LUSTER - a miniature West Country

Winter and spring adventures in LUSTER

Luster is situated where Europe's longest fjord, Sognefjord, stretches inwards through the countryside to meet the glacier, Jostedalsbre, and the Jotunheimen mountains. In the course of an hour's drive you experience the contrasts between luxuriant hamlets around the fjord, waterfalls, mountain farms, mighty alpine mountain peaks, bare mountains, glaciers, fishing lakes and rivers.

Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, the Sognefjord, lies in the heart of the Norwegian fjord country called Fjord Norway and extends more than 200 km inland to the national parks of Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen.

The 218 metre high Feigumfossen waterfall is in an idyllic setting on the southern side of the Lusterfjord. You can take the short walk in to the falls or admire the view of it from the National Tourist Route on the northern side of the fjord.

The Sognefjellveg Road

The Sognefjellveg road is northern Europe's highest mountain pass and goes between the Gudbrandsdal valley and the Sognefjord. This part of Road 55 is today designated as a national tourist route and is therefore especially well-adapted for travellers. All the way along the road one finds beautiful viewpoints with picnic areas, facilities and information boards.

Glacier tours on the Nigardsbre glacier

The Nigardsbre glacier is the most beautiful spur of the Jostedalsbre glacier. The Nigardsbre glacier winds its way down towards the valley Jostedalen and a motor road has been built almost into the foot of the glacier. For the last stage of the journey you take the boat Jostedalsrypa over the blue-green waters of the lake Nigardsbrevatn. Jostedalen Breførarlag arranges tours on to the ice. You can choose the tour which suits your wishes and physical condition. Children down to 5 years of age can take part in the easy family tour. The somewhat longer blue ice tours take you into a fantastic landscape of ice towers, grottos and tunnels. Jostedal Breførarlag has equipment and professional guides at your disposal.
LUSTER - a miniature West Country

The Breheim Centre

After a tour on the glacier you can visit the Breheim Centre, which is situated at the entrance to the Nigard glacial valley. The Breheim Centre is an information centre for the Jostedalsbreen National Park and is an exciting building. Through different exhibitions and a magnificent sideshow, you can learn how the glacier has formed the landscape. You can also buy light refreshments here.

The district and the culture

Many well-known artists met and received inspiration in Luster and in the middle of the 1800's the district was an active cultural centre.

Urnes Stavkyrkje is the oldest stave church in Norway and is on UNESCO's list of cultural monuments especially worthy of protection, the World Heritage List. A visit to Urnes Stavkyrkje gives you a fantastic experience of the building and woodcarving techniques from former times. Other places which ought to be mentioned are the beautiful building, Munthehuset, in the hamlet of Kroken, Galleri Walaker in the pretty fjord hamlet, Solvorn, and the old church at Gaupne.

Down beside the fjord you find several environments which are rich in tradition. Solvorn is a characteristic fjord environment with beautiful buildings worthy of protection, shops, hotel, museum, hostelry and a lively boat traffic.

Should one wish to catch a wriggling fish on a hook, cast a line in the fjord, mountain lakes and rivers.

Cultural events and interesting museums can be found in the rural districts around the Sognefjord and in Lom. For more information about activities and attractions, contact the tourist office in Luster and Lom.

Luster Tourist Information Center
Destination Sogndal & Luster
Pyramiden Kontorfellesskap
6868 Gaupne
Phone: (+47) 97 60 04 43
Fax: (+47) 57 68 62 63
E-mail: info@visitsogn.info
Internet: http://www.sognefjord.no/
Luster is situated where Europe's longest fjord, Sognefjord, stretches inwards through the countryside to meet the glacier, Jostedalsbre, and the Jotunheimen mountains.



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