port, it requires a bit more hustle than your average spot. Here’s why I only rated Geiranger a 😎😎😎:

  • Competition for Resources: Geiranger is really popular for both cruisers (docking in Geiranger and those docking in Alesund) and day trippers coming to Geiranger by road. This means you’ll be vying for limited spots on local shuttle buses and tours. If you choose not to pre-book anything (either with your cruise line or independently), you may be limited to hiking!
  • Limited Walkable Attractions: While the village itself is charming, most of Geiranger’s iconic attractions (like Flydalsjuvet and the Dalsnibba Skywalk) require transportation due to their location on the surrounding mountains.
  • Shuttle Buses and Capacity: While shuttle buses are available to take you to the viewpoints, they have limited capacity and can fill up quickly, especially during peak season. 

Geiranger Cruise Port Essentials: All You Need To Know

Geiranger cruise pier with cruiser ship docked, Geiranger, Norway
Image by BazzaBoy from Pixabay
  • Geiranger Cruise Port Address: 6216 Geiranger, Norway – see this marked on my Geiranger cruise port map below 🗺️📍👇
  • Currency: Norwegian Kroner (NOK), June 2024: US $1= 10.50 NOK, GBP £1 = 13 NOK, CAD $1 = ~8 NOK, AUD $1 = ~7 NOK
  • 💶 Cash or 💳 Card: Norway is mostly cashless! Many shops don’t accept cash and if they do, they may not have change to give back to you. So save yourself the hassle and forget about withdrawing NOK at an ATM. It’s perfectly acceptable to pay by card, even for a cup of coffee! Visa/Mastercard typically with Amex rarely accepted.
  • Language: Norwegian, but almost everyone you’ll encounter will speak English with you!
  • Official Websites:
  • Recommended Transport App: Geiranger is a very small town. Use Google Maps to navigate around if you need to but is probably unnecessarily. Tourist information booth is next to the cruise terminal, so pick up a map with local hiking information if you intend to walk beyond the town centre.
  • eSIM for roaming in Norway: For a great data connection without the huge roaming fees, use an eSim data pack from Airalo. I always recommend having a smartphone with a valid plan when you’re at port touring independently. Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo when you use ROXANN1666 when you sign up or apply it at checkout

Geiranger | Geirangerfjord Cruise Port Map

  • My Geiranger Cruise Port Map: 👇 If the map is not loading correctly, click here to see it directly on Google Maps.
    • On Desktop | Laptop? Use buttons on bottom left to zoom in/out. Click on the upper right hand corner to see a bigger version.
    • On Tablet | Mobile? Pinch your screen to zoom in/out and use two fingers to move map around. If you have Google Maps installed on your tablet/mobile, my map will open in your Google Maps app if you click on the upper right hand corner.

What to See & Do at Geiranger

Geiranger Town Centre with ship docked at cruise pier
Image courtesy of Visitalesund – Øyvind Kåre Sunde

1. Visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre (Norsk Fjordscenter)

Fosseråsa Geiranger - national tourist trail in Geiranger, on the way to Norwegian Fjord Centre, Geiranger, Norway
Image courtesy of Oddgeir Visnes for Visit Alesund

The Fjord Centre has a permanent exhibition about the history of the fjord, its geology and the unique ecosystems that thrive in its waters and on its shores. There’s a cafe onsite. The walk from Geiranger town centre to the Fjord Centre is known last the “Waterfall Walk”, because it will get you up and personal

  • How to Get There: It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from Geiranger cruise terminal. Follow the path along the waterfront. Once past the camping ground, where you’ll see RVs and caravans parked, turn left when you see the “Nature Walk” sign. It’s uphill with 327 steps! But you’ll get good views.
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm during summer season
  • Tickets: Access to the trail is free. Entrance to Fjord Centre costs 150 NOK adults and 80 NOK kids
  • Tip: On windy days, wear a waterproof jacket if you don’t want to get wet! You will be so close to the waterfall you may get sprayed!

After your visit, you can continue hiking upwards to the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint.

2. Hike or Drive Up to Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint

You can hike up there in about 45 minutes to an hour from the cruise terminal. But I think a better way is to head to the Fjord Centre first, stop for a coffee and then head up the rest of the way. Grab a hiking map at the tourist information centre near the ferry pier before starting off. You can see a PDF version here.

If you don’t fancy the hike, then use the tour or shuttle bus services I describe below – as the drive to Flydalsjuvet is very short, even the shortest 90-minute return shuttles will go to both Flydalsjuvet and the Eagle Bend.

Alternatively, the local hop-on-hop-off bus does go to Flydalsjuvet. I’m not a big fan of HOHO buses in general and I consider the Geiranger HOHO bus poor value, as it only does three stops (other than the cruise terminal). For the same price, you can use one of the shuttles below.

3. See the Seven Sisters via Ørnevegen (Eagle Road)

View of Geiranger, with ships docked in cruise pier, from Eagle Road, Geiranger, Norway
Image by T. H. Jensen from Pixabay

The Eagle Road, locally known as Ørnevegen, is a thrilling and scenic stretch of road that winds its way up the mountain from Geiranger. The road is famous for its 11 hairpin turns, each offering a unique perspective as you ascend to higher elevations.

