ATTRACTIONS FROM STRYN
Briksdal Glacier is one of the most rugged arms of Jostedal Glacier. It is also one of the popular tourist attractions in Norway. The glacier lies at the end of the beautiful Oldedal valley, around 20 km from Olden.
Lodalen and Kjenndal Glacier
Lodalen and Kjenndal Glacier are also scenic attractions you should not miss out on. In addition to a spellbinding landscape the valley of Lodalen also has a dramatic history..
Bødalen og Bødalsbreen
Bødalen is a side valley of Lodalen, and furthest in this valley we find the enchanting Bødal Glacier, which is a popular destination for glacier hikes. Bødalen is also popular for nature walks.
Jostedal Glacier National Park
Jostedal Glacier is the largest glacier on the European mainland. The national park varies from luxuriant valleys to alpine mountains and Arctic climate, and is essentially untouched landscape where parts can only be reached on foot. It was founded in 1991 and covers an area of 1310 square kilometres, and receives around 600,000 visitors annually.
At Jostedal National Park Centre in Oppstryn you are able through film, video, data program and models to learn about the glacier and how the landscape was formed from water and ice. You can also book at the park centre for guided nature hikes and glacier hikes
Stryn Summer Ski Centre
Stryn Summer Ski Centre is the most well-known ski centre in Northern Europe, with great snow conditions throughout the summer season.
Mt. Skåla (1,848 m.a.s.)
Looming over Loen at 1848 metres above sea level is Mt. Skåla. In 1891 a round tower was built on the summit with room to sleep 22 persons. Mt. Skåla is regarded as Norway’s highest mountain peak which has its base in the sea.
Mt. Hornindalsrokken (1.529 m.a.s.)
Mt. Hornindalsrokken is located on the border between Hornindal and Sunnmøre, and is a popular destination for fit hikers. At the summit you have an amazig view over large areas of Nordfjord and Sunnmøre. Mt. Hornindalsrokken may be seen from Honndøla Bridge, built in 1810.
Panorama Way – Panoramavegen
A journey along the fjord Panorama Way starts 8 km west of the centre of Stryn township, on regional road RV 613. The trip follows the north side of the fjord through the rural settlements of Blakset, Fjelli, Randabygda/Hopland (22 km), Hennebygda and Lote. The Panorama Way was so named due to the spectacular views one sees over the fjord on this road. The height difference is from 0 to ca. 550 m.a.s. Extra special vantage points at Nordsida Church, Nos, Hogjen at Hopland and Kvalen.
Along the Panorama Way (Rv 613), through the four districts of Blakset, Fjelli, Randabygda/Hopland and Hennebygda you will find many places of cultural and historical interest. Below is a brief description of the principal attractions.
ULVEDAL CULTURE TRAIL
The culture trail is a round-trip trail (ca. 2.5 km) that takes you through light, woodland terrain with a moderate ascent. In summer there are guided tours.
The guided tours include a visit to Kvernhusdalen, Vetestova, Sagedammen, Tjærehjellen and the cotter’s home Rabben. Information boards at each place.
Vetestova is a thousand-year old guard hut from the ancient beacon system. It is the only one of its kind in Norway that is still on its original site. The farmers in the district have taken their turn of duty keeping a watch for several hundred years. Håkon the Good (Norwegian king 945-961) founded the beacon system network in Norway.
When an enemy approached from the sea, beacons were lit in succession along the coast, and beacon guards ensured the same happened progressively inland. Here at Ulvedal it was their task to keep a lookout to the beacon at Dimma in Gloppen. When smoke and fire rose from Dimma, the bonfire was lit here on this mound. From there the warning went to Bergsida ved at Stryn and so on to the next beacon. In those times this was an effective warning service that went a lot quicker than the enemy could ever hope to. A report of danger sent from the southern tip of Norway took 7 days to reach the furthest point north, through the beacon system with its 800-1000 beacon sites. Vetestova is a feature of the Ulvedal culture trail.
Sited by the river Ulva are 7 newly restored mill-wheel buildings that were used in grain production in olden times.
This was a sawmill consisting of a water reservoir (restored 1997-98), sash saw (restored 1997-99), surface water wheel and the sawmill and planning workshop company Ulva Sag og Høvleri.
Land tenant’s site – Rabben
In olden times and up until the 19th century being a land tenant or cotter was often the only way for people to survive. Rabben is a land tenant’s site established in the early 1800’s.
Farmers used to obtain tar from waste timber for impregnation of timber materials, saddles, harnesses and similar. Tjærehjellen at Ulvedal is a typical tar ‘cooking’ site that has been newly restored.
Helje Bagge was an outlaw who in medieval times hid in Baggehola in order to avoid capture. The legend goes that during a judicial session at Heggdal in Innvik, early in the 16th century, a bailiff was crushed to death between the wall in the courtroom and a huge stone slab that was used as a courtroom table. The murderer was Helje Bagge. He escaped and hid in a hole in Mt. Ulvedalsfjell, where he lived for three years. His wife used to row in secret across the fjord and left food at an agreed place. It was decreed Helje could be released from his plight as an outlaw if he went to Selje and killed a criminal who was hiding in Selje cloister. Together with his son Helje travelled there and did the deed. Thus he became a free man. Until the mid-20th century no one had ever found the mountainside cave that is the subject of this centuries old legend. Once it was found there were stairs and paths made so visitors could see the cave.
CULTURE TRAIL HAMMERSTUNET – TVINNA
At the lookout point at Nos you are rewarded with a spectacular view over the Nordfjord and settlements of Randabygda and Hopland. This lies on the edge of a 500-meter vertical drop to the fjord below. You can also catch a glimpse of the settlements of Hopland and Randabygda. The lookout point is close to the road and easily accessible. In winter there is a ski trail from Vangen Activity Centre up to Nosakleiva.
This is an old farm in Randabygda with buildings that indicate the style of architecture and way of life from olden times.
You can walk under Tvinnefossen Waterfall. The waterfall is easily accessible from the road.
This is a cluster of barns, milking sheds and grazing plots at Hopland where animals were gathered before being let loose on open mountain pastures in the spring.