The Lustrafjord

The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers.

The Lustrafjord is the innermost branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord. These are some of the adventures you can experience in Luster.

Read also: Hiking to Mt. Molden in Luster
Read also: Glacier Hike on Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal
Read also: Kayaking the Lustrafjord to Urnes Stave Church
Read also: Kayaking the Lustrafjord and part of the Sognefjord

 

Glacier Hiking on Nigardsbreen Glacier with Fjord Tours

Some highlights from the Lustrafjord area

Solvorn is a beautiful village down by the Lustrafjord. Here you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. From Solvorn you can take the small ferry across the Lustrafjord from Solvorn to Urnes and visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall.

The hike to Mt. Molden in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards Lustrafjorden and the surrounding mountains.

Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal is one of the easiest accessible glaciers in Norway. A short boat trip and a short hike, and you stand by the foot of the glacier.

Stay at Skjolden Hotel, a beautiful hotel with local food down by innermost part of the Lustrafjord. You can hike into the Mørkrisdalen Valley from Skjolden and the Fortunsdalen Valley from Fortun.

Drive the Sognefjellet Mountain Road (National Tourist Route). The first stop is Turtagrø Hotel, a new and modern mountain hotel, where you can get information and guiding to the Hurrungane Mountains, one of Norway´s wildest mountain areas.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord and part of the Sognefjord

In 1999, I was kayaking the Lustrafjord for the first time. In June 2019, twenty years later, I did it again. It almost went wrong, but I was lucky and “Saved by the Bell”. The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers.

Urnes Stave Church at Urnes in Luster

Urnes Stave Church is the oldest of the remaining Stave Churches, and is one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Western Norway. The church was built around year 1130, and is situated at Urnes by the Lustrafjord.

A nice way to explore Urnes Stave Church and the beautiful surroundings is to drive to Solvorn on the opposite side of the fjord and cross the Lustrafjord by ferry from Lustrabaatane to Urnes. From the ferry quay at Urnes, there is only a short walk uphill to the Stave Church. During summer you can join a guided “tour” outside and inside the church. There is also a small café close to the church where you can buy local made refreshments.

Glacier hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier

From Gaupne close to Marifjøra, take to the left towards the Jostedalen Valley and Nigardsbreen Glacier. There you have Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre with its exhibition, multimedia glacier slideshow, information about the glacier and guiding and equipment-rental on the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

You can join the Glacier Bus from Sogndal to Jostedal if you do not have a car, there are several daily departures during the season which is between the end of June to the beginning of September.

Veitastrond and the Austerdalsbreen Glacier

From Hafslo in Luster you can drive to Veitastrond. From there, drive the private toll-road to Tungestølen (4-5 kilometre). A brand new Mountain Lodge, Tungestølen Turisthytte, had its inauguration at Tungestølen in 2019. From here you have a nice and easy 2 hour walk to the Austerdalsbreen Glacier. From here you can see 3 different glaciers (Loke, Odin and Tor) falling down from the plateau glacierJostedalsbreen, together creating the beautiful glacier down in the valley named Austerdalen. The glacier has only minor crevasses, and if it’s not covered with snow, it should be fairly safe to walk on it. You should always use rope and guide. Use the guide service from Jostedalen Glacier Guiding, order in advance.

Fjord Hike to Mt. Molden

A one hour hike to Svarthiller or 2 hours hike to Mt. Molden (1118 masl) in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the Lustrafjord and the surrounding mountains. Start at the parking place by the road between Hafslo and Mollandsmarki in Luster (500 masl). The path is marked.

Fjord Cycling – Guided Cycling by the Fjords

Small, idyllic villages. Thundering Waterfalls. Experience Norwegian nature and culture by bike and join a self-guided and guided ready made round trip from Bergen, to and through the fjord landscape surrounding the Sognefjord and Lustrafjord. 256 kilometer of idyllic roads with little or no traffic and a guide that shows you where the gems are hidden.

Solvorn, Urnes and Feigumfossen Waterfall

Solvorn nearby is a beautiful village down by the Lustrafjord. Here you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. From Solvorn you can take the small ferry across the Lustrafjord to Urnes and visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall.

