Grotle is located west at Bremangerlandet, at the far end towards the Atlantic Ocean. Grotlesanden Beach at Grotle is one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. Map to use: Florø 1:50000.
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. Kalvåg is an idyllic fishing village which is a great starting point for all you can do at Bremangerlandet.
Visit Nordfjord is the official destination company for the Nordfjord area.
The road to Grotlesanden Beach
Here you can see a video from the drive out to Grotlesanden Beach. The video/drive starts at Fosseelva river in Bremanger before continuing out towards Grotle and Grotlesanden.
We drive through the distinctive coastal landscape with colorful wooden houses and a beautiful cultural landscape that stretches from the steep mountains on the right side of the road and out to the Atlantic Ocean on the left side of the road.
Grotlesanden at Bremangerlandet
Grotle and Grotlesanden Beach are located west on the island of Bremangerlandet towards the Atlantic Ocean outside Måløy in Nordfjord. You can take a ferry from Måløy to Oldeide or drive via Leirgulen and Skatestraumtunnelen tunnel to get there. Måløy – Oldeide 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.
NOTE – It happens that the storms are so violent in the fjords and on the Western Coast that the waves strikes far above land. When the storm is at its worst and the large waves strikes land, you need to be careful and keep safe distance to the water! Bare rock face are often very slippery. Remember that approximately every seventh wave is extra big and high! This can vary from place to place, some places the frequency is somewhat lower or higher. It is important to take precautions for this.
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. Video by De Historiske.
Here you can see a 360 panorama from Kalvåg and Knutholmen. At the bottom of the panorama, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramas allow you to “jump” to other locations.
The artist Oddvar Torsheim’s wonderful works of art are exhibited in a separate gallery in Kalvåg. Multi-artist Torsheim is educated at Bergen Art School and Graphic School in Copenhagen and creates music, video, posters, graphic prints, books and book illustrations among many other things.
Torsheim has had several separate exhibitions and has been purchased by, among others, the National Museum and Riksgalleriet. Torsheim’s whole life is art and a performance in itself.
Gallery Oddvar Torsheim is located in one of the premises of Knutholmen in the center of Kalvåg. Photo: Reidar Brandsberg.
Bremanger Rib og Sjøtjenester offers adventures with RIB boats along the coast around Bremangerlandet. The RIB boat is stationed in Kalvåg, but it is also possible to book trips with pickup / dropoff in Florø and the surrounding area. Here you can experience RIB safaris along the coast of Bremanger, sea rafting out in the ocean gap and boat trips to Vetvika, among other places.
Where to stay and eat at Bremangerlandet and in Kalvåg
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. Bremangerland Iglandsvik Grotle, Reidarbua, Havly B & B, Iglandsvik Marina and Håjen Feriehus are some of the places you can stay in Bremanger and 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.
The mountains, glaciers, fjords and the coastline in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer.
Stryn Summer Ski, Hjelle and Segestad in Oppstryn, Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet and Oldedalen Valley are all must-visit places when you are in the inner part of Nordfjord.
The Lodalen valley is like a postcard, there is beautiful and wild nature everywhere you turn. Kjenndalsstova is a great starting point for adventures on lake Lovatnet. There you can rent rowing boats and a canoes, and join guided fishing trips. They also offer boat trips with the tourist boat MS Kjenndal which runs between Kjenndalsstova and Sande by lake Lovatnet.
Rakssetra is located up on the hillside at Oppheim between Loen and Stryn. The view from Rakssetra down to Nordfjord, Oldebukta and Olden is fantastic.
Vågsøy with Kråkenes Lighthouse and Kannesteinen, West Cape and Bremangerlandet with Grotlesanden Beach are some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Norway. The stunning beach in Hoddevik at Stad on the west coast of Nordfjord is a popular goal for surfers all year round. Hoddevik is considered one of Norway’s best surfing areas.
Hjelle Hotel in Oppstryn, Hotel Alexandra in Loen and Knutholmen in Kalvåg are all great places to stay. Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.
Hotels and Accommodation by Grotlesanden and Kalvåg at Bremangerlandet