Places of interest



Geiranger
Geiranger is the jewel in the crown of the Norwegian fjords. It is a fairytale landscape with its majestic, snowcovered mountain tops, wild and beautiful waterfalls, lush green vegetation and the deep, blue fjord.  The history of Geiranger can be traced back to the Viking period. The village was relatively isolated until the mid-1800s, when the tourism industry began to blossom. Today, the tourism industry continues to flourish. Geiranger has a year-round population of about 300 residents—and it welcomes approximately 700,000 visitors each year.



Visit Geiranger Fjordsenter for a fascinating look at the people in our area, past and present. Or travel to beautiful Herdalssetra—a 300-year-old goat farming community—to learn about life in rural Norway. When it’s time for refreshment, choose from several cafés in Geiranger that serve Norwegian fare. Traditional foods include seafood, root vegetables, berries, cured meats and wild game—including moose, reindeer and duck. You will also find several souvenir shops conveniently located near the port. Popular souvenirs include woodwork and knitted sweaters.



Flydalsjuvet Gorge
Flydalsjuvet offers an impressive scenic view and is a good photo spot for pictures of Geiranger and of Geirangerfjorden with its many cruise ships. One of the most famous motifs in Norwegian advertising was taken from this point. The ”Fjordsetet” installation, which was unveiled by Queen Sonja in September 2003 as part of the 10th anniversary of the local Fjord Norge AS Company, is located on the lower plateau.

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Ørnesvingen
The Eagle’s Bend is the name of the steepest stretch of road that runs up the mountainside from Geiranger towards Eidsdal on route 63. The road twists and turns through 11 hairpin bends from Geirangerfjorden up to the highest point 620 meters above sea level at Korsmyra. The Eagle’s road was officially opened on 15 September 1955 and provided the village of Geiranger with a year round road link. It became a tourist attraction from the very first day, and acquired its name because at the top it runs through an area traditionally associated with a high numbers of eagles. The name also suggests something wild and spectacular and, if you drive along this road, that is exactly what you will experience, especially if you stop at the Eagle’s bend, which is the uppermost hairpin bend. It is possible to park here and make the most of the huge view over Geiranger, Geirangerfjorden with its numerous cruise ships, De syv søstrene waterfalls and the mountain farm of Knivsflå.

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Dalsnibba – 1500 m.a.s.
Dalsnibba is one of Geiranger’s main attractions and is a very popular mountain top with visitors to the area. From the Dalsnibba plateau there is a breath-taking view across this beautiful World Heritage Site, nestled in the surrounding mountain landscape with Geiranger Fjord right in the middle. A visit to the Dalsnibba summit is really an encounter with the elements! The summit is especially unique because you can really experience the high mountains without having to walk for hours. The weather at the summit is changeable and can change from thick fog to radiant sunshine in the blink of an eye. It is a photographer’s dream to witness these stunning variations and there have obviously been numerous photos taken of the view from the summit. It is not uncommon to observe thick fog in the lowlands while the sun is shining at the summit.

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Djupvasshytta
As the destination in old times for cruise guests who travelled up the mountain pass with horse and carriage Djupvasshytta has been a tourist attraction for many  decades. Today it is much easier to reach the mountain lodge, that serves as restaurant and retreat alongside lake Djupvatnet.

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Djupvatn Lake
Just beyond Dalsnibba one will find a magnificent deep blue lake Djupvatn Lake, which is several hundred meters deep. The lake only thaws for a few months during the summer and even in July one can still see plenty of ice floating on the lake.

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Westerås Farm
Westerås Farm with fantastic views of the tourist village of Geiranger. Relax and enjoy a light meal or a few drinks at Restaurant Westerås in an inviting and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is housed in a building dating from 1603, and has panorama views of Geiranger. Let yourself be tempted into taking some of the magnificent walks in the mountains available to you, right from just outside the door.

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Storseterfossen
It is actually possible to walk behind the Storseterfossen waterfall with an accessible path with railings ensures your safety. The walk to the waterfall, which is located in Westeråsdalen, takes about an hour from Westerås Farm.

