The village of Skjolden is located at the head of Norway’s longest and deepest fjord – Sognefjorden – and at the foot of Norway’s highest mountains and largest glacier.
Skjolden is approached via the picturesque Lusterfjord, turned emerald green by the melting water from the nearby glaciers. Along both shores of the fjord there are many beautiful hamlets and lush landscapes where fruits and berries are grown on small idyllic farms that have remained unchanged for centuries. One such small-holding is Høgdegarden Skåri, an old mountainside farm that dates back to the 14th century and is still very much a working establishment.
Nearby to Skjolden is the famous Urnes Stave church, built in approximately 1130. Similar churches existed elsewhere in Europe, but only the Norwegian ones have survived. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this ancient part of Norwegian cultural history and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sognefjellsvegen, Route 55 across the Sognefjell mountain area between Luster and Lom, is the highest and most impressive mountain pass in Northern Europe with its highest point being 1430 meters above sea level. With breathtaking views across the region, what better spot to stop for some summer skiing?
The combination of fjords, mountains and glaciers offers you a unique experience, and makes Skjolden a paradise for anyone exploring the breathtaking nature of Fjord Norway.