Summer is high season for rafting, river paddling, fjord fishing, kayaking, climbing and canyoning. Summer is also the prime time for exciting excursions in our area. We want to get outdoors to look around, explore, have fun and, you never know, even learn something new.
It is easy to get around in summer and a host of exciting experiences are just a stone’s throw away. Experience nature, folklore, architecture, cultural history, geology or biology – whatever your field of interest is.
“A journey is just a detour home – and he who travels has something to tell.”
At Juvet we know the area like the back of our hand, and we can help you with everything you need. This includes trip advice, tailor-made just for you and your interests, maps, advice on equipment and local guides.
Short day trips and roundtrips – you don’t have to go far. There is plenty to explore, and there are hidden gems right on your doorstep when you’re staying at Juvet. You are on historic ground. This is the area where Olav Haraldsson, the king who was canonised as a saint after his death in Stiklestad in 1030, spent a night under an overhanging rock on his flight through Valldal to Sweden in the winter of 1028/29.
At Alstad he miraculously cleared a path through an impenetrable rocky slope, Skjervsura, and today you can walk this route, which is called Olavsvegen – Olav’s road. You can also drink from the Olavskjelda well, which according to legend will ward off disease.
Only 255 people live in Geiranger in winter, while the World Heritage village is a place of pilgrimage in midsummer, with around 700,000 trippers arriving by land and ship to experience a living part of the Norwegian fjord landscape.
There is a road to Dalsnibba, 1550 metres above sea level, and a visit to the World Heritage Fjord Centre provides an insight into the cultural history and the geological development of our area.
Summer is a beautiful time to take a trip on the Geirangerfjord, which is part of the world heritage area, the West Norwegian Fjords. We can take the ferry from Valldal to Geiranger or from Geiranger to Hellesylt.
Along Geirangerfjorden, the mighty waterfalls known as “The Seven Sisters”, “The Bridal Veil” and “The Suitor” hurtle from dizzying heights down vertical rock faces to crash into the dark waters of the fjord below. We can still see the deserted farms clinging to the steep mountainsides along the fjord.
The ferry trip between Hellesylt and Geiranger lasts an hour, and from the ferry we are in a privileged position to view this magnificent landscape with its many cultural monuments – either from the sun deck or while enjoying a delicious meal in the lounge.
The ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt runs from May 1 to September 30, while there is a ferry between Valldal and Geiranger for a shorter period from 20 June to 20 August.
To the summit at Fjørå
Fjørå is a sheltered village clinging to the mountain with its toes in the fjord and its head in the airiest places. So it is easy to get to the mountaintops from here.
From Fjørå’s summit we can take in the landscape from all sides. The view is breathtaking and the descent by bicycle even more so! We first drive up to Hauge (400 metres above sea level) and park. From here we can follow a drover’s road on foot up to Nysætra, 800 metres above sea level. The walk takes around an hour and you will be rewarded with the finest fjord view imaginable.
From Nysætra, we can follow the drover’s road that starts behind the highest pasture farmhouse to Mefjellet, 1,100 metres above sea level. From here we can look down towards Tafjorden and into the valley of Valldalen to the north.
We can also follow the drover’s road from Nysætra and head back to Juvet via Trollkyrkjebotn, Sandfjellet, Heisætra and Alstadsætra. This trip over the mountains takes four or five hours altogether, but goes through straightforward terrain.
Trips to Tafjord
Tafjord is a very historic village with many stories to tell about geology and its special biological diversity. Discover facts about the development of hydroelectricity and hear of the adventures to be had walking from cabin to cabin in the Tafjord mountains.
There are traces of people and the struggle to survive throughout the area. At the highest summits, we find hunting equipment left by the hunters who came to the area when the ice retreated 10–11,000 years ago. There are many ancient roads and summer pasture farms that bear witness to the transhumance farming that ended in the 1950s.
The 90 metre-high Zakarias dam in Tafjord was built in 1967, and forms part of the extensive power generation in the mountains surrounding this village.
The hydropower museum down in the village presents information about the construction and development of clean hydroelectricity, and demonstrates how this “clean” energy has provided new livelihoods. The Power and Avalanche Centre (Kraft- og skredsenter) in Tafjord tells us another, dramatic account of the ominous mountain and the avalanche that occurred here – and an avalanche that could strike in the future.
The Ålesund-Sunnmøre Trekking Association has a network of 10 unattended and attended cabins on Tafjord Mountain, with Reindalseter as the centre point. The cabins are located within a day’s walk of each other and all have their own character. They are all situated in wonderful hiking areas known for their special geology and biological diversity.
The mountains of Trollstigen
Trollstigen – it’s hardly surprising that this magnificent natural area has been given this name. We are focused on searching out the experiences that only nature provides and on appreciating the contrasts between nature and the modern development carried out by the National Tourist Routes. Here is a vantage point that sends shivers down the spine!
