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.
Visit Ålesund is the official destination company for the Sunnmøre, Geirangerfjord, Hjørundfjord and Ålesund area.
Some highlights from the Hjørundfjord area
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.
Try the world’s most famous swing at Christian Gaard Bygdetun in Trandal. The mountains surrounding the Hjørundfjord are great for hikes and skiing with fjord view. Mt Slogen, Saksa and Urkeegga are the most popular mountains for hiking. 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. The fjord villages Øye and Sæbø are great starting points for exploring the wild and beautiful Hjørundfjord area. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjord Tourist Information: Visit Ålesund