7 Nights: 2 x BERGEN, 5 x LOEN
A fly-drive holiday combining the charming city of Bergen with the fabulous Nordfjord
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The Nordfjord region encapsulates just about everything you imagine a holiday in Norway to be – stunning mountain and fjord landscapes, high waterfalls, slow flowing rivers and shimmering lakes, ancient glaciers, picturesque farms and winding mountain roads.
The Norwegian’s love their great outdoors and a stay in this beautiful region will help you understand why. With a wealth of outdoor activities, this holiday is perfect for those looking to get up close and personal to this wonderful nature or simply enjoy a picture postcard holiday!
Your holiday begins in Bergen, deservedly known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’. It is Norway’s second largest city and has a beautiful Hanseatic harbour area which is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by mountains, it is only natural that you would want to visit one of them. By far the most easily accessible is Fløyen, which is connected to the town by a funicular that will take you to the top in only a few minutes and where you will be blessed with a stunning 360° panorama of the city.
Your next place of exploration is the tiny village of Loen that overlooks Nordfjord and is close to Briksdal and Kjenndal glaciers, the majestic Geirangerfjord and Mount Dalsnibba, which affords breath-taking panoramic views. A wide range of activities are possible from a leisurely boat trip along Lake Loen to a more adrenaline fuelled Via Ferrata hike – and in between you can walk, cycle, kayak or simply relax as desired! Needless to say, if you’re seeking nature and adventure, this is the holiday for you.
Day 1 | Arrive Bergen
Arrive Bergen Airport by air from the UK. Collect your Europcar hire car and drive to downtown Bergen and your hotel.
2 nights BERGEN – Augustin Hotel (3*) or Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (4*)
Parking is not included however, there are several easily accessible car parks nearby.
Meals included today: None
Day 2 | Explore Bergen
A full day to explore Norway's second largest city with its charming and colourful Hanseatic harbour (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), funicular railway to the viewing point at the top of Mount Fløien and the numerous shops, cafes and restaurants clustered within easy walking distance of one another.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 3 | Bergen - Loen on Nordfjord (285 km)
Head northwards out of Bergen across the the mountain before descending to the mighty Sognefjord. Cross the fjord by car ferry from Oppedal (payable locally) and continue alongside Lake Jølster to the little village of Skei. This is a good place to stop for lunch, either in the Thon Hotel Jølster or at Audhild Vikens, the excellent gift shop just across the road.
Continue northwards through the peaceful Våtedal Valley, where you will often find herds of over-friendly goats crossing the road, before winding your way across the Utvik Mountains and descending to the Nordfjord and the village of Loen.
5 nights LOEN – Loenfjord Hotel (3*) or Alexandra Hotel (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast and dinner
Days 4-7 | Explore Nordfjord
There are numerous sightseeing and activity opportunities to choose from with Loen as your base (see 'Excursions'). The centre of Loen is home to Loen Skylift, a magnificent cable car which climbs 1,011 metres to the top of Mount Hoven for amazing views of the Nordfjord and mountains. There is an excellent restaurant at the top with panoramic views. Those with a head for heights will love Via Ferrata Loen and the climb of Mount Hoven with the option to return by the Skylift. The tiny village of Loen sits at the innermost area of Nordfjord and is overlooked by the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The Jostedalsbreen National Park is a protected region and is home to two popular glacial 'arms'; Kjenndalsbreen and Briksdalbreen. It's hard to recommend one over the other, so we strongly suggest visiting both! We highly recommend full day's roundtrip to Geiranger taking a leisurely fjord-cruise along the Geirangerfjord and visiting the village of Geiranger and the Eagles Road (Ørnesvingen) plus the opportunity to take the toll-road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. This is a day of spectacular scenery, not least the Geirangerfjord itself which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend a visit to the excellent Norwegian Fjord Centre, located opposite the Union Hotel on the hillside as you climb out of Geiranger, for a unique insight into local culture and nature.
Meals included each day: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 | Loen - Bergen Airport - Homeward bound
Drive to Bergen Flesland Airport and return your hire car to the Europcar office at the airport.
