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.
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 the Nordfjord area
Hiking, biking, kayaking, glacier hiking, surfing and skiing are some keywords for an active holiday in Nordfjord.
Stad Surfing is located one minute walk away from the stunning surf beach in Hoddevik at the coast of Nordfjord and offer surf lessons from beginners to driven surfers.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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, life jackets and instructions.
Join a RIB boat in an adventure where you will experience the coastal landscape at Stad, the island of Selja and the Selja ruins. This is a fast-paced and great trip where you get to experience Selje from the water, safely placed in a RIB boat. Selje is located between the weather-beaten coast at Stad and the old monastery on the island of Selja out in the open sea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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