High above the small town of Geiranger is the most famous fjord view in Norway! Also known as Dalsnibba, the Geiranger Skywalk towers over a massive valley almost 5,000 feet over the Geiranger Fjord. So is paying the entry fee and making the winding trip up the mountain worth it? Here’s our adventure to the Geiranger viewpoint as well as tips and recommendations for your visit.
About the Geiranger Skywalk
Let’s get right into it! If you are heading to Geiranger already then you should 100% make a stop here. However, don’t plan your trip to this area just because of the viewpoint. Think of Dalsnibba more as a bonus to an already beautiful destination in Norway.
At the time of our trip, it cost 270 Nok ($27 USD) per car or camper. The price is for the entire vehicle and not per person. From the top, there is a platformed lookout to Europe’s highest fjord view. You’ll also find several small walking paths connecting the parking lots.
If you don’t feel like making the drive up the steep road or paying the entry fee, don’t worry! There are several viewpoints to pull over and get a good view en route to the town center. Obviously, they aren’t as high up as the Geiranger Skywalk, but still absolutely magical.
Geiranger Skywalk Weather Warning
So why the hesitation about saying this is the best thing to do in the area? Well, that’s because of the weather. Norway is known for being very rainy. While all the photos you might see advertised show a beautiful view that stretches out over the valley, that might not be what it’s like when you get to the Geiranger Skywalk.
Even in the summer, don’t be surprised to have very cold and chilly weather at the top of the Geiranger viewpoint. So how cold should you prepare for?
Well, there is actually year-round snow. We visited in early August and there was still an entire blanket of white over the mountains. We spent less than an hour at the top of the Geiranger Skywalk as it was extremely windy and frigid.
Basically, we put on every warm layer that we had and walked around to the different lookouts. A small sliver of sun did peak out, but just know you’re in for a wild ride at this Geiranger Fjord view.
Should You Pre-Book Geiranger Skywalk Tickets?
Yes and no. From our experience, you don’t need to book tickets months in advance. Instead, wait until the day you plan to go to Dalsnibba.
You can buy tickets at the gate when you get there. However, there might be a long line of cars if you are visiting during peak season.
The main reason not to book too far in advance is the weather which we talked about. Originally, we planned to head up to the Geiranger Skywalk on our way to town. Yet, the weather wasn’t the best! That day it looked like the entire Geiranger Fjord view would be covered in clouds.
We ended up going on the second day of our trip and were happy we waited! Another thing to consider is all the cruise boats that come into port.
The Geiranger Skywalk is a very popular activity in the area for cruises in town. Many tour buses also make the trip up and down the mountain.
Exploring the Geiranger Skywalk
So you’ve made the drive, paid for admission, and have taken the winding ride up the mountain. Now it’s time to explore the many view of the Geiranger Skywalk!
Although the main viewing platform is where most people park and stay, we actually recommend parking just below there. There is a small path with steps connecting the upper and lower lots and both have their own lookout points.
At the top of Dalsnibba, there is a small cafe and bathroom to use. It also is important to note that there aren’t guardrails protecting the entire Geiranger Fjord view. Be extra careful walking around, especially with the heavy winds.
Have any questions about Dalsnibba or want to share your own experience from this Geiranger viewpoint?? Leave us a comment below!
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Where to Stay in Geiranger Norway
Ultra Luxury – Grande Fjord Hotel – High-end hotel which is often considered one of the best Fjord hotels in Norway. Beautiful rooms overlooking the Fjord just outside of town with a luxury breakfast.
Holiday Park – Grande Hytteutleige og Camping – Positioned right on the fjord just a few minutes from the town center are basic, modern, and deluxe cabins. This doubles as a popular campground if you are exploring Norway by camping. The cabins overlook the water and have small kitchens so you can cook your own meals.
Farm Stay – Westerås Gard – Unique experience of staying on a farm with a beautiful valley view. The accommodation ranges from small studios to a large two-bedroom cottage. There is a restaurant on property set in a 17th-century barn and many hiking paths in the area.
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Norway Travel Planning
Rental Car: We use Discover Cars when abroad. It is especially popular to rent a car and spend one week cruising between the Fjords.
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Norway. You can book everything from an Oslo pass for museums and transportation to a Bergen Fjord tour and even take a famous Tromsø Aurora Borealis Tour!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
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