Depart Bergen for your return flight/s home.
Meals included today: Breakfast.
Departure Days: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May to 20 Sep 2020
Duration: 7 nights
Deposit: £200 per person
Prices: from £1650 per person (3 *option) or £2050 per person (4 * option) based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room with shower and WC throughout.
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
- Scheduled return flights with SAS in SAS Go class from Heathrow to Bergen via Oslo or Stavanger including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
Alternative airlines and departure airports available – please ask for schedules and prices.
- 7 days car hire with Europcar to be collected from Bergen Flesland Airport on Day 1 and returned to the airport on Day 8. Includes CDW, TP and Tax. Excess amount – NOK 9500 (additional insurance packages can be purchased locally for a supplement to reduce the excess).
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Bergen based on a standard double/twin room at the Augustin Hotel (3*) and a superior double room at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (4*) including daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast. N.B. Parking is not included however, parking is available near to both our featured hotels.
- 5 nights accommodation in Loen based on a standard double/twin room at the Hotel Loenfjord (3*) and a deluxe double/twin room at the Hotel Alexandra (4*). Both include daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast and buffet dinner.
- Travel Document Wallet.
- Detailed motoring itinerary and regional motoring map.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- Financial Protection.
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
Augustin Hotel (3*) – Bergen
The Augustin Hotel has an extremely handy location, centrally located but in a quieter street just set back from the main harbour area. It is a short walk to most of the city’s main attractions including Bryggen (the old Hanseatic harbour), the main shopping streets, the Aquarium, the express boat terminal and the funicular railway. It is actually Bergen’s oldest family-run hotel now managed by the fourth generation of the Smørås family; the oldest part of the hotel was built in Art Nouveau style in 1909, however, since then the hotel has expanded, incorporating old neighbouring houses and building new wings. The hotel has a popular intimate dinner restaurant (closed Sundays) where their excellent buffet breakfast is also served, and a lovely 400-year-old cellar bar, Altona. During the summer months (June – August) you will find free waffles served between 1600 and 1800 in the lounge area next to Reception. Free tea and coffee is also available here all year round, 24 hours per day. All bedrooms are equipped with TV, phone, hair-dryer, mini-bar and trouser press. Lift to all floors.
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (4*) – Bergen
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz has an enviable location directly in Bryggen, Bergen’s Hanseatic harbour. Set behind the main wharf buildings that line the harbour’s facade, the hotel has the benefit of being centrally located and yet is still quiet. The hotel is just steps away from Fløibanen, the funicular railway to the summit of Mount Fløyen, and to the harbour, fish market and numerous restaurants, bars and cafes.The hotel offers a variety of room types with standard and superior rooms being the ones primarily featured in Scandinavia Only’s holidays. Both room categories have very comfortable beds with both doubles and twins being available. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished and with bath or shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, mini-bar, bathrobe and slippers, safe, iron/ironing board and tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-fFi.
A lavish Scandinavian buffet breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room and a complimentary evening buffet meal is available to all hotel guests at certain times of the year from Monday to Thursday (if you feel the latter could be important to your stay please check dates before booking).
There is a multi-storey car park directly across the road from the hotel (payable locally) making it a very convenient hotel for those with a hire car.
The hotel has a lift to all floors and has wheelchair accessible rooms and allergy-friendly rooms.
Hotel Loenfjord (3*) – Loen
Hotel Loenfjord is built in traditional style with a large terrace cafe overlooking the river. This location enables you to be close to magnificent mountain scenery. There is a lounge, bar, and a spacious dining room for you to enjoy and the option of dancing to live music six nights each week is also available! All rooms have telephone, TV and WiFi. Guests are able to use the facilities of the Hotel Alexandra for a small charge.
Hotel Alexandra (4*) – Loen
Hotel Alexandra is deservedly one of the finest hotels in Scandinavia and has been one of our featured hotels since the very beginning (though it, and we, have changed somewhat over the years!). The hotel has an enviable location at the innermost head of the Nordfjord, surrounded by mountains, with the Josterdalbreen National Park right on the doorstep.
