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Stryn and Nordfjord in Norway offer excellent possibilities for an active holiday - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
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Stryn and Nordfjord in Norway offer excellent possibilities for an active holiday Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

Key facts about Stryn and Nordfjord

The Nordfjord region consists of the municipalities of Stryn, Hornindal, Gloppen, Eid, Vågsøy and Selje.

Nature

The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the fjord and the ocean, and creates amazing waterfalls. The innermost part of Stryn and Nordfjord has glittering glaciers straddling narrow valleys and Europe's deepest lake, Hornindalsvatnet.

The fjord is wider in Mid-Nordfjord. Here, there are rolling hills and a milder climate. Further out towards the sea you will feel the ocean air filling your lungs. You can wander on smooth rocky shores or soft sandy beaches. Out at the ocean's edge, the West Cape Plateau towers above the feared waters of the Stadhavet Sea.

Jostedalsbreen National Park covers an area of 1,310 square kilometres. Jostedalsbreen Glacier (487 square kilometres) is the biggest on mainland Europe. The landscape ranges from lush valleys to alpine mountains and an Arctic climate. The core of the national park consists of an untouched landscape that can only be reached by foot. You can learn more about the nature in and around the national park at Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre.

History and culture

People have lived in Stryn and Nordfjord since the Stone Age, and many exciting archaeological finds have been made. You are welcome to explore Stryn and Nordfjord's history by visiting the region's museums, visitor centres and other historical attractions, such as the Selje Monastery, which dates from the 10th century.

Stryn and Nordfjord's cultural heritage, with its long-standing folk music and arts and crafts traditions, is well preserved. Food and traditional costumes are also an important part of the area's cultural heritage.

Facts

  • Stryn and Nordfjord's total area: 4,295 square kilometres
  • Population: 32,965
  • West Cape (486 metres above sea level) is the westernmost point on the Norwegian mainland
  • Jostedalsbreen Glacier (487 square kilometres) is the biggest in mainland Europe
  • Lake Hornindalsvatnet (514 metres deep) is Europe's deepest lake
  • Nordfjord is 110 kilometres long
  • Skåla (1,848 metres above sea level) is Norway's highest mountain with its "foot in the sea"

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Last updated:  2014-06-18
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Stryn and Nordfjord in Norway offer excellent possibilities for an active holiday - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

Key facts about Stryn and Nordfjord

The Nordfjord region consists of the municipalities of Stryn, Hornindal, Gloppen, Eid, Vågsøy and Selje.

Key facts about Stryn and Nordfjord

Source: Visitnorway

About Stryn and 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.

Key facts about FjordKysten

FjordKysten is the coastal area in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, stretching from Gulen, near the Sognefjord, in the south to Bremanger in the north.

Tourist information along FjordKysten

Along the coast there are several tourist information offices which can provide you with the information you need for travelling in FjordKysten.

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