Stretching over a distance of 66 miles, Nordfjord is nearly the longest fjord in Sogn og Fjordane County, second only to Sognefjord. It is also the sixth longest fjord in Norway.
From one end of the fjord, Vestkapp (at 1,594 feet above sea level), you stand at the westernmost viewpoint in mainland Norway, overlooking sights such as Stadhavet, Sunnmørsalpene, and Ålfotbreen. At the other end, you can climb Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.
In between the far ends of Nordfjord are a host of residential settlements and points of interest. There is a stark contrast between harsh and isolated coastal communities in the outer fjord and the lush natural environments of famous tourist destinations such as Loen and Olden at the head of the fjord.
RICH HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
As you sail between the ports of call of Florø and Måløy, you will pass the rock carvings at Vingen, where drawings of more than 2,000 deer are etched into the rock. Also of interest is Hornelen Mountain (2,822 feet above sea level). Legend has it that witches gather here to dance with ‘Old Nick’, the devil, every Christmas and Midsummer’s Eve.
Nordfjord has also given its name to the region, which includes the municipalities of Bremanger, Vågsøy, Eid, Gloppen, Stryn, Selje, and Hornindal.