Here is a list with more than 100 great viewpoints and locations for photography and filming in the fjords. Take a short detour by car. Go hiking. Or take a fjord cruise. This is your ultimate tool for planning your holiday in the western fjords of Norway.
This is probably the 100 Best Viewpoints in Norway, sorted from north to south. The prizes are beautiful views and memories for life.
-Back in France after four weeks in the fjords region, I wanted to thank you for creating the fjords.com website. I stumbled upon it by accident when I was already in Norway. It really helped me find the best spots to take great photos with the GREAT PHOTO SPOTS IN THE FJORDS page.
Marc Dufournet – @marcdufournetphotos
Photo- and Filming Spots in the fjords – Map Overview
In the Middle Age there were probably more than 1000 Stave Churches in Norway. A Stave Church is a wooden church from the middle age. Most of the Norwegian Stave Churches were built in the Middle Age around year 1100-1200. Today, there are only 28 left, nine of them are located in western Norway. Borgund Stave Church at Borgund in Lærdal is the most visited Stave Church in Norway. See map…
Innerdalen Valley in Trollheimen is known for being Norway’s most beautiful valley. It is a four kilometer long hike from the parking lot to Innerdalen, and this beautiful hike is like being in the middle of a postcard. Mt Innerdalstårnet and Renndalskammen are two popular mountain hikes with starting point from Innerdalen. Renndølsetra and Innerdalshytta are two mountain cabins that welcomes you for a stay. Renndølsetra is also serving fresh waffles, light meals and soft drinks. Innerdalshytta is a DNT Self Serving Cabin.
Grip Island on the Atlantic Coast is located 14 kilometer north west of Kristiansund in Møre og Romsdal. To visit Grip Island you need to go by boat. Grip Stave Church is believed to be built around year 1300, and is placed on the highest point in the middle of the island, and it is protected from the storms by the surrounding houses.
A round trip by boat from the pier in Kristiansund to Grip can be done twice a day from early June until late August. This roundtrip, including boat trip and guiding on the island, takes approximately 3.5 hours. The Island is “shut down” during vinter.
By car. Averøy in Møre og Romsdal.
A 36-kilometer 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. See map…
From snowy mountains to beautiful coastline of islands and reefs. Experience all this in one day due to the short distance from mountains to coast. Ona Island and Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road, Midsundtrappene, Trollstigen, The Troll Wall, Romsdalseggen, The Romsdal Gondola and Litlefjellet are great places to visit. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.
Viewpoint – Hiking, 2-4 hours. Midsund in Møre og Romsdal.
Hiking to Mt Rørsethornet (729 masl) 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 (two-kilometer long stairway) in stone made by Sherpas from Nepal. Fantastic view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. See map…
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 masl, and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains. See map…
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 17. This small island community has its own shop, a small café, several places to stay and two pottery workshops. See map…
Drive along the 18 kilometer long Lake Eikesdalsvatnet (22 masl) to Eikesdal, a small village surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. At Eikesdal you can hike up to the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, one of Norway´s highest waterfalls with its 705 meter drop, divided into two vertical waterfalls. This hike takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The waterfall is regulated for hydroelectric power, but is “open” between June 20th and August 20th. See map…
Viewpoint – By car/Short hike. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal.
Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Keep driving east, approximately 2.5 kilometer to Øvre Kavli. From there, around three 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 kilometers easy hike to Kavliheian. Kavliheian is a great starting point for both hiking and skiing in the surrounding mountains. See map…
Viewpoint – By car or walking. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal.
A short detour by car (approximately 2.5 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. But we recommend you to park the car at Torvika and walk along the road to Klungnes to get an even better experience. See map…
From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From Eggen Restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. The new Romsdal Gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above the fjord).
The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. Take the train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways. Tom Cruise used the Rauma Railway when filming Mission Impossible 7.
Viewpoint – Hiking, 30 minutes. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal.
Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Continue to Liabygda, from where you drive seven kilometer along the tollroad towards the foot of Mt Litlefjellet. 30 minutes hiking up to Litlefjellet, a mountain ridge between 660 – 790 masl. 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…
Blånebba is a great hiking- and ski-destination in Romsdal. The summer hike to Blånebba follows the same trail as Romsdalseggen up to the mountain ridge. But instead of going west along Romsdalseggen, you go the opposite way towards Blånebba. From the ridge it will take about an hour each way to Blånebba. You do not have to go all the way to Blånebba to get a fantastic view, the view is even greater on the ridge in front of the summit if you have a fear of heights.
