Located on Norway's west coast, Geiranger is one of two fjords included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is also the second largest Norwegian cruise port.
New for this year, among 179 visits, are the maiden calls from NCL Norwegian and Disney at the “spectacular nature experience".
Helping push traffic in the right direction was the installation of innovative floating pier for vessels to dock along with deepwater quay. The port is a day in transit from Alesund, Flam or Bergen and offers a wide variety of excursion potential.
Monica Berstad Mæland, sales & marketing manager for Geiranger Fjordservice said they had more than 30 shore tours to offer vacationers, letting them explore nature in different ways. She added that their challenge was to welcome all ships that would like to visit Geiranger fjord. A perfect season for the port would be to welcome every day a couple of ships, from early spring to late autumn.
Monica Mæland hoped for sustainable development of cruise industry in Geiranger, working in close contact with local community and associated companies. She shared that local value creation was the key so a destination could be developed to the best. Local community could take care of its population while increasing business and controlling development as it was concerned with surrounding environment.
To finance Geiranger port’s pier project, it introduced a docking fee that is mandatory. In a statement, the port said that docking of ships would also see environmental benefits, because when a ship was docked it had far less of environmental impact in terms of discharges or emissions than if anchored in the fjord.