Mt Molden in Luster at Vestland is a popular hiking goal amongst the locals. The hike is short, and the fjord view is great.
The two to three hours hike to Mt Molden (1118 mas) in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains. The Lustrafjord is a branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord, the King of the Fjords .
The hike to Svarthiller Mountain Farm
The hike to Mt Molden starts at the parking by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki in Luster (500 mas). The path is well marked, and it takes approximately one hour before you get to the abandoned Svarthiller Mountain Farm. At Svarthiller, you can see towards the southern part of the Lustrafjord.
Svarthiller – Lunch Break with Fjord View
Svarthiller is a great place for a lunch break and to take in the view towards the fjord and to Urnes on the other side of the Lustrafjord. At Urnes, you will find the UNESCO-protected Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of a total of 28 remaining Stave Churches in Norway. The church was built around year 1130.
From Svarthiller to Molden
The hike continues from Svarthiller (865 mas) towards Molden. From the summit of Molden you can see the Lustrafjord in all directions. The locals claim this is the best view in Luster, and in Luster there are many great viewpoints.
Just below the summit, on the northern side, there is a shelter (Ernstbui) built of stone. The view from the shelter towards the nortern part of Lustrafjord is epic, see video below.
The descent from Molden
The normal and recommended way back down from Molden is the same way as you hiked up.
It is also possible to hike down to Marifjøra by the Gaupnefjord, on the north side of Mt Molden. The Gaupnefjord is a small branch of the Lustrafjord. The descent down to Marifjøra is around seven kilometer long and 1118 vertical meters. This hike is steep and demanding, and only experienced hikers should hike the trail down to Marifjøra.
The total time for the hike, from the parking by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki to Mt Molden and back down to the parking is around 5-7 hours.
Winter – skiing to Svarthiller and Mt Molden
Skiing with fjord view. Mt Molden is also a great mountain for skiing. You follow more or less the same trail as in summer. The video below is from skiing at Svarthiller with great view towards the Lustrafjord and to Urnes.
IMPORTANT! Always check the Avalanche Forecast for Indre Sogn before you ski at Mt Molden. Also great information about avalanches and what to consider before you go skiing in the mountains.
The Lustrafjord and Luster area is deemed to be one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It is the place where the fjords meet the top of Norway and the place where mountains and glaciers never end. There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do here. The oldest historical hotel, the Walaker Hotel, is located here.
Urnes Stave Church and Feigumfossen Waterfall are two beautiful places worth checking out. If you are feeling sporty the hike to Mt Molden is perfect for you and the view at the top is a bonus to your workout. If you really enjoyed Austerdalsbreen then Nigardsbreen Glacier is almost just as pretty. It is located in Jostedal and is one of the easiest and most accessible glaciers in Norway. The Lustrafjord which runs through this beautiful area is the innermost part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.
Accommodation in Luster
Hotel in Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway´s oldest hotel in Solvorn: Walaker Hotel
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juicefabrikk
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusivity and well-being at Hafslo: BesteBakken
Tourist Information Sognefjord: Sognefjord.no