Kirketaket (1439 masl) is voted among the top 10 mountains in Norway for Alpine Ski Touring by the Norwegian Ski Magazine “Fri Flyt”. From the summit, there is more than 1000 vertical meters (3000 feet) of great skiing down to the mountain dairy of Kavliheian which is situated at the foothill of the mountain. The view from Kirketaket is fantastic.
Einangsetra Mountain Pasture has a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalen Valley with Romsdalseggen and it´s surrounding mountains like Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind.
Mt Tarløysa is located in the middle of the Romsdalsfjord. From the summit there is a great view towards the alpine mountains in Romsdal, towards the Romsdalsfjord and all the way to the Atlantic Coast outside Molde. Tarløysa is a popular hiking destination both summer, autumn and winter. Here you get to see Romsdal in all its glory.
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 537 meters above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour hike). See map…
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…
From Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometers up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the surrounding mountains, to the valley and to Rauma River. Trollveggen is the tallest vertical Rock Face in Europe (more than 1000 meters vertical cliff and 50 meters overhang). The highest peaks at Trollveggen rage almost 1800 meters above the Romsdalen Valley. Trollveggen can be seen from Trollveggen Visitor Centre down in the Romsdalen Valley, but also from the surrounding mountains like Litlefjellet and Romsdalseggen. See map…
Long Hike – 7 to 9 hours. Rauma in Møre og Romsdal.
Romsdalseggen in Romsdal has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends in the city center of Åndalsnes. The prize is a fantastic view over the Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord. From Romsdalseggen you can actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. See map…
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. See map…
The Sunnmøre Alps in Møre & Romsdal is an endless eldorado of mountains suitable for skiing, climbing and mountaineering with a great view down to the fjords. Stranda Ski Resort has a fantastic view towards Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps.
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Kayaking, RIB-boating or a Fjord Cruise are all great ways to experience this majestic fjord. You can combine a boat trip and mountain hiking to one of many abandoned mountain farms, like Skageflå and Knivsflå.
The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt is a great way to see the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding nature with numerous waterfalls and steep mountains. You will experience the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil Waterfalls close up. You will see abandoned Mountain Farms like Skageflå far upp the mountainsides. The tour takes approximately one hour, and you can bring your car. The season last from May to October.
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…
Viewpoint – By Car. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal.
Drive to the viewpoint atFlydalsjuvet and see the iconic view towards Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord with the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.
Viewpoint – By Car. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal.
From Flydalsjuvet you can continue 17 kilometers 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.
Viewpoint – Fjordcruise/Hiking. Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal.
This is a fantastic adventure, combined fjord cruise and steep hike up to the abandoned moutainfarm Skageflå (250 meters 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…
Storseterfossen Waterfall is special because you can walk behind it. This is a great experience in itself together with the beautiful surrounding nature with high mountains, rivers, waterfalls and deep valleys. There are two trails that goes up towards Storseterfossen Waterfall. Both trails starts at Vesterås above Geiranger, and are well marked from the starting point at the parking place. See map…
This hike also starts at Vesterås. You need to open the gate beside the restaurant at Vesterås (remember to close the gate after you) and walk along a well prepared tractor road, slightly uphill. After 6-700 meters, the trail divides. Take to the left. From here it is a short hike downhill towards Vesteråsfjellet Viewpoint. From the viewpoint, you can see straight down to Geiranger and to the Geirangerfjord. You can also see Ørnevegen (The Eagle Road) in the background. See map…
The Hjørundfjord is the “neighbour-fjord” to the more famous Geirangerfjord. The inner part of the 35 kilometer long Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, watefalls and glaciers. At the innermost part of the fjord you find the villages Sæbø and Øye. Øye with it´s mythical Hotel Union Øye.
A picture of a swing in Trandal on Instagram made the Hjørundfjord world famous. Trandal is a small and quiet village with a great view towards the fjord, and after the picture went viral, many tourists have visited the place to see the swing themselves. Christian Gaard is the place to swing, eat and sleep.
Viewpoint – Hiking, four 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 fjord view 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.
Norangsdalen, also described as “the most beautiful valley in the world”, is a valley between Øye and Tryggestad. The valley is narrow and the surrounding mountains are steep, so steep that they built the mountain pastures into the ground so they worked as shields towards avalanche.
Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet is a lake in the Norangsdalen Valley that was “created” in 1908 after a rock avalanche blocked the Norangselva River. Today we can see the ruins after the old mountain pasture under the water, it is a popular place for diving.
From Sæbø and Hotel Sagafjord there is a fantastic view towards the Hjørundfjord and over to Urke and Øye on the other side of the fjord. We also see famous mountains such as Slogen and Saksa. Great opportunities for many beautiful hikes and alpine ski touring from Sæbø in addition to adventures on the fjord by boat and kayak.
