I had long heard tales about Geiranger and Geirangerfjord. I had heard of its beauty and amazing landscapes. It was said that it was the best of the fjords. I haven’t seen all of the fjords in Norway but I’ve seen a lot of them and all of the supposed top fjords. With that said, I hereby proclaim that Geiranger is the best fjord in Norway!
Arriving into Geiranger is pretty awesome. You pretty much have to come by cruise ship or by smaller ferry and you pass some spectacular scenery along the way. The highlight is the seven sisters waterfall. The seven sisters are composed of seven waterfalls, five bigger ones and two smaller ones.
Across from the seven sisters is the groom. They call it this because the rocks in the falls look like a whiskey bottle. There’s some tale about how he cannot get across the fjord to claim one of the sisters so he drinks himself to death! I guess Norwegian fjord explorers had a lot of time on their hands!
From the falls, it’s a short ride into Geiranger. The view from the boat is nice but doesn’t do the landscape justice in the least. You must get off the boat and go a little higher for the iconic, picture perfect views. I decided to do the sky to fjord bike tour to really see all of the Geiranger area.
The sky to fjord bike tour starts at about 3300 feet and it’s a 17km or 10.5-mile bike ride that is 98% downhill so anyone can do it really. The only real issue is the cold.
You start at a frozen lake-even in late July! From there it’s a short pedal up to the point where it’s all downhill. Then the wind starts so you must use gloves and have a windproof jacket or you’ll be pretty unhappy-especially if it rains!
The views along the 17km ride vary from snowy peaks to gorgeous green valleys and waterfalls. You pass little houses and farms along the way that are as picturesque as you’d expect.
Then after a lot of windy roads, you arrive at the most perfect lookout onto the stunning Geirangerfjord you can imagine. It is truly breathtaking. It’s literally perfect! Geiranger is the best fjord in Norway.