Hiking Norway: Alesund and the Sunnmore Alps

From Hjørundfjord through Geirangerfjord


The snow-capped Sunnmøre Alps rise thousands of feet above the cobalt waters of Hjørundfjord, one of the hidden gems of this nature-blessed part of Norway. Join WT Trip Leader Stefano Pozzi to hike on the peaks surrounding Hjørundfjord, follow aery ridge trails above UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, explore fjords by private boat, and learn about Norway’s rural traditions with families at their centuries-old farms. Stefano has a deep love for Norway, where he has led journeys for a decade, and a passion for sharing its astounding natural beauty. If you’re looking for a Nordic adventure with off-the-beaten-path hikes and fascinating places you might never find on your own, this is it. The trip begins and ends in charming Ålesund, a city set on small islands in the Atlantic and acclaimed for its Art Nouveau architecture.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Ålesund / Hjørundfjord / Trandal Farm and Village

Arrive in Ålesund and enjoy an afternoon kayak excursion in the town’s canals. Boating through steep-walled Hjørundfjord, we visit a farm family at Trandal for lunch and enjoy the first of our spectacular ridge hikes, with breathtaking views in all directions of Hjørundfjord and the snow-capped Sunnmøre Alps.

Brosundet Hotel
Ålesund, Norway
Day 1 (1 night)
Union Øye Hotel
Oye, Norway
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Sagafjord Hotel
Sæbø, Norway
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-7
Loen / Skylift / Geirangerfjord / Farm Lunch

From Loen, a village below the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, a cable car ride brings us up to Mt. Hoven for a panoramic hike, with dinner in this “top of the world” setting. We’ll take a private boat ride to the start of one of the most scenic ridge hikes in Norway, with panoramas of the soaring 5,000-foot high walls of UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and across the turquoise waters of the fjord to the Seven Sisters Waterfall. A farm family will host us for a homemade lunch and a hike to a lovely waterfall on their historic farm.

Hotel Alexandra
Leon, Norway
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Grande Fjord Hotel
Geiranger, Norway
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Havila Hotel
Geiranger, Norway
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-10
Geirangerfjord / Tafjord / Ålesund

Expansive views of the entire bend of mighty Geirangerfjord are our reward on our hike up to the peak of Geitfonnegga, and our final hike brings us high above historic farmsteads for panoramas of the hidden gem of UNESCO-protected Tafjord. Depart Day 10 from Ålesund.

Blåtind Mountain Lodge
Stordal, Norway
Day 8 (1 night)
Storfjord Hotel
Skodje, Norway
Day 9 (1 night)



Hike gorgeous trails both at water level and on high ridgelines with breathtaking views of fjords and waterfalls
Savor majestic panoramas over UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Enjoy cultural experiences every day, including warm welcomes from local farm families
Stay in hand-picked hotels in stunning locations, travel between locations by private boat


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $8295  
Arrive: Ålesund, Norway
Depart: Ålesund, Norway
Lodging: 9 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-5 hours a day, altitudes below 4,500 feet. This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.
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