The UNESCO-protected Geiranger fjord is perfectly surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks, waterfalls, great roads, viewing points and green vegetation.
Impressive waterfalls are diving down vertical mountain sides. Make sure to see the famous falls De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”). Either by the car ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt or by a smaller boat combined with a hike/climb up to the historic farm Skageflå.
Why on the UNESCO list?
The reasoning for why Geiranger is on the UNESCO list is long, and you can read all about it on the official UNESCO list here, but the short story is:
Geirangerfjord (and Nærøyfjord) areas are considered to be among the most scenic fjord areas in the world. Their outstanding natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1400 m direct from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 m below sea level. Along the sheer walls of the fjords are numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers run through the forest to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. There is a great range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine such as submarine moraines and marine mammals. Remnants of old and now mostly abandoned transhumant farms add a cultural aspect to the dramatic natural landscape that complements and adds human interest to the area.
If you arrive from the south along road Fv. 63, make sure to stop at Dalsnibba. You can drive to the top of the mountain peak (1476 masl) and have a stunning 360 view and study the hairpins towards Geiranger.
Continuing north towards Trollstigen, stop at Ørnesvingen and Gudbrandsjuvet.
Dalsnibba, Ørnesvingen and Gudbrandsjuvet are all presented on this site. (soon)