GEIRANGER IS A TENDER PORT
It doesn't matter which cruise line you come with, all will drop anchor somewhere in the fjord, and you will go by tender ashore.
You need to remember this if you are planning to book tours yourself to do at Geiranger.
Cruise ships let passengers off first, who have booked tours with them,.... THEN you are allowed off the Ship.
Allow enough time for this and to find what you are looking for on shore.
This is a popular Port, and you may have other cruise-line passengers in Port at the same time.
It was August 1st, and we were sailing along Geiranger Fjord. It was Summer, and I didn't expect to see the fog hanging low down the Mountain sides, making it not the best for photo's. I was a little disappointed, but at least we could see half of the waterfalls!
I still took photo's, just incase it was raining later, it wasn't, BUT the fog had cleared and we could see the Mountain tops as we sailed out of Geiranger Fjord.
At least this is a good thing with the digital Camera!
Be ready with the camera for good photo opportunities when leaving Port.
I know the cruise lines make their profits off of selling you things-alcohol, jewelry, gambling, etc. plus I'm guessing a good chunk of their profits comes from shore excursions. Every so often it makes sense to book through the ship, sometimes the excursions do so many things that you couldn't possibly replicate it on your own. But in the case of Geiranger, you can easily do many of the excursions for a fraction of the price. We saved $30USD per person by doing a trip on our own in this port and even more in other ports.
Even if you book independently, there are still companies that charge more than others, for example Shore Excursions.no seems to be charging 350NOK for the same trip as the one we took for 250NOK, an extra $16-17USD for what appears to be nothing extra. Once in port I saw a sign for the Dalsnibba Express for 240NOK, not sure if that is the same thing that Shore Excursions is selling.
Transportation is not cheap or easy to get when you're in the middle of the Geiranger fjords. But you should NEVER try to cross the fjord by swimming like a tourist tried. She forgot to arrange the transportation back to the harbor so she decided to swim with her purse in one hand. Luckily for her she was picked up by a man in kayak. Otherwise she would probably have drown. Not to mention the cruise ships passing making big waves and all the water streams. So don't do this unless you want to kill yourself. if you still want to kill yourself there are better and less painful ways to do it
Transportation in Geiranger may be problemmatic. As with everything in Norway, taxis are expensive. Buses are reliable, but not necessarily available when you need them. Having your own car is more convenient.
The fog is is the worst thing that can happen when you arrive to Dalsnibba.
As far as I understood is something like a lotery, either you are lucky or not.
We took our chance and decided to climb up to the top although the weather was not one of the best. It was middle of August but up it was really cold and, of course, a dense fog.
Once you take the decision to go up you have to do it because there is no turning point on the road.
For us it was almost impossible to see something in the first moments, but we?ve waited a little bit and, by miracle, the fog dissapeared.
if you're planning to stop along the fjords you should be awere of the amount of wipers lying there in the sun. ( I didn't see any worms on my way which I'm glad because I have snake phobia. So you should have some good foot wear and if you bring your pets they should get tablets in case they're run into some worms
Dalsnibba is 1476 metres high and the clouds can sometimes obscure the view so much that you not only do not see anything at the end of your arduous drive up the mountain but you start wondering how on earth you are going to drive back down.
Sometimes of course it is obvious from the start that you can save yourself the toll. It is much worse when the fog takes you by surprise and there is nowhere to turn back.