ROAD TRIP FROM ÅNDALSNES VIA GEIRANGER AND HELLESYLT TO SÆBØ BY THE HJØRUNDFJORD

The Romsdalsfjord, Geirangerfjord and Hjørundfjord are the three most beautiful and best-known fjords in the fjord county of Møre og Romsdal.

Here you can read about a road trip from Åndalsnes via Geiranger to Sæbø and what you can see and do in the three fjords that you will experience on the trip. You can do this drive in a day, but if you spend a week or two, you will get so much more.

Visit Northwest – Visit Ålesund

Visit Northwest is the official destination company for the Romsdalsfjord, Romsdal and Nordmøre area. Visit Ålesund is the official destination company for the Sunnmøre, Geirangerfjord,  Hjørundfjord and Ålesund area.

NOTE – Many of the roads in Western Norway are prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. There are sometimes a lot of rain and snow in Western Norway, which can cause a great danger of landslides, avalanches and rockfalls. Roads may be closed due to this. Take the weather into account, both where and when you drive and when you are out in nature.

The ferry passes The Seven Sisters waterfall in the Geirangerfjord.
The ferry passes The Seven Sisters waterfall in the Geirangerfjord.

Roadtrip from Åndalsnes to Sæbø

Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord seen from a bird's eye view above Romsdalseggen.
Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord seen from a bird’s eye view above Romsdalseggen.

This road trip starts at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord and ends in Sæbø by the Hjørundfjord. You drive through some of the wildest and most beautiful landscape we have in Norway.

You get to experience the alpine mountains by the Romsdalsfjord, the National Tourist Route Trollstigen – Geiranger, the fantastic ferry trip out of the Geirangerfjord from Geiranger to Hellesylt and the beautiful and wild Norangsdalen valley on the way to the village of Øye and the Hjørundfjord.

Season – Summer. This also depends on whether the winter-closed Trollstigvegen Road is open.

Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord

Romsdalen valley, Rauma river and the Trolltindene mountains.
Romsdalen valley, Rauma river and the Trolltindene mountains.

We can start this road trip in the Romsdalen valley, which is the cradle of mountaineering in Norway.

Romsdalen valley is unique. The wild nature with Rauma river, the cultural landscape and the vertical mountains on both sides of the valley are a major tourist attraction and one of the reasons why people visit Romsdal and the Romsdalsfjord. The entire Romsdalen valley is wild and beautiful, and very varied. One of the wildest areas in Romsdalen is where the rivers Rauma and Ulvåa meet. Further down in Romsdalen, between Mt Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn, nature is if possible even wilder, but in a completely different way.

Gravdefossen at Flatmark in Romsdalen. The picture was taken from the side of the road, the Rauma Railway runs between the road and the waterfall.
Gravdefossen at Flatmark in Romsdalen. The picture was taken from the side of the road, the Rauma Railway runs between the road and the waterfall.

In Rauma, the river that runs through Romsdalen between Lake Lesjaskogsvatnet and Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord, there are several stretches with wild and powerful waterfalls. Kleivfossen, where the rivers Rauma and Ulvåa meet, is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Romsdalen, together with Slettafossen, which is located at Verma further down the valley.

From steep and high mountain ridges on both sides of the Rauma river, countless waterfalls plunge into the valley of Romsdalen. Vermafossen, Gravdefossen and Mongefossen are some of the most powerful waterfalls.

Trollveggen (Troll Wall) and Rauma river in Romsdalen.
Trollveggen (Troll Wall) and Rauma river in Romsdalen.

Brudesløret is the name of one of the waterfalls, it goes inside a gorge east of Flatmark. Even more powerful are Gravdefossen and Mongefossen on the north side of the valley, midway between Verma and Marstein. You can see these waterfalls from the road that runs along Romsdalen.

The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

Panoramic overview of the lower part of Romsdalen. Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord to the right of the picture, Isterdalen goes all the way to Trollstigen and is in the middle of the picture.
Panoramic overview of the lower part of Romsdalen. Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord to the right of the picture, Isterdalen goes all the way to Trollstigen and is in the middle of the picture.

