Self-driving the 267 miles (429 km) from Norway's capital city of Oslo to the famous fjord and UNESCO world heritage site, Geiranger, is the most popular option for travelers looking to explore the beautiful landscape with flexibility.
Public transportation is also an option, with several buses and train combinations to reach the fjord as well as flying into Alesund for a shorter drive to Geiranger from there. View the Seven Sisters waterfall, Bridal Veil, and drive the winding Trollstigen mountain road with numerous hairpin turns.
A fjord cruise is the best way to see all that the fjord as to offer and make sure to take in the fantastic view from Flydalsjuvet Rock. Hike to the impressive Storsæterfossen waterfall.
For those looking to embark on a longer road trip, this 12-day itinerary highlights a fantastic summer route, including Geirangerfjord, as well as many other amazing sights, and leaving and returning from Oslo.
Duration: 10-12 hours
After diving into the culturally rich city of Oslo, be prepared for an amazing road trip. Driving directly from Oslo to Geiranger takes approximately six and a half to seven hours, however, it's wise to allow for plenty of extra time to stop and explore the epic scenery, national parks, and cultural activities along the way.
The shortest route will have drivers taking E4 to E6 north and then veering onto Rv15 in Otta before turning onto Fv63 closer to the fjord to reach Geiranger. This will have you traveling by Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Olympics and the Olympic museum, as well as Lom, where you can hike many trails, including the epic Besseggen Ridge trail and marvel at glaciers in the nearby Jotunheimen National Park (45-minutes from town).
A second, longer option, is a great route for those looking to spend more time stopping along the way and taking in the sights of the western fjord region. This would add an extra three or so hours to the drive, but visitors will have the opportunity to pass through Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway, stopping in Fjærland, Skei, and Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Europe's largest glacier.
Duration: 3.5-4 hours
Travelers with less time may want to consider flying direct from Oslo to Alesund and then renting a car or hiring a private driver to make the approximately three more hours into Geirangerfjord. This will allow visitors to still experience a portion of an epic road trip while spending more time in the area. In the summer months, it's also possible to take an hour-long ferry between Hellesylt and Geiranger to see the fjord from the water. This article provides more information about getting from Alesund to Geiranger.
By Train or Bus
Duration: 7-11 hours
Travelers who wish to take the train, will hop aboard five and a half hour beautiful ride from Oslo to Åndalsnes. From there, transfer to bus line 681 to Sjøholt and then bus line 210 or 211 to Geiranger. Taking a bus directly from Oslo is an option as well, with line NX 146 to Stryn, and in the summer months, a connecting bus right to Geiranger.