Things To Do in Loen Norway – An Outdoor Adventure Paradise!

Loen is a small village in the Nordfjord, a district of Norway. And although it is little, there are still so many great things to do! For several decades it has attracted many visitors, especially hikers. They come to see the glaciers and to hike the mountain trails that lead to spectacular views of the fjords. Whether you are staying long or for just a few days, it helps to know a little about the place to make the most of your trip. Keep reading for ten awesome Things To Do in Loen Norway which are just perfect for outdoor adventure lovers!

Things To Do in Loen Norway

Top 10 Awesome Things To Do Do in Loen Norway – An outdoor Adventure Paradise!

A Guest Post by Louise Brown of The Adventure Land

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#1 Reach The Top of Mt. Hoven via Ferrata Loen

Loen NorwayOne of the main attractions of Loen is Mt. Hoven, a 1011 meter mountain. The Via Ferrata is a unique way of getting to the top, and it offers a spectacular view of the fjords.

It involves wearing a harness and securing yourself to a steel cable as you go along the climb.

One of the new challenges with the Via Ferrata route is the new suspension bridge. It’s 120 meters long and goes over a 160-meter deep canyon. That said, it’s not for the faint of hearts. It’ll give you butterflies, but you will gain bragging rights in the end!

It’s not every day that you have the chance to do such a thing. You can book a guided tour with Loen Active.

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#2 Explore Lodalen Valley on a Bike

Lodalen Valley Loen NorwayNorway as a whole is a paradise for bikers and biking around Lodalen Valley is another great experience in Loen. It offers a stunning view of the fjord scenery as well as Lovatnet Lake and Kjenndalsbreen Glacier.

You will also pass through some lush green farmland and classic houses. Some parts may require some physical effort, especially the uphills.

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#3 Kayak in Lovatnet Lake

Lovatnet Lake - Things To Do in LoenYou shouldn’t miss Lovatnet Lake when you’re in Loen. Seeing it is one thing, but kayaking in it is an even more memorable experience. Paddling out gives you a fresh perspective of the landscapes and allows you to enjoy some peace.

It’s a great way to clear your mind and makes you appreciate nature even more.

The turquoise lake carve by glaciers is also good for fishing and swimming. You can rent a boat and fishing gear somewhere in town.

There are also boat cruises on the lake. It takes you on a 7-mile cruise along the lake, while a guide explains how the lake was formed. It is one of the best things to do in Loen.

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#4 Scale Mt. Skåla

Mt Skala Loen NorwayScaling Mt. Scala includes spectacular views of glaciers and fjords, but also requires some physical effort. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the summit, but the trail follows a man-mad track.

It’s a steep climb, but the stone-paths and stone steps make the hike easier. When you reach the summit, you’ll see a tower that is over a century old called, Kloumannstårnet or Skålatårnet.

Skålatårnet was built to accommodate climbers and has become an attraction in itself. It’s a self-service cabin operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association and is perhaps one of unique tourist cabins ever.

Just last year, it gained a neighbor called Skålabu. It’s a more modern building that can accommodate more climbers and visitors.

A few tips when climbing Mt. Skåla: wear decent waterproof hiking boots and keep warm. You should also pack lunch for the hike and some food for an overnight stay if you plan on spending the night. Book your hike here!

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#5 Hike up to Kjenndalen Glacier

Kjenndalen Glacier - Activities in Loen NorwayAt the end of Lodalen Valley, you’ll find Kjenndal Valley and the trailhead to Kjenndal Glacier. The hike is rugged but easy and offers beautiful landscapes that lead you face to face with the glacier.

After hiking to see Kjenndalen Glacier, enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some waffles at Kjenndalen Mountain Lodge.

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#6 Reach the top of Mt. Hoven via skylift.

Loen Skylift

(c) https://hovenloen.no/english/

On 20 May 2017, Loen’s newest attraction will start welcoming visitors. It’s a cable car that will take you from the Fjord to the top of Mt. Hoven, 1011 meters high, in just 5-7 minutes.

You can also climb it via Ferrata (#1 on the list). When you reach the top, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lovatnet Lake ,Mt. Skala and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

There are also some trails which you can explore and hike, or in the winter, you can go skiing or snowshoeing.

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#7 Take a Day Trip to See Briksdalsbreen

Day trip from Loen NorwayBriksdalsbreen is a famous part of the grand Jostedalsbreen Glacier. It’s around 30 kilometers from Loen and inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

The glacier is around 1200 meters high and plunges down to the Briksdalen Valley. Then, you can explore Briksdalen Valley by foot or by catching a unique “Trollcar” up to the glacier.

Briksdal and the surrounding areas offer a lot of hiking opportunities. One of the most popular ones takes you from the Mountain Lodge to Briksdal Glacier.

If you want more, you can even do the 3 Glacier Hike and see Melkevoll and Brendall Glaciers along with Briksdal. For an even more challenging hike, you can take the trail to Mt. Kattanakken and Oldeskaret.

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#8 Go on a Guided Hike to Mt. Lodalskåpa

(c) https://www.visitnorway.com

Lodalskåpa is the highest point of Jostedalsglacier. Reaching the summit is a long trip, taking about 8-12 hours. It’s about 18 kilometers in distance and will require you to be in good physical shape.