Some highlights at Åndalsnes and Romsdal

Kylling Bridge on Rauma Railway at Verma.
Kylling Bridge on Rauma Railway at Verma.

Åndalsnes is the natural center of Romsdal. This is because Åndalsnes is the hub for roads and railways and is in the middle of many of the sights and activities in the area around the Romsdalsfjord.

The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

At Åndalsnes, you can hike the Romsdalstrappa Trail up to Mt Nesaksla (715 masl) and experience the Rampestreken Viewpoint where you have a great view over the Romsdalsfjord, the Rauma River and the Isterdalen valley. If you have a day extra, you can hike the Romsdalseggen Mountain Ridge, one of Norway´s great hikes with view towards the Romsdalen Valley and it´s surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and far out to the Atlantic Coast. Note, this is a challenging hike, not suitable for children!

Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is also a possibility when you are in the area. From the center of Åndalsnes you can take the Romsdal Gondola to the top of the city-mountain of Nesaksla, from fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From the restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

Litlefjellet in Vengedalen, Isfjorden in Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Vengedalen, Isfjorden in Romsdal.

From Isfjorden you can drive up to the beautiful Vengedalen valley. From Vengedalen you can hike up to Mt Litlefjellet. This is a short hike (about 30 minutes), but the view you get at the top is magnificent. Vengedalen is also the starting point for the more demanding Romsdalseggen hike.

All the mountains in Romsdal are “delivered” with a fjord view and are great for activities such as mountain hikes, ski touring, climbing and cycling, and attract visitors from all over the world all year round.

Kavliheian Mountain Pasture in Isfjorden is a short and easy hike which is perfect for families with small children. And a great fjord view towards the Romsdalsfjord is included from the car park where the hike starts. Drive east from the center of Isfjorden, about 2.5 kilometers to Øvre Kavli. From there, around three kilometers (toll road) to the car park at the end of the mountain road.

Hotels and Accommodation at Åndalsnes and Romsdal

Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes
Frich´s Ekspress Hotel Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel in Romsdalen by Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem at Setnes at Veblungsnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River at Åndalsnes
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva at Åndalsnes
Soggebru Camping at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Resort at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Gjestegård og Camping in Isterdalen below Trollstigen
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall in Romsdalen
Accommodation in Isfjorden

From Åndalsnes to Trollstigen

Åndalsnes, the alpine city by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes, the alpine city by the Romsdalsfjord.

From Åndalsnes you drive towards Trollstigen and Valldal. In this area, the nature is beautiful with wild mountains and foaming rivers and waterfalls.

From the mountain plateau at Trollstigen, it is only a short walk to the viewpoints where you can enjoy the fantastic view towards the Trollstigvegen road, the cascading waterfalls, the river and the Isterdalen valley.

It is only a five to ten minute walk from the car park to the viewpoints. There is a restaurant and souvenir shops up at Trollstigen.

NOTE – There are restrictions on the length of vehicles on Trollstigen Mountain Road. The Trollstigen Road is closed in winter.

Below you can see a 360 panoramic picture from the highest point on the Trollstigen road, between Trollstigen and Slettvikane. At the bottom of the panoramic picture, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramic pictures allow you to “jump” to other locations. The 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

From Trollstigen to Geiranger

From one of the viewpoints at Trollstigen, view towards the Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Isterdalen Valley.
From one of the viewpoints at Trollstigen, view towards the Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Isterdalen Valley.

Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometers from Valldal, you should stop at the new viewpoint at Gudbrandsjuvet.

This is one of many architectural constructions that have been made in conjunction with the road’s status as a National Tourist Route.

Here you can stay at the Hotel Juvet.  If you want to stay in this hotel you should book well in advance. This hotel has won many awards for its special construction and integration into the wild and beautiful surroundings.

The Valldøla river between Trollstigen and Valldal.
The Valldøla river between Trollstigen and Valldal.

If you visit Valldal it is a must to taste the strawberries from the local farms – these are the best strawberries in the world!

If you want an adrenaline rush, you can try rafting in the Valldøla river, which runs between Trollstigen and Valldal.

Then take the ferry across the fjord from Linge to Eidsdal and continue past lake Eidsvatnet to Geiranger with its narrow dark green world heritage fjord, the Geirangerfjord.

