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Ørsta Local Directory

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Ørsta muncipality has approximately 10.500 inhabitants and covers a area of 804,8 km2. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ørsta. Other villages in the municipality include Hovdebygda, Flåskjer, Leira, Urke, Bjørke, Sæbø, Sætre, Barstadvik, Åmdal, Store-Standal and Ytre Standal. The village of Ørsta is located at the end of the Ørstafjorden, just south of the Saudehornet mountain. Ørsta municipality is the largest on the mainland in the county of Møre and Romsdal, and farming is an important way of life. There is also a wide variety of industries, mainly furniture, metal and food-processing, commercial fishing, and aquaculture dominates in adjacent valleys like Follestaddalen, Åmdalen and the Bondalen valley. The northern part of the municipality has strong naval traditions, with Vartdal being the home of one of the largest factory trawler fleets in Norway. Ørsta enjoys a vigorous cultural life with over 350 clubs and organisations.

Ørsta´s dominant geographical feature is fjords, Storfjorden in the north, Vartdalsfjorden, Ørstafjorden in the west, and Hjørundfjorden in the east. Only in the south is it connected by land to neighbouring Volda. The municipality is also the heartland of the Sunnmørs Alps, a particularly rugged and wild area of mountains in the southern part of Møre and Romsdal. Prolific peaks include Slogen at 1,564 metres, Skårasalen at 1,542 metres, Kolåstinden at 1,432 metres, Ramoen at 1,419 metres, Saudehornet at 1,303 metres, and Romedalstinden at 1,295 metres. Other mountains include Hornindalsrokken, Kvitegga, and Jakta.

The main coastal highway E39 and RV 655 meet in Ørsta. Hovden airport has daily flights to Bergen and Oslo.

Vartdal, Nordre-Vartdal and Barstadvik, this stretch of the fjord is well-known for its fishing and plastics industries. Here you will find salmon rivers, popular fishing spots on quays and headlands all along the Vartdalsfjord. Cabins and rooms to let, the church, Vartdalsstranda fishing and hunting museum, and Sjøbua Ramoen, a renovated fish wharf with a pub and good food. An ideal area for hiking, with Barstadvik as the gateway to the climbing Mecca of Molladalen and to the summmt of Jønshorn.

Isflåmannen (Årskogsfjellet at Nordre-Vartdal), a phenomenon whereby, under certain weather conditions. Great jets of water are spouted from halfway up the mountainside, accompanied by loud bangs, like shots from a gun. Legend has it mat on a lake inside the mountain sails a ship loaded wim gold. One day the water will flow from the lake and the vessel will appear.


Sæbø is a village located along the Hjørundfjord in the Bondalen valley. It is about 5 kilometres north of the mountain Skårasalen. The village of Store-Standal lies about 6 kilometres to the north and the villages of Leira and Bjørke lie about 11 kilometres to the south. This village beside the Hjørundfjord has a very unusual hotel built right on the water´s edge, two campsites, cabins to let and the salmon river Bondalselva. Sæbø is the starting point for walks up the side valleys from Bondalen, or to the summit of Skorasalen or the culture walk to Olavshola. If you fancy a boat-trip to fish on the fjord or just for sight-seeing, there are hoats for hire.


Hjørundfjorden is a 35 kilometre long fjord, an arm of the larger Storfjord that stretches south from Ålesund. At the deepest point is the 441 meters measured south of Stavset and 440 meters outside Molaupen. Villages along the shores of the fjord include Leira, Sæbø, and Store Standal.

The ferry connection between Sæbø and Lekneset is part of Highway 655 between Ørsta and Tryggestad. This stretch also served by a route between Skår, Lekneset, Sæbø, Trandal and Standal. For the roadless hamlets Skår and Trandal the ferry is the only transport links with the outside world. From Standal the road goes along the bay north to Festøy where Hjørundfjorden enters Storfjorden. Festøy is located on the route E39. From here the ferry to Solevåg at the north of Storfjorden and to Hundeivik on the opposite side of the Hjørundfjorden. The E39 goes westwards along Storfjorden against Ørsta.

Hjørundfjorden is surrounded by the Sunnmørs Alps mountain range in the municipalities of Ørsta and Sykkylven, with mountain peaks reaching 1,700 metres straight up from the fjord, including Skårasalen and Jakta. The further the fjord penetrates the mountains, the higher the peaks, from Jønshornet (1.419 metres) at the mouth of the fjord to Kvitegga (1.717 metres). The Hjørundfjord cuts its way into the very heart of the Sunnmørs Alps, cuthing the landscape into two halves.

Essentially, agriculture and tourism livelihood in the area. Around Hjørundfjorden is about 70 small lakes. One of these is Tusse Lake, which has given its name to the Tussa power company. The company has had Hjørundfjorden basis for its growth with Tussa power plant at Bjørke and later several small power plants along the Hjørundfjorden. Norangsfjorden is a side inlet to the Hjørundfjorden.