If you’re a mountain lover, then this is something you’ll want to do.

Briksdal Adventure operates the guided tours to the summit of Mt. Lodalskåpa. It starts from Bodal Mountain Farm in Lodalen Valley. Then, it will take you through Lake Kåpevatnet and up a steep hill called “Brattebakkanel.”

Along the way, you will see some waterfalls and glaciers. You will need glacier equipment in many parts of the hike, which will be provided by your tour operator.

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#9 Bødalsbreen Glacier

Loen Things To DoThe Bodal Glacier is one of the arms of Jostedalsbreen Glacier. First, drive up to Lodalen Valley until you reach Bodal. Then, continue to drive up on a gravel road that leads to the parking lot.

Finally, walk to Bodalssetra mountain farm, then on to the glacier. However, you will need a guide to move closer to the glacier for safety reasons.

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#10 Have Some Coffee at Stryn Vertshus

Loen Norway Things To DoThere aren’t that many restaurants or cafes in Loen itself, but a lot of nearby towns do have. You can start or end your day with a nice cup of coffee at the Stryn Vertshus while enjoying a spectacular view from the flower-bedecked terrace. Loen Norway Things To Do

They also serve burgers, salads, steaks, pasta, and tapas platters. It’s a great place just to unwind.

There you have it – Top 10 awesome things you can do in Loen Norway. We hope you have an awesome visit! If you’ve done these or have other recommendations, we’d love to hear what you have to say!

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16 thoughts on “Things To Do in Loen Norway – An Outdoor Adventure Paradise!

  1. Joanna says:

    I have never heard of Loen but I did go to Norway a few times and your post reminded me of the beautiful times (and hikes) I’ve spent there. The fjords are absolutely fantastic! I am afraid of heights so I would probably not do the hike on Via Ferrata but I would love to take the cable car to the top of Mt Hoven, just to enjoy that spectacular view over the fjords. !

  2. Paulina says:

    Wow Norway looks simply stunnning. I would really love to go there. Especially as there are so many outdoor activities to do. Hiking would be perfect!

  3. Gracie Gill says:

    Norway is a haven for every landscape photogrpaher. Everything is picture perfect! I would love to visit all of these places on the list but I’m most interested in Lovatnet Lake. The reflection on the water is just amazing! Your photos are stunning as well! It really makes me want to go there! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kathy James (Walk About Wanderer) says:

    These are pretty cool outdoor activities in Loen. I’d like to try the skylift. I am sure that I will see a lot of beautiful sceneries. A day trip to Briksdalsbreen looks like a lot of fun too! This is Norway! I do think every part is picturesque.

  5. Only By Land says:

    I had to Google where Loen was, the fjords you photographed are stunning. I visited Nordkapp and took the cruise south to Tromso but the fjords I saw are no where near as beautiful as the ones in Loen. It would be a shame to take a boat in Lovatnet Lake because when it’s calm it gives and amazing reflection with a turquoise tinge. Only 11 days until the cable car to the top of Mount Koven opens!

  6. Fillia says:

    Never been to Norway and haven’t heard about Loen. I would love to hear more of your kayaking experience there, I’m sure it would have been incredible!

  7. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    Loen looks absolutely breathtaking. I’m part Norwegian so I am a bit obsessed with Norway and all the incredible sights there. I’m planning my third trip at the end of the year so will have to look up Loen a bit more! The views from the top of that mountain are incredible and every picture of any fjord is so stunnng I cannot find the words for it! Beautiful. Saving this!

  8. Riely says:

    This is an outdoors adventurers paradise! Loen looks absolutely beautiful with all its’ terrain to explore. Lovatnet Lake would be at the top of my list to Kayak. Although climbing up Mt. Hoven via Ferrata would be a dream, I am not sure I could handle crossing the suspension bridge! Heights can the best of me. Thank you for sharing. I will have to add Loen to my list.

  9. Kavey Favelle says:

    What an amazing place, the photos are so stunning, it almost seems unreal, it’s that beautiful! I am not very active, so I think probably the skylift and the driving excursions would suit me best but for those who love to hike, climb, bike, boat etc it looks stunning!

  10. Sarah Kim says:

    I’ve been learning more and more about Via Ferrate. It looks so cool! I feel a bit better that I would be on a harness, but the suspension bridge here does sound like it’ll give me butterflies!

  11. Shane says:

    I’ve never heard of this area in Norway but it looks stunning! I would love to hike all around and see the natural beauty for my self!

  12. Candy says:

    Norway is absolutely stunning. I lived in Molde, Norway when I was in my 20s and I wish I would have taken advantage of the beautiful landscape. I didn’t go on any hikes, which I really regret now! I would love to go to Lovatnet Lake. The photo you have of Lovatnet Lake is gorgeous.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Candy – what a shame you didn’t do any hikes – but at least you have a reason to go back! Norway is such a beautiful country, I bet it was great expereince to live there!

  13. Megan Indoe says:

    Wow everything here looks incredibly breathtaking! Lovatnet Lake looks so serene and that water color is out of this world. I would also love to see a glacier one day! We have to make it to Norway one day! All these photos are stunning!

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