LOEN AND OLDEN IN NORDFJORD

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.

Visit Nordfjord

Visit Nordfjord is the official destination company for the Nordfjord area.

INFORMATION ABOUT ROADS IN THE LOEN AND OLDEN AREA – Many of the roads in Western Norway can be prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. The roads in the Loen and Olden area, in Lodalen and Oldedalen, are some of these exposed roads.

Some highlights in Loen and Olden area

In Loen you can experience Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Lodalen Valley and Lake Lovatnet.  The Oldedalen Valley, Lake Oldevatnet and Briksdalsbreen Glacier is a must to visit in the Olden area.

Alexandra Hotel & Spa in Loen is the place to stay if you visit Loen and Olden in Nordfjord.

Loen Shuttle Bus – a new way to experience Loen and Lodalen valley

FJORDS NORWAY - Loen Shuttle Bus at Breng Seter in the beautiful Lodalen. Photo: Loen Active
Loen Shuttle Bus at Breng Seter in the beautiful Lodalen. Photo: Loen Active

Loen Shuttle Bus is a transport offer for visitors in Loen and Lodalen valley. This is a way to reduce the environmental footprint in the area and to simplify logistics.

The bus have three daily departures through Lodalen valley to Kjenndalstova and to Oppheim where, among other things, the hike to Rakssetra starts. Whether you want to hike to Rakssetra, experience lake Lovatnet or swim at Breng Seter, you can now leave your car and hop on the Loen Shuttle Bus. With a flexible day ticket, you can travel as much as you want.

This is an easy and flexible way to experience the area, and is an offer that can reduce the traffic load on the narrow roads. Now guests and visitors can leave their own car and motorhome. The result is less traffic, a reduced environmental footprint, a safer road and (if possible) an even nicer Loen.

Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata in Loen, Nordfjord

View from Loen Skylift to Nordfjord and Olden.
View from Loen Skylift to Nordfjord and Olden.

Loen Skylift at Mt Hoven (1011 masl) in Loen in Nordfjord is a gondola that goes from fjord to mountain in five minutes.

From Mt Hoven it is 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.

This is a popular goal for hikers, skiers and people that want to see some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer.

We recommend you to stay at Hotel Alexandra, down by the fjord.

Hike to Briksdalsbreen Glacier

The trail towards Briksdalsbreen Glacier. From the bridge over Kleivafossen Waterfall.
The trail towards Briksdalsbreen Glacier. From the bridge over Kleivafossen Waterfall.

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 three kilometer long 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. You can also join a ride to the glacier in a “Troll Car”.

Oldedalen Valley in Nordfjord

Lake Oldevatnet in Oldedalen Valley. Olden in Norfjord.
Lake Oldevatnet in Oldedalen Valley. Olden in Norfjord.

Oldedalen in Nordfjord is a “fairytale valley” located between Olden and Briksdalen. Here you get to experience wild nature at its most beautiful.

Drive the Oldedalen Valley along Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord towards Oldedalen and the Briksdal Glacier.

It is difficult to drive this road without stopping for several photo stops. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere.

In Briksdalen, in the heart of Oldedalen, you can go for a hike to Briksdalsbreen. You can also join a Briksdal glacier in a “Troll car” if you don’t have the opportunity to walk yourself.

Lake Oldevatnet is 11 kilometers long and is only 33 meters above sea level. A narrow strait divides the lake in two, where Oldevatn Camping is located in idyllic surroundings.

A RIB-Boat adventure in the inner part of Nordfjord

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - RIB-boat from Olden Active on Nordfjorden. Photo: Kristine Vigmo Larsen
RIB-boat from Olden Active on Nordfjorden. Photo: Kristine Vigmo Larsen

Lake Lovatnet and the Lodalen Valley in Nordfjord

Breng Seter by Lake Lovatnet in Loen.
Breng Seter by Lake Lovatnet in Loen.

Drive the Lodalen Valley along Lake Lovatnet in Nordfjord towards Kjenndalsstova at the inner part of Lodalen.

There are several photo stops along the road. here there is beautiful and wild nature everywhere.

At the inner part of the Lodalen Valley you can see the Kjenndalsbreen Glacier in the far distance. Kjenndalsbreen is part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

You can visit Kjenndalsstova which is a great starting point for adventures on lake Lovatnet. Here you can rent both a rowing boat and a canoe, 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.

Below you can see a 360 panorama from the outlet of Lake Lovatnet. 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 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

Breng Seter by Lake Lovatnet

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.

Rakssetra between Loen and Stryn

#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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Rakssetra between Loen and Stryn in Nordfjord, Norway
Rakssetra between Loen and Stryn in Nordfjord

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 the area 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.

The Loen Accidents

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.

Loen and Olden – The Skiing

Stryn Summer Ski at Strynefjellet in Nordfjord.
Stryn Summer Ski at Strynefjellet in Nordfjord.

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.

Alexandra Hotel & Spa, Loen

Hotel Alexandra Loen, Loen in Nordfjord, Norway
Hotel Alexandra in Loen.

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.

Nordfjord – What to See and Do

Wallpaper from Loen Skylift in Nordfjord, Norway.
Nordfjord.

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 in Stryn, Loen and Olden

Accommodation in Stryn and Oppstryn

Hjelle Hotell at Hjelle in Oppstryn
Cabins at Glomnes at Hjelle in Oppstryn
Stryn Hotel in Stryn
Visnes Historic Hotel in Stryn
Stryn Camping in Stryn
Strynsvatn Camping in Oppstryn
Lidasanden by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet

Accommodation in Loen

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

Accommodation in Olden

Oldevatn Camping
Aabrekk Gard in Oldedalen
Melkevoll Bretun Camping
Yrineset by Lake Oldevatnet
Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge
Olden Camping Gryti
Olden Fjordhotel in Olden

Loen and Olden – Useful Links

Gondola in Loen – Loen Skylift
Adventure Company in Loen – Loen Active
Briksdal Adventure Adventure in Olden – Briksdal Adventure

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

Loen, Olden and Nordfjord – Map Overview