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.
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.
Hiking with a guide is definitely the best way to explore Nordfjord. A good guide not only leads the way but gives you an excellent chance to learn more about the history, culture, nature and traditions of the region.
Uteguiden's goal is to provide the best guides and the best adventures between deep fjords and narrow summits. With one of their guides, you can expect to experience the kind of solitude and tranquility that is only available in the most remote corners of the globe. Guides are available for both easy walks and more demanding mountain hikes.
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.
The airports Sandane and Ørsta-Volda are located centrally when you are going to Nordfjord. They have direct flights from Bergen (1 hour) and Oslo (1 hour), and corresponding flights to many 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.
There are daily bus departures to Nordfjord from Bergen (5 hours), Ålesund (3 hours), Trondheim (7,5 hours) and Oslo (8 hours).
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 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.
You can take the train from Oslo or Trondheim, with connection in Otta. The trip continues on to Nordfjord by bus.
You can also go by train to Flåm, and take the bus to Nordfjord.
Go hiking in Norway and discover why the locals can’t get enough of nature. Our most scenic landscapes are definitely best enjoyed on foot.
In Nordfjord you are greeted by a beautiful stretch of coastline, towering mountains and the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen.