Mount Skåla is an imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain that towers 1,848 metres over the village of Loen in Nordfjord.
In Nordfjord, the northern part of Fjord Norway, hikers are spoilt for choice – the area features more than 230 marked hiking trails in varied terrain, all over the region.
The most famous hike in the area is the one to the top of Mount Skåla, a mountain in the Jostedalsbreen National Park with grand views of the surrounding glaciers, fjords and mountains. At the top, you will find one of Norway’s most original hiking cabins, called Kloumannstårnet or Skålatårnet.
Built in 1891, this round tower is definitely a tourist attraction in its own right. Spend the night there or just make yourself a well-deserved cup of coffee.
The hike to the top of Mount Skåla takes six to eight hours and requires a good level of fitness.
The hiking season lasts from June to September.
Nordfjord is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway's wildest coast at the western cape. Here you will find spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coast line. Nordfjord is Norway at its highest, wildest, deepest and most enjoyable. An all-in-one fjord.
The exceptional cable car Loen Skylift will take you to the top of the 1,011 metres high Mount Hoven in only five minutes, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the mountains, the fjord landscape, and the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Dine on local food at the Hoven restaurant, relax on the outdoor terrace, or enjoy one of many clearly marked hiking trails.
Join a guided tour or hike on your own through the beautiful landscape. You can choose between easy short hikes and more challenging full day hikes. Either way, the panorama views just keep getting better.
Price from NOK 285 (Loen Skylift one way)
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Make your vacation an adventure on a guided glacier hike on Haugabreen with Breogfjell. The sidearm to Jostedalsbreen is one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway and can be enjoyed by everybody above 12 years of age. Every trip and encounter with the glistening blue ice crystals will be adapted to the group’s requests and the weather conditions, which ensures that everyone will have an unforgettable experience.
Safety equipment can be borrowed from Breogfjell, and the guides are all internationally qualified mountain guides with years of experience.
Price from NOK 850 per person
As one of the most famous summits in Norway, a hike up the 1,848 metres high Mount Skåla is a must if you are visiting the area. Join one of Uteguiden’s knowledgable guides on the longest ascent in the country and get the whole story about the area, the mountain, and how and why the tower Kloumanstårnet at the top was built as a sanatorium in the late 1800s. Once there, the views of the Sunnmøre Alps, the Jotunheimen mountain range, and the Jostedalsbreen glacier will make the effort worth it.
This is a trip for those who are used to demanding hikes or exercise on a weekly basis.
Price from NOK 1,050 per person
Combine a tough challenge with a comfortable stay at one of Norway’s best hotels. The climbing route Via Ferrata Loen starts at Hotel Alexandra and finishes at Mount Hoven (1,011 metres above sea level). On the way you are surrounded by wonderful views of mountains, glaciers and fjords.
Price from NOK 1,990 per person including accommodation at Hotel Alexandra with breakfast and entrance to the Alexandra bath, a guide, equipment and transport back to the hotel.
Find out where your preferred hike is located and start planning your adventure.
If you choose to go by car from Oslo or Trondheim, follow the E6 to Otta, and then the Rv 15 until you reach Stryn. From Oslo it is also possible to drive the E16 via Sogn. From Bergen and Ålesund, take the E39.
There are daily bus departures to Nordfjord from Bergen (5 hours), Ålesund (3 hours), Trondheim (7,5 hours) and Oslo (8 hours).
You can take the train from Oslo or Trondheim, with connection in Otta. Search for train tickets at NSB (the Norwegian State Railways). The trip continues on to Nordfjord by bus. You can also go by train to Flåm, and take the bus to Nordfjord.
There are three ferry crossings in Nordfjord: Lote - Anda, Stårheim - Isane and Måløy - Oldeide.
The long-established Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls daily at Måløy on both its northbound and southbound voyages.
There are also daily express boats from Bergen to Måløy and Selje.
The closest airports are Sandane and Ørsta-Volda. There are direct flights from Bergen (1 hour) and Oslo (1 hour), as well as flights to many other Norwegian cities.
Ålesund Airport is two hours and 30 minutes by car from Nordfjord, and offers good connections to Oslo and other Norwegian and European cities.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
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