The room has a variety of rooms – all of a very high standard – and we base all our holidays which feature this hotel on their medium, mountain view rooms, with the opportunity to upgrade should you wish. Most medium category rooms have a balcony with a view to the Loen valley or the fjord (if you want a guaranteed fjord-view room you would need to upgrade your room type). All medium rooms have as standard a bathroom with shower or bath, hair drier, mini-bar, TV, desk, WiFi, bathrobe and slippers, and free access to Alexandra Bath.
Alexandra Bath is a large swimming area (3700 square metres) where you can swim inside or outside – including a large water-slide! The pools are heated all year and the outdoor pool has a variety of massage jets. There is an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sun-area.
Alexandra Apa is open from 0800 to 2000 daily and has a number of treatment rooms with highly qualified therapists offering a broad range of treatments suitable for both men and women. Just ask us for information regarding available treatments and packages.
The Alexandra Buffet, served in Restaurant Charlotte, is famous and serves an abundance of the finest food Norway has to offer – all of it locally sourced. The hotel also has an a la carte restaurant – Restaurant Andrine – should you prefer an alternative to the buffet for one evening. A set amount will be credited towards your a la carte bill to offset the buffet dinner which is included. Cafe Zandra is located in Alexandra Bath & spa and serves a selection of salads, light dishes and refreshments so you don’t need to leave your indulgent cocoon in order to eat!
The hotel has extensive lounges for that pre or post dinner drink, or perhaps just somewhere to catch up on your reading throughout the day. On site you will also find a gymnasium, tennis courts, boats, a hairdressing salon and a souvenir shop.
- Take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen for spectacular views of the city.
- Take a stroll around Bryggen, the old Hanseatic harbour and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its collection of shops and restaurants.
- Learn more about Bergen’s history at the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene.
- Visit Troldhaugen – home of composer Edvard Grieg and now a living museum. Concerts are held throughout the summer season.
- Take the cable car to the summit of Mount Ulriken which has an altitude of 643 metres above sea level.
- Enjoy fresh fish in one of Bergen’s excellent restaurants – from sea to plate!
Whilst some of the following activities can be pre-booked we generally recommend you book locally as you may like to plan certain activities around weather etc. Please speak with our staff members should you require more detailed information and guideance on booking.
Via Ferrata inc. Loen Skylift (Loen)
Description: Join an experienced guide for this Via ferrata climb to the top of Mount Hoven before returning to fjord level via the new Loen Skylift. Take the forest path behind Hotel Alexandra which climbs from 170 m.a.s. to 440 m.a.s. where your Via Ferrata journey begins. En-route you cross the 120 m long Gjølmunna Bridge (the longest Via Ferrata bridge in Europe) which spans a 170 m deep ravine below! The length of the wire on the Via Ferrata is 850 m which brings you to an altitude at the top of 900 m.a.s! The climb can be combined with lunch or dinner at the top in Hoven Restaurant and from 2020 can also include the new Loen Zip Line!
Operates: May – October
Prices from: £150 per adult.
Includes: safety equipment, guide and ticket for Loen Skylift (cable car).
Good to Know: min. 5 persons needed to operate. Fitness level needs to be good due to the demanding nature of trip. Recommended min. age: 12 years.
Hoven Loen and Loen Skylift (Loen)
Description: Loen Skylift opened in spring 2017 – the Cable Car lifts you from the fjord to 1011 m. where you can enjoy the views of the surrounding fjord landscape. From Hoven Restaurant, you have a 210 degree panoramic view towards Skåla and Lake Loen to the east, Jostedal Glacier and Olden to the south, and the Nordfjord towards Stryn to the west. The restaurant serves an la carte menu all day during high season and a lighter bar menu in the evening. The mountain provides fantastic opportunities for hiking or skiing.
Operates: May-October. Runs approx. every 30 mins.
Duration: 5-7 mins. one-way
Price: £45/£22 one-way (adult/child) or £55/£30 for a return ticket (adult/child). 1/2/3 days passes also available.
