Møre og Romsdal

Photo: Geirangerfjorden Colourbox

Møre og Romsdal

Written by: Student Bergen

Photo: Geirangerfjorden Colourbox

Geirangerfjorden, a UNESCO World Hertitage Site, is one of the major natural attractions in the region of Møre og Romsdal. 

Nature to explore in Møre og Romsdal

Geirangerfjorden is a 15 km branch of a larger system of fjords. It was listed as a UNESCO World Hertiage site in 2005. Surrounded by some of the west coast of Norway's steepest mountains, it is a narrow fjord with no habitable shoreline. The looming mountains house a part of notable waterfalls that face each other across the fjord: Seven Sisters and the Suitor (aka the Friar). Read more about activities in the Geirangerfjord area here including hikingcanyoning and mountain or electric biking. Visit Geirangerfjord's official page here.

Hjørundfjorden, a roughly 33 km branch off of Storfjorden (literally, 'the large fjord') is surrounded by a mountain range called Sunnmørsalpene (Sunnmøre Alps). For more information on visiting Hjørundfjord, visit this page

The Sunnmøre Alps offer hiking and skiing and is known for its long skiing season (it can stretch to the beginning of June). For information about hiking in Sunnmørsalpene (in Norwegian) click here.   

Other (less natural) attractions include Trollstigen (Troll's path), a steep section of the Norwegian County Road 63 with dramatic hairpin turns; Atlanterhavsveien (the Atlantic Ocean Road), a 8.3 km section of County Road 64 that runs through an archipelago; and Hotel Union Øye, a hotel dating back to 1891 in a scenic location that has been visited by royalty. General tourism information (in Norwegian) for Møre og Romsdal can be found here or, or English information can be found here. 

How to get there

How to get to Geirangerfjord

By boat

  • In the summer you can take the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Geiranger 
  • In winter you can take the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Ålesund and a bus from Ålesund to Geiranger

By Bus
Nettbuss has buses that run from Bergen Bus Station to Ålesund (about 9 hours 45 minutes, route 430). From Ålesund you can take a local bus (route 210 and 211, with ferry in between) to Geiranger (~3.5-4.5 hours). The rutebok.no site may be helpful for planning this part of the trip.

Take a look at options for getting to Geirangerfjord on their official website

How to get to Hjørundfjorden/Sunnmørsalpene

By boat
You can visit Hjørundfjorden and the Sunnmøre Alps via the Hurtigruten. The Hurtigruten has a port at Urke (Urke and Sæbø are roughly opposite each other across the Hjørundfjorden).

By Bus
One option for traveling to Sæbø (a tourist village next to Hjørundfjorden) is to take a Nettbuss bus from Bergen Bus Station to Ørsta (about 8 hours, route 430) and then take a local bus (route 370) from Ørsta to Sæbø.

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