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Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger, Norway


Northern European Itineraries

Not too far away from Ålesund you’ll find the pretty little village of Geiranger. But don’t let the small size fool you. Not only is Geiranger a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also has some of the loveliest scenery in the world. So it’s not really that surprising that this tiny tourist village is the third largest cruise port in Norway.

Geirangerfjord

AMBIENCE

Dramatic peaks, foaming waterfalls, and old mountain farms stand out in the minds of most visitors to this beautiful little corner of the world. Be sure to watch as you enter and leave the fjord, as you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls on either side of the ship. The Geiranger village itself is located at the very end of Geirangerfjord, where the Geirangelva river empties into it. Look for the small Viking ship moored in the harbor and the 150-year-old wooden church in the village.

HISTORY

Thanks to the unusual geography of Geirangerfjord, this town was considerably isolated for many years. The name probably comes from Old Norse: Geirr (spears) and angr (fjord). The first steamship chugged into the fjord in 1858, while the first cruise ship (full of Quakers) showed up in 1869. Tourism eventually became the primary pursuit of the villagers, who built a “long house” that later became a trading post and hotel. Avalanches and rock slides are a part of the history here, and buildings near mountains are specially situated and built to avoid damage from them. Of note is the fact that Geiranger is under constant threat from the Åkernesrenna (the mountain crevasse Åkerneset) which has been eroding into the fjord in recent years at an accelerated pace—a landslide could cause a 100-foot-high tsunami that could devastate downtown Geiranger.

FACTS

Size: 1 sq. mi. (2 sq. km.)
Climate: Marine West Coast Temperatures: 28°F (-2°C) to 55°F (13°C)
Population 250 Busy Season Summer
Language: Norwegian, English Money: Norwegian Krone (NOK) $1 US = 6 NOK
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Walking, tourist buses
Phones: Dial 011-47 from US, 110 for fire, 112 for police, 113 for ambulance
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