Photo Spots in the Fjords

There are so many photo spots in Western Norway. Here I present my favourite places for great photography in the fjords and in Western Norway. Take a short detour by car. Go hiking. Or take a Fjordcruise. The prizes are beautiful views and memories for life. 

 

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The Atlantic Road and the Atlantic Coast
By car. A 36-kilometre long stretch of road between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, the two main population centres in the county of Møre og Romsdal. The Atlantic Road National Tourist Route runs from Kårvåg to Bud. There are several panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities in bold architectural forms along the Atlantic Road. Here you can experience both nature and architecture in great interaction. Some of the viewing platforms are also popular with anglers…and photographers.  See map…



Kavliheian in Isfjorden, Romsdal

By car/Short hike. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal: Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Keep driving east, approximately 2.5 kilometre to Øvre Kavli. From there, around 3 kilometer (tollroad) to parking place at the end of the road. From the parking place you have a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Åndalsnes. Between one and two kilometres easy hike to Kavliheian. Kavliheian is a great starting point for both hiking and skiing in the surrounding mountains. See map…




Torvik/Klungnes by the Romsdalsfjord
By Car. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal: A short detour by car (approximately 2 kilometer) from Riksvei 64 at Torvika between Åndalsnes and Åfarnes in Romsdal. Beautiful view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Innfjorden with it´s surrounding mountains. View from the road, no hiking necessary. See map…



Mt. Litlefjellet in Romsdal

Hiking. Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Continue to Liabygda, from where you drive 7 kilometer along the tollroad towards the foot of Mt. Litlefjellet. 30 minutes hiking up to Litlefjellet, a mountain ridge between 660m – 790 m.a.s. Fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains; Mt. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba. You can also see the beautiful Rauma River down in the Romsdalen Valley, meandering down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. See map…



Trollstigen in Romsdal

By Car/Hiking. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal: Trollstigen is one of our Tourist Icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes. The Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter, it usually opens late May. From the Trollstigen Mountain Platou there is a short walk to the two new Viewpoints which is great for taking pictures. Five to ten minutes walk from the parking. See map…


Geirangerfjord and Norway in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours


The Eagle Road/The Geirangerfjord
By Car/Hiking. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal: Ørnesvingen (The Eagle Turn) is a viewpoint at the upper part of the Eagle Road in Geiranger. The Eagle Road is part of the 104 kilometer long Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the small town Geiranger. One minute hike from the road, and the view is even better. See map…


Skageflå Mountain Farm above the Geirangerfjord
Fjordcruise/Hiking (demanding). Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal: This is a fantastic adventure, combined fjordcruise and steep hike up to the abandoned moutainfarm Skageflå (250 metres above the fjord). Start with fjordcruise from Geiranger to Skagehola, the starting point of the path up to Skageflå. Order fjordcruise-tickets online in advance so you are sure to get seats on the boat. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the Seven Sisters Waterfall on the other side of the fjord. From Skageflå, you can return back to the fjord and join the boat back to Geiranger. Or you can continue the hike over the mountain towards Geiranger. Both hikes are steep and demanding. See map…


Lake Lovatnet and the Lodalen Valley in Nordfjord
By Car. Loen in Sogn og Fjordane: Drive the Lodalen Valley along Lake Lovatnet in Nordfjord towards the inner part of Lodalen. Several photo stops along the road. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere. At the inner part of the Lodalen Valley you can see the Kjenndalsbreen Glacier, part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. See map…


Lake Oldevatnet and the Oldedalen Valley in Nordfjord
By Car. Olden in Sogn og Fjordane: Drive the Oldedalen Valley along Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord towards Oldedalen and the Briksdal Glacier. It is difficult to drive this road without having several photo stops. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere. At Briksdalen at the inner part of the Oldedalen Valley you can join a ride to the Briksdal Glacier in a “Troll Car”. See map…


Sognefjord in a Nutshell by Fjordtours


Fjærland at the inner part of the Fjærlandsfjord
By Car. The Fjærlandsfjord leads you to the outskirts of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. At the head of the fjord you find interesting attractions such as the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the picturesque town Fjærland (the Norwegian book town). From the ferry quay in Mundal it is a short drive by car or bus up to the Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen Glaciers. See map…


Svarthiller/Mt. Molden by the Lustrafjord
Hiking. Luster in Sogn og Fjordane: A one hour hike to Svarthiller or 2 hours hike to Mt. Molden (1118 m.a.s) in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains. Start at the parking place by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki in Luster (500 m.a.s). The path is marked. See map…