Trollstigen is an excellent starting point for walks in the mountains. You don’t have to exhaust yourself scrambling through thickets before getting up to the high mountains; you can easily reach the summits around the Trollstigen plateau.
In just two to three hours you can reach several of the approximately1,800 metre-high summits: Bispen, Ringshornet, Storfjellet, Alnestinden, Finnan and Breitinden.
You can also reach the top of Trollveggen (the highest vertical rock face in Northern Europe) at Stabben or Bruraskaret and see right down into Romsdalen.
Climbers from all over the world have tested their mettle by ascending thousands of metres up this vertical granite rock face, where even the goats cannot find a foothold.
Visit Eidsdal and Norddal
The fertile villages of Eidsdal and Norddal on the south side of the Norddalsfjord are also worth a visit. A particularly interesting spot to visit is the working mountain pasture farm in Herdalen, right in the heart of the world heritage area, where hundreds of goats are herded.
Herdalssætra mountain pasture farm can point to 300 years of unbroken mountain farm tradition, and is one of the largest mountain goat farms in Norway. Here, old traditions are kept alive, and the farm itself is proof that traditions both old and new can flourish in our times.
Agriculture is very important in this world heritage area, and the ecological mindset is clearly evident in the well-tended farms in the two villages. Many of the farms are located on the heights – and everyone who visits farms such as Kleiva, Rønneberg, Hesthaug and Kilsti, can attest that having a view like this every day must have an extraordinary effect on those who dwell here.
Hjørundfjord is possibly the most beautiful fjord of all, and Norangsdalen is perhaps the most dramatic of all valleys you can drive through in Norway, surrounded by majestic peaks. At Øye, the valley provides us with a compelling meeting between the imposing sight of the Slogen mountain and the genteel image of Hotel Union Øye, dating from the 1890s.
Royalty from all over Europe has sought peace and quiet here, and pioneering English climbers explored the dramatic mountain range over 100 years ago. The historic Hotel Union Øye was built in the Swiss style 125 years ago, and has housed both nobility and ordinary people. It’s a hotel with a very special atmosphere.
City life and architecture
Those of us living in Sunnmøre can reap the benefits of town and city life. The charming coastal city of Ålesund – Sunnmøre’s capital – is only a 90-minute drive from Juvet. It is a “must see” destination for those interested in architecture and marine life.
Ålesund has almost 50,000 inhabitants. With its face to the ocean
and its feet in the water, it is washed by sea spray every day as it
takes in the sea view. The city is a gateway between the open ocean and
the fjords behind it. The fishing industry has been important for
Ålesund’s growth since the 19th century.
Today the city has one of the biggest ocean fishing fleets in the country. It is a vital and secure harbour, and a central trading city for the region.
Take the opportunity to climb all 424 steps up to the Fjellstua lodge, and take in the panorama of the city, the ocean and the archipelago around it.
If you travel to Ålesund via Hjørundfjorden and take the 15:10 ferry from Sæbø to Trandal and Standal, you’re in for an unforgettable little mini-cruise.
Art Nouveau City of Ålesund
850 houses were left in ruins after the great fire of Ålesund in January 1904. Only one person died in the fire, but ten thousand people were left homeless. The people of Ålesund received help from the entire country in their efforts to rebuild their city, and crucial aid from Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Within a few years, Ålesund was rebuilt as a modern city in art nouveau-inspired architecture, and the town still features houses from this time.
The Art Nouveau Centre, which is housed in the original apothecary building by the sound that gave the city its name, is one of almost 400 houses rebuilt in art nouveau style after the fire. Visit the Art Nouveau Centre and obtain an insight into the history of the city fire and the great rebuilding of the city.
If you wish to spend the night in Ålesund on the way to or from the Juvet, you should try Brosundet Hotel – an old fish-canning factory that has been developed into a hotel, decorated by the internationally acclaimed Snøhetta architects.
Life at sea
The pulse of the port city of Ålesund is inextricably linked to the sea. The local inhabitants have learned the fine art of walking in the wind and battling with the elements to maintain a steady course when storms are raging – which is not unusual. Traditionally, the city has made a living from life both below and above the surface of the sea, and the city has made its mark in both fishing and shipping in the region.
It is therefore not surprising that the Atlantic Ocean Park is located here, which enables you to stay warm and dry while getting acquainted with some of the rich diversity of marine life.
If you are not averse to some sea spray, you can go ocean fishing with Actin and Stein Magne, some of the most experienced ocean fishing guides on the coast. Stein Magne always guarantees a catch – and you’ll hear some good stories on the trip as well. You can bring your catch back to Juvet, and we’ll cook up something delicious.