Grotle is located west on Bremangerlandet, at the far end towards the Atlantic Ocean. There we have Grotlesanden Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway.
Grotle looks like a little paradise. It is great to be there when it’s sunny and summer, but it is also a wonderful experience when the winter storms ravage at their worst.
Grotlesanden at Bremangerlandet
Grotle and Grotlesanden Beach are located west on the island of Bremangerlandet towards the Atlantic Ocean outside Måløy. You must take a ferry from Måløy to Oldeide to get there. This is an eight-kilometer long ferry trip, which is an adventure in itself. From Oldeide you drive westward, over the mountain pass to Bremanger. Then continue further west past Iglandsvika to Grotle which is located on the western side of the island of Bremangerlandet.
Grotlesanden Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. There are also several other beautiful beaches along the four kilometer long stretch between Hauge and Grotle, but Grotlesanden is the most beautiful and the one that most people visit. Grotlesanden are actually two beautiful beaches of a total of 800 meters, only divided by Grotlesholmen with a parking lot and sanitary building with toilets.
Since Grotlesanden Beach is located on the coast towards the Atlantic Ocean, the temperature in the water is usually not that high. But a swim in the clear water is a fresh experience, so you can rather enjoy the chalk-white sandy beach and warm up with a sunbath afterwards.
It is also nice to bring your fishing rod and try your fishing luck from the reefs around Storholmen and Grotlesholmen which divides the Grotlesanden Beach in two.
Kalvåg is a beautiful place on the island of Frøya at Bremangerlandet which is well worth a visit. Kalvåg is an old fishing village which is located only 20 kilometers from Grotlesanden Beach. You can stay at Kalvåg when you visit Grotlesanden, then you will get the best of both worlds. You can stay in the high standard rooms and apartments at Knutholmen, which is several old sea houses that has been turned into special places to stay. You can also visit the pub and the restaurant at Knutholmen which focuses on fresh, good and short travelled food.
There is also a wealth of activities and experiences that can be done from Knutholmen. Boat safari, floating sauna, hiking trails leading to beautiful viewpoints, kayaking and joining a fishing boat are some of the things you can experience at Kalvåg.
Hike from Grotlesanden to Mt Veten
To see the beach and the Atlantic Coast from a bird’s eye view, you can hike up the hillside towards Mt Veten. The well marked trail starts at the outermost part of Grotle. Steep up to Grolsdalen at 300 masl where you have a fantastic view down to Grotle and Grotlesanden. You can continue to Vetehytta Cabin at 508 masl, this part of the trail is more flat.
Other great hikes at Bremangerlandet
Two great hikes you can do on Bremangerlandet are the hikes to Vetvika Beach and Mt Hornelen. These are more demanding hikes, and they are located on the far west and far east on Bremangerlandet, respectively.
Mt Hornelen is located at 860 masl and is the highest sea cliff in Europe. The trail up to Mt Hornelen is partly steep and demanding, the view from the top is fantastic. The most common places to start the trip from are Berleneset and Hunskår.
Vetvika Beach is a beautiful and hidden gem. You have to go on a long and demanding three-hour hike over the mountains to visit Vetvika. The view from the mountain ridge down to the chalk-white beach in Vetvika is epic. You can also reach Vetvika by boat. But remember that Vetvika is exposed, at the far end towards the Atlantic Ocean. You do not go there by boat in bad weather. We rather recommend joining a guided boat trip from Kalvåg to Vetvika.
Video from Vetvika by Hans Arne Vartdal
Where to stay and eat
You cannot stay overnight in the area around Grotlesanden Beach as this is close to private properties. Iglandsvika is the closest place you can spend the night. Havly B & B and Iglandsvik Marina are two of the places you can stay in Iglandsvika. The nearest supermarket is also in Iglandsvika, about two kilometers east of Grotlesanden Beach.
You can stay in the high standard rooms and apartments at Knutholmen at Kalvåg, which is an old fishing village that has been turned into a special place to stay. Kalvåg is only a short drive from Grotlesanden. There is also a supermarket in Kalvåg.
Kannesteinen is a three meter high mushroom-shaped rock that has been formed by ice and the waves from the ocean during thousands of years. There is a wheelchair friendly trail down to the beach where Kannesteinen is located. The rock is situated at Oppedal in the western part of Vågsøy, northwest of Måløy.
It is around eight kilometers to drive from Grotlesanden to Kannesteinen. This includes a ferry trip of eight kilometers between Oldeide and Måløy. The ferry trip is an adventure in itself.
The stunning beach in Hoddevik on the west coast of Nordfjord is a popular goal for surfers all year round. Hoddevik and Stad is considered one of Norway’s best surf spots, also during winter. Stad Surfing and Ervik Surfshop will assist you with boards, dry suits and instructions.
It is around 99 kilometers to drive from Grotlesanden to Hoddevik. This includes a ferry trip of eight kilometers between Oldeide and Måløy.
Vestkapp (West Cape) at 497 masl is the westernmost part of mainland Norway. The view is epic. On a clear day you can see from the Sunnmøre Alps in the north to Ålfotbreen Glacier towards south east and Bremangerlandet in the south direction. The Vestkapp Cliff is quite flat, but do not walk too close to the edge due to the steep cliffs that ends straight into to the Atlantic Ocean 497 meters below you. West Cape is just a short drive from Hoddevik.
It is around 100 kilometers to drive from Grotlesanden to West Cape. This includes a ferry trip of eight kilometers between Oldeide and Måløy.
The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lake Lovatnet and the Oldedalen Valley is a must to visit. And Hotel Alexandra Loen in Loen is the place to stay. Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.
Accommodation by Grotlesanden and Kalvåg at Bremangerlandet
Nordfjord Tourist Information: Nordfjord – All in one Fjord