Cruises to Geiranger

Geiranger, Norway

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Geiranger, Norway. Located in the heart of Norway's fjord country, Geiranger is a breathtaking destination that attracts voyagers from around the globe. A journey to this UNESCO-protected site, situated at the end of the iconic Geirangerfjord, south of the Arctic Circle, provides an unforgettable cruise experience. As your ship glides along the fjord's emerald waters, you're greeted by awe-inspiring landscapes dotted with cascading waterfalls, rugged cliffs, and lush mountain vistas. In these waters, you may glimpse a variety of marine life, adding an exciting layer to your voyage. Geiranger promises a tranquil retreat wrapped in the embrace of nature's unspoiled beauty.

Cruise ships anchor in the deep waters of Geirangerfjord, with passengers transferred to the shore by tenders. Ships typically arrive in the morning, offering visitors the opportunity to explore Geiranger's charms throughout the day. The harbor area is a bustling hub with a visitor center, shops, cafes, and facilities for renting boats or bikes. From the moment you step off the tender, you are immersed in the extraordinary beauty and peaceful atmosphere of Geiranger.


Geiranger is a small, picturesque town that beautifully blends natural grandeur with traditional Norwegian charm. Its quaint streets are lined with a handful of shops, cafes, and homes, with the backdrop of stunning mountains providing a unique setting. Visitors should not miss the Norwegian Fjord Centre, a museum that provides insights into the area's natural and cultural history. A scenic drive or a hike to the Flydalsjuvet or Dalsnibba viewpoints offers panoramic views of the spectacular fjord and its surroundings.

Geiranger's culture is deeply rooted in its relationship with the fjords and the surrounding mountains. Its history is marked by the challenges and joys of living in such a remote and beautiful place. The local museum offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle, where farming and fishing were integral to survival. Even today, many local customs and festivals reflect this deep connection to the landscape.

Attractions and Activities

Geiranger is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering a wide array of outdoor activities. Hiking trails of varying difficulty levels crisscross the landscape, leading to stunning viewpoints like the Queen's Chair. Kayaking in the fjord allows a close encounter with the Seven Sisters and the Suitor, two famed waterfalls. For thrill-seekers, a rafting adventure in the Valldal River offers an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Local Speciality

Geiranger's culinary offerings provide a delicious insight into local flavors. Seafood caught in the surrounding waters, including cod, herring, and salmon, features prominently in many dishes. Be sure to try Rakfisk, a traditional fermented fish delicacy. Complement your meal with a glass of Aquavit, a typical Norwegian spirit.

When it comes to shopping, Geiranger offers a variety of local crafts and products. Traditional Norwegian knitwear, handcrafted jewelry, locally made cheese, and Geiranger's own chocolate brand are among the popular choices. By purchasing these souvenirs, you're not only bringing a piece of Geiranger home but also supporting local artisans and producers.

Best time to visit Geiranger

Although Geiranger is beautiful throughout the year, summer (June to August) offers the warmest weather and longest days for exploration. The annual Geiranger - From Fjord to Summit event in June, which includes a half marathon and bike race, draws outdoor enthusiasts from all corners. Winter provides a different kind of beauty, blanketing the town in snow and offering the chance to see the Northern Lights.

Geiranger Cruise Schedule

Geiranger, as a stop on your Norwegian Fjords cruise, promises a journey into the heart of Norway's natural splendor. From its serene fjords to its quaint town, the rich cultural heritage, and the myriad of outdoor adventures, it offers something for every traveler. Whether you seek tranquility, exploration, or a taste of local life, Geiranger is a destination that lingers in your memory long after your voyage ends. As you set sail from its harbor, you'll carry with you the indelible impressions of a world where nature's grandeur is in perfect harmony with human resilience and tradition.

Holland America Line British Isles 21-day route

21-day British Isles cruise from Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Holland America Line

Date: May 11, 2024

Ports of Call: Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Holyhead, Cork, Bruges, Rotterdam, Eidfjord, Alesund, Geiranger, Bergen, Rotterdam; View Itinerary