About the roads to Geiranger in April/May, don't just trust your GPS!
This is the
information that you GPS doesn't know:
1. Between the 1st
and the 13th of May:
In spite of what your GPS tells you:
In the beginning of May the road
Geiranger to Langevatn/Grotli is still closed.
Normally it opens between the 15th
and 30th of May (some years earlier, some years later, depending of
how much snow there's left in the mountains).
year the road was opened at 11 AM on the 14th of May!
How to reach Geiranger before FV63 opens, if you come from the east:
The fastest way from Oslo to Geiranger is to take the E6 from Oslo to Otta, then
turn left to Vågåmo, Lom, Grotli and further to Stryn. You then turn right and
go to Hellesylt and take the ferry to Geiranger. (For timetable, please see
below). The trip from Oslo to Geiranger will take about 8 hours.
Very important: the last ferry in the evening leaves Hellesylt at 18.30 in the
If you don't reach this ferry, you can still reach Geiranger, but you have to
make a 2 hours extra drive: Stranda - Linge - Eidsdal - Geiranger.
How to reach Geiranger before FV63, from the south, west and north:
If you come from the west or north, the road FV63
from Eidsdal to Geiranger is of course open as normal.
If you come from Bergen (the south), just go as normal and take the ferry from
Hellesylt on the Geiranger fjord.
The last ferry leaves Hellesylt 18.30 in the afternoon.
2. In April:
In April the road to
Geiranger from the east is still closed. It is also not possible to
take the ferry on the Geirangerfjord. The ferry starts 1. May.
If you are coming from Oslo, the best way is
to take the EV 6 from Oslo to Lillehammer, Otta and Dombås.
Then turn left on the E136 passing Åndalsnes, Vestnes to Sjøholt. Here you
turn left (FV63) and go to Linge and take the car ferry to Eidsdal (time: 10 minuttes leaving quite
frequently until 11.00 in the evening). The trip from Oslo to Geiranger will
take about 10 hours by private car.