Go to content Go to navigation
Map
  |  
View of the Nordfjord from Nos Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Photo: Tour de Flo
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norge AS
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Photo: C.H./Innovation Norway
Photo: Marte Kopperud/Innovation Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge
Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge

The Nordfjord

The Nordfjord stretches from the Jostedalsbreen Glacier out to the Stadhavet Ocean.

Location

The Nordfjord is located in the destination of Stryn and Nordfjord, in the northern part of the county of Sogn og Fjordane, not far from the Geirangerfjord and the Sognefjord.

Top things to do and see

  • Fjord RIB rafting
  • The Jostedalsbreen Glacier
  • The Briksdalsbreen Glacier
  • Summer skiing at Stryn Summer Ski Centre
  • The West Cape
  • The Lodalen Valley and Kjenndalsbreen

What to do

Fjord cruises/round trips with a boat
Discover the fjord; experience hidden treasures and places that have no road connections. Some of boats can also take you out fishing.

Join one of several organised cruises/round trips with for example:

Fjord RIB Rafting
Excursion in speedboats on the Nordfjord with Briksdal Adventure.

Scenic drives
If you want incredible views of the fjord, drive the Panorama Road along the north side of the Nordfjord. It takes you from sea level to an altitude of 550 metres.

You can also explore other scenic routes with car, such as The Length of the Nordfjord, The Coastal Route and The Historical Route.

Hiking and skiing
Skåla (1,848 metres above sea level) is the highest mountain in Norway having its foot in the fjord. It is possible to spend the night in the Skåla Tower. From the top of Skåla you have a breathtaking view. 

The Cultural Trail at Ulvedal takes you through lovely scenery to many interesting attractions. It is a circular trail of roughly 2.5 kilometres that passes through sparse woodland with a moderate uphill climb.

Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the biggest glacier on mainland Europe. Take a glacier walk on one of Jostedalsbreen's many arms, such as the Bødalsbreen Glacier or the Brenndal Glacier, and experience the intense blue of the ice and living formations in the glacier at close hand.

Go skiing on the Tystigbreen Glacier beside the scenic Old Strynefjell Mountain Road. The popular Stryn Summer Ski Centre opens approximately at the end of May or beginning of June, depending of how much snow there is.

Usually, there are excellent snow conditions during winter in Stryn and Nordfjord. Ski lifts for your preferences are available at the ski centres at Stryn, Gloppen, Eid and Hornindal.

What to do and see in the Nordfjord area

The Briksdalen Valley and the Briksdalsbreen Glacier
The wild glacier slope plunges from a height of 1,200 meters down to the lush, narrow Briksdalen Valley.  On the way to the Briksdalsbreen Glacier you will pass the Kleivafossen Waterfall. "Troll" cars can bring you to the foot of the glacier from mid-April to mid-October.

The Old Strynefjell Mountain Road
This scenic road winds its way over the mountains between Stryn and Skjåk. The Stryn Summer Ski Centre is one of the attractions located beside the road. The Old Strynefjell Mountain Road is closed during the winter.

The Lodalen Valley and Kjenndal Glacier
Beautiful scenery and a dramatic history make the Lodal Valley a place quite out of the ordinary. The Kjenndalen Valley and the Kjenndalen Glacier lie at the end of the Lodal Valley, 17 kilometers from Loen.

Selje Monastery
On the island of Selja, a 15-minute boat trip from Selje, lie the ruins of Selje Monastery. Benedictine monks built the monastery early in the 12th century in honour of St. Sunniva.

Surfing at Stad
At Stadlandet you can find some great waves. Swells from both southwest and northwest hit the beautiful sandy beach Ervikstranda. Stad Surfing (email: admin@stadsurfing.com) offers surf lessons for beginners and the more advanced.

The West Cape
Norway’s westernmost view point with mainland connection. The West Cape towers 496 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking view of the Sunnmøre Alps, the Ålfotbreen Glacier and the dreaded Stadhavet waters.

Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre
At the Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre in Oppstryn you can learn about the glacier and its surrounding landscape. You can also sign up for glacier walks at the centre.

Where to stay

Choose between many hotels, cabins and camp sites.

The old wooden hotels with their distinctive atmosphere are worth checking out:

If you want relaxing spa treatments, you should stay at Hotel Alexandra or Selje Hotel.

