The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer.
Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.
Some highlights in the Nordfjord area
Hiking, biking, kayaking, glacier hiking, surfing and skiing are some keywords for an active holiday in Nordfjord.
Visit Nordfjord is the local Tourist Information for the Nordfjord Area.
Loen Skylift at Mt Hoven (1011 masl) 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. 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.
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.
Lake Oldevatnet and the Oldedalen Valley in Nordfjord
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. At Briksdalen at the inner part of the Oldedalen Valley you can join a ride to the Briksdal Glacier in a “Troll Car”.
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.
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.
Completed in 1894, the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road was a masterpiece of road-building and engineering. This was the only way of passage between Skjåk and Stryn during most of the last century. Stryn Summer Ski Center is situated in the middle of this road. The 27-kilometer long road is closed during winter.
This is a relative short but steep hike which starts from Glomnes, close to Hjelle by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet. The hike up to Segestad takes you around one hour and is 3.2 kilometer long. There are several great viewpoints along the well marked trail. From the mountain farm at Segestad (at 314 masl) you have a great view down to Lake Oppstrynsvatnet and to the surrounding snowcapped mountains.
If you have a kayak or SUP, we recommend you to enter Lake Oppstrynsvatnet at Hjelle and spend some time on the lake. In the early mornings and before midday, there is usually no wind and the lake is often flat like a mirror. It is especialley beautiful to be on the lake in conditions like that. About 250 meters south of Hjelle Hotel there is plenty of space for parking the car. There is a nice beach next to the road which is a good starting point for Kayak or SUP on the lake. This video is from late May, when the trees are blossoming, the grass is green and the mountains are covered with snow.
At Strynefjellet Mountain Road you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Center. Slalom, Telemark, Cross Country and Snowboard equipment are available for rental. Normally there are excellent ski conditions, especially early summer. The summer ski season usually begins late in May, depending on the amount of snow on the winter closed road.
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.
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.
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.
Grotle and Grotlesanden Beach is situated on Bremangerlandet Island at the Atlantic Coast outside Måløy. You need to take the ferry from Måløy to Oldeide to get there, then drive towards west across the mountainpass to Grotle at the western side of the island. Grotlesanden is one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. To see the beach and the Atlantic Coast from a bird’s eye view, you can hike up the hillside towards Mt Veten. The well marked trail starts at the outermost part of Grotle.
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.
The scenery in Nordfjord is among the most beautiful in Norway, the magnificent mountains and the deep fjord form a fantastic backdrop to winter adventures. A trip to Nordfjord during winter can be spiced up with summit trips, winter surfing at Stad, spa and well-being treatments combined with delicious meals prepared using local ingredients.
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.
You will find great ski centres 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.
Skiing to Mt Skåla in Nordfjord. Video: Anders Vestergård
Accommodation in Nordfjord
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