LUSTRAFJORD – THE TOP OF NORWAY

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.

 

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.

Visit Sognefjord

Visit Sognefjord is the official destination company for the Lustrafjord and Sognefjord area.

Some highlights from the Lustrafjord area

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Svarthiller towards Urnes and the Lustrafjord.
View from Svarthiller towards Urnes and the Lustrafjord.

The Lustrafjord and Luster area is deemed to be one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It is where the fjords meet the top of Norway and the mountains and glaciers never end. There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do there.

The oldest historical hotel, the Walaker Hotel, is located here. Visit the world heritage protected Urnes Stave Church and see the mighty Feigumfossen waterfall that reveals itself in the spring. The hike to Mt Molden gives you a fantastic view both inwards and outwards the Lustrafjord.

Nigardsbreen glacier in Jostedal and Austerdalsbreen glacier at Veitastrond are two of the most beautiful and most easily accessible glaciers in Norway. Mørkridsdalen and Fortunsdalen are two classic areas for mountain hikes near Skjolden, which is located in the innermost part of the Lustrafjord.

Drive Sognefjellet National Tourist Route. Along the road is Turtagrø Hotel where you will get information and guide to Hurrungane which is one of Norway’s wildest mountain areas. Stay at Skjolden Hotel, a great hotel with short-travelled food and beer.

The Lustrafjord is a branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord and is located in the middle of Western Norway.

FJORDS NORWAY - From Feigom by the Lustrafjord. Feigumfossen Waterfall in the background.
From Feigom by the Lustrafjord. Feigumfossen Waterfall in the background. Mt Molden to the right.

Urnes Stave Church at Urnes in Luster

Urnes Stave Church is the oldest of the remaining Stave Churches in Norway, 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.

Guided Glacier Hikes on 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.

Hike to Austerdalsbreen Glacier

From Hafslo in Luster you can drive to Veitastrond. From there, drive the private toll-road to Tungestølen, a brand new Mountain Lodge which had its inauguration in 2019. From there you have a nice and easy two hour hike to Austerdalsbreen Glacier. From the viewpoint you can see three glaciers (Loke, Odin and Tor) falling down from the plateau glacierJostedalsbreen, together creating the beautiful Austerdalsbreen Glacier down in the valley named Austerdalen.

Hike to Mt Molden

A one hour hike to Svarthiller or two 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 trail is well marked.

Mollandsmarki and Raaum Gard – On the edge

The road to Mollandsmarki is the same road as for the hike to Mt Molden. But drive past the parking lot where the hike to Molden starts, and continue further towards Mollandsmarki. Soon the Lustrafjord will reveal itself to you, and the view from the road towards the Lustrafjord is fantastic. In the cabins at Raaum Gard you can literally live right on the edge and look straight down into the fjord and over to Urnes on the other side of the fjord.

Kayak on the Lustrafjord from Skjolden to Urnes and Solvorn

We drove from Oslo in a car stuffed with kayaks and equipment, and our goal for the day was Skjolden at the innermost part of the Lustrafjord. This was the starting point of this summers kayak adventure. The last part of the drive that day was along the fjord we should paddle the next days, and we could feel the joy when driving in this beautiful scenery…

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 meters. 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.

RIB-Boat Adventure on the Lustrafjord

Combine a RIB-boat tour on the Lustrafjord with a hike to the impressive 229 meter high Feigefossen Waterfall. The adventure starts at Skjolden Brygge at Skjolden, and the season is during summer. Video by Adventure Tours Norway.

Kayak on the Lustrafjord from Marifjøra to Urnes and Solvorn

Marifjøra is in the middle of the Lustrafjord, and from there you can easily explore this beautiful area in all directions. Our goal was just to have a nice day in our kayaks on the fjord, but we also wanted to visit Urnes and Solvorn, two idyllic villages on each side of the Lustrafjord.

Sengjaberget Viewpoint at Skjolden

This is a short and easy hike with a great view, 120 meters above Skjolden and the Lustrafjord. You can hike along the road from Skjolden Hotel (one 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 Nørdstedalsseter 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  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 Mt Fannaraaken (2068 masl) can be done from here. Just a few kilometers from Sognefjellshytta you arrive at Krossbu Mountain Lodge. Guiding across Smørstabbreen Glacier can be done from here.

Accommodation in Luster

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

Luster – Useful Links

Tourist Information about Luster and the Lustrafjord: Sognefjord.com
Skjolden – Where fjord meets the mountains: Skjolden.com
Activities in Luster: Visit Skjolden
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 Trips on the Lustrafjord: Fjordseal at Marifjøra
Guided Motor Boat Tours at Lake Styggevatnet: Ice Troll

The Lustrafjord – Map Overview