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The classic tour of the fjords. From Stryn via Stryn Valley and Oppstryn, via Mt. Strynefjellet and down to the world-famous Geirangerfjord. Then you take the ferry (1 hr.) on the fjord to Hellesylt and drive back to Stryn via Hornindal. The trip can done in 3-4 hours, but we recommend that you spend the day and make stops along the way.
The tour starts in Stryn. Stryn is the municipality centre in Stryn municipality, a cosy village with many shops and cafes. You are welcome to drop by the tourist office before you head further.
Oppstryn has a fantastic landscape with a sparkling lake and steep mountains that are a part of the Jostedalsbreen National Park. Here you can visit the Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre or the Old Shop at Hjelle. Hjelle is a popular photo spot.
When you start the ascend up to Mt. Strynefjellet you can drive the Old Strynefjellsvegen (258) to Grotli (open from mid June). This road is one of the National Tourist Routes. The road between the east and west of Norway, which dates back over 100 years, is an experience in its own right. Old stone walls meticulously crafted by hand and long rows of guard stones define the character of the road leading across the mountain plateau. The legendary Stryn Summer Ski Centre lies here. The ski center is open from May to June / July. At Grotli you turn westward toward Stryn.
By Langevatn follow the sign to Geiranger. This road is closed in winter and opens usually in May (Status 2015: Open from May 13th). We recommend a visit to the viewpoint Dalsnibba (toll road), where you get views to the mountains and the Geirangerfjord. This road opens a bit later in the season. See their Facebook-page for updated information.
When approaching Geiranger you should stop at Flydalsjuvet, which is one of the most photographed spots in Norway. Good parking.
In Geiranger you will find cafes and shops, and here you take the ferry to Hellesylt. This takes approximately one hour. On the Geirangerfjord you'll pass waterfalls and old mountain farms. Guiding onboard.
Hellesylt and Hornindal
In Hellesylt you drive towards Hornindal. We recommend a stop at Horndøla Bridge (built between 1810 and 1813) where you have a great view towards Mt. Hornindalsrokken (1529 m). With her sharp, pointy profile it is almost impossible not to notice this mountain top north of Hornindalssætra. Here you will also find the Marriage stone / Virgin stone that has an interesting history.
Down in the municipality center in Hornindal - Grodås – you'll reach Lake Hornindalsvatnet, which is the deepest lake in Europe (514 m.). Make a stop at the cafe at the Raftevolds Hotel. The Anders Svor Museum is located nearby. Continue back to Stryn via RV 15, through Markane, and finally along the beautiful Nordfjord.
The trip can also be made the other way.
Enjoy your trip!