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visitng Geirangerfjord in May

Hi, we are visiting Norway on 14th May as family.
I am highly confused to choose whether to cover Geirangerfjord is must or Sognefjord /Naerofjord can proivide similar experience

I've two itinerary in my mind:

Option 1:

May 14th Arrive Oslo at 2.30 pm (from Bangalore.), Fly to Bergen/

15h Bergen Local, Go to Laredal via Car.

16th Sognefjord exploration - Brisdal/Vik or other options

17th Sognefjord exploration - Trip to Flam stay at Undredal - Fjord/Train

18h Drive to Hardangerfjord and stay at Roldal

19th Roldal to Pulpit tock, finish the hike and Reach Stavanger in night., Drop the Car at Stavanger.

20th Stavanger local and fly to Oslo in evening.

21th Oslo local

22nd Fly back home.

Option 2:

May 14 - Oslo Alesund

15 Alesund local and Gerainger

16 - Gerainger local

17 - Gerainger to Balestrad/Aurland

18 - Explore Flam as Day trip stay near Flam

19 - Balestrad/aurland to Stavanger via hardangerfjord

20 - Pulpit rock and fly to Oslo in evening

21 - Oslo local

22 - Fly Back

With option 2, with above i can cover all famous fjords of Norway., but lots of Drive.
=> what do you think ?, is GeiraingerFjord is must trip or i can have similar beautiful view also near Sognefjord/Naerofjord ?
=> would Trollstigen and Dalsnibba be Open during May mid ?

Please advise.

Posted by
1524 posts

I have been advised that the most beautiful fjord is the Sognefjord/Naeorfjord. I haven’t seen both, so cannot give you my personal account. But the arm of the Sognefjord that is supposed to be the steepest and most beautiful is the Naeorfjord. It is certainly the most popular one with the NIN crowd.

Posted by
245 posts

They are both UNESCO World Heritage sites - an official tossup. I've seen both fjords (and several others as well). My personal favorite was Geiranger. But I don't believe in "must sees". I figure out how much time I really have by computing driving time conservatively. (Some roads in Norway are a bit slow, e.g. speed limit 60 kph = 36 mph, or even lower.) Then I make a prioritized list of things I want to see the most. When my time allocations run out, the list is truncated. As far as Trollstigen being open or not, that will depend on this year's snow depth, etc. Suggest you check with locals or some Government agency such as www.vegvesen.no. I just checked their online road map and Trollstigen shows simply as closed for the winter (no surprise). The NTR website says "Trollstigen is usually closed in October and reopens in May." and "Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991." Maybe someone will make a guess for you. I would be amazed if the road to the top of Dalsnibba is open in May, since it is at 4800 feet elevation and Trollstigen is only at 2300 feet. Given your limited time and big desires, perhaps you should flip a coin for this trip and assume you will return for the rest later. Whatever you see will be amazing. Have fun.

Posted by
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Thanks for your feedback.

I am inclining to consider option 1, as i don't think Trollstigen and Dalsnibba would be available in May.

In option 2: i would have chance to explore Stryn/Olden/Olden on the from Geiranger to Undredal
While Option 1: i would have more time to explore near Hardangerfjord on the way to Odda.

Which route is more scenic ?,
Is it still worth doing option 2 considering May time frame ?

Posted by
3304 posts

I've seen all of these fjords and, hands down, Geirangerfjord is my favorite and far more dramatic. Well worth the effort to get there and the surrounding area is incredibly beautiful. Trollstigen may or may not be open depending on the snowpack. May is a bit early for the higher elevations.

Posted by
1700 posts

I would say generally Geirangerfjord is usually considered the most scenic and always was the most famous.
Sognefjord is more visited because it is part of the NIN route.
Geirangerfjord is heavily visited by cruises.

I would definitely be concerned that Trollstigen may not open
Based on the chart on the below link ; in 2016 and 2017 the road was closed until end of May
https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/press/routes-closed-in-winter
Some prior years it would be open mid May though ; so no way of knowing much in advance.