Driving to the Hjørundfjord
There are many ways to travel to the Hjørundfjord, one of them is with a car. This is from when I drived over Standalseidet Mountain Pass between Ørsta and Indre Standal by the Hjørundfjord. We were heading to Trandal on the other side of the fjord, and needed to cross the Hjørundfjord by ferry from Indre Standal to Trandal and Christian Gaard.
The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer.
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.
Viewpoint – Gondola. Loen in Nordfjord, Vestland.
Loen Skylift to Mt Hoven (1011 masl) in Nordfjord is a gondola that goes from fjord to mountain in five minutes. Great view to the inner part of Nordfjord; Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet, Loen 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. See map…
By Car. Loen in Nordfjord, Vestland.
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…
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. 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.
By Car. Olden in Nordfjord, Vestland.
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. Kayak on Lake Oldevatnet is a fantastic adventure. See map…
Hike, two hours total. Briksdalen in Olden, Nordfjord, Vestland.
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.
By car. Hoddevika in Selje, Nordfjord, Vestland.
The stunning beach in Hoddevik at Stad 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.
Viewpoint – By car. Vestkapp at Stadlandet, Selje in Nordfjord, Vestland.
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.
Grotle and Grotlesanden Beach is situated on the island of Bremangerlandet on the Atlantic Coast outside Måløy. You must take the ferry from Måløy to Oldeide to get there, then drive towards west across the mountain pass to Grotle on 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.
Natural Phenomena – By car. Oppedal at Vågsøy, Nordfjord in Vestland. 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. See map…
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.
The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep. The Nærøyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
In the middle of the Sognefjord, where the fjord is at its widest and the mountains starts to rise, you’ll find Balestrand, an idyllic village down by the fjord. Balestrand is one of the first places the foreign tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid-19th century.
The 130 kilometer long drive across Gaularfjellet National Tourist Route is exciting and varied, and is closed during winter. Flatheim at Viksdalen by the the road, close to Likholefossen Waterfall, is a farm yard where you can live close to nature together with the animals on the farm. The new viewpoint at Utsikten at the top of Gaularfjellet is one of many great viewpoints along this road which goes between Balestrand by the Sognefjord and Moskog and Sande in Sunnfjord.
By Car. Fjærland in Vestland.
The Fjærlandsfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord, leads you to the outskirts of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. At the head of the fjord you will 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 Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen Glaciers. See map…
Between Fjærland and Sogndal, you can explore the Sogndalsdalen Valley and the Anestølen Mountain Farm where you can buy homemade goat´s cheese during summer. Here you also have Sogndal Ski Center, and the valley is surrounded by some of the most famous mountains for Alpine Ski Touring in the fjords.
The hike to Dueskard on the Kaupanger Peninsula is great both by foot and by bike, and on skis in the winter. And the view towards the Sognefjord is magical.
This is what we call Fjord View! There is only one thing to say, Skomakarnipa gives you stomach ache. We had been talking about this hike for many years. Finally the day was there. As they say in the Sognefjord area;
–The mountains are calling on me and I must go…
By ferry, car, hike or bike: Urnes in Luster, Vestland.
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 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 Stave Church. There is also a small café at Urnes Gard close by where you can buy local made refreshments during summer.
Viewpoint – Hiking. Luster in Vestland.
A one hour hike to Svarthiller or two hours hike to Mt Molden (1118 masl) 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 masl). The path is marked. See map…
The road to Mollandsmarki is the same road as for the hike to Mt Molden. But drive past the parking lot where the hike to Molden starts, and continue further towards Mollandsmarki. Soon the Lustrafjord will reveal itself to you, and the view from the road towards the Lustrafjord is fantastic. In the cabins at Raaum Gard you can literally live right on the edge and look straight down into the fjord and over to Urnes on the other side of the fjord.
The view from Mt Bøttejuv (Bucket Gorge) in Årdal is one of the most insane views there is. You should definately put it on your “Bucket List”.
From Mt Bøttejuv you can see straight down on the emerald green Lake Årdalsvatnet, 1320 meters below you, and to the surrounding moutains in Hurrungane and Jotunheimen, the roof of Norway.
Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The abandoned fjord village Indre Ofredal is one of these villages. After many years of decay, the association Ne fø´ Sjøen has now restored many of the houses at Indre Ofredal. They have a small cafeteria and offer accommodation in the old restored Boat House down by the fjord.
The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers. The Lustrafjord is the innermost branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.
Boat and short hike. Jostedal in Luster, Vestland.
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.
