Kannesteinen is a mushroom-shaped rock that has been formed by ice and the waves from the Atlantic Ocean during thousands of years.
The special rock is situated in Oppedal, northwest of Måløy in the outer part of Nordfjord.
Visit Nordfjord is the official destination company for the Nordfjord area.
Kannesteinen at Vågsøy
Kannesteinen is a three meter high mushroom-shaped rock that has been formed by ice and the waves and moving stones from the ocean during thousands of years.
It is a great experience to see this special stone, a wonderful work of art made by nature itself. In the summer, when the weather is nice, you can experience Kannesteinen in the sunset. On the horizon, you can then see the Atlantic Ocean “meeting” the sky in strong and beautiful colors.
There is a parking lot just beside the seaside and a trail down towards the beach where Kannesteinen is located.
It is only a few meters from the parking lot to the viewpoint where you can see Kannsteinen and the beautiful view towards the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains encircling the bay.
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.
How to get there
Kannesteinen rock is situated at Oppedal in the western part of Vågsøy, northwest of Måløy. It is a 11 kilometer long drive from Måløy to Oppedal and Kannesteinen.
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. The drive from Kannesteinen to Kråkenes Lighthouse is 33 kilometers long.
A drive across the island of Vågsøy
Below you can see a video from a drive across Vågsøy Island, from Kvalheim to Kråkenes Lighthouse. During the drive you have a great view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
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.