Includes: Travel on Loen Skylift one-way or return.
Loen Valley and Kjenndal Glacier (Loen)
Description: The beautiful, untamed nature and the valley’s dramatic history make a visit to Lodalen an experience not to be missed. Tall mountains and blue glaciers surround the narrow valley, and the green waters of the Lovatnet Lake shimmer on the valley floor. Lodalen is also home to the most easily accessible glacier arm: Kjenndal Glacier, just 160 metres above sea level. Boat trips on the Lovatnet Lake on the MS Kjenndal II (100 pax). The boat has lift for handicapped, kiosk and toilet plus indoor and outdoor seating. Kjenndalstova café is located at the end of the lake where you can purchase refreshments (May to September). A 15 minute walk brings you to the glacier. It is also possible to drive to the glacier which takes approx. 30 mins.
Operates: June – September
Price £30 per adult and £15 per child
Includes: Return ticket for the boat
Briksdal Glacier (Half Day) – Loen
BRIKSDAL GLACIER (Half Day)
Description: Guests from all over the world come to see this famous glacier arm set attractively between roaring waterfalls and high peaks. See the Briksdalen valley on foot or take an electric vehicle/car ‘Troll’ from the mountain inn up to the glacier. Briksdal Glacier is available all year.
Operates: June – August. Approx. 30 mins drive from Loen or the Glacier bus departs Loen at 0955 and arrives Briksdal at 1045. Returning from Briksdal at 1330 and arriving Loen at 1430 (change of bus in Olden).
Duration: See timetable above.
Price: £40 per adult (uses scheduled bus transport). Troll car: £25 per adult/£15 per child (includes return ticket to the glacier which takes approx. 1.5 hours – set departures.)
Includes: Return bus ticket.
Glacier Walks (Loen)
Description: Glacier walks on the Tystigbreen Glacier at Strynefjellet, near Stryn Summerski. Breath-taking views in all directions – Mt. Lodalskaapa (2083 m.a.s), Oppstryn Lake in the Strynedalen Valley and the plateau of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier – the largest glacier on mainland Europe. Bookings must be made in advance.
Operates: July – August, Mon-Fri.
Duration: appx. 5-6 hours
Price: £115 per adult
Includes: all equipment and chair lift
Good to know: Difficulty level: Medium. Meeting point: By the parking place at Stryn Summerski resort at 0930. Min. age: 12 years old
RIB Safari (Loen)
Description: Travel at high speed by RIB-boat along the fjord and experience the Nordfjord from the sea. The fjord was created by glaciers, dominated by the Vikings and is now world famous for its beautiful scenery and surroundings. Your driver takes you around the inner parts of the fjord, showing you the steep mountains, the blue glaciers and the waterfalls created by the melting snow and glaciers. If you’re lucky you may even spot a few sea eagles!
Operates: May – October
Duration: approx. 30-45 mins on the water and 20 mins. preparation.
Price: £75 per adult. £50 per child.
Includes: All equipment
Good to Know: Level: Easy. Min. 4 persons. Max 24 persons per departure. Minimum age: 6 years. Meeting point: Mølla Guesthouse in Olden
Kayak on the Nordfjord (Loen)
Description: Experience the magnificent green water on the Nordfjord, surrounded by steep Mountains, soaring waterfalls and glaciers. We start from Mølla Guesthouse in Olden where you will be provided with your kayaking equipment and be given a briefing on the trip ahead before heading out onto the glacial water of the Nordfjord. Your guides will share information regarding the Vikings, glaciers, fjords and the local town of Olden. You will use double kayaks during your trip which are very stable so you can enjoy conversation and share the experience with your kayaking partner.
Operates: May to September
Duration: 2.5 hours on the fjord, approx. 3 hours in total.
Price: £90 per adult
Includes: guide and all required equipment.
Good to know: level – easy, no experience needed. Min. age: 12 years old. Participants must be able swimmers. We recommend you bring a packed lunch, snack and water/drinks or the duration of the trip. Wear suitable clothing for the weather (water and windproof clothing), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a small backpack with additional clothing layers – fleece/woollen sweater). If you bring a camera then it is at your own risk and a small waterproof bag is recommended.