The route between Trollstigen and Geiranger is called “The Golden Route” and is one of Western Norway’s ten National Tourist Routes.

Gudbrandsjuvet Viewpoint between Trollstigen and Valldal.
Gudbrandsjuvet Viewpoint between Trollstigen and Valldal.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord seen from Flydalsjuvet viewpoint.
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord seen from Flydalsjuvet viewpoint.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of our common world heritage. Every year, this area is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world.

The Geirangerfjord is like an adventure. The fjord and the surrounding area are exceptionally beautiful. These are just some of the reasons why Geiranger is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.

You can take a fjord cruise or join a fjord safari on the Geirangerfjord.

View from the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå towards the Geirangerfjord and the "The Seven Sisters" waterfall.
View from the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå towards the Geirangerfjord and the “The Seven Sisters” waterfall.

The Fosseråsa trail goes from the center of Geiranger via the Norwegian Fjord Centre and up to Vesterås which is a great starting point for mountain hikes in Geiranger. The Fosseråsa trail ends at Storseterfossen Waterfall.

The Storseterfossen waterfall is special because you can walk behind the waterfall. This is an adventure in itself together with the beautiful nature that lies around with steep mountains, rivers, waterfalls and narrow valleys.

Visit the Flydalsjuvet, Ørnesvingen and Dalsnibba viewpoints and see the iconic views of Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord. Combine a boat trip on the fjord with a hike up to Skageflå, one of the many abandoned mountain farms above the Geirangerfjord.

In Geiranger you can stay at the historic Hotel Union in Geiranger and have a well-deserved stay at Union Bad & Spa surrounded by some of the most beautiful nature our planet can offer. The hotel is located close to the Norsk Fjordsenter, which is an information center about the world heritage in Geiranger.

Hotel Utsikten is a venerable hotel with the best view in Geiranger. From an old postcard with a motif from Hotel Utsikten and the Geirangerfjord.
Hotel Utsikten is a venerable hotel with the best view in Geiranger. From an old postcard with a motif from Hotel Utsikten and the Geirangerfjord.

Hotel Utsikten is the hotel located at the top of Geiranger. There is no other place where you can wake up, have breakfast or enjoy a dinner like with the incredible view that you have from this hotel.

The hotel has been located there since 1893. It was at that time when most of the hotels in Geiranger were established. Hotell Utsikten is open from May to September.

Other places to stay in Geiranger are Havila Hotel Geiranger, Geiranger CampingGeirangerfjorden Feriesenter and Grande Hytteutleige og Camping.

Ferry on the Geirangerfjord from Geiranger to Hellesylt

"Ferry-tale" on the Geirangerfjord. Here the ferry sail past the "Bridal Veil" waterfall.
“Ferry-tale” on the Geirangerfjord. Here the ferry sail past the “Bridal Veil” waterfall.

The road trip continues from Geiranger with a ferry out of the Geirangerfjord to Hellesylt. On this ferry trip you get to see the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding nature with the narrow fjord, the many waterfalls and the steep mountains that surround the fjord.

From the outer part of the Geirangerfjord, the ferry then turns into Sunnylvsfjorden before arriving at Hellesylt just over an hour after the ferry left Geiranger.

NOTE – This ferry trip does not operate in winter. Remember to book tickets for the car and passengers in advance, and arrive in good time before the ferry departs from Geiranger.

You will see the waterfalls The Seven Sisters, The Suitor and The Bridal Veil from the fjord. And you will see several abandoned mountain farms on this amazing ferry ride.

The Geirangerfjord og The Seven Sisters waterfall seen from the trail towards Skageflå.
The Geirangerfjord og The Seven Sisters waterfall seen from the trail towards Skageflå.

The abandoned mountain farm Skageflå is one of these mountain farms. A fantastic adventure is the combined fjord cruise and the steep and airy hike up to Skageflå, which lies 250 meters above the fjord.

This hike starts with a fjord cruise from Geiranger to Skagehola, the starting point for the trail up to Skageflå. Book fjord cruise tickets online in advance, so you are sure to get a reserved place on the boat. From Skageflå you can walk back down to Skagehåla and join the boat back to Geiranger at a later time.

