Stretching over 200 kilometres from the coast into the mountains, the Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway. The region’s most popular tour is the Sognefjord Alpine Traverse, which cuts across the alpine peaks between the picturesque towns of Sogndal and Balestrand.
The tour combines breathtaking fjord landscapes with great terrain, making it an ideal location for ski touring enthusiasts of all levels. Starting at the highly popular ski touring destination of Sogndal, the three-day tour culminates near the iconic Keipen peak – an imposing summit that overhangs the Ersefjord.
En route you pass mainland Europe's largest glacier Jostedalsbreen as well as the impressive Fjærlandsfjord, before continuing along the remote alpine ridge of Menes.
A few kilometres north of the Jostedalsbreen National Park you will find the picturesque village of Loen. A brand new Skylift cable car swiftly elevates its passengers 1,000 metres up to Mt. Hoven, where ski tourers can pick and choose from exciting descents with complex terrain.
North of Loen you will find Stryn, an area dominated by awe-inspiring peaks not far from the ski locations of Romsdalen and the Sunnmøre Alps. Stryn often gets overlooked by its neighbouring destinations, but the location, dry climate and crowd-free descents make it somewhat of a hidden gem.
Main ski touring season
February to early May
Beginners to experts
At 1,843 metres above sea level, Skåla stands high over Loen. It is a favourite hike in the summer, partly thanks to the distinctive cabin tower at the summit. In winter Skåla offers lots of space on a wide slope – perfect for skiing.
Types of skiing terrain
Alpine peaks and couloirs
Open mountain plateaus
Types of accommodation
Hotels and B&Bs
House boats (sail and ski)
Restaurants and bars
You will find quality eateries serving everything from simple meals to a la carte dinners in even the smallest towns in this area. See all your options for eating and drinking in the Sognefjord and Nordfjord areas.
"My name is Kjersti Kvamme, born and raised in Oslo. Despite my life goal of being a ballerina, it was the mountains and skiing that won my heart. My job as a fashion designer gives me the opportunity to travel the world, but also makes me crave the calmness my head gets from nature amd the kick from a great day of off piste skiing.
I live in the small town of Stryn, which has only around 6,000 inhabitants – and almost as many mountains to climb! Situated in Nordfjord, between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway's wildest coast at the western cape, Stryn has spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coastline."
"In my opinion, Nordfjord is Norway at its highest, wildest, deepest, and most enjoyable. The mountains here are spectacular and range from a few hundred to more than 2,000 metres above sea level."
Sogndal Airport has daily connections to both Bergen and Oslo, with flight times from 30 to 45 minutes.
You can also fly to Sogndal from Sandane and Ørsta/Volda.
An airport express takes you from the airport to Sogndal.
Both Sandane Airport and Ørsta-Volda Airport are located centrally when you are going to Nordfjord. The airports have direct flights from Bergen (1 hour) and Oslo (1 hour) and corresponding flights to many Norwegian cities.
Ålesund Airport lies 2 hours and 30 minutes by car from Nordfjord and offers good connections to Oslo and other Norwegian and European cities.
Explore your options below and let the adventure begin.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.