GROTLESANDEN AND KALVÅG AT BREMANGERLANDET

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. Vetvika and Hornelen are two great hikes at Bremanger. Kalvåg is an idyllic fishing village which is a great starting point for all you can do at Bremangerlandet.

Season and Safety

Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

360 Aircam – 360 VR Panorama of Kalvåg and knutholmen at Bremangerlandet

Kalvåg and Knutholmen from a bird’s eye view. See the fantastic high-resolution 360 VR Aircam Panorama from Kalvåg and Knutholmen at Bremangerlandet. 360 VR Aircam by Arild Solberg.

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360 Aircam VR Panorama from Kalvåg and Knutholmen at Bremangerlandet

Grotlesanden at Bremangerlandet

Grotle and Grotlesanden Beach are located west on the island of Bremangerlandet towards the Atlantic Ocean outside Måløy in Nordfjord. 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 on the island of Frøya

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.

Guided Kayak Safari to Grotlesanden

Join a Guided Kayak Trip from Iglandsvik Marina to Grotlesanden Beach. Along the way you will see beautiful coastal nature, clear water, reefs, islets and fisherman’s cabins. This paradise is off the beaten track and the archipelago is among Norway’s best kept secrets. Your guide will share stories and information about the area as you paddle towards your Grotlesanden. There you can relax in the white sand or take a dip in the cold and refreshing sea.

Guided Kayak Safari from Kalvåg

Join a guided kayak trip which starts from the colorful fishing village of Kalvåg. This tour takes you by kayak to a hidden gem. You will paddle out into the ocean gap amidst the many small islands and inlets where the water is so clear you will see the fish swimming below through the vast kelp forest. Known as “Little Lofoten” for its natural wonder, exploring Bremanger’s many islands is a spectacular experience. Along the way your guide will share histories of the area, and point out interesting flora and fauna, as well as local wildlife.

Bremanger RIB og Sjøtjenester

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.

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Panorama Picture of Grotlesanden at Bremangerlandet

Great hikes at Bremangerlandet

Two great hikes you can do on Bremangerlandet are the hikes to Vetvika Beach and Mt Hornelen. These are demanding hikes and are not suitable for children. 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 hike are from Berleneset or Hunskår.

Vetvika Beach is a beautiful and hidden gem. You have to go on a long and demanding three to four hour hike over the mountains to visit the beach at Vetvika (8 to 10 hours roundtrip) . The view from the mountain ridge down towards the chalk-white beach in Vetvika is epic, most hiker´s goals are the ridge and the great view down to Vetvika. You can also join a RIB-Safari and visit Vetvika Beach from the sea. The most common place to start the hike from is at Svarstad at Bremangerlandet, the first part of the hike goes along a gravel road.

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. Reidarbua, 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 at Vågsøy

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 a 34 kilometer long drive from Grotlesanden to Kannesteinen, included a ferry from Oldeide to Måløy.

Kråkenes Lighthouse at Vågsøy

Kråkenes Lighthouse was built in 1906 and is located at Kråkenes, at the far end of Vågsøy in Kinn Municipality. Today, the lighthouse and the surrounding area is a popular goal for adventure seekers. People travel there to experience the lighthouse when the storms are at their worst during autumn and winter to see the waves splashing over the lighthouse. But people also come to experience summer and sunsets in the Atlantic Ocean. You can spend the night at Kråkenes Lighthouse and in Stormhuset, which is located 50 meters from the lighthouse. There is also a small café there in the summer. It is a 46 kilometer long drive from Grotlesanden to Kråkenes Lighthouse, included a ferry from Oldeide to Måløy.

Hoddevik – Surfers Paradise

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 a 99 kilometer long drive from Grotlesanden to Hoddevik, included a ferry from Oldeide to Måløy.

West Cape – Stadlandet

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 a 102 kilometer long drive from Grotlesanden to West Cape, included a ferry from Oldeide to Måløy.

Nordfjord – What to See and Do

The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Stryn Summerski, Hjelle and Segestad in Oppstryn, Rakssetra between Stryn and Loen, Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet and Oldedalen Valley with Lake Oldevatnet are all must-visit places when you are in the inner part of Nordfjord. Vågsøy with Kråkenes Lighthouse and Kannesteinen, West Cape, Hoddevik and Bremangerlandet with the Grotlesanden and Vetvika Beaches are some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Norway. 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.

Accommodation by Grotlesanden and Kalvåg at Bremangerlandet

Havly B & B in Iglandsvik by Grotlesanden
Iglandsvik Marina in Igandsvik by Grotlesanden
Knutholmen in Kalvåg

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Go Fjords – Nordfjord
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Nordfjord Tourist Information: Nordfjord – All in one Fjord

Grotlesanden, Kalvåg and Bremangerlandet – Map Overview