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Knuten (The knot)
The unique road construction known as Knuten (the Knot) remains as it was when it was opened 1882. It was built in conjunction with the Geirangervegen road in order to gain height and to conquer difficult terrain. The stone construction displays outstanding engineering work and is an important reminder of the pioneers who built Geirangervegen from 1881 until it was opened in 1889.

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Herdalsetra Summer Farm
Herdalsetra, the largest mountain farm still in use in Norway. It is situated on a plateau 1,650 feet above sea level and has been operating continuously for more than 300 years. The summer farm usually operates from early June until the end of August. Herdalsetra Farm, with its 30 farm buildings, had no road connecting it to civilization until 1960. The main product from the farm is brown and white cheese made from goats’ milk. There are more than 400 goats here as well as cows, sheep and Norwegian ponies. Enjoy samples of the various products such as goat cheese and caramels produced on the farm. The summer farm is located a good hour drive from Geiranger.

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Trollstigen
Snaking its way up steep mountain sides, passing waterfalls, edged with guard stones, narrow, sometimes nerveracking but always extremely fascinating. This is Trollstigen, the road that is a testimony to superb engineering and construction skills using the simplest of tools from the hard thirties. Still capable of transfixing and scaring many of its travellers, a good 70 years after it was opened in 1936.

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Gudbrandsjuvet
Gudbrandsjuvet is a 5 metre narrow and 20–25 metre high ravine through which the Valldøla River forces itself. The ravine is easily accessible from main road route 63 between Valldal and Trollstigen. The waters have formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. The depth down from the surface of the water is about equal to the depth of ravine down to the river.

According to a story from the 1500’s, the ravine was named after a man called Gudbrand, who ran off with his new bride and saved himself from his angry pursuers by jumping over the ravine at its narrowest point. Gudbrand was declared an outlaw for his deeds, and lived the rest of his life in a stone hut in one of the side-valleys above Gudbrandsjuvet. The valley is still called Gudbrandsdalen to this day. One thing the story doesn’t mention is whether his bride followed him over the ravine

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Jostedalsbreen (Glacier) National Park Centre
The main building of this centre has been constructed in a manner similar to Viking longhouses where pillars rather than the walls support the roof. The Viking longhouse here is about the size of the biggest longhouse found in Norway. Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre has been authorized by the Department of Environment to serve as an official national park visitor centre, for visitors to learn about the diversity and beauty of the surrounding national park. (1 hour drive from Geiranger, 15 minutes drive from Stryn).

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Briksdalsbreen Glacier
The wonderful scenery of Briksdal is so breath-taking that we would like to share it with you, and it is the glacier itself which is the most spectacular sight. But you will definitely also appreciate the fertile valley next to the ice with the mighty mountains surrounding it. Enjoy the raging glacier rivers preforming a wild dance on their way to the fjord and the ocean, the water almost seems in a hurry after thousands of years as ice in the valley. Briksdal Glacier is a part of the main ice massif, Jostedal Glacier, which is the largest glacier on the European mainland. It is a protected area as a national park, and now covers 486 km2. At its thickest point it is now 400 m. and its tallest peak stretches 1950 m above sea level. Only 346 m above sea level, the Briksdal Glacier has formed a small lake. From the Briksdal Mountain Lodge you can easily get there on foot by walking the 2.5 km long road/path or let us drive you there in one of the Troll Cars.

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Stryn Village
Located along the innermost part of the Nordfjord, the village is known for all-year glacier skiing. Centre of Jostedalsbreen National Park is also situated in Stryn. Almost hidden in the fjord next to enormous glacier, the village offers such activities as growing fruits and summertime skiing. The landscape around the village is what you would expect from Norway: glaciers, deep fjord waters, rivers, lakes, waterfalls - and the abundance of water in all forms also means abundant wildlife, with birds and animals of all sizes, including eagles, deer and lynx.

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