Austerdalsbreen Glacier have the reputation of being the finest ice scenery in Europe. From the viewpoint, you can see the three hanging glaciers (Loke, Odin and Tor) falling down from the plateau glacierJostedalsbreen, together creating the beautiful Austerdalsbreen Glacier down in the valley named Austerdalen.
Urnes is a great starting point for biking and hiking. The road along the Lustrafjord towards Skjolden at the innermost part of the Lustrafjord is almost without traffic, and the view to the fjord and the mountains and villages on the other side is great. You can combine bike and hike and see the Feigumfossen Waterfall with a vertical drop of 229 meters. You can hike to where the waterfall cascades into the the Feigeelva River. The hike is easy and takes around an hour, the path is marked. It is also possible to continue the hike to the top where the waterfall goes over the edge.
Viewpoint – One hour Hike from Skjolden Hotel. Skjolden in Luster, Vestland:
This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 meters above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (one 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.
High in the Jotunheimen mountains, the Sognefjellet Mountain Road runs between the Sognefjord and the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe with its 1434 meters. The 106 kilometer long road is closed during winter.
If you visit Borgund Stave Church, we also recommend you to visit Vindhellavegen, part of the old King´s Road between west and east of Norway. Vindhellavegen was completed around year 1793 and is now part of a 100 kilometer long hiking route between Lærdal by the Sognefjord and Vang in Valdres. From Borgund Stave Church, there is only a short hike to Vindhellavegen. See map…
The Nærøyfjord in Sogn is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. The name Nærøyfjord origin from the norse god Njord, the God of the Seafarer and the sea. Together with the Aurlandsfjord they are two of many branches in the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord became a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.
Viewpoint – By Car. Aurland in Vestland.
Stegastein is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 meters 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…
In the middle between Oslo and Bergen lies beautiful Aurland. The idyllic fjord village that offers adventures and nature experiences in beautiful and wild nature. In Aurland, there is something for everyone and not least a treasure trove of local food and drink, and is a perfect place to spend your holiday.
Aurland has a lot to offer. It is a short way to well known tourist attractions such as Aurlandsdalen Valley, Aurlandsfjellet, Aurlandsvegen Mountain Road and Stegastein Viewpoint. But the Aurlandsfjord itself is perhaps the most beautiful and most famous of them all.
Flåm is a fantastic starting point for many great adventures in beautiful and wild nature. Where the Aurlandsfjord ends, the Flåmsdalen Valley starts. If the Aurlandsfjord is an adventure, the Flåmsdalen Valley is an even more beautiful adventure, and both should be experienced.
It is easy to get to Flåm. “All roads” leads to Flåm, and you can also get there by train via Bergensbanen and Flåm Railways. If you take the Flåm Railway, you get to experience the beautiful Flåmsdalen Valley at the same time.
By Car. Undredal in Vestland.
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 Undredal Stave Church, Norway´s smallest Church. The movie Frozen I is inspired by this small village. Undredal with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord will take your breath away. See map…
This hike starts in the high mountains and ends in the idyllic fjord village Skjerdal above the Aurlandsfjord. You will also experience Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Café, which is a short-travelled and perfect end of the hike. This is a hike where we walked downwards, but the hike was really an upturn.
The Aurlandsdalen Valley is wild and beautiful. It is situated in the Flåm and Aurland area in the Sognefjord, and is one of Norway´s most popular hiking destinations. This article is from the lowest part of the Aurlandsdalen Valley, a 20 kilometer long hike starting at Østerbø and ending at Vassbygdi in Aurland.
Lake Vassbygdivatnet between Vassbygdi and Aurland
Lake Vassbygdivatnet starts where the Aurlandsdalen Valley ends. The lake divides Aurlandselvi River in two. Aurlandselvi flows into Lake Vassbygdivatnet at Vassbygdi and then continues from the northwest end of the 3.3 kilometer long lake down to Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord. Fylkesveg 50 runs along parts of Lake Vassbygdivatnet, it is a beautiful road as it winds itselv between the steep mountain and the lake. Due to the danger of rockslides, parts of this road now go in a tunnel. Lake Vassbygdivatnet and the steep mountains are a great sight. It is possible to stop where the lake springs into the river, this is also a good starting point for a trip on the lake by kayak or SUP.
One of the finest and most famous cycle roads in Norway is the 82-kilometer long Rallarvegen (the Navvie`s Road) running from Haugastøl via Finse to Flåm. The most popular part of the cycle route is from Finse, at 1222 meters above sea level, to Flåm down by the Sognefjord.
Viewpoint – By Car. Aurland in Vestland.
