Loen is a small village situated innermost in Nordfjord, below the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier. This is the home of Loen Skylift, and the perfect place for exploring the mountains during the day, and pampering yourself in the evenings.
With its dramatic and spectacular scenery, Loen has been a magnet for tourists for more than a century. Already at the end of the 19th century cruise ships from Europe began calling at Loen, and hundreds of local farmers were involved in transporting tourists in horse-drawn transport from the fjord to the valleys and glaciers. Now visitors can take the Loen Skylift to Mt. Hoven (1011 m.a.s.l.), and see the fjord landscape from above.
Loen Skylift brings you from the fjord to to Mt. Hoven at 1011 m.a.s.l. in only 5 minutes. Enjoy the great panorama view of the fjord landscape, the mountains and the Jostedalsbreen National Park. At Mt. Hoven you can relax in the restaurant, or go hiking in the mountains. Several marked hiking trails for all levels are available.
If you want a challenge you can climb Mt. Hoven yourself. The Via Ferrata Loen is a climbing route where you are secured in a steel cable, while climbing high above the fjord. You end up at Mt. Hoven, and return to Loen in the Loen Skylift.
Loen is also the home of Mt. Skåla. This imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain towers over the village of Loen. A good man-made track winds its way through the rocky terrain a whopping 1848 vertical metres from the shoreline of the fjord. Walking here on the old stone-paved paths and stone steps, with fantastic fjord landscapes as far as the eye can see, is a true cultural experience. You can spend the night in the old stone tower at the summit.
In Loen you will also find the wild and wonderful Lodalen Valley. The beautiful, untamed nature and the valley´s dramatic history make a visit to Lodalen an experience not to be missed. At the head of the valley lies Kjenndalsbreen glacier, which is the lowest-lying offshoot of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.
Briksdalsbreen is the most famous arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and located 30 km from Loen, inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park. From 1200 meters, the glacier plunges down into the beautiful Briksdalen Valley. See the valley by foot or catch a ride with one of the "Troll cars" up to the glacier.
There are approximately 550 inhabitants in Loen, and a total of 7100 in the whole Stryn Municipality.