Renting a car to self-drive the 230 miles (370km) from the southwestern fjord city of Bergen to the village of Geiranger, at the foot of the beautiful Geirangerfjord is the most popular option for travelers looking to explore the epic mountain and fjord scenery along the way.
Depending on the season, it's possible to take a ferry boat from Bergen to Geiranger. Flying from Bergen to Alesund is also an option for travelers a little shorter on time. The well-known Geirangerfjord has ample natural attractions to see, like the Seven Sisters waterfall, Bridal Veil, and the winding Trollstigen mountain road. A fjord cruise is the best way to see all that the fjord as to offer.
This 8-day Western Norway Fjord Road Trip has many ideas to help create an awesome trip.
Duration: 8-10 hours
Driving straight from Bergen to Geiranger would take approximately six and a half hours, however, it's wise to allow for plenty of extra time to stop along the way. There are two route options for drivers, the first requires a ferry crossing, and the second requires two ferry crossings, adding another two hours to the drive. The first option has drivers taking E39 north to Oppedal and take the Oppedal-Lavik ferry. Then, you'll connect to Fv60 to reach Geiranger.
The second option is a bit longer, and has drivers embarking on E16 to Rv5 before taking the Mannheller-Fodnes ferry and veering onto E39 in Skei. Rv15 to Fv60 before getting on the Geiranger-Hellesylt ferry in Hellesylt, to take in the sights of the fjord on the way to the village of Geiranger. Taking this route will have you passing through the popular and scenic village of Flåm, where the famous rail trip departs.
Once in Geiranger, fishing, hiking, and skiing as well as epic boat cruises in the fjord are all options for taking in the stunning landscape. Drive the epic mountain pass roads with hairpin turns and mind-blowing scenery.
Duration: 15-17 hours
For those traveling with extra time, embarking on the Hurtigruten Cruise (Norwegian Coastal Voyage) from Bergen to Geiranger (summer: June 1st - August 31st) or Bergen to Alesund (winter) will offer the opportunity to view the western fjord scenery from the water. In the winter, a bus is required to get from Alesund to Geiranger.
Duration: 7-8 hours
Flying from Bergen (BGO) to Alesund (AES) requires a quick 45-minute flight. From there, you can either choose to rent a car, take the local buses, or, in the summer, take the ferry into the Geirangerfjord.