Geiranger Fjord Boat Tour and Hike Experience

Our combined licensed guide and driver can take you to the magical Geirangerfjord. A comfortable journey across the mountains from Oslo in our luxury limousines, cars or mini-buses.

The Geirangerfjord area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary natural beauty. The Geiranger fjord is a narrow branch of the larger Storfjord and can be reached via the two villages of Hellesylt and Geiranger by boat or by helicopter (but note that landing the helicopter in the UNESCO area is not permitted).

You have the opportunity to experience the fjord in a leisurely manner by taking the ferry between Hellesylt and Geiranger. There is also a sightseeing boat and opportunities to hire a private boat. For greater speed and excitement, RIB tours through the fjords are also available.

Our guests were staying in the Hellesylt area and wanted to combine sightseeing by boat with two fantastic (albeit somewhat demanding) hikes up to the two cliff-edge farms of Knivsflå and Skageflå.  Read more about the history of the Fjords and these farms here.

Norway Exclusive arranged transportation with the local boat company Bonseye. We requested and were provided with a safe, relatively slow boat, perfect for leisurely sightseeing.

Knivsflå farm

The weather was excellent as we departed from Hellesylt for the 45-minute boat ride through the fjord, with its dramatic views and waterfalls. As the Seven Sisters Waterfalls came into sight, we could see the farm of Knivsflå near the top. We disembarked on the simple wooden dock by the fjord and started our hike up to the farm. The path is both spectacular and perfectly safe, winding through the forest first and then cutting diagonally across the side of the mountain with open views into the fjord below and across the fjord to the neighbouring farm of Skageflå.

We were amazed that anyone could actually live here, on the edge of a cliff with the fjord below. Although it is spectacularly beautiful in summer, conditions were extremely harsh during the long, dark winter.

Right above the farm, a bit further up, is the source of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. A 5-minute walk past the farmhouses and we got to see the beautiful waterfalls up close.

Skageflå farm

Back down by the fjord our boat was waiting for us, and after a 15-minute boat ride across the fjord we were at the landing place below the neighbouring farm of Skageflå.

We could see the path criss-crossing steeply up the side of the mountain. The landing place is not a proper dock but some rocks and a few stone steps, though we managed just fine by helping each other out of the boat. A bit steeper than the journey up to Knivsflå, the path runs through the forest and then across the side of the mountain. Luckily the steepest parts have railings. Some members of our party were slightly nervous, but managed by concentrating on the stone steps and avoiding looking down into the fjord. Famously, the residents at Skageflå used to climb up to the farm via a ladder that they would pull up whenever the tax collector came to visit.

We reached the farm after a 50-minute hike. The farm is slightly bigger than Knivsflå, with a large outside area suitable for picnics. For their 25th wedding anniversary, King Harald and Queen Sonia invited all the European royals for an outdoor lunch here. 

No champagne lunch for us, but we still enjoyed our coffee and sandwiches with a view of the fjord.

Our guests were impressed by how well-preserved the buildings and outdoor area are. This is due to the close collaboration between the owners oft he farms and the organization Storjordens Venner   (Norwegian language only)

We were grateful to be welcomed to these farms and showed our appreciation by treating the outdoor areas and buildings with respect and leaving nothing behind.

On our way back down we saw large cruiseships pass through the fjord. Our own little boat was waiting for us to take us home after a truly unforgettable journey.

*** Norwayexclusive