Kayak Lake Lovatnet (Loen)
Description: Join this amazing kayaking experience in the dramatic Loen valley. As you navigate the green glacial water towards the end of the valley, the guide will inform you about the dark history of this hidden valley. The remnants of past disasters can still be viewed as you pass the Raven mountain. Surrounded by green water, towering mountains and rumbling waterfalls, it is hard not to be impressed by Norway’s mighty nature. You use double kayaks which are very stable so you can easily enjoy conversation and share your experience with your kayaking partner.
Operates: May – September
Duration: 4-5 hours (depending on group and weather conditions). Approx. 30 mins safety briefing.
Price: £130 per adult
Includes: Professional guide plus all required equipment.
Good to know: difficulty level: Medium but no previous experience is required. Min. age 10 yrs. Participants must be able swimmers. Min. 6 participants to operate. Meeting place: Sande Camping. We recommend you bring a packed lunch, snack and water/drinks or the duration of the trip. Wear suitable clothing for the weather (water and windproof clothing), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a small backpack with additional clothing layers – fleece/woollen sweater). If you bring a camera then it is at your own risk and a small waterproof bag is recommended.
Stryn Summer Ski Resort (Loen)
Description: Visit northern Europe’s best summer ski centre, 50 minutes from Hotel Alexandra. It is located on The Old Stryn Mountain Road (RV 258). This area has been prepared for all types of skiing – cross country, alpine, Telemark and snowboarding so you enjoy the snow all year round! Cafeteria, ski hire and ski shop.
Operates: 1000 – 1600.
Walks from Loen
There are numerous walks in the surrounding area for both experienced and non-experienced hikers. Ask for a map in hotel reception. A guide can be arranged if required – please ask our staff for more information and prices.
SKÅLA AND SKÅLA TOWER (1848 m.a.s.)
A spectacular summit trip with stunning views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers. Considered to be the summit trip in Norway with the greatest difference in altitude from fjord to mountain top. You can spend the night in the tower at the summit. The trip is suitable for people in good physical shape. Special equipment is not required for this trip. Bring warm clothes and a packed lunch for a day outdoors. The walk starts at Tjugen 1 km from Loen, almost at Loenvatnet lake, where there is an information board about the walk. The walk starts on a tractor road and continues on a path further up in the forest. The path is good all the way. The path is stone-paved in some places, and when you get higher up there are stone steps. The trail is marked all the way. The Skåla tower is a self-service cabin run by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). The Skåla Opp uphill race is organised mid-August every year. Skåla Opp is Norway and Northern Europe’s toughest uphill race. Both competitive and fun-run categories.
LOSTØYLEN (2 hours)
Highest point: 300 m. Follow the road to Loen Church and further towards Lofossen. Turn right and cross the bridge, then left. Follow signs and the forest road. Watch out for cul-de-sac symbol. Leave the forest path approx. halfway along, to go to Lostøylen (3 mins.). Marked. Go back to the forest path and follow it to Lovik.
RAKSETRA / ÅRHEIM MOUNTAIN (1007 m.a.s.)
This walk starts at Oppheim, goes to Rakssetra (30 mins.), 10 mins. to Oppheimssetra, then 20 min. to Nøkketjønna at 821 m above sea level. Further take the western path marked Varden to the top of Årheim mountain. Dry path and terrain suitable for families all the way to the top.
KJENNDALEN/KJENNDAL GLACIER (3 hours)
By car to Kjenndalsstova Cafe at the end of Loen Lake (or boat trip on the Loen Lake with MS Kjenndal II). The forest road and path in Kjenndal Valley takes you to Jostedalsbreen National Park, and to the Kjenndal Glacier. Rugged and wild but beautiful landscape with a strong cultural history. The tragic Lodal landslides at the entrance to the valley is the central theme.
