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EXPERIENCE WESTERN NORWAY: FØRDE DELIVERS ON FJORDS AND MOUNTAINS

Widerøe employee Kristin Hammersvik Johme cannot wait to put on her hiking boots when she visits her childhood town of Førde.

The best thing about Førde is the nature, with loads of mountains you can walk to straight from the town. However the most popular is Hafstadfjellet (706 m.a.s.l.), where you can choose from several routes to climb, and there’s a good trail that’s easy to walk, explains Kristin.

Kristin Hammersvik Johme on Fauskevarden – with a view over the Førdefjord. Photo: Private

If you crave more of a challenge, then for example, you could head to Naustdalen and join a guided tour of Sandfjellet (1,249 m.a.s.l.) with an overnight stay in a cabin.

KAYAKING IN THE FØRDEFJORD

Førde is located at the head of the Førdefjord, which is well known as a great area for kayaking. The company Go’Kajakk works together with Sunnfjord Kajakklubb in Førde to offer courses on how to learn to use kayaks safely. They also hire out safe family kayaks.

Kayaking is a versatile activity — for example, you can fish, train, or just experience new places that aren’t otherwise readily accessible.

Close to nature in a kayak on the Jølstra River. Photo: PrivateIf you are lucky to be visiting Førde on a great summer’s day, head to Ervika beach and take a refreshing dip.

– The water temperature for swimming is really good there, says Kristin.

TRY YOUR LUCK FISHING IN FØRDE

If you want to try your luck fishing, Sunnfjord is a paradise for sport fishing both in the sea, rivers and lakes. Jølster-Vassdraget (Jølstra) is considered to have Northern Europe’s best trout fishing, and you can book a local guide who will help you find the best fishing spots.

If you prefer fjord fishing, then there is good fishing in the Førdefjord as well, both from the land and boats – or even from a kayak.

PARK WITH MANY ACTIVITIES

A holiday in Førde means an active holiday, and in 2015 Hafstadparken opened, which provides the opportunity to enjoy a number of different sports and activities. Among other things there are two artificial AstroTurf pitches, a roller ski track, skate park, bike track and an exercise track.

A short drive from the centre of Førde is the Kråkenesmarka Motorsport Centre. Here you can have a go at racing gocarts! If you want even more speed and excitement you can try the whitewater rafting on the Jølstra river, which is well known for having one of the best stretches for rafting in Northern Europe.

Rafting in Jølstra – for those who like water! Photo: © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life as /

AWARD-WINNING HOTEL BREAKFAST IN FØRDE

– For accommodation you can for example, stay at the Thon Hotel Førde or the Scandic Sunnfjord Hotel & Spa. If you would like a more affordable alternative there is a really nice campsite with cabins and apartments, or you can book into the Førde Pensjonat.

The Scandic Sunnfjord was given “Sogn and Fjordane’s best hotel breakfast” award in 2017.

“SHOP TILL YOU DROP”

Førde by night. Photo: fordeby.no

Førde is the largest trading centre between Bergen and Ålesund and has several large shopping centres with lots of shops. Here you can buy almost everything you might need – and when you are tired of shopping, Kristin recommends a visit to Pikant Restaurant & Bar, where they serve good food and drinks for both lunch and dinner. They are well known for their tapas buffet on Friday evenings, but you should book a table in order to guarantee a place. At Pikant, there are also regular cultural events such as quizzes, concerts and book launches.

 

The Førde Festival – concert at Hafstadfjellet. Photo: The Førde Festival

The Førde Festival from July 4th-8th is also a cultural highlight. This is Scandinavia’s biggest festival of acoustic world music and every year brings together about 300 artists from all over the world.

The Sunnfjord Museum is located 10 minutes by car from Førde. Photo: Espen Mills.

Photo at the top of the article: © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / www.fjordnorway.com

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