Great Photo Spots in the Fjords

Read about 42 view points and great places for photography in the fjords and in Western Norway. Take a short detour by car. Go hiking. Or take a Fjord Cruise.

The prizes are beautiful views and memories for life, and you will of course also get a cool selfie to share with the world.

Read also: Fjord Guide to Western Norway
Read also: Great Fjord Cruises in Western Norway

 

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The Atlantic Road and the Atlantic Coast

By car. Averøy in Møre og Romsdal:
A 36-kilometre long stretch of road between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, the two main population centres in the county of Møre og Romsdal. The Atlantic Road National Tourist Route runs from Kårvåg to Bud. There are several panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities in bold architectural forms along the Atlantic Road. Here you can experience both nature and architecture in great interaction. Some of the viewing platforms are also popular with anglers…and photographers.  See map…


Midsundtrappene (Stairways to Heaven), Atlantic Coast

Viewpoint – Hiking, 2-4 hours. Midsund in Møre og Romsdal:
Hiking to Rørsethornet (729 m.a.s.l.) at Otrøya in the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord. Drive from Molde to Mordalsvågen (10 minutes drive), where you take the ferry over to the Otrøya Island. Continue driving towards Midsund, approximately 10 minutes drive to the parking place at Rakvåg on the north side of the island where this epic hike starts. On this hike, you walk on the longest stairway in Norway, 2200 steps (2 kilometre long stairway) in stone made by Sherpas from Nepal. Fantastic view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. See map…


Molde and the Molde Panorama at Varden

Viewpoint – By car. Molde in Møre og Romsdal:
Molde by the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord is the second largest city in Møre og Romsdal. Molde is known as the town of roses, for Molde international Jazz Festival and the Molde Panorama. Drive to the viewpoint Varden, 407 metres above sea level, and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains.


Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse

By ferry. Ona Island in Møre og Romsdal:
Take a day excursion to Ona Lighthouse, or stay over at Ona Havstuer. Drive westwards from Molde and take the ferry to the island of Aukra. From Småge, in the west on Aukra, there are several daily boat departures to Ona and other islands. Ona is a traditional fishing village with a permanent population of about 30. This small island community has its own shop, a small café, several places to stay and two pottery workshops.


Kavliheian in Isfjorden, Romsdal

Viewpoint – By car/Short hike. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal:
Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Keep driving east, approximately 2.5 kilometre to Øvre Kavli. From there, around 3 kilometer (tollroad) to parking place at the end of the road. From the parking place you have a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Åndalsnes. Between one and two kilometres easy hike to Kavliheian. Kavliheian is a great starting point for both hiking and skiing in the surrounding mountains. See map…


Torvik/Klungnes by the Romsdalsfjord

Viewpoint – By Car. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal:
A short detour by car (approximately 2 kilometer) from Riksvei 64 at Torvika between Åndalsnes and Åfarnes in Romsdal. Beautiful view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Innfjorden with it´s surrounding mountains. View from the road, no hiking necessary. See map…


Mt. Litlefjellet in Romsdal

Viewpoint – Hiking, 30 minutes. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal:
Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Continue to Liabygda, from where you drive 7 kilometer along the tollroad towards the foot of Mt. Litlefjellet. 30 minutes hiking up to Litlefjellet, a mountain ridge between 660m – 790 m.a.s. Fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains; Mt. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba. You can also see the beautiful Rauma River down in the Romsdalen Valley, meandering down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. See map…


Rampestreken Viewpoint at Åndalsnes

Viewpoint – Hiking, 2 hours. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal:
Part of the Romsdalseggen Ridge between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. The Romsdalseggen Ridge is one of Norway´s most spectacular hikes, with view to the Romsdal Mountains, the Romsdalen Valley, the Romsdalsfjord and far out to the Atlantic Coast. You can do the long hike along the mountain ridge, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint at the descend down to Åndalsnes (long and heavy hike). Or you can hike upwards from Åndalsnes to the viewpoint at 565 metres above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour hike). See map…


Trollstigen in Romsdal

Viewpoint – By Car/Hiking. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal:
Trollstigen is one of our Tourist Icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes. The Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter, it usually opens late May. From the Trollstigen Mountain Platou there is a short walk to the two new Viewpoints which is great for taking pictures. Five to ten minutes walk from the parking. See map…


Fjord Cruise in Geiranger by Fjord Tours


Aksla Viewpoint – Ålesund

Viewpoint – By car or hiking. Ålesund in Møre og Romsdal:
Mt. Aksla is the town-mountain in Ålesund. From the viewpoint there is a fantasic view over Ålesund and the Atlantic Ocean with all the surrounding islands and skerries. You can walk the 418 steps from the city to Aksla, or you can go there by car. At the top (189 masl) you have an outdoor restaurant, a café and a panoramic viewpoint.