BØDALSSETER – BØDAL GLACIER (3 hours)
This trail leads you to beautiful Bødal Glacier. The buildings at Bødal mountain dairy are built in a special formation. Bødal valley is a starting point for glacier walks and hiking to Lodalskaapa mountain (2083 m.a.s.).
BØDALSSETER – LODALSKÅPA (2083 m.a.s.)
By car from Bødal to the end of the toll road, then 10 mins. on path to Bødal moutain dairy. Turn right towards the river, pass the bridge and follow the path to “Fessene”. Follow the path to Lodalskåpa. Wet terrain. Climb the steep ‘Brattebakken’ (1600 m.) Glacier walking to Lodalskåpa. Guide and glacier equipment is necessary. To reach the peak, it is necessary with some easy climbing. If necessary, we set up a rope for the climbing. The route is not marked.
TJUGEN SETER – SANDE (3 hours)
Starting point: Tjugen, 1 km from Loen. Ending point: Sande Camping. Highest point: Tjugen mountain dairy (450 m.a.s.) Approx. 1 hour hiking to Tjugen mountain dairy, follow marked trail towards south-east. Follow path to Sande Camping. View over Loen valley and Loen Lake.
Museums near Loen
JOSTEDALSBREEN NATIONAL PARK CENTRE (half day)
This glacier centre is located by the Strynevatnet Lake in Oppstryn (RV 15). Here you can learn more about the glacier and the nature shaped by the glacier itself. New PANORAMA FILM about the Jostedalsbreen glacier is shown in the cinema. Museum with film, exhibitions and a unique wild-flower garden. Exhibitions of landscape models, collection of minerals, stuffed animals and photographs. Café and souvenir shop. Free entrance. Panorama Glacier Film in 9 languages.
NORDFJORD FOLK MUSEUM
Nordfjord Folkemuseum in Gloppen is situated in the beautiful open-air area ‘Jølet’, near Sandane. The museum has 42 antiquarian buildings. Many of the houses are furnished as they were when in use in the 17th and 18th century. The museum preserves old houses and cultural artefacts from coast and inland farming communities. In the new main building there are exhibitions, café, shop, library and meeting facilities. At E39, by the fjord just outside Sandane, the museum exhibits Holvik Boat which is over 100 years in age.
SAGASTAD AND MYKLEBUST VIKING SHIP
Approx. 50 mins drive from Loen. Sagastad is a brand new knowledge center focusing on the Viking Age. Here you can explore the 30 meter (100ft) long Myklebust ship – one of the worlds largest viking ships that has been found traces of. Learn about the mystics, the rituals, of the long voyages in fantastic ships and about our proud cultural history. With one of the countries richest, largest and most spectacular Viking graves in the center of the town, Nordfjordeid is the obvious location for Sagastad.There are in addition several other graves from the Viking Age in Nordfjordeid, which confirms the importance of this area in the Viking Age. Sagastad will be an experience center of national format. The center is rooted in research in cooperation with the University of Bergen, which will ensure the content of the exhibit. The most central part of the exhibition in Sagastad is the 30 meter (100ft) long Myklebust ship. The ship is placed in the center of the museum surrounded by interactive exhibitions which are connected to the story about the ship and the other grave findings in Nordfjordeid. Open 15 June – 16 August. Entrance: NOK 190 per adult and NOK 100 per child (6-15 yrs).
ANDERS SVOR MUSEUM
The Anders Svor Museum was opened in Hornindal in 1953. 450 of Svor`s work, the major part of his production, are collected here. Characteristic for Anders Svor’s art is its simplicity, purity and authenticity. His works are naturalistic in form and often with a touch of romanticism. Excellent visitor exhibitions are often staged in the gallery. Anders Svor was born in 1864 on the Svor farm in Hornindal and died in 1929. He lies buried in the churchyard in Hornindal.
NORWEGIAN GLACIER MUSEUM (whole day)
Norwegian Glacier Museum is located in Fjærland, about 100 km from Loen. Here you can learn why the ice is blue and how the fjords were formed. There are also several exhibitions. A panorama film about the Jostedalsbreen glacier is also shown in the cinema.