The road climbs approximately 620 metres (~2,000 feet) above sea level. The most famous viewpoint along the Eagle Road is the Eagle Bend (Ørnesvingen). It’s located at the highest point of the road and offers a panoramic view of Geirangerfjord and the cascading Seven Sisters waterfall. You’ll also be “looking back” to Geiranger itself.

If you’re only interested to see Flydalsjuvet and the Eagle Road, then here’s two DIY options below. If you want to see Geiranger Skywalk as well, then read the DIY options under Geiranger Skywalk below on how to see all three.

  • Panorama Shuttle Bus: This local shuttle bus will get you to Flydalsjuvet and Eagle Road and return you to the cruise terminal in 90 minutes but note the photo stops are only 10 minutes long. Tickets from 400 NOK adults, 300 NOK kids
  • Rent electric car: For just Eagle Road, you can rent a Renault Twizy electric car for just one hour – you’ll need two hours to do both the Eagle Road and Flydalsjuvet. These Twizys only fit two people, in tandem!

Important Note: The local Hop-on-Hop-off bus does not go to the Eagle Road or the Eagle Bend.

4. Drive to Geiranger Skywalk (aka Dalsnibba Viewpoint)

The Dalsnibba Skywalk is the highest viewpoint around Geirangerfjord, located at the top of Mount Dalsnibba. You’ll definitely see unsurpassed views! It’s also the highest fjord view accessible by road in Europe, reaching an elevation of 1,500 metres (~5,000 feet).

It’s about a 30-minute drive up to Dalsnibba and there’s three DIY options to get there:

  • Local Tour Bus: Starting directly from Geiranger cruise terminal, this local tour bus stops at all three famous viewpoints – Geiranger Skywalk at Mount Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet and Eagle Bend for a spectacular view of the Seven Sisters waterfall. This local operator will make this tour accessible as well, if you have mobility issues. The tour is roughly 3.5 hours and will return you back to Geiranger cruise terminal.
  • Geiranger SkyWalk Shuttle Bus: Don’t want to experience the hair-raising Eagle Bend up to Ørnesvingen? Then here’s the shuttle bus to Mount Dalsnibba, with a photo stop at Flydalsjuvet viewpoint. The shuttle operates only from late June to end August and leaves at the bus stop
    • Departure Time: This operates only once a day, at 11:45am, from the bus stop to the left of the cruise terminal, as you exit the terminal building.
    • Tickets: 430 NOK adults, 300 NOK kids under 15 – I’d pre-book directly with the operator. Otherwise, run to the tourist information centre in Geiranger as you disembark to grab a ticket.
    • My Take: There is no guide or audio commentary being played on this shuttle bus. The stops are also only 15 minutes long. If you prefer a longer experience, then do the local tour bus instead.
  • Rent electric car: You can also rent a Renault Twizy electric car and drive there yourself! Each car will fit 2 people and cost NOK 2,400 for 3 hours. Note that you still need to pay the toll charge on top of the car rental, to drive to the Geiranger Skywalk – it’s 330 NOK.

Important Note: The local Hop-on-Hop-off bus does not go to Geiranger Skywalk.

5. RIB boat ride in Geirangerfjord

To the uninitiated, RIB stands for Rigid Inflatable Boat. They are high-speed inflatable crafts with a solid hull and inflatable tubes around the sides. This design makes them incredibly stable, manoeuvrable, and able to handle rougher waters.

RIB boats are smaller than traditional tour boats, allowing them to access narrower passages and get closer to the fjord cliffs and waterfalls. There’s typically 12-18 seats on each RIB boat.

That’s why there’s RIB boat rides in all of Norway’s fjords ports, so why do one in Geirangerfjord? Geirangerfjord is probably the most iconic and famous of all the fjords in Norway. So if you only want to do one RIB boat ride in your Norwegian fjords cruise, then Geiranger is a good choice! If you’re never been on a RIB boat, then Geiranger is also a good choice, as the rides are typically only an hour long. The RIB rides are really popular and are often sold out. Pre-book to get the early slots, so you can maximise your visit in Geiranger and see something else after your RIB rides.

6. Kayak in Geirangerfjord

Kayaking in Geirangerfjord, speaking from personal experience, is a much more intimate, awe-inspiring experience than sailing into the fjord on your cruise ship or a tourist boat. The towering cliffs seemed so much higher and the cascading waterfalls seem much more fierce, while the rest of the fjord was very tranquil.

The tip of Geirangerfjord (on the Geiranger end) is relatively sheltered and is a good spot to kayak, even for inexperienced kayakers. Inexperienced kayakers, opt for a double kayak, as it is more stable than singles. Guided 3-hour kayaking adventures start from just down the road from the cruise terminal.

Featured Image by Zachtleven fotografie from Pixabay

Wishing you a most wonderful port day in Geiranger and unforgettable memories of cascading waterfalls, majestic peaks and the breathtaking beauty of the fjord. If this guide has helped you make the most of your time in Geiranger, I would really appreciate you sharing this with your fellow cruisers in your roll call groups.

Happy sailing and all the best for incredible port days ahead!

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