We rode the ferry through the fjord to the small town of Geiranger. We were able to sit on the... read more
If you are going on Hurtigruten, excursions will depend on how long the ship stays in port (some options are very short and there may not be sufficient time). As far as how far the smaller ships (like those within... More
If you are going on Hurtigruten, excursions will depend on how long the ship stays in port (some options are very short and there may not be sufficient time). As far as how far the smaller ships (like those within Hurtigruten) travel into the fjord, they can dock right at the town's edge (small town), assuming the dock is available. I think they can only accommodate one somewhat large ship. Larger ships typically moor and use tenders. Once in town, there are shops and kiosks that sell excursions to pretty much anywhere of interest (as well as rentals of those small electric cars). There are options to go to the observation deck near the top of Eagle Rd (many switchbacks to get there). This view allows one to see the fjord from two viewpoints: one looking toward the town with the mountain background and looking 90 degrees to the right, to see down the fjord just past Seven Sisters waterfall. The observation deck is on a knee (or elbow) of the fjord. The other key viewpoint is on the "other side" of the town where you are looking over the town toward the fjord. I found this view to be more picturesque. One way to get this view is to walk up the waterfall (just right of the town center), which itself, is a beautiful trek with many photo ops. With many stops along the way, it took about one hour to get to the top (using the steps). You can then walk down the road which offers more views including a stop at the Geiranger Church (with very nice views). You can also take an excursion to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba. Along the way there are numerous views of the fjord. One thing about Hurtigruten (at least in the past) was the ability for one to hop-off, stay a day or two, and then hop back on a different ship - thus allowing one flexibility on how long to stay. I don't know if that option still exists but it is an interesting way to see Norway. We were on Holland America last month and while in Geiranger, we did the walk up the waterfall, hike down the road to Geiranger Church, had lunch in town, took a river cruise down an adjacent fjord (not visited by the cruise ship), went to the top of Eagle Rd observatory, and took the excursion to Mt. Dalsnibba. It was an absolutely gorgeous day (low 70's and just wisps of clouds). My fitbit told me I clocked over 16,000 steps and 38 floors but it felt great at the end of the day. One other thing to remember, if you go into Geiranger early in the morning (we did so around 5 am), it is worth it to get up and take the morning photos traveling through the fjords. I have some terrific pictures of the fjord with low hanging wisps of fog (tinged with the early morning redness of sunrise). I also recommend (if you have the option) to get a balcony room on the port side given most of the larger falls (such as Seven Sisters waterfall) will be on that side as you enter the Geiranger fjord. The lighting as we were leaving the fjord (around 5 pm) was not as good for photography or viewing (more haze and harsher shadows).