Meloy Fjords, The Coastal Route, Norway
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Location: Northern portion of The Coastal Route
Meloy is a diverse, dramatic, and simply special places. Ranging from the massive walls of Glomfjord, to the glaciers of Hollandsfjord, to the still-water Midnight Sun vistas of Meloyfjord . . . Meloy has it all. The Svartisen Glacier is world-class, with the glacier generally accesible by foot. Several less visited fjords, such as Bkaerfjord, offer fantastic Norway experiences away from the crowds. Meloy is must on an Norway itinerary.
- Ferry across Hollandsfjord . . . then hiking/cycling to Svartisen Glacier
- The drive down Glomfjord . . . one of the most majestic drives in Norway
- Midnight Sun over Meloyfjord
- Getting on the protected still-water coves of Meloyfjord
- Viewpoint above Bjaerfjord
Hiking in Meloy, Norway:
The Svartisen Glacier is a primary stop on the mainstream Coastal Route tours route . . . but the hike is still absolutely worth it. Most importantly, try to go when the sun will be out, as the glacier illuminates in much more interesting ways with the sun. Also, on top of above, try to go later in the day. The lower sun will make for better lighting effects & the crowds will be much smaller. FInally, rent the bicycle! The 3km walk each way to the fjord and back is uninteresting. Rent a bike at the drop-off dock so that you can spend as much time as possible up with the glacier itself. The final route up to the glacier is exposed rock, and will be slippery if wet. But getting right up next to glacier is a must
Kayaking in Meloy, Norway:
The Meloy area has some of the best protected, flat-water coves on the whole coast. The vistas are spectacular. Water access is very easy at lots of places on the drive out to Amnes. A great place to get on the water!
Camping in Meloy, Norway:
This is vertcal, glacial country . . . so rough spots are a little hard to get to perhaps . . . but absolutely worth it if you can. Out at Amnes is a great beach and sunset spots for camping.
Driving in Meloy, Norway:
Majestic and seren are the themes here. The drive down Glomfjord from Ornes to the Svartisen tunnel is spectacular. A huge, glacial-studded range coming directly out of the fjord. Mountain-after-mountain, with waterfall-after-waterfall. Just amazing. Take the spur in the middle of the Svartisen tunnel out to the power station at the head of Glomfjord . . . a great spot. Emerging from the tunnel, stop of at for a view of the towering triple-peaked glacial mountins at Storgata, the head of Hollandsfjord. Further down Hollandsfjord is the must-stop fo the ferry to Svartisen Glacier.
Before heading on the ferry down the Coastal Route at Foroya . . . Do Not forget the spur to Bjaefjord! This is skipped by just about all the masses who are “rushing” down the coastal route. A big mistake. This is the back side of Glomfjord, so the mountain are big. Stop at the view point on the drive down into the fjord bottom for the money-shot of the fjord. Fantastic. But do not turn around here. It is key that you take the time to drive all the way onto the peninsula. Bjaerfjord slows broadens into beautifully pastoral landscape. There are still-water mountain vistas passing immediately next to you on both sides of the road and you cross various isthmuses, this is very rare for fjord country in Norway. Amnes makes for a great sunset spot on the beach.
Key Links and Publications About Meloy, Norway
- Meloy outdoors Information -- mnu.no
Interactive Map of The Meloy Fjords
Norwegian Place Names:
Gasvaerfjord = Gasværfjorden