About the region
Vestlandet (or Western Norway) is a region located in South-West Norway, along the Atlantic Coast. It includes areas such as: Rogaland (RO) with main city Stavanger, Hordaland (HO) with Bergen as its capital, Sogn Og Fjordane (SF) with main city- Maloy and finally More Og Romsdal (MR) with main city- Alesund.
Spectacular fjords and mountains
Located along the most spectacular part of Norway’s Atlantic coast, Vestlandet is home to the longest, deepest and most beautiful fjords. The ones we loved the most were Hardangerfjorden, Hjorundfjorden, Sognefjorden, Romsdalsfjorden and the world famous Geirangerfjorden included on Unesco World Heritage List.
But Vestlandet is not only about these wild, turquoise or sapphire watered fjords. It is also home to the highest mountains of Scandinavian Peninsula (Jotunheimen National Park and Folgefonna National Park) and can easily be named a Hiker’s Paradise. Apart from the two national parks, I would definitely recommend visiting Sunnmore Alps (Sunnmorsalpane), Lysefjorden area (Preikestolen), Romsdalen and Trollveggen/Trollstigen for unforgettable hiking adventures. Hikes there will, without a doubt, satisfy the most adrenaline-seeking, demanding and keen walkers. If you think you’ve seen it all already, think twice!
It doesn’t come to anyone’s surprise that Norway is Europe’s number 1 destination for glaciers hikes and exploration. There is abundance of glaciers in the region. Not only that – glaciers located in Vestlandet are some of the most accessible for hikers, visitors and photographers. Jostedalbreen National Park is especially worth mentioning – the glacier (Jostedalbreen) is easily accessible, there are easy hiking paths taking visitors to the very ice edge (near Gjerde village) where we could almost touch the mighty glacier itself! It was an incredible experience.
Exploring other glaciers in Vestlandet require a bit more effort and often it’s a long hike to see them closer, but definitely worth the effort. One of them is Folgefonna. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike high enough to see the glacier closer, the advantage of such hike is the lack of crowds. More accessible glaciers tend to be more popular and busy with hikers, ones like Folgefonna will provide an unforgettable experience where a person actually has space and silence to contemplate and connect to nature undisturbed.
Best areas to hike in Vestlandet
The abundance of glaciers, fjords and mountains make Vestlandet a hiker’s dreamland. There are hiking trails to suit every kind of explorer, high rock cliff faces for adrenaline-seekers, long multi-day hike trails for seasoned hikers, easy or hard day hike routes. One thing is sure while hiking in Vestlandet- the views will take your breath away, the hikes will be amazing and you’ll be planning to return to explore more!
Below, we have listed some of the best hikes in Vestlandet, by the area. We hiked them ourselves and loved them, so all the information given is first-handed and based on our own experience. Enjoy!
SOGN OG FJORDANE
MORE OG ROMSDAL
We thought that most amazing trails in More Og Romsdal were located in Sunnmorsalpane (Sunnmore Alps), Romsdalen, Trollveggen/Trollstigen. Check out the hikes we listed below for the best experience!
Hiking in Trollstigen (Troll Wall / Trollveggen) Discover a moon-like landscape. High, grey, rough mountains and some icy glacial lakes. And don’t forget the cliffs – the highest vertical rock wall in Europe
Hiking in Romsdalen, lush green valley with beautiful river Rauma, squeezed between some of the most iconic mountains in Norway: Trolltindan and Romsdalshornet & Kalskratinden, also featuring one of Norway’s best ridge walks, Romsdalseggen.
Located along the Atlantic coast, this region is best known for heavy oil industry. But a keen eye will notice that the region is also rich in nature: islands, fjords and beaches. It also is a home to some of the most iconic hikes in Norway, see Preikestolen (aka Pulpit Rock) hike in Ryfylke area.