Nordfjord Road Trip
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SEASON: May - September DISTANCE: 612km FERRIES: 6 CAMPING: 250nok/night HOTELS: 1200nok/night CAR HIRE: 3000nok/week
Our Nordfjord Road Trip gives a loose itinerary to explore this corner of the Fjord Norway region. The area is home to Hornindalsvatnet, Europe's deepest lake, and Jostedalsbreen, Europe's biggest mainland glacier.
Jam packed with outdoor adventures, you can hike, bike, ski, surf, or fish.
Home to just over 30,000 inhabitants, the Nordfjord region encompasses the municipalities of Stryn, Hornindal, Gloppen, Eid, Vågsøy and Selje. You will find a rich cultural heritage with traditions in folk-music, foods, and traditional dress all well preserved.
Road Trip Suggestions
Ålesund to Stranda takes around 1hr 45mins to drive on the route we have suggested. With the aim of getting to Geiranger, you can however choose to drive via Åndalsnes to hike the Romsdalseggen Ridge and drive the famous Trollstigen Road.
Visit Stranda ski centre and take a trip up the gondola for stunning views of the Geirangerfjord below.
A ferry from Hellesylt takes about an hour into Geiranger and lets you see the fjord from a whole new perspective.
Once you have explored the small village, drive out of Geiranger towards Eidsdal, up the Eagle Road (Ørnevegen) and from the prepared vantage point on the final bend you can see right out to the Seven Sisters waterfall and the mountain farm, Knivsflå.
A popular hike from Vesterås takes you Storseterfossen where you can walk behind the waterfall. The hike is relatively easy and takes 50mins each way.
From Geiranger to Stryn make sure you stop at Flydalsjuvet for an awesome photo and vantage point looking back down over the village and fjord. You can also pan to stop on Dalsnibba Plateau for stunning hiking opportunities.
Finally arriving on the Nordfjord, Stryn and the surrounding areas offer a great base to explore. You will find summer and winter ski centres, Birksdalbreen Glacier and Mt. Hoven Via Ferrata, and the Skålatårnet (Skåla tower) all well worth a visit.
The drive along the North shore of Nordfjord from Stryn to Måløy takes about 1hr 30mins.
Måløy is the administrative centre for the island of Vågsøy and an important port in the Norwegian fishing industry. Every year, over 180,000 tons of fish are landed here and exported abroad.
The port is also a stop for the famous Hurtigruten cruise.
From Måløy you can visit Europe's highest sea cliffs at Hornelen, take a photo beside the mushroom shaped Kannesteinen rock, or explore the island and it's many lighthouses and sandy beaches.
Popular day trips may also include a trip to Bird Island, Runde, where half a million birds come to nest every year, learn to surf at Stadsurfing, or take a guided tour to Selja monastery.
The road back to Ålesund takes around 3hrs 30mins with a couple of short ferry crossings. Ferry crossing timetables.
With a high concentration of Art Nouveau architecture throughout the city, Ålesund has been named Norway's most beautiful city.
Walk up the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla and you will be rewarded by unforgettable panoramic views from Fjellstua viewpoint.
Venture out to the lighthouse at Alnes, or visit the Atlantic Sea Park.