NOTE – The hike to Skageflå is a separate trip and cannot be combined with the ferry trip between Geiranger and Hellesylt.

The abandoned Knivsflå Mountain Farm and "The Seven Sisters" waterfall.
The abandoned Knivsflå Mountain Farm and “The Seven Sisters” waterfall.

Knivsflå is another mountain farm in Geiranger, on the opposite side of the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå.

Knivsflå is also abandoned, and is situated on a small plateau beside the Seven Sisters Waterfall, 250 meters above the Geirangerfjord.

In year 1898, the authorities decided that Knivsflå had to be abandoned due to the danger of rock avalanche from the steep mountains above the farm.

During 100 years, avalanches killed six people at Knivsflå.

Today, both Knivsflå and Skageflå mountain farms are maintained and restored, to the delight of visitors from all over the world.

Below you can see a 360 panoramic picture from the abandoned mountain farm Knivsflå above the Geirangerfjord. You can also see the Seven Sisters Waterfall and the Geirangerfjord. On the other side of the fjord you can see the Suitor Waterfall and the abandoned mountain farm Skageflå. At the bottom of the panoramic picture, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramic pictures allow you to “jump” to other locations. The 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

Hellesylt – Tom Cruise’s favorite

Hellesyltfossen waterfall at Hellesylt, in the heart of Sunnylvsfjorden.
Hellesyltfossen waterfall at Hellesylt, in the heart of Sunnylvsfjorden.

The ferry trip on the Geirangerfjord ends in Hellesylt. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the movie star Tom Cruise, you can take an extra day in Hellesylt and experience Mt Helsetkopen from the foot of the mountain, this is where Tom Cruise “tamed” his motorcycle and parachute.

It is from Helsetkopen that Tom Cruise performed the incredible motorcycle and base jumping stunt, which is considered the world’s greatest movie stunt. As they say it so nicely themselves; “Pretty much the biggest stunt in cinema history”. This stunt was used in the movie Mission: Impossible 7 – Dead Reckoning. Watch the trailer from the movie below.

Lake Helsetvatnet is located at the base of Mt Helsetkopen (1246 masl) in Sunnylvsbygda, about six kilometers south-east of Hellesylt. It is nice to walk into lake Helsetvatnet and look up at the vertical mountain wall below Mt Helsetkopen. It is also nice to walk around the lake, it is just under a kilometer to walk in flat terrain. As rock falls can occur from the vertical mountain side, it is recommended not to enter near the base of the mountain. Season: Summer.

The old Flofjellvegen road from Hellesylt to Flo

The valley along Sunnylvsbygda towards Flofjellet, Vollset in the background. The old Flofjellvegen road/trail starts after you have passed Vollset in Sunnylvsbygda. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.
The valley along Sunnylvsbygda towards Flofjellet, Vollset in the background. The old Flofjellvegen road/trail starts after you have passed Vollset in Sunnylvsbygda. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.

One of the most beautiful cycling tours in Norway is the bike tour along the old Flofjellvegen road across Flofjellet. The old Flofjellvegen road runs between Vollset, which is 12 kilometers southeast of Hellesylt, and Flo in Oppstryn on the other side of the mountain. There is a signposted parking lot at Vollset.

This is the old road between Hellesylt and Oppstryn, between Sunnmøre and Nordfjord, and there are both gravel and path along the road you cycle on. This bike trail is surrounded by a beautiful cultural landscape with grazing animals, mountain farms, old roads, trails, bridges, mountain lakes, rivers, rapids, waterfalls and mountains as far as the eye can see.

Uteguiden organizes guided bike tours across Flofjellet with electric bikes. The guided bike tours start in Hellesylt by Sunnylvsfjorden. Guide, e-bike and lunch are included in the price.

Flofjellet is surrounded by a beautiful cultural landscape with grazing animals, mountain farms, old roads, trails, bridges, mountain lakes, rivers, rapids, waterfalls and mountains. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.
Flofjellet is surrounded by a beautiful cultural landscape with grazing animals, mountain farms, lakes, rivers, rapids, waterfalls and mountains. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.

First you cycle 12 kilometers along the paved country road into Sunnylvsbygda to Vollset, then there are a few more kilometers along Flofjellvegen until you reach the highest point, which is 550 masl.

