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Loen in Stryn is home to some of the oldest farms in Norway, and has excellent terrain for hiking. - Photo: Ernst Riha
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Loen in Stryn is home to some of the oldest farms in Norway, and has excellent terrain for hiking. Photo: Ernst Riha

Hiking in Stryn and Nordfjord

A walk in the mountains, in the forest or along the fjord may be the best ways to get to know the Nordfjord region.

Nordfjord is jam packed full of stories and experiences. From the spectacular coastal views in the west to the glaciers and lush mountain farms towards the inner arms of the fjord, this beautiful countryside should be savoured from many different perspectives. 

At the Nordfjord tourist information you will find maps and descriptions of the walks in Nordfjord. The tourist information can also help you if you want guided walks. 

Hiking possibilities

The hiking trails usually start near your accommodation or in connection to a car park. Some trails are also easily accessible by public transport. Explore the area on your own or join a guided tour. Learn more about hiking in Nordfjord.

The Fjord Trails

The Fjord Trails is a selection of 20 hiking highlights in the Nordfjord region. Explore these new vantage points and they will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you. At fjordtrails.no you will find all the information you need to plan your walking holiday.

A taste of the Fjord Trails

Scale the heights of Skåla
If you want to get to the top in life, you have to be prepared for some uphill battles. To reach the top of Skåla (1848 metres), you won’t find a longer uphill stretch in the whole of Norway. This imposing giant of a mountain towers over the village of Loen. A good man-made track winds its way through the rocky terrain a whopping 1848 vertical metres from the shoreline of the fjord.

Skålatårnet, the tower at the summit, is not the kind of DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) self-service cabin where you spend the night or simply whip up a well-deserved warm cup of coffee on the summit. It was originally built as a sanatarium to cure illness, and the place hasn’t lost its remedial qualities, as there can scarcely be anything healthier than fjord views and a cool glacial breeze. 
Difficulty level: Challenging

Hit the wall - Via Ferrata Loen
If you thought the steep hillsides in Nordfjord were impressive to look at, consider impressing yourself and climb them all the way up to the top. Admittedly, hanging from a steep mountainside above a fjord is not something you do every day, and you would think it sounds strenuous and somewhat dangerous. However, thanks to a well-prepared climbing track to the top of Hoven (1010 metres above the fjord), most people manage to climb the Via Ferrata trail ("iron road") in Loen. A guide is with you all the way and with a harness attached, you can’t fall. It is just a matter of taking in the view.
Difficulty level: Challenging

Scramble up the ridge
Eggenipa is eye candy for those who drive past it, but you can also just park your car and climb to the top. Seen from Byrkjelo, the freestanding Eggenipa rises majestically at the entrance of the Våtedalen valley, and the hike up to the summit is actually easier than it looks. From the parking lot at Øvredalen there is a short, steep section, and from then it will need a little scrambling along the surprisingly broad ridge.
Difficulty level: Challenging

See the light
Stick to the narrow path and soon you will see the light at Skongenes Lighthouse after a somewhat salty hike: You won’t be too shocked to find out that the Skongenes lighthouse is situated close by the sea. The trip to this self-service Norwegian Trekking Association cabin goes beyond a headland on the island of Vågsøy, not far from the swimming beach Refviksanden. This is a short hike, perfect for families with children, full of sights, sounds and experiences that you certainly won’t find on mountain hikes: The sound of gulls, a cave with remains from the stone age, and flowers that are only found along the coast. When you get there, you can just sit in silence for a while and count the waves. 
Difficulty level: Easy

Abbey Road
The walk over Seljeøya (Selja Island) ends where Christianity in Norway started. St Sunniva’s cave and the Selja Abbey are extremely well-preserved reminders keeping the area's rich past alive. Legend has it that St. Sunniva was was trapped in this cave during a rock avalanche while seeking refuge from the hedonistic King Håkon Jarl, and it has become one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Norway. The best way to experience Selja is to follow the narrow path, either via the top of the island or along the seaside. 
Difficulty level: Easy

Guided hikes

Several companies offer guided walks in Nordfjord. They will tell the local stories and keep you safe in case you want to explore the highest peaks.

When

The hiking season varies, depending on how close to the coast you want to go hiking. Along the coast it is usually possible to hike all year. Further into the fjord the season usually lasts from May to October or from June to September. More information is available in the individual hiking offers.

How to get there

This region is easy to get to by air, land and sea.

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Last updated:  2014-06-17
The tower at one of the two summits to Skåla Mountain stands 1848 metres above sea level - Photo: Bengt Flaten
The tower at one of the two summits to Skåla Mountain stands 1848 metres above sea level
The Selje Monastery was founded in about 1100 AD and was dedicated to Saint Alban - Photo: Terje Rakke/Northern Life
The Selje Monastery was founded in about 1100 AD and was dedicated to Saint Alban
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Loen in Stryn is home to some of the oldest farms in Norway, and has excellent terrain for hiking. - Photo: Ernst Riha

Hiking in Stryn and Nordfjord

A walk in the mountains, in the forest or along the fjord may be the best ways to get to know the Nordfjord region.

Hiking in Stryn and Nordfjord

Source: Visitnorway

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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.

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 Stryn and Nordfjord

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

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