 


Ørnesvingen – The Eagle Road – The Geirangerfjord

Viewpoint – By Car/Hiking. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal:
Ørnesvingen (The Eagle Turn) is a viewpoint at the upper part of the Eagle Road in Geiranger. The Eagle Road is part of the 104 kilometer long Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the small town Geiranger. One minute hike from the road, and the view is even better. See map…


Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint in Geiranger

Viewpoint – By Car. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal:
Drive to the viewpoint at Flydalsjuvet and see the iconic view towards Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord with the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.


Dalsnibba Viewpoint in Geiranger

Viewpoint – By Car. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal:
From Flydalsjuvet you can continue 17 kilometres uphill to Mt. Dalsnibba Viewpoint (tollroad) from you can see Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains. Tremendous view. The road to Dalsnibba is closed during winter.


Skageflå Mountain Farm, Geirangerfjord

Viewpoint – Fjordcruise/Hiking (demanding). Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal:
This is a fantastic adventure, combined fjordcruise and steep hike up to the abandoned moutainfarm Skageflå (250 metres above the fjord). Start with fjordcruise from Geiranger to Skagehola, the starting point of the path up to Skageflå. Order fjordcruise-tickets online in advance so you are sure to get seats on the boat. Great view towards the UNESCO-Protected Geirangerfjord and to the Seven Sisters Waterfall on the other side of the fjord. From Skageflå, you can return back to the fjord and join the boat back to Geiranger. Or you can continue the hike over the mountain towards Geiranger. Both hikes are steep and demanding. See map…


Mt. Saksa (1073 masl) at Urke by the Hjørundfjord

Viewpoint – Hiking ,4 hrs to the summit. Urke in Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal:
The hike to Mt. Saksa start at Urke down by the fjord. The mountain lies between Norangsfjorden and the Hjørundfjord, and you have the fjordview to the two fjords from the start at Urke to the summit at 1073 masl. Guided hikes by UTEGUIDEN, the estimated time to use is four hours to the top.

 


Loen Skylift in Loen, Nordfjord

Viewpoint – Gondola. Loen in Nordfjord:
Loen Skylift to Mt. Hoven (1011 m.a.s.l) in Nordfjord is a gondola that goes from fjord to mountain in five minutes. Great view to the inner part of the 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, BASE-Jumpers and Speed-Flyers. We recommend you to stay at Hotel Alexandra, down by the fjord. See map…


Lake Lovatnet and the Lodalen Valley in Nordfjord

By Car. Loen 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. See map…


Lake Oldevatnet and the Oldedalen Valley in Nordfjord

By Car. Olden 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”. See map…


Briksdalsbreen Glacier

Hike, 2 hrs total. Briksdalen in Olden, Nordfjord:
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.


Stad Surfing – Hoddevik

By car. Hoddevika in Selje, Nordfjord:
Strandro House/Stad Surfing
is located one minute walk away from the stunning surf beach in Hoddevik at the coast of Nordfjord. You will find our rooms simple and charming with spectacular views over the magical landscape of the bay. Stad Surfing offer surf lessons from beginners to driven surfers who would like to improve their skills, get better or just need feedback.


Vestkapp (West Cape) at Stadtlandet

Viewpoint – By car. Vestkapp at Stadtlandet, Selje in Nordfjord:
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 metres below you.


