Autumn magic in Urke, Hjørundfjorden

I visited home sweet home Urke in Hjørundfjorden last weekend. It was autumn magic and Norwegian fjords and mountains at it's very best. Hiking, a boat trip on the fjord, some more hiking, waffles at Urke Kaihus and just enjoying the beauty. The recipe of a perfect weekend!

The hikes went to Gapahuken Bentebu, Leknesnakken and Haukåssætra. Short hikes with amazing views! The Hurigruten was also there, the people adding an international touch to this amazing fjord village.

I'll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story. 

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Powder paradise at Strandafjellet, western Norway

At Strandafjellet ski resort you get some of the best off piste possibilities in Scandinavia and the best fjord view. With 7 lifts and 17 downhill slopes and ski touring options all around, Strandafjellet is one of the most magnificent skiing resorts in Norway and Scandinavia. You actually ski in the Norwegian alps - Sunnmørsalpane.

I visited one day during this easter and even though I wasn't that early there where plenty of untouched powder areas to be the first one down. And make sure you eat your lunch there, this is the view you get: 

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Urke Kaihus - a cafe you just have to visit if you are in the area

The small village Urke in Hjørundfjorden opened it's very first cafe/pub this summer - Urke Kaihus. (Urke Port house). And what a place! In doors the furniture is old fashion with deep couches, a disk built from planks from old barns in the village, pictures on the wall from old times when this was the villages active port house and so on. Perfect when the weather isn't the best outside (and we all know that that tends to happen in this area...). 

But the out door serving is the very best part. At the dock by the fjord, surrounded by the Norwegian alps and the view towards Slogen. Magnificent! 

Ever in the area around Hjørundfjorden, kayaking the fjord or arriving with Hurtigruten - you just have to make a stop. The waffles are also great by the way.

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Kayaking at Hjørundfjorden

Being on summer vacation in Urke by Hjørundfjorden (the village where I grew up), I did some very nice kayaking on this majestic fjord. 

Hjørundfjorden is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords of Norway. Among the wildest and most beautiful mountain areas in western Norway – Sunnmørsalpane - the fjord stretches 33 km in a straight line south-south-east from Storfjorden in the north to Bjørke  in the south. By Leknes the narrow Norangsfjorden go to the east towards Øye. (source Hjørundfjordportalen, more information about the fjord to be found there).

Hjørundfjorden is a great place for kayaking with many small villages to visit along the way. The fjord is surrounded by tall mountains on both sides which makes kayaking there into an exiting experience. Kayaks can be rented from Sagafjord Hotel at Sæbø and Hotel Union Øye (and probably other places as well). 

I mostly stayed in the part of Hjørundfjorden called Norangsfjorden where you have the view towards the majestic mountain Slogen. I also paddled towards Bjørke. The cafe Urke Kaihus and Hotel Union Øye are amongst stops you really should do if you are in the area. 

Kayaking is such a great way to do sightseeing and at Hjørundfjorden it's just perfect. Some pics from my days on the fjord. And imagine it all with a deep deep blue sky;)


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Ski touring to Blæja, Sunnmørsalpene (Norway)

The beautiful mountains of Sunnmøre and particular the mountains around the fjord “Hjørundfjord” are called “Sunnmørsalpene”, the Alps of Sunnmøre. There are few other places in Norway that can offer such a dramatic nature as Sunnmøre. Snow clad summits with steep mountainsides that fall into the deep fjords. 

I was lucky enough to grow up in a small village Urke by Hjørundfjorden so going home for easter and skiing is the obvious choice. This easters best tour was to the mountain Blæja (1420 masl). A great tour that is not to difficult and gives great views towards Hjørundfjorden. 

We started from Villa Norangdal and the tour took about 4 hours. Not to steep, but you do get a workout and skiing down in powder from the day before was just amazing. Also a great trip in summer time. 

The view from the top towards Hjørundfjorden.