Explore the stunning Hjørundfjord
After a stay in Ålesund, you should head to the fjords. In the summer, fjord cruises from Ålesund to Øye depart several times a day. On a fjord cruise from Ålesund to Øye through Hjørundfjord, you will witness some of the most beautiful mountain and fjord scenery in Norway. The mighty and steep Sunnmøre Alps surround the fjord: a mountain range of tall, jagged mountains stretching up to 1,700 metres above the fjord. A paradise for hikers and skiers. A spectacular sight, no matter how you choose to experience the scenic mountains.
One of the idyllic villages located by the fjord is Trandal, a tiny roadless village with less than 10 inhabitants. Here you have the chance to hop off the boat and visit Christian Gard Bygdetun, an old farming settlement that offers accommodation, a pub, restaurant and music venue located on the mountainside. The view of the Sunnmøre Alps and Hjørundfjord will leave you speechless.
The village's size doesn’t prevent the owners of Christian Gard Bygdetun from organising large music festivals each summer. Both national artists and major international artists like The Blues Brothers and Adam Douglas have performed on the stage in Trandal, seduced by the mighty landscape and the atmosphere.
Mighty mountains soar above the idyllic village of Øye
Hop on the next boat and you will soon sail past the village of Sæbø, before continuing into Norangsfjord, a branch of the Hjørundfjord. Innermost in the fjord is the fjord cruise's destination, Øye. Don't miss out on a visit to the legendary Hotel Union Øye, an historical hotel with a unique style that dates back to 1891. In Øye, you can see the mighty mountain peak of Slogen, soaring above the hotel and the quaint village. If you are in good shape and are used to trekking in the mountains, you should consider hiking to the summit of Slogen, or take an easier mountain hike in the area. Your reward will be a jaw-dropping, panoramic view of the Sunnmøre Alps and the fjords. However, enjoying the dramatic landscape from fjord level can still be as spectacular as from up on high.