Geirangerfjord Road Trip
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SEASON: April - October DISTANCE: 449km FERRIES: 3 CAMPING: 250nok/night HOTELS: 1200nok/night CAR HIRE: 3000nok/week
Our Geirangerfjord Road Trip is one of our most versatile routes with our six day suggestion easily providing enough options to fulfil longer trips.
Be aware that mountain roads in this area open and close depending on the weather. Rv63 and Trollstigen should be open June - Sept, either side of this window very much depends on the snow.
Our Geirangerfjord Road Trip kicks off in Kristiansund. Established in 1742 in the northern part of Møre og Romsdal county, it is an important city for the area.
A great way to start your exploration is aboard Sundbaten, an historical transport ferry connecting the islands.
Another boat trip lets you visit the 500 year old Stave church on the tiny island of Grip, once Norway's smallest municipality.
Kvalvik fort to the East of the city is a popular attraction, and you can't leave Kristiansund without getting your photo taken with "klippfiskkjerringa", the statue of a hard working Klippfiskk woman beside the central harbour.
Drive from Kristiansund to Molde over the famous Atlanterhavsveien, The Atlantic Road.
This 8.3km (5 mile) stretch of road Rv64, includes eight bridges and several landfills. With open sea views, the road is popular with both locals and tourists, many of whom stop to take photos or try their luck fishing for cod.
In the city itself, a brisk hike up to Varden viewpoint, offers beautiful panoramic views of the mountains, fjord, and islands.
Stunningly located on the waters edge, home to Molde FC, Aker stadium is a popular attraction and the Romsdal museum also comes highly recommended.
A bus is available every day from 1.July - 30.Sept to take you to Vengadalen, the start point for hiking the Romsdalseggen Ridge. The hike is fairly challenging, with some steep sections secured with chains. It can take between 5-10hrs, depending on fitness levels.
Rampestrekken viewpoint is around 500m above sea-level with stunning views of the city and fjord. It is on the last descent as part of the Romsdalseggen route but can be reached by hiking up out of Åndelsnes for those not wanting to hike the whole ridge.
The Raumabanen railway offers a more relaxed way to see some of Norway's most stunning landscapes. The train to Dombås takes 1hr 40mins slowing down whilst passing the best spots for photo opportunities. Many of the cruise ship tours will get off at Bjørli and return to Åndelsnes by bus.
Trollstigen is a mountain road between Åndalsnes the village of Valldal. The 106km route contains 11 hairpin bends snaking up and down the mountainside, passing several waterfalls plummeting into the fjord below.
Ørnevegen (“the Eagle Road”) is the name given to the steepest stretch of road between Geiranger and Eidsdal, stretching 620 metres above sea level.
From Geiranger you can hire kayaks and paddle out to the seven sisters waterfalls, take a trip up to the Dalsnibba Plateau or hike up to Storseterfossen and walk behind the waterfall.
You can take the ferry to Hellesylt or drive via Hjelle and Stryn before heading on to Stranda.
Stryn has a summer ski centre which is worth a visit and the the via ferrata at Loen provides a challenging and rewarding adventure.
Once in Stranda, take a trip up the gondola for lunch with a view, the surrounding mountains and fjord below providing the perfect backdrop.
Ålesund, with it's high concentration of Art Nouveau architecture has been named as Norway's most beautiful city, and is the final stop on our Geirangerfjord Road Trip.
Walk up the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla and you will be rewarded by unforgettable panoramic views from Fjellstua viewpoint.
Venture out to the lighthouse at Alnes, or visit the Atlantic Sea Park.