Whispers of history at Øye
There are a few little places along the fjords that can boast as many elegant places to visit as Øye. This has been a favourite destination for royals and nobles all over Europe ever since the time the historical Hotel Union Øye opened its doors in 1891. Just like us, they were fascinated by the untouched, raw, beautiful Sunnmøre Alps.
Treat yourself to a night at this iconic hotel, and spend your days getting close to nature. From Øye, you can join Fjord Nature on a kayaking trip on the Norangsfjord or walk to the impressive Slogen peak, 1564 metres above sea level. There are various ways to get to Slogen, and the path from Øye is the shortest but steepest. Uteguiden offers guided tours there every Wednesday and Saturday from July to September.
When you arrive, you should take a trip into Norangsdalen between Øye and Hellesylt. The old farms in the valley show just how people have battled against the forces of nature through the ages. In 1908, there was a landslide that ended up swamping a farm, and you can still see the remains of the wall, the road and the gate beneath the surface of Lyngstølsvatnet. In the old days, aristocratic guests travelled into the valley by horse and carriage, but nowadays the easiest way of exploring the valley is to take a trip on an electric bike with Fjord Nature.
On the other side of Norangdalen is Hellesylt. From there, you can take a fjord cruise into the Geirangerfjord to Geiranger for some more spectacular fjord experiences.