SÆBØ – THE IDYLLIC FJORD VILLAGE BY THE HJØRUNDFJORD

The Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, narrow valleys and countless rivers and waterfalls. Between all this lies the idyllic fjord village of Sæbø.

Sæbø is a perfect starting point for activities and adventures on and around the Hjørundfjord. It is from Sæbø that you have the characteristic view towards the Hjørundfjord and Hustadneset with the mountains Slogen and Stålberghornet as beautiful scenery in the background.

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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.

The Hjørundfjord is one of our most beautiful fjords and is surrounded by some of Norway’s most beautiful and famous mountains. The mountains and the fjord invite you to activities all year round.

Around the Hjørundfjord you can go on many mountain hikes with fjord views. Mt Slogen, Saksa and Urkeegga are some of the most famous mountains. Uteguiden organizes guided hikes to Mt Saksa and Slogen, they also offer tailor-made hikes to the other mountains in the area.

The Hjørundfjord is also an eldorado for summit ski tours. This is one of the fjords where it is possible to combine boat trips on the fjord with summit trips on skis. Uteguiden arranges tailor-made skiing and sailing trips with guides and a personal chef onboard the boat. The starting point for these tours is the city of Ålesund, which is just north of the exit of the Hjørundfjord.

In a wooden boat on the Hjørundfjord outside Sæbø. You won't find more beautiful scenery than this.
In a wooden boat on the Hjørundfjord outside Sæbø. You won’t find more beautiful scenery than this.

There is a ferry connection between Sæbø and Leknes on the other side of the fjord. There is also a ferry connection between Sæbø, Skår, Standal and Trandal which are small towns by the Hjørundfjord, these ferry departures are much less frequent than the ferry between Sæbø and Leknes.

From Leknes, it is just a short drive to Urke and Øye, which are the starting points for great guided hikes to mountains such as Mt Saksa and Slogen. Drink beer at the Fjord pub at Urke. Perhaps you will meet the beautiful ghost Linda if you spend the night in “The Blue Room” at Hotel Union Øye. From the village of Øye, you can also join a guided kayak trip on the Hjørundfjord.

Join a fjord cruise or a kayak trip on the Hjørundfjord. Experience the beautiful Norangsdalen valley and dive in the ruins of an old mountain pasture in lake Lyngstøylvatnet. In the summer you can take part on a fjord cruise on the Hjørundfjord. There are departures from Ålesund, Trandal, Sæbø, Urke and Øye.

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

The iconic view from Sæbø towards the Hjørundfjord and Hustadneset with the mountains Slogen and Stålberghornet as a backdrop.
The iconic view from Sæbø towards the Hjørundfjord and Hustadneset with the mountains Slogen and Stålberghornet as a backdrop.

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.

There is also a sauna by the fjord at Urke, Urke Fjordsauna, on the other side of the Hjørundfjord. Sauna season: All year round, but check the website for season and booking. You must book an appointment in the saunas in advance, remember to book in the right place. Bathing is at your own risk.

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.

Fishing in the Hjørundfjord, straight from the holiday cabins on Hustadneset.
Fishing in the Hjørundfjord, straight from the holiday cabins on Hustadneset.

From Hustadneset you can fish in the Hjørundfjord, straight from the cabins at Hustadnes Fjordhytter.

In addition to the hotel, there are two campsites at Sæbø, Hjørundfjord Camping and Bondalselva Camping.

Rekkedal Gjestehus is located in Bondalen valley, between the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Rekkedal focuses on cultural and nature experiences, food and drinks and also puts together events, hikes and accommodation for small and large groups. Remember that at Rekkedal you must book in advance.

There are two grocery stores in the center of Sæbø, Joker Sæbø and Joker Bellingen. Both stores are located in Øyragata in the center of Sæbø, right next to each other. Check the websites of the stores for more information about opening hours and what they have to offer. In the summer season, Joker Sæbø sells, among other things, fishing equipment. There is also a petrol station close to the grocery stores at Sæbø.

Nilsbuda in the center of Sæbø is an arts and crafts outlet that is open on weekends in the summer. Nilsbuda has a sales exhibition of local artists and craftsmen. There is a varied selection of short-travel goods, including paintings, knitwear, soaps, ceramics and glass art.

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

Fjord Cruise on the Hjørundfjord

This is a fjord cruise that goes between Ålesund and Øye in the heart of Norangsfjorden. The fjord cruise has season in the summer and visits Ålesund, Trandal, Sæbø, Urke and Øye. The boat goes both ways. See the Cruise Service website for more information about the season, boat routes and booking. Below you see the inner part of the Hjørundfjord with a marked boat route and places where the boat stops.

Fjord Cruise on the Hjørundfjord, view from Mt Saksa. Here you see the inner part of the Hjørundfjord with a marked boat route and places where the boat stops.
Fjord Cruise on the Hjørundfjord, view from Mt Saksa. Here you see the inner part of the Hjørundfjord with a marked boat route and places where the boat stops.

Guided Hike the Mt Saksa (1073 masl) from Urke

The view from Bentebu towards Øye. Mt Slogen to the left.
The view from Bentebu towards Øye. 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.

Sagafjord Hotel – Sæbø

Sagafjord Hotel by the harbour at Sæbø is a modern Adventure Hotel. The hotel arrange tailored activities: Among them, Kayaking and Hiking. The hotel also arrange kayak courses.

360 Panorama of Sæbø and the Hjørundfjord

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.

Road Trip Åndalsnes – Geiranger – Sæbø

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

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.

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.

Panorama Picture from the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord. Isfjorden left, Åndalsnes in the middle.
Panorama Picture from the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord. Isfjorden left, Åndalsnes in the middle.

The Hjørundfjord – What to see and do

FJORDS NORGE - 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
Hustadnes Fjordhytter – Sæbø
Hjørundfjorden Brygge, Maritbu – Sæbø
Hjørundfjorden Brygge, Studio – Sæbø
Hjørundfjord Camping – Sæbø
Bondalselva Camping – Sæbø
Rekkedal Gjestehus -Bondalen

 

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.

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