Luster

Luster is a village and name of a municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county. Luster sits right at the intersection of central alpine mountains, great glaciers and the iconic fjords.

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Sognefjellet mountain pass

Norway's highest mountain pass runs pass Norway's highest mountains in Jotunheimen with view to summits and glaciers. On the eastern side through Bøverdalen valley to Lom village. The road is closed in winter, opens about May. Steep ascent and descent, sharp corners. Cross country skiing is possible until June.


Ludwig Wittgenstein's lodge

Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had a vacation lodge on an isolated spot above the lake, he spent long periods there working on his theories. The building was later moved down to Skjolden, only foundations remain in the forest. Barely visible across the lake from road 55.

SEE   —  Skjolden


Feigumfossen

A 218 m (720 ft) high waterfall. The waterfall can be seen from route FV331. A path let you take a closer look. If you continue on the path there is a place right by the bottom of the waterfall where you can take a sip of pure, safe snowmelt.

SEE   —  +47 97600443 —  Skjolden

Romantic Road

The FV331 is a 30 km scenic road along the eastside of the fjord. The road is narrow with several curves, so drive slowly. From Urnes you can take the ferry to Solvorn. This is a nice alternative to route 55.

SEE   —  Map


Gaupne old church

Wooden church (about 1647) with remains of ancient stave church on the same site, notably the wooden portal. Modest exterior. Interior rosemaling or tole painting. Now maintained as cultural heritage.

SEE   —  Gaupne

Eplet Bed & Apple

Guest house and apple juice farm with friendly staff. You can do fruit picking during summer and stay for free in dormitory or with your tent. Open from 1st April to 1st October.

SLEEP   —  +47 41649469 —  Map


Jotunheimen

Western part of Norway's highest mountains are in Luster and Årdal districts. These are also the wildest part of Jotunheimen, steep summits and sharp ridges.

SEE   —  Map

Cycling

Cycle the 32 km (20 mi) long downhill from the mountain down to the fjord. Those with strong leg muscles can cycle up again (and save kr 80).

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Dale church

A modest gothic, medieval parish church with an impressive soapstone portal (visible indoor only) and murals.

SEE   —  Luster village

Nigardsbreen

Arm of the great Jostedalsbreen glacier. Observe from safe distance, guide needed for hike on the ice.

SEE   —  Gaupne/Jostedalen

Urnes Stave Church

The oldest stave church in Norway, built around 1130 AD. Included on UNESCO World Heritage List.

SEE   —  +47 57678840 —  Urnes

Moreld Sea Kayak

Kayaking tours to Feigumfossen waterfall and Urnes Stave Church. Longer tours also available.

DO   —  +47 40467100 —  Kroken

Solstrand Fjordhytter

Cabins with view of the fjord.

SLEEP   —  +47 95221641 —  Luster

Husflidsbua

Arts and traditional crafts.

BUY   —  +47 57686106 —  Skjolden

Hiking

Hiking in Jotunheimen.

DO   —  +47 97600443 —  Map

Eikum Hotell

SLEEP   —  +47 57680600 —  Hafslo

About Luster

Luster is at the inner (eastern) end of the 204 km (127 mi) long Sognefjord. Parts of Jotunheimen (Norway's high alpine summits) and Jostedalsbreen (Norway's great glacier) are within Luster municipality. Luster's grand nature is created at the intersection of Norway's largest fjord, largest glacier and tallest mountains. Numerous rivers transport "thick" (opaque) glacial meltwater to lakes and to the fjord, giving fjords and lakes a milky turquoise appearance. Luster is also home to numerous pretty waterfalls. Luster fjord (Lustrafjorden), easily recognized by its emerald-turquoise color, is a major arm of the great Sognefjord, and is more than 600 meters deep at Urnes. The area is sparsely populated, and is primarily glaciers and barren uninhabited mountains.

Some 5,000 inhabitants share more than 2,500 km<sup>2</sup>, making it a sparsely populated area, built up areas and farm land is limited to narrow shores and narrow valleys. About 15 % of the area is glacier or permanent snow. There are no towns in the area, only small villages and settlements.


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