Mt Molden in Luster at Vestland is a popular hiking goal amongst the locals. The hike is short, and the fjord view is great. Map: Sogndal – Leikanger 1:50000.
The two to three hours hike to Mt Molden (1118 masl) 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.
Visit Sognefjord is the official destination company for the Sognefjord area.
About season and other important information
GRADING: Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE: This hike starts at approximately 500 masl (Parking by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki). Highest point at approximately 1116 masl (Mt Molden).
SEASON: July to Mid September, depending on temperature and snow.
NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.
NOTE – We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that Molden is shrouded in fog.
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 masl). 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 masl) towards Molden. Be careful not to go too close to the edge, here it is more than 1000 meters vertical fall straight down into the fjord. 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 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.
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.
The road to Mollandsmarki is the same road as for the hike to Mt Molden. But drive past the parking lot where the hike to Molden starts, and continue further towards Mollandsmarki. Soon the Lustrafjord will reveal itself to you, and the view from the road towards the Lustrafjord is fantastic. In the cabins at Raaum Gard you can literally live right on the edge and look straight down into the fjord and over to Urnes on the other side of the fjord.
The Lustrafjord and Luster area is deemed to be one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It is where the fjords meet the top of Norway and the mountains and glaciers never end. There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do there. The oldest historical hotel, the Walaker Hotel, is located here. Visit the world heritage protected Urnes Stave Church and see the mighty Feigumfossen waterfall that reveals itself in the spring. The hike to Mt Molden gives you a fantastic view both inwards and outwards the Lustrafjord. Nigardsbreen glacier in Jostedal and Austerdalsbreen glacier at Veitastrond are two of the most beautiful and most easily accessible glaciers in Norway. Mørkridsdalen and Fortunsdalen are two classic areas for mountain hikes near Skjolden, which is located in the innermost part of the Lustrafjord. Drive Sognefjellet National Tourist Route. Along the road is Turtagrø Hotel where you will get information and guide to Hurrungane which is one of Norway’s wildest mountain areas. Stay at Skjolden Hotel, a great hotel with short-travelled food and beer. The Lustrafjord is a branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.
Accommodation in Luster
Jostedalen – Jostedal Hotel
Jostedalen – Jostedal Camping
Hotel in Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Skjolden: Skjolden Resort
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway´s oldest hotel in Solvorn: Walaker Hotel
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juicefabrikk
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Villa Solvorn
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusivity and well-being at Hafslo: BesteBakken
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Luster – Useful Links
Tourist Information about Luster and the Lustrafjord: Sognefjord.com
Skjolden – Where fjord meets the mountains: Skjolden.com
Activities in Luster: Visit Skjolden
The UNESCO Protected Urnes Stave Church
Ferry across the Lustrafjord: Lustrabaatane
Glacier Guiding on Nigardsbreen Glacier: Jostedalen Breførarlag
Breheimsenteret Glacier Center in Jostedal: Breheimsenteret
Mountain Hotel in the Hurrungane Mountains: Turtagrø Hotel
Sognefjellet National Tourist Route: Norwegian Scenic Routes
Guided Kayak Trip on the Lustrafjord: Fjordseal at Marifjøra
Guided Motor Boat Tours at Lake Styggevatnet: Ice Troll