On this trip you cycle round trip and you both start and end the bike trip in Hellesylt. The bike trip is approx. 50 kilometers in total, and you turn around at the top. So on the guided tour you don’t cycle all the way to Flo at Oppstrynsvatnet.

Note that there are several gates along the bike trail. It is important to close the gates behind you as there are grazing animals along the trail/road. The season for the hike to lake Helsetvatnet and the cycle tour is summer. See the Uteguiden website to read more about season and the cycle tour across Flofjellet.

Some sections along Flofjellet are narrow, and it is steep straight down the mountain side. On these stretches, it is recommended that you get off and wheel the bike.
Some sections along Flofjellet are narrow, and it is steep straight down the mountain side. On these stretches, it is recommended that you get off and wheel the bike. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.

NOTE – Some sections along the cycle path across Flofjellet are narrow, and it is steep straight down the mountain side to the lake if you cycle off the trail. On these stretches, it is recommended that you get off and wheel the bike.

That is why it is also recommended that you take part on a guided cycle tour, where you will get information about safety and good tips on the tour across the mountain. See the picture on the left, this is from one of the narrow and exposed sections.

NOTE – There is a large risk of avalanches in winter, and the road across Flofjellet is therefore closed in winter. Below you can see some photos from the bike ride across Flofjellet. Photo: Peder Georg Helset.

A nice place to stay is Helset Hytteutleige cabins, which is just 500 meters south of lake Helsetvatnet. These cabins are located in the perfect place for those who like to walk or cycle in the narrow valleys, hike in the surrounding mountains or just want to enjoy peace and quiet and beautiful and wild nature.

Ljøen Viewpoint at Hellesylt

View from Ljøen viewpoint by the road that goes to Hellesylt. Here we can see where the Geirangerfjord and Sunnylvsfjorden meet.
View from Ljøen viewpoint by the road that goes to Hellesylt. Here we can see where the Geirangerfjord and Sunnylvsfjorden meet.

The beautiful Ljøen viewpoint (Norwegian text only) is located by Fv 60, between two tunnels, about six kilometers north-east of Hellesylt in the direction of Stranda. From the viewpoint at Ljøen (318 masl) there is a fantastic view down to where the two fjords Sunnylvsfjorden and the Geirangerfjord meet. Here you can see straight across Sunnylvsfjorden and towards the outermost part of the Geirangerfjord.

At the Ljøen viewpoint, there are built-up parking spaces and viewing platforms that make it a nice place to stop and to take a break from driving. There are also toilets there and places to dispose of rubbish.

Ljøen is part of the Trondhjem Old Postal Road (Norwegian text only), and several hiking trails have been created in the area in this conjunction. One of the hikes starts from the viewpoint at Ljøen and goes to Ljøkaia down by Sunnylvsfjorden (Norwegian text only). Here you walk from 318 masl and down to the fjord, and it is about four kilometers to walk, down to the fjord and back up again. You walk through a farmyard, past the old school and through a beautiful cultural landscape, and the ground where you walk varies between gravel road, tractor road and a trail.

Down by the fjord, at Naustberget, there is a cluster of old boathouses. There are also tables and places to sit down and take a break down by the fjord. Ljøfossen waterfall cascades down along the steep terrain just north of the trail towards the fjord.

You must walk along the same trail back to the starting point at Ljøen.

Below you can see a 360 panoramic picture from Ljøen viewpoint seen from a bird’s eye view. You can see down to Sunnylvsfjorden and towards the outer part of the Geirangerfjord. You can also see all the way to Hellesylt. On the opposite side of the road you can see the gravel road Herdalsbrekka with its 21 hairpin bends. Herdalsbrekka is also part of the Trondhjem Old Postal Road between Herdalen and Ljøen. At the bottom of the panoramic picture, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramic pictures allow you to “jump” to other locations. The 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

From Hellesylt to Sæbø via the Norangsdalen valley

Norangsdalen is wild and beautiful.
Norangsdalen is wild and beautiful.

When you have finished exploring Hellesylt and the many hidden gems there, drive on from Hellesylt. You drive approximately five and a half kilometers in a westerly direction before turning right onto Fv 655 which runs through the Norangsdalen valley.