Otternes farmyard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farmyard. The road up to Otternes is marked with a small sign by the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farmyard. See map…
The view from Hovdungo mountain pasture is formidable. Here you look straight down to Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord, and over to Stegastein and Aurlandsfjellet on the other side of the valley.
Flåm Railway is one of top 10 scenic railways in the world. This is the train journey from fjord to mountain. It starts at Flåm at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord and ends at Myrdal Train Station which is part of the Bergen Railway.
Viewpoint – Hike. Aurland in Vestland.
The hike from Tufto by the Nærøyfjord to Rimstigen Viewpoint is steep but easy. The two kilometer long Rimstigen Trail starts by the fjord and ends 725 meters above it. Hiking up to Rimstigen will take you around 1-2 hours, and the prize is a fantastic view down to the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord.
Viewpoint – Hike. Aurland in Vestland.
The prize when arriving at the summit of Mt Bakkanosi is a fantastic view down to the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord, 1398 meters below you.
The hike to Mt Bakkanosi is long, and the trail is not marked. You should be an experienced hiker, the weather should be nice, and you should know how to use map and compass.
The Old Royal Postal Road along the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord is an easy hike in some of the most beautiful nature Norway can offer. The trail along the Nærøyfjord is six kilometer long. It starts at Bleiklindi on the opposite side of Bakka, and ends at Styvi further out the fjord. You can also hike the opposite way.
From Stalheim Hotel you have a great view towards the narrow Nærøydalen Valley which is surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. Stalheimskleiva is a steep 1.5 kilometer long road which goes between the hotel and the valley. The road is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 20% gradient and 14 hairpin bends. The road is closed for vehicles on a permanent basis. It is a wonderful experience to walk this road down or up, or both down and up. Then you can end the walk with something refreshing at Stalheim Hotel.
The Hardangerfjord area, the orchard of Norway, is known for it´s spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring. Drive in the Hardanger area and see all the great waterfalls. Hike the famous Trolltunga or H. M. Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus.
By car/bike/walking. Ulvik in Vestland.
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…
Viewpoint – From the City Center in Bergen, Vestland.
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 playground in Bergen.
City Center in Bergen, Vestland.
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…
Approximately six hours (heavy) hike between Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. If you start at Kinsarvik, it is a 4.5 kilometer 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 to hike up the 4.5 kilometer long forest road 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…
Hiking, one hour one way. Sunndal in Vestland.
Drive to Sunndal in Kvinnherad by the Hardangerfjord. From Sunndal, drive up Bondhusdalen Valley to the end of the road where you can park you car. Continue hiking on the trail to the outlet of Lake Bondhusvatnet. The trail is also great for people in wheel chair. 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 parking place, one way). See map…
Viewpoint – Hiking. Skjeggedal in Odda, Hardanger in Vestland.
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…
By car. Odda in Hardanger, Vestland.
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…
By car/hike. Buerdalen in Odda, Hardanger, Vestland.
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.
Viewpoint – By car, then five min hike. Eidfjord in Hardanger, Vestland.
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.
Viewpoint – By Car, two min hike to viewpoints. Eidfjord in Hardanger, Vestland. 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 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.
From island kingdom to deep fjords and high mountains; Ryfylke and the Lysefjord area are known for the mountain formations Kjerag and Preikestolen (the Pulpit rock). The hike to Preikestolen is one of Norway´s great hiking icons.
Is this the most photographed island in Norway? The small island Eiaholmen in Lovrafjorden in Sand in Ryfylke is a popular motif for instagrammers and others. Lovra Viewpoint is part of Ryfylkevegen National Tourist Route and is a bit hidden. It can be reached by walking along a short trail which starts by the road. The other side of the fjord, the southernmost end of Lovrafjorden, is probably the most popular place for taking pictures of the Eiaholmen Island. See map…
Viewpoint – Hiking. Ryfylke in Rogaland.
Approximately two hours hike from Preikestolhytta Mountain Lodge (where you can park the car) to the 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…
At 1084 meters above the fjord, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord. It has become increasingly popular to walk up the trail to the Kjerag Plateau. Enjoy the view of the Lysefjord from the plateau itself , but for most of the hikers, the climax is to see and take photographs of Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice.
By Car. Hafrsfjord in Rogaland.
The “Swords in Rock” monument at Hafrsfjord, five kilometer 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…
Trollpikken is located near Egersund in Dalane, south of Stavanger. The name is given because it looks like a …., you know. In 2017 somebody cut off Trollpikken, but the locals managed to collect money to raise Trollpikken up again. The hike to Trollpikken is approximately two kilometers and will take you around one hour each way.