HJØRUNDFJORD – SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS AND WATERFALLS

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, waterfalls and glaciers.

At the innermost part of the fjord you will find the villages Sæbø and Øye. Øye with it´s mythical Hotel Union Øye. Maybe you will meet beautiful Linda, the ghost that lives in the hotel, in the “Blue Room”. A popular hike from Urke is to Mt Saksa, a challenging hike with a fantastic view to the Hjørundfjord.

Season and Safety

Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

Important information about roads in western Norway: Remember that many roads in western Norway are prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. Many of the roads in western Norway are some of these exposed roads, and many of the roads are narrow and winding.

Some highlights from the Hjørundfjord area

FJORDS NORWAY - The Hjørundfjord and Mt Slogen.
The Hjørundfjord and Mt Slogen.

Guided Hikes with fjord view, mt Saksa is one of the most famous mountains for hiking with fjord view. Join a Fjord Cruise or Kayak with guide on the  Hjørundfjord. Dive in the ruins of an old mountain pasture in the Norangsdalen Valley.

The mountains around the Hjørundfjord are some of the best Hiking Mountains in Norway, and all mountains are “delivered with fjord view”.

Drink beer at the Fjord Pub at Urke. Fish salmon at the Bjørkeelva River at Bjørke. Sleep in Hotel Union Øye, maybe you will meet the ghost in the Blue Room?

The Hjørundfjord area are made for people seeking for adventure, excitement, silence and beautiful and wild nature.

Visit Ålesund

Visit Ålesund is the local Tourist Information for the Hjørundfjord Area.

The worlds most stunning Swing

A picture of a swing at 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. Video by photographer, filmmaker and illustrator Alex Atherton.

Fjord Cruise on the Hjørundfjord

This is a Fjord Cruise between Ålesund and Øye at the innermost part of the Norangsfjord. You can jump on or off at Trandal and Urke. The crew need to be notified if the boat should stop at Trandal and Urke. Video by Norway´s best_.

Guided Kayak Trip on the Hjørundfjord

Guided Kayak Trips on the Norangsfjord and Hjørundfjord. The start of this adventure is close to Øye at the innermost part of the Norangsfjord, a branch of the Hjørundfjord. The guided kayak trips are arranged during summer.

Fjord Fishing on the Hjørundfjord

Hjørundfjord Adventures provides boats and fishing equipment for fishing on the Hjørundfjord, with or without guide. Salmon, mackerel, herring and pollock are among many types of fish that is common in the fjord. Hjørundfjord Adventures also sell fishing licence for salmon fishing at Bjørkeelva River at Bjørke in the season between June and August.

Guided Hike the Mt Saksa (1073 masl) from Urke

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. We recommend to join a Guided Hike to Mt Saksa.

Norangsdalen Valley

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 Norangsdalen

Lake Lyngstøylsvatnet 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 now a popular place for diving.

FJORDS NORWAY - Lake Lyngstøylvatnet in Norangsdalen
Lake Lyngstøylvatnet in Norangsdalen Valley

Hotel Union  Øye at Øye

Hotel Union Øye is located at Øye at the innermost part of the Hjørundfjord and in the middle of the Sunnmøre Alps. This makes Hotel Union Øye the perfect getaway, all four seasons. The hotel is a secluded, family owned boutique hotel and a favourite among adventurers exploring the fjords and mountains of Western Norway. Video by De Historiske.

Sagafjord Hotel – Sæbø

Hotel Sagafjord 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.

Hjørundfjord Adventures/Hjørundfjord Hostel

Hostel and Adventure Company at Bjørke, the innermost part of the Hjørundfjord. Hiking and fishing in the fjord and the surrounding mountains.

By car through Norangsdalen Valley

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.

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.

Lake Eidsvatnet in Volda

When driving between Sæbø and Trandal I drove past Eidsvatnet in Volda. It was a beautiful day, the grass was green and the mountains were covered with fresh snow. And the lake was calm like a mirror.

Villa Norangdal – Norangsdalen

Villa Norangdal was built in 1885, to accommodate tourists who came to explore the mountains. The hotel is a Boutique Hotel focused on design history. In May 2010 Villa Norangdal was rewarded the hallmark of Norwegian Heritage: “Olavsrosa”.

Accommodation by the Hjørundfjord

Sagafjord Hotel – Sæbø
Hotel Union Øye – Øye
Christian Gaard Bygdetun – Trandal
Hustadnes Fjordhytter – Sæbø
Hjørundfjord Camping – Sæbø
Sæbø Camping – Sæbø

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjord Tourist Information: Visit Ålesund

The Hjørundfjord – Map Overview