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Featured Image: Rakssetra in Nordfjord, Photo: Eirik Heen
Let´s put jokes aside. The view from Rakssetra down to Nordfjord, Oldebukta and Olden is fantastic. The abandoned mountain pasture is located up on the hillside at Oppheim between Loen and Stryn. It belongs to the farm Rake which is further down towards the fjord.
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The road up to Oppheim and the parking
Just east of Rake, between Loen and Stryn, drive up Oppheimsvegen Road towards Oppheim. Drive Oppheimsvegen all the way to the end, about three kilometers. There is a parking lot (parking fee) at Oppheim, this is where the hike to Rakssetra starts.
The hike up to Rakssetra
From the parking lot at Oppheim, you first walk a short distance on a gravel road before you turn left and continue on a marked trail. The trail goes up in the forest between Oppheim and Rakssetra, you walk in the forest all the way.
Rakssetra (540 masl) is an abandoned mountain pasture that is currently used by those who owns it. It is also a popular hiking destination and is used as recreation for others. There is a beautiful cultivated landscape around the farm, and it is nice to sit there and eat your packed lunch while enjoying the beautiful place and the great view down to the fjord, Olden and the Oldedalen Valley.
The hike up to Rakssetra takes between half an hour and an hour to walk. Parts of the trail are a bit steep, but it is easy and nice to walk. Just before you get up to Rakssetra you have to cross a river, you can get a little wet if the water flow in the river is large. From Rakssetra you can walk the same way down as you went up.
It is not allowed to camp on or near Rakssetra since it is privately owned. Read more about Rakssetra and how to relate to “allemannsretten” (the right of public access) on Visit Nordfjord’s website.
The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Stryn Summerski, Hjelle and Segestad in Oppstryn, Rakssetra between Stryn and Loen, Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet and Oldedalen Valley with Lake Oldevatnet are all must-visit places when you are in the inner part of Nordfjord. Vågsøy with Kråkenes Lighthouse and Kannesteinen, West Cape, Hoddevik and Bremangerlandet with the Grotlesanden and Vetvika Beaches are some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Norway. 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.
Accommodation in Loen, Olden and Stryn
Hjelle Hotell at Hjelle in Oppstryn
Cabins at Glomnes at Hjelle in Oppstryn
Stryn Hotel in Stryn
Visnes Historic Hotel inStryn
Stryn Camping in Stryn
Strynsvatn Camping in Oppstryn
Lidasanden by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet
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
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Rakssetra in Nordfjord – Map Overview