It is a good idea to take detours from the traditional route and discover gems you’d otherwise drive past. Gloppen municipality is one such treasure chest. The vision ‘A richer life in the middle of the world’ has not been chosen at random. You will see that the people who live in Gloppen really mean it.
Gloppen is a mecca for those who are interested in being active with friends and family. At Sandane, you’ll find Norway’s loveliest area for walks in Trivselsskogen forest. Eggenipa is one of the mountains many people are keen to climb. A longer hike to Gjegnen may be a better option for those looking for a spectacular experience. Or maybe the hikes around the u-shaped valleys Jardalen and Breidalen are a suitable challenge for you? The walks in Gloppen are within easy reach, it’s just a matter of deciding to do them. You can enjoy the walks with family and friends, breathe in the fantastic fresh air and spend as much time on the walk as you like.
Gloppen is a real kick for those who enjoy mountain biking and dream about one day doing the route from Haugsvarden. You can cycle on good gravel roads to almost all the summer pasture farms in the municipality. Nordfjord stisenter has been developed to ensure everyone has a great time on the camber bends, and your speed will decide how high you dare to take them.
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Culture and history
Gloppen is like a history book for those who are interested in culture and history. A rich find at Eidehøvdingen shows that important warriors lived in the area. Gloppen also has the biggest and only authentic clinker-built boat left in Norway. Enthusiasts describe the Holvikejekta boat as the ‘stave church of the sea’.
Food is important, and in Gloppen it’s extremely important. A multitude of local food producers have won awards for their produce across the world. Gardsbrenneriet, Påldtun, Kandal kjøtt, Sølvane Gard, Kandal Ysteri & Gardsmat and Høgt og Vilt with its organic spices are the main producers in the area. The bakery Bakar Jon in Byrkjelo is the municipality’s biggest advocate of local food and a must during any visit to Gloppen. A visit to the eateries Vaffleriet, Lauget, Good Mexican, Kleppenes gard and Gloppen Hotell also make for memorable experiences. Foto: © Dina Rygg
Families will really enjoy a visit to Gloppen
The area offers an exceptional range of activities for people who want to be active. Some of the activities available in Gloppen follow below:
- Swimming pool with a slide and diving platform at Trivselshallen
- High-quality 9-hole golf course at Sandane Golfpark
- Stall Rygg and Fjordhestgarden in Breim organise horse-riding
- 15-metre climbing wall at Trivselshallen and an outdoor wall at Sagflotane
- Nordfjord Stisenter at Vereide for mountain biking
- Gloppen padleklubb has kayaks at Sandane Fjordpanorama
- Many lovely fishing lakes in the mountains with plenty of room for tents
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Colourful and memorable experiences
Gloppen is Nordfjord’s culture municipality, hosting 11 festivals every year. If you would like to go to one of them, you can stay in one of the many lovely campsites, hotels or treetop cabins in the area.
Gloppen is an undiscovered gem for those looking for something a little bit different, for those who want to avoid queues and would rather experience things and soak up impressions in their own good time. Gloppen is like a big nature park with activities of a quality you might not expect in a small place.
We ask you to do just one thing, turn off the main road and experience the magic.
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Activities in Gloppen
Take a trip with Nordfjord Aktiv
Nordfjord Aktiv offers everything from day trips to specially adapted guided trips. Bring the whole family!
The guided trips include activities, accommodation, and food and drink. Join a guided mountain biking trip, hire an electric bike or a mountain bike. If water activities are more your thing, you can join a guided kayaking trip on the fjord or at sea. They offer, among other things, a sea kayaking introduction course.
Rent a charming summer pasture farm house complete with horses
Enjoy a national romantic experience at Ryggjastøylen summer pasture farm with Stall Rygg. Stay at the 120-year-old farm. If you’re used to horses, you can rent the farm with its horses.
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Accommodation in Gloppen