Urnes is a great starting point for biking and hiking. The road along the Lustrafjord towards Skjolden at the innermost part of the Lustrafjord is almost without traffic, and the view to the fjord and the mountains and villages on the other side is great. You can combine bike and hike and see the Feigumfossen Waterfall with a vertical drop of 229 metres. You can hike to where the waterfall cascades into the the Feigeelva River. The hike is easy and takes around an hour, the path is marked. It is also possible to continue the hike to the top where the waterfall goes over the edge.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord to Urnes Stave Church

If you want to go kayaking on the Lustrafjord, you can drive to Marifjøra in the middle of the Lustrafjord. From there you can easily explore this beautiful area in all directions. At marifjøra you can rent kayaks and equipment from FjordSeal. Guiding and introductory lessons are also available.

RIB-Boat Adventure on the Lustrafjord

Combine a RIB-boat tour on the Lustrafjord with a hike to the impressive 218 metre high Feigefossen Waterfall. The adventure starts at Skjolden Brygge at Skjolden, and the season is during summer.

Motor Boat on Styggevatnet Glacier Lake

Lake Styggevatnet in Jostedal is a “semi-artificial” dam, from where you have a view to the edge of the glacier calving into the lake. From here you have an easy hike to the glacier. If you are close to the glacier, pay attention to the danger that the glacier can be calving into the lake; this can cause big waves and it can be dangerous to stay close to the shoreline. Always use guide on these kind of trips, Ice Troll arrange guided Motor Boat Tours at the lake.

Sengjaberget Viewpoint at Skjolden

This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 metres above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (1 hour hike – 3.2 kilometer) or drive up to the start of the trail and hike from there (15 minutes hike – 320 meter). From Sengjaberget you have great view towards Eidsvatnet and Eidselva River, Skjolden, the Lustrafjord and Mt. Molden in the horizon.

Skjolden, the innermost part of the Lustrafjord

From Gaupne, you can also drive through Luster to Skjolden and Fortun.
Stay at Skjolden Hotel, a beautiful hotel with local food down by innermost part of the Lustrafjord. You can hike into the Mørkrisdalen Valley from Skjolden and the Fortunsdalen Valley from Fortun. The Fortunsdalen Valley is more spectacular the deeper into the valley you drive, but drive carefully. At the end of the road lies Nørstedalsseter Mountain Lodge, a good starting point for mountaineering.

Sognefjellet Mountain Road – The Top of Norway

From Skjolden, you can drive in the direction of Sognefjellet Mountain Road (National Tourist Route) and Lom. The first stop is Turtagrø Hotel, a new and modern mountain hotel, where you can get information and guiding to the Hurrungane Mountains, one of Norway´s wildest mountain areas. Turtagrø can offer guided hikes and climbing on mountains with views over most of the Jotunheimen National Park.

A little further and you have the Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge on the top of Sognefjellet. It has fantastic views and is cheap to stay overnight. Guided walks across Fannaraak Glacier to Fannaraaken (2068 metres above sea level) can be done from here. Just a few kilometres from Sognefjellshytta you arrive at Krossbu Mountain Lodge. Guiding across Smørstabbreen Glacier can be done from here.

LUSTRAFJORD – Useful Links

Tourist Information about Luster and the Lustrafjord: Sognefjord.com
Skjolden – Where fjord meets the mountains: Skjolden.com
The UNESCO Protected Urnes Stave Church
Ferry across the Lustrafjord: Lustrabaatane
Glacier Guiding on Nigardsbreen Glacier: Jostedalen Breførarlag
Breheimsenteret Glacier Center in Jostedal: Breheimsenteret
Mountain Hotel in the Hurrungane Mountains: Turtagrø Hotel
Sognefjellet National Tourist Route: Norwegian Scenic Routes
Guided Kayak Trip on the Lustrafjord: Fjordseal at Marifjøra
Hvitserk Expeditions: Guided kayak-adventure on the Lustrafjord
Guided Motor Boat Tours at Lake Styggevatnet: Ice Troll

Accommodation in Luster

Hotel at Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway`s oldest hotel: Walaker Hotel at Solvorn
Bed & Breakfast at Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juice Factory
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusive stay at Hafslo: BesteBakken

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway