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Three people ski touring at Mount Hoven in Loen in Nordfjord, Fjord Norway
Ski touring at Mount Hoven in Nordfjord.
Photo: Bård Basberg / Loen Skylift
Three people ski touring at Mount Hoven in Loen in Nordfjord, Fjord Norway
Ski touring at Mount Hoven in Nordfjord.
Photo: Bård Basberg / Loen Skylift

Ski touring in Nordfjord and the Sognefjord area

With grand fjord views and some thirty summits to choose from, the mountains in the Sognefjord and Nordfjord areas offer terrific potential for ski touring.

Stretching over 200 kilometres from the coast into the mountains, the Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway. The region’s most popular tour is the Sognefjord Alpine Traverse, which cuts across the alpine peaks between the picturesque towns of Sogndal and Balestrand.

Fjord to fjord

The tour combines breathtaking fjord landscapes with great terrain, making it an ideal location for ski touring enthusiasts of all levels. Starting at the highly popular ski touring destination of Sogndal, the three-day tour culminates near the iconic Keipen peak – an imposing summit that overhangs the Ersefjord.

En route, you pass mainland Europe’s largest glacier Jostedalsbreen as well as the impressive Fjærlandsfjord, before you continue along the remote alpine ridge of Menes.

Fjord to sky

A few kilometres north of the Jostedalsbreen national park you will find the picturesque village of Loen. The Skylift cable car swiftly elevates its passengers 1,000 metres up to Mount Hoven, where ski tourers can pick and choose from exciting descents with complex terrain.

North of Loen lies Stryn, an area dominated by awe-inspiring peaks not far from the ski locations of Romsdalen and the Sunnmøre Alps. Stryn often gets overlooked by its neighbouring destinations, but the location, dry climate, and crowd-free descents make it somewhat of a hidden gem.

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Stay safe!

Read up on safety and find out about the avalanche risk before you set out. You can check the avalanche forecast for Sognefjord and Nordfjord at varsom.no.

Quick facts

Main ski touring season
February to early May

Level recommended
Beginners to experts

Epic run
At 1,843 metres above sea level, Skåla is a favourite hike in the summer, partly thanks to the distinctive cabin tower at the summit. In winter Skåla offers lots of space on a wide slope – perfect for skiing.

Types of skiing terrain
Alpine peaks and couloirs
Open mountain plateaus
Sail-to-ski
Forests

Types of accommodation
Hotels and B&Bs
Lodges
Houseboats (sail and ski)

Kjersti Kvamme about Nordfjord

“My name is Kjersti Kvamme, born and raised in Oslo. Despite my life goal of being a ballerina, it was the mountains and skiing that won my heart. My job as a fashion designer gives me the opportunity to travel the world but also makes me crave the calmness my head gets from nature and the kick from a great day of off-piste skiing.

I live in the small town of Stryn, which has only around 6,000 inhabitants – and almost as many mountains to climb! Situated in Nordfjord, between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, Stryn has spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coastline.”

“Nordfjord is Norway at its highest, wildest, deepest, and most enjoyable. The mountains here are spectacular and range from a few hundred to more than 2,000 metres above sea level.”

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Explore the unmistakable landscapes of the Sognefjord and Nordfjord areas as captured by local ski touring enthusiast Kjersti.

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    While you’re here …

    Restaurants and bars

    You will find quality eateries that serve everything from simple meals to a la carte dinners in even the smallest towns in this area.

    Museums and art galleries

    The old village of Lærdalsøyri at the Sognefjord features wooden houses from the 16th century, while the Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre in Oppstryn in Nordfjord tells you the story of the region.

    Excursions and other winter activities

    There are lots of opportunities for an active holiday around these fjords, where the beautiful nature forms the perfect settings no matter the season.

    Find out more about all the things you can do on Nordfjord.no and Sognefjord.no.

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