Fjærland at the inner part of the Fjærlandsfjord

By Car. Fjærland in Sogn og Fjordane:
The Fjærlandsfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord,  leads you to the outskirts of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. At the head of the fjord you find interesting attractions such as the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the picturesque town Fjærland (the Norwegian book town). From the ferry quay in Mundal it is a short drive by car or bus up to the Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen Glaciers. See map…


Urnes and the UNESCO Protected Urnes Stave Church

By ferry, car, hike or bike: Urnes in Luster:
At Urnes by the Lustrafjord, you will find the UNESCO-protected Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of a total of 28 remaining Stave Churches in Norway. The church was built around year 1130. A nice way to explore Urnes Stave Church and the beautiful surroundings is to cross the Lustrafjord by ferry from Lustrabaatane from Solvorn to Urnes. During summer you can join a guided “tour” outside and inside the church.


Svarthiller/Mt. Molden by the Lustrafjord

Viewpoint – Hiking. Luster in Sogn og Fjordane:
A one hour hike to Svarthiller or 2 hours hike to Mt. Molden (1118 m.a.s) in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains. Start at the parking place by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki in Luster (500 m.a.s). The path is marked. See map…


Nigardsbreen Glacier

Boat and short hike. Jostedal in Luster:
The hikes on Nigardsbreen can be done in small or large groups. All hikes on the glacier are guided by experienced guides, and all necessary equipment are provided. Some of the hikes you can choose between are Blue Ice Family Hike, Short or Long Blue Ice Hike and Special Blue Ice Hike.


Sengjaberget at Skjolden

Viewpoint – 1 hour Hike from Skjolden Hotel. Skjolden in Luster:
This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 metres above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (1 hour hike – 3.2 kilometer) or drive up to the start of the trail and hike from there (15 minutes hike – 320 meter). From Sengjaberget you have great view towards Eidsvatnet and Eidselva River, Skjolden, the Lustrafjord and Mt. Molden in the horizon.


The Lærdal Tunnel between Lærdal and Aurland

By Car. Lærdal/Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane:
Can a tunnel be a photo spot? Yes, indeed! The worlds longest car-tunnel is 24 509 metres long, and goes between Lærdal and Aurland by the Sognefjord. There are three illuminated mountain halls inside the tunnel with six kilometres intervals between the halls. The coloured enlightened halls will give a feeling of being out in the daylight for a few seconds and partly prevent motorists fall asleep during the passage. See map…


Stegastein Lookout in Aurland

Viewpoint – By Car. Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane:
Stegastein is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 metres above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, but during winter the road is closed just above Stegastein. See map…


Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord

By Car. Undredal in Sogn og Fjordane:
Undredal is a beautiful village down by the Aurlandsfjord. The village is famous for the goats, it´s local made white and brown Goat Cheese and Norway´s smallest Stave Church. Undredal with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord will take your breath away. See map…


Otternes Farm Yard between Aurland and Flåm

Viewpoint – By Car. Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane:
Otternes Farm Yard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farm yard. The road up to Otternes Farm Yard is marked with a small sign on the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farm yard. See map…


Glacier Hiking on Nigardsbreen Glacier with Fjord Tours


Ulvik in Hardanger

By car/bike/walking. Ulvik in Hordaland:
Ulvik is a beautiful small town by the Ulvikafjord, a small branch of the Hardangerfjord. Visit Ulvik in May and experience the apple tree blossoming. Spring time in the fjords and in the Hardangerfjord area is beautiful. Take a fjordcruise from Norheimsund to Ulvik and see it all. See map…


Fløibanen Funicular and Mt. Fløyen in Bergen

Viewpoint – From the City Center in Bergen, Hordaland:
If you visit Bergen, you should take the Fløibanen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen. Both Fløibanen and Fløyen are great experiences, with the best view over Bergen city, Vågen Harbour and Byfjorden (the Cityfjord). At Mt. Fløyen you have Fløien Folkerestaurant and Fløien Shop and Café. Mt. Fløyen is a great startingpoint for hiking in the surrounding mountains. And there are also many activities for children, like the Troll Forest and the best playfround in Bergen.

