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Geiranger - Valldal is ferry tour of the Norddalsfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and the Geiranger fjord.
We were looking at doing this, but the times between our tours were too close together, not enough time to get from one to the other, so we had to give it a miss.
Depending on how you are here, will depend on if you can do any of the Ferry tours, which are quite cheap in comparison to the Ship's tours.
The ferry runs between Valldal and Geiranger is part of a round-trip around the World Heritage area, a stage along the way between Geiranger and Trollstigen. You can stop on land for a while, and then catch the next ferry back.
If you stay on for the full round trip, it takes approx 2.15 hours.
You can go outside or sit in the lounge and even have a meal while travelling along.
The ferry takes vehicles too.
ADULTS IN 2012.....230 DK CHILDREN 120DK
Tickets can be bought from the website OR at the waterfront office
Please check website for timetable.
There are other FERRY TOURS available.
Written Aug 26, 2012
Trolls! Norway is full of them!
Not far from where the Ship's Tender pulls in and near the shops, is this oversized Troll, quite a popular Troll with tourist's like me who like having their photo taken with these giants!
Of course, you can buy a smaller version to take home as a souvenir from one of the shops. They had plenty to choose from that were styled pulling all sorts of faces and up to all types of antics.
Written Aug 26, 2012
Address: Geiranger port area
Our ship docked at the end of Geirangerfjord, a lovely spot surrounded by waterfalls, snow capped mountains and lush greenery. After we got back from the trip up Mt. Dalsnibba, we took a walk along part of the fjord and up past the waterfall that feeds into the fjord. Many people say that this UNESCO World Heritage listed fjord is the nicest in Norway.
Cruise ships sail up the Geirangerfjord, a branch of the Synnulvsfjord which is a branch of the Storfjord. Some of the cruise excursions and independent excursions went out by viking boat or RIB up the same fjord we sailed in and out of so it didn't make a lot of sense to me to book one of those.
Updated Aug 22, 2012
We prebooked a bus tour to Mt. Dalsnibba with Geiranger Fjordservice, it would have been the same price if we waited until we got off the ship and there seemed to be plenty of empty seats on the bus. Geiranger is tiny, finding the Geiranger Fjordservice office from the tender docks took us all of about 1 minute. The bus ride was similar to the one we took in Olden to Briksdal, it appeared to be a public bus that makes a couple of runs a day up to Mt. Dalsnibba. It appeared to be exactly the same trip as the ship, perhaps minus a waffle and a cup of tea. On the way up you stop at Flydalsjuvet, a viewpoint where you can take pictures of the part of the fjord where the cruise ships are docked. Then back on the bus, up a road with a bunch of switchbacks to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba where you have 15-20 minutes to wander around and take pictures.
The view wasn't as spectacular as some of the photos I've seen, it was overcast and a bit foggy but the scenery on the ride up was beautiful. We got out and played in the snow, after we had a snowball fight, we tried to make a snowman, you can see our feeble attempt in the attached photos.
The bus trip was 250NOK, roughly $42US, the ship tour was $72. The tour took 2 1/2 hours, we left at 9:40am and got back at 12:10pm. I saw a sign for Dalsnibba Express which advertised at 240NOK but I don't know any of the other details.
If you drive up to Mt. Dalsnibba, just be aware that the road going up is a series of switchbacks. Not as blood curdling as some roads I've been on but also probably not ideal for a nervous driver. There is a toll gate, it appears from this website that it's currently 100NOK for the toll and that the road is open 24 hours from May-October.
Updated Aug 20, 2012
On the bus ride up to Mt. Dalsnibba, our bus pulled over for a photo stop at Flydalsjuvet, the scenic overlook of Geiranger and the end of the Geirangerfjord where the cruise ships dock. Most excursions, whether by cruise ship or not, will stop here for the photo op. It's 4-5km from where the ships dock and uphill so I'm not sure if anyone, at least from the ships, climb up here or not.
Updated Aug 20, 2012
On the way back out of the port in Geiranger we passed through the Geirangerfjord. Not too long after we left port (4 miles according to Wikipedia) we passed by the waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters. It's named that because there are at least seven separate streams of water coming down with an average fall of about 250 meters. There is another waterfall on the other side of the fjord called the suitor but I was so busy getting a photo of the Seven Sisters that I didn't go to the other side of the ship.
Written Aug 16, 2012
We looked into kayaking in Geiranger to get to see the Seven Sisters waterfall, it was one of the tours offered by our ship. But then someone told me that the cruiseship would pass by Seven Sisters on the way in and out so we booked a bus trip to Mt. Dalsnibba instead. When we got back from the bus trip we inquired at the kayak rental place at the end of the fjord, it was 300NOK or $60US (the proper conversion would have been around $50US) for a tandem kayak for 1 hour. People were kayaking around the fjord in front of us and around the cruise ships, I couldn't really see the point of it.
The company we booked the Mt. Dalsnibba tour through offered a different kayak trip but when I tried to email them about the details, their communication skills weren't very good. If you are interested in kayaking, try the tourism office first, I believe they take you by boat a little further up the fjord and they said you could get to Seven Sisters.
Written Aug 7, 2012
If you reach a mountain top in Geiranger you have a view for a lifetime . If you're afraid of heights I would not recommend this trip. Small kids should not be joining you on this trip. There are no fences there. .
Updated Oct 8, 2011
Just up the road from the port, the small church sits on the edge of the hill, with a wonderful view of the fjord. The small cemetery that sits adjacent gives those buried there an eternal front row seat to one of the best views.
There is some information that a church was first in Geiranger around 1450. But historical records do not really document the early days. A few churches have since stood in the town, but the current wooden timber church was built in 1842. The bell was installed in 1899.
Entrance is free.
Written Jul 28, 2011
Address: Route 63, Geiranger
Up the road between Geiranger and Dalsnibba, there is a small turn off which takes you to an old rock bridge.
This bridge is part of the old road, before the current highway was constructed. The name Knuten, literally translates to the Knot.
It was built in 1882 and current still stands exactly as it was. You can drive over it in either direction. A detour off the main highway only takes ~2 minutes time.
The Knot is a short section of road built to gain elevation and change the course of the road to overcome difficult terrain. My photo does not show the curve very well, but the web link below does.
Updated Jul 28, 2011
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