After Norangsdalen you arrive at the fjord village of Øye and then you continue to Urke and to the ferry quay at Leknes. From Leknes you take the ferry across the Hjørundfjord to Sæbø, which is the end of this fantastic road trip.

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 Lyngstøylvatnet in the lower part of Norangsdalen.
Lake Lyngstøylvatnet in the lower part of Norangsdalen.

Lake Lyngstøylsvatnet is a lake in the Norangsdalen Valley that was “created” in year 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 now a popular place for diving.

Join a journey through Norangsdalen, one of the most beautiful valleys in Norway. This road trip was filmed from a car, and we drove through Norangsdalen and past Lake Lyngstøylvatnet to Øye and Urke. The drive took about 25 minutes, the film is the same length as the drive.

Below you can see a 360 panoramic picture from Lyngstøylvatnet in the Norangsdalen Valley. At the bottom of the panoramic picture, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramic pictures allow you to “jump” to other locations. The 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

Hotel Union  Øye at Øye

Hotel Union Øye at Øye between Norangsfjorden and Norangsdalen.
Hotel Union Øye at Øye between Norangsfjorden and Norangsdalen.

Hotel Union Øye is located in the idyllic village of Øye deep inside the Hjørundfjord and in the middle of the alpine Sunnmøre Alps. This makes Hotel Union Øye a perfect place to visit in all four seasons.

Perhaps you will meet beautiful Linda in “The Blue Room”, the ghost who lives in the hotel.

The hotel is a secluded, family-owned boutique hotel and has always been a favorite among adventurers who have explored the fjords and mountains of Western Norway.

Sæbø – The idyllic village by the Hjørundfjord

View from the Hjørundfjord towards the fjord village of Sæbø.
View from the Hjørundfjord towards the fjord village of Sæbø.

The idyllic fjord village of Sæbø is a perfect starting point for activities and adventures in and around the Hjørundfjord. There is a ferry connection between Sæbø and Leknes on the other side of the fjord. From Leknes, it is a short drive to Urke and Øye, which are the starting points for great guided mountain hikes to mountains such as Saksa and Slogen.

A nice mountain hike from Sæbø is the hike to Gunnarråsa (370 masl). There you can try the swing, which has one of the best views in the Hjørundfjord area. From Gunnarråsa there is a fantastic view of the fjord and the beautiful mountains that surround the fjord.

Fishing in the Hjørundfjord, straight from the holiday cottages at Hustadneset.
Fishing in the Hjørundfjord, straight from the holiday cottages at Hustadneset.

After the mountain hike to Gunnarråsa, you can enjoy heat in a sauna and jump into the fresh water in the Hjørundfjord. Sæbø Fjordsauna has two saunas located by the wharf at Sagafjord Hotel, and they are heated with wood.

The beautiful Sagafjord Hotel is located right down by the fjord at Sæbø. The hotel is like an oasis, where you can enjoy the silence down by the fjord with the characteristic view towards the Hjørundfjord and Hustadneset with the mountains Slogen and Stålberghornet as a fantastic backdrop.

Below you can see a 360 panoramic picture from Mt Dalegubben by Sæbø. Here you can see the entire Hjørundfjord and all the mountains that surround the fjord. The mountains are marked with names. You can also see towards the fjord villagees of Sæbø, Bjørke and Øye. At the bottom of the panoramic picture, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramic pictures allow you to “jump” to other locations. The 360 panoramic pictures are provided by 360 Aircam by Arild Solberg.

360 Panorama from Dalegubben at Sæbø by the Hjørundfjord.
360 Panorama from Dalegubben at Sæbø by the Hjørundfjord.

Guided Hike the Mt Saksa (1073 masl) from Urke

The view from Bentebu towards Øye. You pass Bentebu during the hike to Mt Saksa. Mt Slogen to the left.
The view from Bentebu towards Øye. You pass Bentebu during the hike to Mt Saksa. Mt Slogen to the left.

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.

You walk a short distance through the forest before reaching some open land. The trail in the forest is steep but well maintained with stairs made of stone on the most difficult stretches.