 


Bryggen (The Hanseatic Wharf) in Bergen

City Center in Bergen, Hordaland:
Bryggen (The Hanseatic Wharf) in Bergen, is part of our common World Heritage. The earliest buildings at Bryggen has been dated to around 1100. The wooden buildings (61 in total) down by the harbour in the historic city center of Bergen were built after a fire in 1702. See map…


Dronningstien (The Queens Hiking Trail) in Hardanger

Viewpoint – Hiking. Kinsarvik/Lofthus in Hordaland:
Approximately six hours (heavy) hike between Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. If you start at Kinsarvik, it is a 4.5 kilometre long and steep hike to a tremendous panorama view down to the Hardangerfjord. Direction: Drive the 2.5 kilometer long and steep road from Kinsarvik (by the Esso Gas Station) to a parking place at Røte. Continue hiking upwards on the forest road for 4.5 kilometres to Heng. This is the starting point of Queens Sonja´s Panoramic Hiking Trail to Lofthus. Great panorama view and photo spot. The Queens Hiking Trail is marked. See map…


Lake Bondhusvatnet in Kvinnherad

Hiking, one hour one way. Sundal in Hordaland:
Drive to Sundal in Kvinnherad, by the Hardangerfjord. From Sundal, drive up Bondhusdalen Valley to the end of the road where you can park you car. Continue hiking on the mountain road to the outlet of Lake Bondhusvatnet. The road is also great for wheel chairs. If you have the time, you should also consider hiking to the innermost part of the lake, below the Bondhusbreen Glacier (two hours hike from the parkingplace, one way). See map…


Trolltunga in Skjeggedal, Hardanger

Viewpoint – Hiking. Skjeggedal in Odda, Hardanger in Hordaland:
As one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga has during a short time gone from being an unknown place to become one of Norway´s most famous tourist attractions. This is a relatively long and hard hike. You start at Skjeggedal at the east side of Sørfjorden in Hardanger, north east of Odda. The hike to Trolltunga and return takes around 10 to 12 hours. Remember that the weather change quickly in the Norwegian mountains, so bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. See map…


Låtefoss Waterfall at Odda in Hardanger

By car. Odda in Hardanger, Hordaland:
Låtefoss is a 165 meter high waterfall cascading into the Oddadalen Valley, 16 kilometer south of Odda. The Oddadalen Valley is 10 kilometers long, there are many waterfalls ending into the valley. Låtefoss is the most famous one, and it is funneling under the rustic six-arched bridge along Riksvei 13 (Route 13). Parking place beside the waterfall. See map…


Buerdalen Valley and Buerbreen Glacier

By car/hike. Buerdalen in Odda, Hardanger, Hordaland:
From Odda, drive to the inner part of the Buerdalen Valley, to the Parking Lot at the innermost part of the valley. From here you can hike up to the Buerbreen Glacier and to the surrounding mountains with fantastic view down to the beautiful and wild nature around Odda and Sørfjorden in Hardanger. For guided tours on the glacier, contact the Tourist Information in Odda.


Kjeåsen Mountain Farm and Simafjorden

Viewpoint – By car, then 5 min hike. Eidfjord in Hardanger, Hordaland:
Eidfjord at the eastern part of the Hardangerfjord is a great base for nature experiences and activities. Drive to to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord and enjoy the great view down to Simafjorden and to Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.


Vøringsfossen Waterfall

Viewpoint – By Car, 2 min hike to viewpoints. Eidfjord in Hardanger:
Between Eidfjord and the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateou, the Måbødalen Valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions visible from the road. You can drive to the view point and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall from above, or you can do a short 45 minutes hike and experience the waterfall from the below. This is part of the Hardangervidda National Tourist Route.


Preikestolen/The Lysefjord

Viewpoint – Hiking. Ryfylke in Rogaland:
Approximately two hours hike from Preikestolhytta Mountain Lodge (where you can park the car) to Preikestolen Mountain Platou. Preikestolen is flat and square, but the edge (on three of four sides) is a 604 meter vertical drop straight into the fjord. Great view down to the Lysefjord and the surrounding nature. The path is marked. See map…


Swords in Rock at Hafrsfjord

By Car. Hafrsfjord in Rogaland:
The “Swords in Rock” monument at Hafrsfjord, 5 kilometre south-east of the center of Stavanger in Rogaland. This is the place where the battle of Hafrsfjord took place in year 872, when the Viking King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The Viking swords are modelled on swords found in various parts of Norway. They represents peace, unity and freedom since the swords are planted into solid rock, whence they may never be removed. The monument is situated by the road, short walk from the parking place. See map…

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FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjord Tours: The Norwegian Fjords
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

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