Geirangerfjord is one of the greatest places to visit in Norway. Seeing it from the water is an experience you can’t miss. It’s a perfect one day activity, where you will experience tall mountains, and raging amazing waterfalls.
If you don’t have your own kayak, there are several places to rent. We rented from Geiranger Fjordservice, and was very happy with the service and kayaks they provied. You can also try Grande Hytteutleie and Active Geiranger. FYI: We had a bad experience with Active Geiranger, as we booked two kayaks early in the day, and late in the evening they told us they had given our spots away to cruise tourist, as they have priority. Luckily Geiranger Fjordservice saved the day.
Finding your way in Geiranger is quite easy. We started from the town having the mountains on right side while paddling out in the fjord. This way you will have the sun in your face (if you are lucky enough to have it), and the biggest waterfalls available (north).
You will se a lot of magnificent waterfalls on your way, the most magnificent of them all is “The Seven Sisters”. It is called the Seven Sisters because it looks like the hair of seven women. This is a waterfall that fall 300 meters tall. As it is so tall, it looks like the water is rushing from the skies when viewing it from sea level. It’s an amazing sight.
Right next to the Seven Sisters you can find an old mountain farm called Knivsflå. It is the green patch seen on the picture above, on the right. It’s a very quick and easy hike done in approximately an hour.
Straight across the fjord from the Seven Sister you will find another huge waterfall called Friaren (Skageflåfossen). Continue paddling as long as you like, you will still find a lot of smaller waterfalls and rivers. Be sure to turn in good time before you have to be back. The wind might pick up, and make the return journey a lot heavier than the way out.
A few words of caution:
Paddling close to the mountains is really great, but it could also be dangerous as loose rocks might fall down. Be sure to have ample distance from the mountain walls to the kayak. Especially when getting close to those 90 deg walls that shoots right up from the fjord.
As always when paddling, be sure to use a life west. Depending on seasons, help can be far away. Also make sure you have a wind breaker jacket, and an extra layer of clothing. You can gather water from some of the waterfalls if you are comfortable getting in and out of the kayak.
Hope you will have a great time paddling in Geiranger. It is truly great!
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