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Is it worth getting off the ferry to see the town Geiranger?

I'm tempted to just take the roundtrip ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger and then back to Hellesylt without stopping in the town.

Or is this a mistake? Is it worth stopping to see Geiranger the town? We are also thinking of leaving our car at Hellesylt to avoid dealing with traffic, so we won't have a car to explore around Geiranger.

We will have seen other Norwegian towns and are trying to avoid crowded places.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Posted by
721 posts

Yes, the town will be very crowded. Everyone else on the ferry will be getting off and walking around, plus all of the tour buses. There are some cute shops and restaurants close to the pier, but not worth going to if you don't like crowds.

Posted by
1046 posts

If you like nature there is a fantastic waterfall walk that goes from the caravan park up the hill to the information centre. There are other hiking options.

We found enough to do for three hours in Geiranger last August without stepping into a shop or dealing with crowds.

Posted by
682 posts

After seeing the movie The Wave, I am excited to see Geiranger, but I got lodging way up the mountain!

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1046 posts

After seeing the movie The Wave, I am excited to see Geiranger, but I got lodging way up the mountain!

After seeing that movie I was confident I could outrun a tsunami. Just don't watch Troll before you visit.

Posted by
9 posts

Thanks everyone!! We decided to get off the ferry and visit Geiranger for a few hours before returning on the ferry to Hellseylt.

I appreciate your feedback!!
Karen

Posted by
1575 posts

I would take the car and then drive around on the roads leading out of Geiranger. I took the one going N (I think) and it was a great drive (lots of hairpin curves) and with awesome views. I don't think he cost of the car on the ferry wasn't too much (this was from 6 years ago). Also, we spend the night at the hotel/hostel right in Hellesylt (v basic) but great for catching the first ferry in the morning. We pretty much had the ferry to ourselves - there were less than 15 passengers on it