Located at the gateway to the 'Golden Route', touring from the Hotel will provide simply some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery including Geirangerfjord, now on UNESCO's World Heritage List. A ninety minute memorable drive, taking you through villages nestling in the valleys, high mountains and deep fjords
As you descend into Geiranger village via the Eagle Road a spectacular sight awaits you, deep in the fjord lays Geiranger valley, surrounded by majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls. The road is open all year.
Thousands of tourists visit daily from across the world where they come in cruise liners, coaches and cars to experience this natural wonder. In the same area is Dalsnibba with its hairpin bend road climbing to 1500 metres above sea level (open summer season only). The panoramic viewpoint at the top is an awesome sight to remember.
En route to Dalsnibba from Geiranger is Flydalsjuvet (you can visit summer and winter) a dramatically deep gorge (one of the most photographed in Norway) and Storsæteter Waterfall where you can walk under the cascading waterfall (summer season only). On your homeward journey take the 65 minute ferry cruise (May-Sept.) through Geirangerfjord, past the Seven Sisters Waterfall, another marvel of nature, before reaching Hellesylt on your homeward journey.
Hellesylt being another enchanting village with its dramatic waterfall and steep mountains. Located here is the Per Gynt gallery, well worth a visit.
On your homeward journey as you get to Stranda Ski Resort the chair lift to the top of the mountain in the summer months is open on certain days to non skiers, it’s a sight to see. Also on your return journey it’s well worth a visit to Sunnmøre Ski Arena where the Norwegians have their summerhouses scattered around a lake, a very idyllic setting both summer and winter.
Valldal, having a unique warm climate, is the northern most fruit supplier in Europe, particularly known for its delicious strawberries, apples and pears. Set in an beautiful valley with the river Valldøla running through it's centre used for white water rafting and salmon fishing.
Driving through Valldal valley on your way to Trollstigen, is Gudbrandsjuvet a rock pool of 5 metres wide and 20 metres deep which the river flows through. Trollstigen (Troll road) has seven kilometres of hairpin bends, cut by hand into the mountainside, where at the summit you are rewarded with panoramic views across the Romsdals Alps in the distance reaching 1800meters.
On your homeward journey driving towards Vestnes the terrain becomes much more genteel as you drive along the beautiful Romsdal fjord with Molde town in the distance before you descend over Ørskog mountain on the last leg on your journey.
We recommend with so much to see and experience that these journeys be taken over two separate days, one for Geiranger and the other Trollstigen.
Storfjord Hotel has a private jetty and we can supply boat tours that will take you through some of the most rugged and scenic fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord, Hjørundfjord.
Also, many other locations on request. This can be arranged through 62.noThe Art Nouveau of ÅlesundThis beautiful town surrounded by water, mountains and islands is a 25 minute drive away from the hotel, and has an international reputation for its distinguished architecture. Originally built largely from wood and destroyed by fire in 1904 the town centre was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style.
Aksla is the towns very own mountain and at the top of this mountain is Fjellstue cafeteria which can be reached by road or by walking the 418 steps up from the central park. This is a superb viewpoint.
There are museums, art galleries, theatres, historic churches and an art nouveau centre. Also worth a visit is the Atlantic Sea Park, located 5 minutes away from the town centre out on the rocky coast line of Hessa. It is one of Europes largest aquariums and is home to a wide variety of marine life and penguins.
There are guided tours of Ålesund center in the summer months and the town is host to the world’s largest cruise ships. The town centre has a selection of restaurants, cafes and shopping centres. Runde 'Bird Island' is well worth a visit and has the largest southern most nesting cliffs in Norway and a variety of sea birds, among them a colony of Puffins.
A short journey by boat to Langevåg is the factory outlet Devold of Norway going back 160 years with quality traditional Norwegian knitwear at competitive prices, with cafeteria and other shops in the same vicinity. Boats to Runde and Devold of Norway can be arranged by 62.no.HjørundfjordFrom the hotel you can almost see the entrance to this spectacular fjord set in the distance amongst the Sunnmøre Alps.
Just a short crossing over Storfjorden by boat and you are at the entrance of Hjørundfjord. The majestic mountains in some places ricing to1400 meters above sea level on both sides. People live along this fjord in small settelments and villages. This boat journey is an experience you wont forget, and if you are lucky at certain time of the year, you can see small coastal whales (Nise) in large groups basking in this fjord.
Once you arrive at Øye we recommend lunch or dining at the Union Øye Hotel. Here you can experience the historic atmosphere of a hotel going back to the year 1891, when the aristocrats of Europe enjoyed it as a secluded retreat. The hotel staff can direct you to the best trails, whether you are a mountain hiker or a climber – and they can also arrange guides. Highly recommended is a hike to the summit of the renowned mountain Slogen, which rises 1564m behind the hotel, and nearby is Norangdalen which is often described as Norways' most beautiful valley.
Storfjord Hotel can offer its guests a private boat trip to Hjørundfjord during the summer months, which leaves from the hotels own jetty a short walk away. Boats can be arranged through 62.no.