The Lærdal Tunnel between Lærdal and Aurland
By Car. Can a tunnel be a photo spot? Yes, indeed! The worlds longest car-tunnel is 24 509 metres long, and goes between Lærdal and Aurland by the Sognefjord. There are three illuminated mountain halls inside the tunnel with six kilometres intervals between the halls. The coloured enlightened halls will give a feeling of being out in the daylight for a few seconds and partly prevent motorists fall asleep during the passage. They can also be used for taking a break…and to get some great photos. Important! Be careful inside the halls, cars driving past at high speed. See map…




Stegastein Lookout in Aurland
By Car. Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane: Stegastein is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 metres above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, but during winter the road is closed just above Stegastein. See map…


Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord
By Car. Undredal in Sogn og Fjordane is a beautiful village down by the Aurlandsfjord. The village is famous for the goats, it´s local made white and brown Goat Cheese and Norway´s smallest Stave Church. Undredal with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord will take your breath away. See map…


Otternes Farm Yard between Aurland and Flåm
By Car. Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane: Otternes Farm Yard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farm yard. The road up to Otternes Farm Yard is marked with a small sign on the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farm yard. See map…



Ulvik in Hardanger
By bike/walking. Ulvik is a beautiful small town by the Ulvikafjord, a small branch of the Hardangerfjord. Visit Ulvik in May and experience the apple tree blossoming. Spring time in the fjords and in the Hardangerfjord area is beautiful. Take a fjordcruise from Norheimsund to Ulvik and see it all. See map…


Bryggen (The Hanseatic Wharf) in Bergen
City Center of Bergen: Bryggen (The Hanseatic Wharf) in Bergen, is part of our common World Heritage. The earliest buildings at Bryggen has been dated to around 1100. The wooden buildings (61 in total) down by the harbour in the historic city center of Bergen were built after a fire in 1702. See map…


Dronningstien (The Queens Hiking Trail) in Hardanger
Hiking. Approximately six hours (heavy) hike between Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. If you start at Kinsarvik, it is a 4.5 kilometre long and steep hike to a tremendous panorama view down to the Hardangerfjord. Direction: Drive the 2.5 kilometer long and steep road from Kinsarvik (by the Esso Gas Station) to a parking place at Røte. Continue hiking upwards on the forest road for 4.5 kilometres to Heng. This is the starting point of Queens Sonja´s Panoramic Hiking Trail to Lofthus. Great panorama view and photo spot. The Queens Hiking Trail is marked. See map…


Lake Bondhusvatnet in Kvinnherad
Hiking, one hour one way. Sundal in Hordaland: Drive to Sundal in Kvinnherad, by the Hardangerfjord. From Sundal, drive up Bondhusdalen Valley to the end of the road where you can park you car. Continue hiking on the mountain road to the outlet of Lake Bondhusvatnet. The road is also great for wheel chairs. If you have the time, you should also consider hiking to the innermost part of the lake, below the Bondhusbreen Glacier (two hours hike from the parkingplace, one way). See map…


Trolltunga in Skjeggedal, Hardanger
Hiking. Skjeggedal in Odda, Hardanger in Hordaland: As one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga has during a short time gone from being an unknown place to become one of Norway´s most famous tourist attractions. This is a relatively long and hard hike. You start at Skjeggedal at the east side of Sørfjorden in Hardanger, north east of Odda. The hike to Trolltunga and return takes around 10 to 12 hours. Remember that the weather change quickly in the Norwegian mountains, so bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. See map…



Låtefossen Waterfall at Odda in Hardanger
By car. Odda in Hardanger, Hordaland: Låtefossen is a 165 meter high waterfall cascading into the Oddadalen Valley, 16 kilometer south of Odda. The Oddadalen Valley is 10 kilometers long, there are many waterfalls ending into the valley. Låtefossen is the most famous one, and it is funneling under the rustic six-arched bridge along Riksvei 13 (Route 13). Parking place beside the waterfall. See map…


Preikestolen/The Lysefjord
Hiking. Ryfylke in Rogaland: Approximately two hours hike from Preikestolhytta Mountain Lodge (where you can park the car) to Preikestolen Mountain Platou. Preikestolen is flat and square, but the edge (on three of four sides) is a 604 meter vertical drop straight into the fjord. Great view down to the Lysefjord and the surrounding nature. The path is marked. See map…


Swords in Rock at Hafrsfjord
By Car. The “Swords in Rock” monument at Hafrsfjord, 5 kilometre south-east of the center of Stavanger in Rogaland. This is the place where the battle of Hafrsfjord took place in year 872, when the Viking King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The Viking swords are modelled on swords found in various parts of Norway. They represents peace, unity and freedom since the swords are planted into solid rock, whence they may never be removed. The monument is situated by the road, short walk from the parking place. See map…




Useful Links:
Official page for Norway: www.visitnorway.com
Official page for Fjord Norway: www.fjordnorway.com
Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities: www.fjordtours.com
Fjord Pass Discounts: www.fjord-pass.com

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