Read more about where to stay in the Nordfjord area.

Facts

  • Length: 110 kilometers
  • Norway's deepest lake, Hornindalsvatnet (612 meters ), is located in the Nordfjord area

Getting to the Nordfjord

From Oslo
The Nordfjord lies approximately 500 kilometers northwest of Oslo.

  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Nordfjordeid and Stryn (approximately nine hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By plane:
    Daily departures from Oslo to Sandane Airport. Flight time approximately one hour. For timetables and booking, please contact Widerøe.
  • By car:
    The drive from Oslo to Nordfjordeid takes approximately seven hours. Follow the E6 from Oslo to Otta, and then follow rv. 15 to Nordfjordeid, via Stryn.

From Bergen
The Nordfjord lies approximately 250 kilometers north of Bergen.

  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Nordfjordeid or Stryn (approximately six hours). For timetables and booking please, contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By car:
    The drive from Bergen to Nordfjordeid takes approximately five hours (ferries not included). Follow the E39 from Bergen. Ferries between Oppedal and Lavik. Continue on the E39 to Byrkjelo via Førde. From Byrkjelo continue on the E39 to Lote and cross with the ferry to Anda. From Anda you continue on the E39 to Nordfjordeid.
  • By plane:
    Daily departures from Bergen to Sandane Airport. Flight time approximately one and a half hour. For timetables and booking, please contact Widerøe.

From Trondheim
The Nordfjord lies approximately 450 kilometers southwest of Trondheim.

  • By bus:
    Daily departures to Nordfjordeid (approximately 10 hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.
  • By car:
    The drive from Trondheim to Nordfjordeid takes approximately seven hours. Follow the E6 from Trondheim to Strand, via Dombås. Then follow rv. 15 to Nordfjordeid, via Stryn.
Ad
Ad
Last updated:  2013-02-28
Crampons are a must when walking on a glacier such as Briksdalsbreen Glacier - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Crampons are a must when walking on a glacier such as Briksdalsbreen Glacier
Summer skiing at Stryn Summer Ski Centre, Norway - Photo: Henrik Wemby/Reisemål Stryn & Nordfjord
Summer skiing at Stryn Summer Ski Centre, Norway
The Kjendalsbreen Glacier, Norway - Photo: Destination Stryn & Nordfjord
The Kjendalsbreen Glacier, Norway
The Abbey at Selje Monastery was the original shrine to Saint Sunniva - Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
The Abbey at Selje Monastery was the original shrine to Saint Sunniva
Enjoy spa treatments at Hotel Alexandra and Selje Hotel, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Enjoy spa treatments at Hotel Alexandra and Selje Hotel, Norway
Gloppen Hotell in Sandane, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua
Gloppen Hotell in Sandane, Norway

Interest:  Nature attractions, Fjords & Mountains

Close
Embed this article

Copy and paste this code into your blog/website

Preview

View of the Nordfjord from Nos - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

The Nordfjord

The Nordfjord stretches from the Jostedalsbreen Glacier out to the Stadhavet Ocean.

The Nordfjord

Source: Visitnorway

Related

Top of the fjords

Almost a week is required for this trip where you visit the Jotunheimen Mountains, the Sognefjord and the UNESCO protected Geirangerfjord.

Scenic attractions in Stryn and Nordfjord

Experience the blue ice of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, magnificent mountain scenery, lush valleys and the sea-pounded coast.

Tour suggestions in Stryn and Nordfjord

Explore the Nordfjord region by car, making sure you drive the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road and take a ferry on the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord.

What to do in Stryn and Nordfjord

In Nordfjord you will find your natural playground. Go hiking, biking, glacier walking, surf, go skiing, ride a fjord horse, or try your luck fishing.

Attractions along FjordKysten

You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track and explore FjordKysten's exciting destinations - a taste of authentic coastal life.

About Nordfjord

Stryn & Nordfjord

This area is known for glaciers, towering mountains and a beautiful coastline.

Tourist information for Stryn and Nordfjord

There are several tourist information offices in the Stryn and Nordfjord area. Find the one that is closest to you.

Related videos

Related

Nature attractions

Fjords & Mountains

TEXT ADS
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
Ad
Ad