Exploring The Beautiful Oldendal Along The Summit Hike To Klovane: A Comprehensive Guide

When I first drove along Lake Oldevatnet to see Norway’s famous Briksdalsbreen glacier I knew this area was special.

During my first visit, I hiked to Kattanakken. I was so mesmerized by the views along this trail, I decided to study maps and pictures of the area to find another one that matched them. Then I stumbled upon Klovane. The hike that checked off all the boxes…

11 Things to Know about Hiking to Klovane in Norway

This trail is featured on many of my road trip plans across Norway. If you are planning a holiday in this corner of the World and need help you should look into them.

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  3. Ålesund to Ålesund in 10 days for adventure lovers

1. Klovane day hike: the stats

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  • Distance roundtrip – 5.4 km / 3.36 mi
  • Time required –  5-7 hours
  • Total Ascent – 903 m / 2962 ft
  • Type of hike – Out and back
  • When to go: July – September
  • Parking: 61.759854, 6.809278
  • Parking fee: 50 NOK

2. Where is the Klovane hike?

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Photo: Oliwia Papatanasis

Klovane is one of the peaks surrounding Oldedalen (Dalen in Norwegian means valley). It is located right at the edge of the Jostedalsbreen National Park and right above the isthmus of the two parts of Oldenvatnet Lake.

Jostedalsbreen is Norway’s biggest glacier field and most visited National Park. The nearest towns are Olden and Loen, both built on the shore of the Invikfjord.

The whole area is a paradise for hikers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

3. The map of the Klovane hike

Above you can see the screenshot of the path I followed from the trailhead to the summit. I measured the distance, elevation gain, and route with my Garmin Fenix 6S pro watch.

This map is for showcasing purposes only and should not be used for navigation. The local website UT.NO has a great map tool. You can view the map for the Klovane trail here.

4. How difficult is the hike to Klovane?

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This is a short but demanding hike with chains placed in the steepest sections. I’ve said it many times before. Norwegians don’t know what zig-zags are. They climb mountains in the shortest way possible, which often means just going straight up.

To put things in perspective for you, in the first two kilometers of the hike, you gain 800 meters. That means 400 meters of elevation/kilometer. That is steep!

The rapid elevation gain isn’t the only challenge. There are plenty of roots, rocks, and mud to face along this trail. It took me an hour to clean my boots after hiking to Klovane.

5. The best time of year to hike Klovane

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photo: Oliwia Papatanasis

The trail is accessible from June until October. The later the season the drier it gets. My photos taken along this trail at the end of July may lead you into thinking that this kind of weather is the norm.

On the contrary, my friend and I were really lucky with the conditions and the views they brought with them.

Norwegian fjords and mountains are graced with cloudy and rainy weather and July also tends to be the rainiest month. The two summer seasons I spent in Norway only confirmed that.

If you plan a road trip across Norway consider August or the beginning of September for it. That’s when you will have the highest chances for sunny and dry days.

6. How to get to the trailhead of the Klovane hike

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The trailhead for this hike is located very close to the Oldevatn camping ground, which in turn lies right at the isthmus of the two parts of the Oldevatnet lake.

There is a small parking area at the end of the gravel road leading from the campground. There are a few residential buildings next to it.

At the time of writing, the parking was free of charge, however from the 2023 summer season a fee 50 NOK fee was introduced due to the popularity this hike is gaining.

There is a clear sign right on the trailhead pointing in the direction of the trail.

7. The highlights of the Klovane hike

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The view from Klovane is one of my favorite views I have seen in Norway, making it one of my favorite hikes in this region. The lake takes its beautiful turquoise color from the glaciers of the Jostedalsbreen field, including the famous Briksdalsbreen glacier tongue.

The distinct view of the triangle-shaped Mount Hogenibba just on the other side from Klovane will accompany you throughout the hike. It if weren’t for the effort that one has to put into getting to the top, this would truly have been a perfect outdoor adventure.

8. Facilities along the Klovane trail

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There are no toilets directly at the trailhead or anywhere along this hike. Follow the bring-out-what-you-brought-in policy including used toilet paper and tissues! It’s never ok to leave them behind. I always bring a little trash bag with me, which I keep in the side pocket of my backpack.

