Loen and Olden in Nordfjord are two villages in the middle of some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Map to use: Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark 1:50000.
Hiking, mountaineering, biking, glacier hiking and skiing are some keywords for the Loen and Olden area.
IMPORTANT! Remember that many of the roads in western Norway are prone to landslides, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. The roads along Lodalen and Oldedalen are two of these exposed roads. SEASON & 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…
Some highlights in Loen and Olden area
Loen Skylift at Mt Hoven in Loen in Nordfjord is a gondola that goes from fjord to mountain in five minutes. Great view to the inner part of Nordfjord; Loen and Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet, and Olden, Oldedalen Valley and Lake Oldevatnet. Hoven Restaurant at Mt Hoven with fantastic view over the Nordfjord Panorama.
Loen Skylift is a popular goal for hikers, skiers and people that want to see some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Via Ferrata Loen is a great adventure you can experience from Loen. Climb up to Mt Hoven, take a cold beer at Hoven Restaurant and take Loen Skylift back down to the fjord.
Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden is an arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The hike from Briksdalen Valley to the glacier is one of most scenic hikes in Norway. The trail is surrounded by beautiful and wild nature, with steep mountains, wild rivers and waterfalls everywhere. The altitude difference from the start to the end of the trail by the glacier lake is 200 meters.
Drive the Oldedalen Valley along Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord towards Oldedalen and the Briksdal Glacier. It is difficult to drive this road without having several photo stops. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere.
This fjord adventure starts from Mølla Guesthouse in Olden. You enter a RIB-boat and will experience the inner part of the Nordfjord area from the fjord. You might also be lucky and help pull up today’s catch of crayfish from the bottom of the fjord. On request, it is also possible to depart from Loen. This fjord adventure lasts for an hour.
Lake Lovatnet and the Lodalen Valley in Nordfjord
Drive the Lodalen Valley along Lake Lovatnet in Nordfjord towards the inner part of Lodalen. Several photo stops along the road. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere. At the inner part of the Lodalen Valley you can see the Kjenndalsbreen Glacier, part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. You can also visit Kjenndalsstova which is also a good starting point for adventures on Lovatnet. Here you can rent both a rowing boat and a canoe, and join guided fishing trips. They also offer trips with the tourist boat MS Kjenndal on Lovatnet which runs between Kjenndalsstova and Sande.
Breng Seter is an abandoned farm yard by Lake Lovatnet. It is dated as far back as year 1340. The beautiful area around the farm yard is today used as a recreation area and for swimming in the lake. The view from Breng Seter is absolutely stunning, especially during spring when the valley is green and the mountains are covered in snow.
#Rakssetra is every instagrammer’s wet dream. Put on your fancy dress and run barefoot between the cabins with the drone right behind your back while Kanye West sings “Good Morning”. 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.
Along Lodalen Valley
This is a video from driving along the Lodalen Valley. The video is quite long, and show the drive both ways along the beautiful valley. On this adventure we pass Lake Lovatnet, Breng Seter and ends at Kjenndalstova at the innermost part of the lake. This is where the Loen-accidents happened in 1905 and 1936.
Along Oldedalen Valley
Oldedalen Valley is a beautiful experience, also from the road. It is great to drive or to bike along Lake Oldevatnet and up Oldedalen Valley to Briksdalen. Briksdalen is the starting point for hiking to Briksdalsbreen Glacier, a short and easy hike surrounded by beautiful and wild nature. It is difficult to drive here without driving off the road, photo stops here is a must. Below you can see a video from the drive along Oldedalen Valley.
At the beginning of the 20th century the two farming settlements Bødal and Nesdal near the southern end of the 11.7 kilometer long Lake Lovatnet were flourishing places with good conditions for farming.
But near Bødal and Nesdal was also the mountain Ramnefjellet, 1493 meters high, from which a number of rockfalls had started to take place every year. Especially during 1904 the number of these rockfalls were increasing. The nature had started to give its warnings of what was to come.
The scenery in the Loen and Olden area is among the most beautiful in Norway, the magnificent mountains and the deep fjord form a fantastic backdrop to winter adventures. A trip to Loen, Olden and Stryn during winter can be spiced up with skiing and spa and well-being treatments combined with delicious meals prepared using local ingredients.
You will find great ski centers in Nordfjord, and you can also ski during summer. Stryn Summer Ski is located by the Strynefjell National Tourist Route, on a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.
Hotel Alexandra in Loen has been receiving guests for more than 125 years, and is still run by the same family as from the start at 1884. The luxurious Bad and Spa offers facial treatments, body-wraps and massage and a wide range of other treatments. In 3700 square meters there is a large outdoor swimming pool and indoor waterslide. The pools are heated all year. Several children`s pools inside and outside with water-slides and waterfall.
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 in Loen og Olden
Hotel Alexandra in Loen
Hotel Loenfjord in Loen
Sande Camping by Lake Lovatnet
Loenvatn Feriesenter by Lake Lovatnet
Sandeåsen Feriehytter by Lake Lovatnet
Kjenndalstova at the inner part of Lake Lovatnet