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Explore Nordfjord | Explore North 62

Our summer adventure brings you to Nordfjord which is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coast line. All in one fjord.

The tour start and ends in Maaloy. If you are travelling from a city at the coastline or wish to extend your journey with a day or two we reccomend that you check out Hurtigruten who offer mini cruises in Norway. There are speed ferry from Bergen to Maaloy and there are 2 daily busses from Oslo to Maaloy. You can also take hurtigruten southbound from Aalesund, close to Vigra airport.

Monday: Welcome to S/Y Westland
We sail from Maaloy monday evening, about 10 pm after the speed ferry has arrived from Bergen and the bus has arrived from Oslo. You will of course meet up with your skipper and host, and we go trough our sailing schedule and activities for the week.

We sail to Silda, a small and cozy fisherman island. Silda is the nearest harbour to our first destination, Hoddevik. There is no car at Silda so we can have a nice walk with some local guiding. In summertime the local pub is open if you want to have some drinks.

Tuesday: Surf in Hoddevik
Neatly placed on the mountain wall lays the charming Surf Lodge, Stad Surfing. While the mountains are changing their faces with the season, Hoddevik offers several peaks you can choose from all year round.

Doesn't matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced surfer, the crystal clear water always offers you a memorable experience. Stad surf offer surf lessons from beginners to driven surfers who would like to improve their skills, get better or just need feedback. Their instructors are happy to take you to the next level.

Wednesday: Hiking Hornelen sea cliff
Hornelen 860 moh is North Europe's highest sea cliff! The hike will give you a spectacular experience. The trail is sometimes challenging and steep, but gives you fantastic views all along the way to the top.

On the top you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view! You will get a great overview of the varied and scenic landscape in Nordfjord - narrow deep fjords, majestic mountains and small islands far out at sea. If you dare to, you can lie down on the edge of the cliff and look straight down on the sea 860 meters below you.

Hiking to Hornelen is a full day trip, but it is worth the effort you put in. The view is spectacular! We sail to a cozy harbour for the night in Rugsund Handelsstad who is an old bargain place from the middle of the 1600. There is a small shop and cafe.

Thursday: Mountain biking
The guides from Gloppen Aktiv will show us the best spots, the secret trails, and the beautiful nature in Gloppen. But, don't tell anyone - it's still a secret.

Gloppen has recently gotten a rapidly growing comunity of mountain bikers, allowing us to get skilled and experienced guides. New trails are developed in record speed, and they are made sustainable so they can be used during most conditions. The amount of good trails give us the option to choose the perfect trail for every group in any weather conditions.

Friday: Climbing Via Ferrata
An exciting challenge in spectacular scenery. Via Ferrata Loen starts at the Loen Active shop and takes you to Mountain Hoven. Fantastic views of beautiful mountains, glaciers and fjord. Duration about 5-6 hours. The Gjølmunne suspension bridge, the longest via ferrata bridge in Europe, 120 m long. The Gjølmunne wirebridge is 36 meter long.

If you do not like climbing and hiking there are a lot of activities in Loen, like kayakking, RIB tour or cycle trough the beautiful Lodalen valley. In Loen you also find the famous hotel Alexandra with excellent food, drinks, massage and in and outdoor waterpark. You can also take the brand new Loen Skylift (cabelwagon) to the mount Hoven, about 1100 meter. We will stay in Loen for 2 days/nights.

Saturday: Hiking Skaala in Loen
Skåla - this imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain - towers over the village of Loen in Nordfjord, and is considered one of the most spectacular mountain walks in Norway. If you want to get to the top in life, you have to be prepared for some uphill battles. To reach the top of Skåla (1848 m), you won’t find a longer uphill stretch in the whole of Norway. Mount Skåla is poplular both for hiking and for ski touring.

Skåla - this imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain - towers over the village of Loen. A good man-made track winds its way through the rocky terrain a whopping 1848 vertical metres from the shoreline of the fjord. Skålatårnet - the tower at the summit - is not just the kind of DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) self-service.

"Be aware that the mountain drops very steeply to the north. This side often has a big overhanging cornice. Keep a very safe distance, especially during winter and spring. The walk has been graded as ""Expert"" because of the tough climb (0-1848 m.). The path is very good."

Sunday: Sailing back to Maaloy
Nordfjord is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coast line.

Vaagsoy is a very charming place, with treasures all around. The area is known for its many lighthouses, the unique Kannesteinen Rock, several incredible sand beaches, charming fisherman cabins and countless hikes with amazing views. During the summer there are several concerts, festivals and other festivities in the area, please check out our calendar for more information.