There are toilets and showers at the Oldevatn campground, as well as a little store where you can treat yourself to ice cream at the end of the hike.

I also recommend dipping your feet in the lake. There are a few access points at the campground. It will speed up your recovery.

9. Klovane trail description

From the beginning to the end, the trail is marked with red paint marks located on rocks and trees.

For the first few hundred meters, the trail climbs gently through the forest with a few glimpses toward the lake.

After that, the real grind begins. For the next 2 kilometers, you will be hiking on a steep forest path with roots sticking out of the ground and waiting for your brief lack of attention to make you tumble to the ground. The sound of the flowing stream will be accompanying you almost all the way to the top.

There are 3 sections with chains secured to the rocks to help with balance. I am not sure if I would bring my dog again on this hike. On occasion, I had to lift him, which is not easy considering he weighs 25 kilos.

Once you emerge from the forest you will be hiking through muddy fields. The last 500 meters become quite gentle. A nice welcome after the forest battle.

It’s nice to tick off the summit, but the views are the best just below the summit looking towards the lake and the glaciers. Here you can find a few outcrops which present great photo opportunities.

READ MORE: 30 Best Day Hikes and Via Ferratas in the Fjord Region of Norway

10. What to bring and wear on the Klovane hike

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Black Diamond Trekking Poles

I never leave on a trail without a pair of my trusted Black Diamond Carbon Z Poles. At 300 grams a pair, they are hard to compete with.

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Hanwag Hiking Boots

My longest-lasting pair of hiking boots (and I went through quite a few) are the Hanwag Alverstone. They were perfect for muddy Norwegian trails.

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HydraPak Hydration Bladder

There is no better way to stay hydrated on the trails, than having constant and direct access to your water without having to take your backpack off. Thanks to its slim design, the hose coming out of the side of the bladder, and a magnet clip that makes the hose attachment easy I find the HydraPak the best water bladder on the market.

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Merino Wool Socks

I always carry two pairs of socks in my day pack and always have them on me during multiday backpacking trails. Merino wool fibers and their unique properties are resistant to odors.

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Hardshell Rain Jacket

You would be mad not to bring a rain jacket with you on a hiking holiday trip to Norway. Patagonia and its sustainability efforts make it my go-to outdoor clothing brand.

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Osprey Hikelite 18 Liter Backpack

Osprey backpacks have accompanied me since the humble beginnings of this website. I think they offer the perfect fit without sacrificing their usability.

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11. Where to stay nearby 

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If you are traveling in a campervan I recommend staying at the Oldevatn camping. It’s a well-maintained ground with waterfront camper parking spaces. The views are amazing.

You will have direct access to the Klovane trail. It’s also possible to rent cabins – a very popular accommodation option when traveling around Norway.

If you would like to be really close to the main attraction of the area – the Briksdalsbreen glacier viewpoint book your stay at the Briksdalsbre Fjellstove.  There is another hike that starts nearby – the Kattanakken trail, which I mentioned at the start of the post.

Another great place to stay is in Loen and the Alexandra Hotel. Loen offers great access to many glacier viewpoints in the Jostedalsbreen National Park and is home to the famous Via Ferrata Loen.

Other hikes, activities, and places to experience nearby

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Kattanakken

One of the best trails in Norway if you want to get amazing aerial glacier views. Kattanakken starts only a few kilometers further down the road from Klovane.

Rakssetra

A quick-to-reach old mountain farm with amazing views over Innvikfjord and into the Olde Valley. The whole hike takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.

Via Ferrata Loen

The most famous via ferrata in Norway, thanks to its long suspension bridge along the route. Via Ferrata Loen takes climbers to the top of Mount Hoven high above the Innvikfjord.

Lovatnet

Another beautiful lake in the Stryn municipality of Vestland county in Norway with fascinating and equally terrifying history of megatsunamis. Lovatnet can be found in the parallel valley to Oldedalen.

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Marta
Marta

Hi! I am the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

2 Comments

  1. Do you have recommendations on how to get to and from Sandane airport to Loen and return? The bus schedule does not line up with my flight which arrives at 10:05 am and departs at 5:25pm two days later. I hope to maximize my time here.

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