Bentebu is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the fantastic view towards Norangsfjorden and Øye and the surrounding mountains. Mt Slogen is one of those mountains. We recommend to join a Guided Hike to Mt Saksa.

Road Trip Geiranger – Trollstigen – The Atlantic Road

View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes far down there.
View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes far down there.

If you want to see the best of the fjords, the mountains and the ocean in western Norway, this is the road trip for you.

The route between Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road, Kristiansund and Molde includes one UNESCO World Heritage (the Geirangerfjord), two National Tourist Routes (Geiranger – Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road) and one  “construction of the twentieth century” (the Atlantic Road).

This is a 200 kilometer long stretch of road in a landscape varying from deep and narrow fjords, steep and dramatic snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls and rivers, green valleys, numerous isles and a weather-beaten ocean landscape.

You can drive this stretch of road in one day, the drive alone is a great experience. But we recommend that you spend a few days, so that you can see and experience all the detours, the great places and the spectacular nature.

The Hjørundfjord – What to see and do

FJORDS NORWAY - The Hjørundfjord at Sunnmøre
Hjørundfjord.

The innermost part of the 35-kilometer-long Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, narrow valleys, waterfalls and glaciers. In between all this, there are small idyllic villages down by the fjord, all of which are great starting points for adventures in beautiful nature.

The idyllic fjord village of Sæbø is a perfect starting point for activities and adventures in and around the Hjørundfjord. Sagafjord Hotel is located right down by the fjord at Sæbø. There you can enjoy the silence down by the fjord with the characteristic view towards the Hjørundfjord and Hustadneset with the mountains Slogen and Stålberghornet as a fantastic backdrop.

Try the world’s most famous swing at Christian Gaard Bygdetun in Trandal. A picture of a swing at Trandal on Instagram made the Hjørundfjord world famous.

The mountains surrounding the Hjørundfjord are great for hikes with fjord view. Slogen, Saksa and Urkeegga are the most popular mountains for hiking. Uteguiden organizes guided mountain hikes to Mt Saksa and Slogen, they also offer tailor-made mountain hikes to the other mountain peaks in the area.

Join a fjord cruise or a kayak trip on the Hjørundfjord. Experience beautiful Norangsdalen valley and dive into the ruins of an old mountain pasture in Lake Lyngstøylvatnet.

Drink beer at Fjordpuben in Urke. Fish salmon in Bjørkeelva River at Bjørke. Maybe you get to meet the beautiful ghost Linda if you stay overnight in “The Blue Room” at Hotel Union Øye? The Hjørundfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

Hotels and accommodation by the Hjørundfjord

Sagafjord Hotel – Sæbø
Hotel Union Øye – Øye
Christian Gaard Bygdetun – Trandal
Hustadnes Fjordhytter – Sæbø
Hjørundfjorden Brygge, Maritbu – Sæbø
Hjørundfjorden Brygge, Studio – Sæbø
Hjørundfjord Camping – Sæbø
Bondalselva Camping – Sæbø
Rekkedal Gjestehus – Bondalen, Sæbø

Useful Information

The weather is important during a tour like this in Western Norway, the best time is probably June to August, but May is also often a nice month – where spring meets summer, with green valleys and snow-covered mountains.

Remember that many roads in Western Norway are closed in winter, Trollstigvegen is one of them! The roads that are closed in winter usually open in late May or early June, depending on how much snow needs to be cleared before the roads can be opened.

The Norwegian Trekking Association has more than 550 cabins spread across the country. If you are a member, you can get a standard key that fits almost all the cabins. In most cabins, you can buy food, gas and firewood (self-service).

References

Nyt Naturen.no
Uteguiden
Vegvesen.no
Postvei.no
Morotur.no

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

Road Trip from Åndalsnes via Geiranger to Sæbø – Map Overview

Map Information: The map below contains information and links to the area on and near the road trip from the Romsdalsfjord via the Geirangerfjord to the Hjørundfjord. Links to fjords.com’s articles are marked in red. Links to the main fjords are marked in blue.

There are also some links to the area by the Atlantic Road and the Atlantic coast, to the outer part of Romsdal and to Ålesund. These links are not included in the tour description and are marked in green on the map.