Farm visits from Loen
The farm Nedreberg is situated 3 km west of Stryn. Authentic houses from the 1700-1800 century. The farm has been in the family since the 16th century and has been in use since the 13th century. Newly refurbished. They received an Environmental Prize in year 2000. Fantastic view of the Nordfjord. Fjord horse riding in the mountains. Open all year around. June 20th – August 20th: Guided tour in the museum every day from 1100 to 1700 (on request). Serving of food or riding on request.
LIATUNET IN INNVIK
The old farm ‘Liatunet’ is situated in Innvik, 25 km south-west of Loen. Liatunet is one of the eldest farms in Innvik, but the farm is not mentioned until early 1600 Century. In opposite to most farms from of this era, Liatunet is built in a ‘row’. The buildings are very old, but well preserved. The farm lies high and free overlooking Innvik. There are seven buildings, all fully equipped with furniture of all kinds, left by the last farmer Brita Lien, widow after Peder A. Lien. In 1998 she bequeathed the farm to the local authorities in Stryn. Museum with lots of old horse tools and equipment for cultivation of grain. The farm is open all year, on demand. Refreshments on request.
Scenic Drives from Loen
THE OLD STRYN MOUNTAIN ROAD (RV258) (whole day)
This is one of Norway’s national tourist roads and is over 100 years old. It winds over the mountain between Stryn and Skjåk. For many years, the gravel road was the only connection between east and west, and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has re-erected the row of guard stones so that the tourists will feel as though they are travelling on the old road. Along the tourist road you’ll also find a summer ski centre, picnic areas and information boards, which informs you about the landscape the geology and the natural surroundings.
GEIRANGER – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
We highly recommend full day’s roundtrip to Geiranger taking a leisurely fjord-cruise along the Geirangerfjord and visiting the village of Geiranger and the Eagles Road (Ørnesvingen) plus the opportunity to take the toll-road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. This is a day of spectacular scenery, not least the Geirangerfjord itself which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend a visit to the excellent Norwegian Fjord Centre, located opposite the Union Hotel on the hillside as you climb out of Geiranger, for a unique insight into local culture and nature.
FULL DAY ROUND TRIPS TO THE COAST
Måløy, Selje, Vestkapp and Ålesund can all be visited with your hire car.
Selja Monastery (Loen)
Description: Approx. 1 hour 45 mins. drive from Loen brings you to Selje out on the coast. Here you can join a guided trip to Selja Monastery. The trip starts in Selje harbour, where the monastery boat ‘Selja’ takes you on a comfortable boat trip to Selja Monastery. The boat trip lasts for 15 minutes. When you embark the island of Selja, it is like travelling back in time. Your guides will take you on a journey back in time and tell the exciting story about the legend of St.Sunniva and Selja Monastery. You can walk in the same halls as the benedict monks did more than 700 years ago and walk the shallow stairways to the top of the tower. Follow the footsteps of St. Sunniva to the holy Sunnivacave and enjoy the magnificent view of the Selja Abbey. Maybe you want to taste the healing water from Sunnivas well?
Operates: 27 June – 16 August, daily departures at 1115 and 1300. 22 August – 26 September, Saturday departures at 1115 and 1300.
Departs: Selja Harbour
Duration: Boat trip takes 15 mins. each way. Total duration of trip is approx. 2 hours.
Price: £40 per adult (£30 without guided tour).
Price Includes: Return boat trip to the monastery plus guided tour and storytelling.
Good to know: Dress according to the weather and remember to bring your camera!
Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre (Loen)
Approx. 50 mins. drive from Loen brings you to the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre which welcomes everyone who wants to stop by to talk about horses or see the facilities. The activities vary depending on how many horses are at pasture and other tasks at the centre so we reccomend contacting them in advance for booking. Guided tours are available which provide a presentation of the Fjord Horse and a guided tour of the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre for approx. £15 per adult. Riding tours are also available including their Panoramic Tour which takes you out on the paths above Nordfjordeid with panoramic views of the valley and fjord below. This trip is operated at walking pace, lasts approx. 1.5 hours and costs approx. £55 per adult.
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