Norangsfjorden is a branch of Hjørundfjorden and 6.5 km long and maximum depth is 296 meters. Norangsfjorden inlets between Lekneset in the north, and Stålbergneset to the south. The are two villages Urkebygda on the north side of the bay and Øyelandet the sea bottom. Highway 655 runs on the east and north side of Norangsfjorden.


Norangsdalen is one of the narrowest valleys in Norway, rich in both spectaculare sceneries as well as cultural memories. The valley bears the scars of the battle against the forces of nature. At lake Jelskred, the bottom of the valley is full of scree. At Urasætra and Stavbergsætra, the houses were built into the ground as protection against landslides. There is a breath of history over the name Natures Cathedral.

At the turn of the century tourist ships anchored up at Øye. Many a famous name was transported by pony and trap along me ancient road through the valley to Hellesylt. After the "Silver Cruise" in 1993 to celebrate the Silver Wedding of the King and Queen of Norway, Norangsdalen was given the name "The Queen´s Route". It is a valley rich in spectacular scenery and cultural memories. The lake known as Lygnstøylvatnet was formed by a rock fall from Keipen in 1908. Beneath the waters of the lake you can still see the remains of the old road, the foundations of the farmhouses and the gateway.


Øye is the point of departure for mountain hikes to Slogen and Smørskredtindane with the Gullmor glacier, or for wandering along the mossy paths of Norangsdalen. Excellent fishing in the rivers and lakes. Hotel Union Øye has been refurbished exactly as it stood in 1891 and is an attraction in its own right. It was a popular place for emperors and representatives of all the Royal Families of Europe. In the visitor´s book you can see the signatures of people like Queen Victoria, Karen Blixen and Edvard Grieg.


A wooden church dating from 1864, with a beautiful triptych of Northern German / Dutch origin from the late Middle Ages. Stained-glass window by Olav Straume. Open 20.07 - 20.08. Man-fred 09.30 - 16.00. Sat 09.30 - 14.00.


Brudavolltunet and the old mills at Skorgeura is situeted on the main RV 655, 4 km from the centre of Ørsta. The farm remains unchanged and dates from the 1600. It shows how they lived an farmed in times gone by.


Beside the waterfall in Skorgeura you will find threee renovated mills where you can see how they ground corn in the old days.


Exhibition in Vartdal school.


The house is said to be the first in the district built in the Tyroler style (1884). Here you will find "The Old Post Office" with its stamp collection and the Ørstavik book collection. The Art Society hold summer exhibitions in the main building.


Stands at the junction of E39 / Anders Hovden street in Ørsta centre. The statue of this poet and minister (1860-1943) is the work of sculptor Anne Grimdalen.


The centre stands beside the main E39 road, between Ørsta and Volda. In the unique new museum building, the exhibitions deal with language and culture. Here the poet and linguist Ivar Aesen (1813 - 1898) was born. He is recognised as the "father" of the New Norwegian language, a written language based on Norwegian dialects. The Ivar Aasen Centre is a national centre for documenting and experiencing the New Norwegian written culture, and the only museum in the country devoted to Ivar Aasen’s life and work. The Centre lies on the farm where Aasen was born and grew up. There are five buildings spanning three centuries and an outdoor amphitheatre at a spot where people have gathered since the 1880s (to enjoy music, song, dance and the spoken word).

The old farmyard is the ideal starting-point for easy walks along sign-posted footpaths. The spectacular new building, opened in 2000, was designed by Sverre Fehn, Norway’s leading architect. The large permanent exhibition on Ivar Aasen, language and literature offers something new every day. There is plenty to see, a lot to listen to and even more to wonder about. The computer-based Dialect Game is a sure winner with visitors of all ages! The indoor amphitheatre is the jewel box in the new museum building. Here we show the dramatised film documentary “Ivar Aasen”, which will not fail to impress everyone. The library and archives contain almost 30,000 volumes and pamphlets.


Ivar Aasen (1813–1896) is the language researcher who rewrote Norwegian history. On the basis of a variety of dialects he laid the foundations for the New Norwegian language. He also wrote some of Norway’s most popular folksongs. New Norwegian and Dano-Norwegian have had equal status and both been official languages since 1885. New Norwegian has become a natural part of everyday Norwegian life and is today the first language of at least 500,000 Norwegians.


Stands beside tbe roundabout to Ivar Aasen street in the centre of Ørsta. The work of sculptor Dyre Vaa.


At Myklebust in Vartdal, a mountain plateau 900 metres above Isflåmannen, lie two so-called Trojan forts, one known as the Julian fort, the other as the Isflå fort. These are stone labyrinths from the Bronze Age, the only ones of their kind in western Norway and believed to have been used in rituals. The forts comprinse rings of stone slabs laid as a labyrinth, about 5 - 6 metres in diameter. Follow the marked footpath from the farmyard of Bjarte Myklebust.


Sunnmøre is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian. Its main city is Ålesund. Though it is one of the three traditional districts in Møre og Romsdal, Sunnmøre is home to more than half the population of the county. The district is made up of mainland as well as several large islands such as Gurskøy and Hareidlandet, plus many small islands.

There are many local newspapers throughout Sunnmøre, as well as one that aims to cover the entire region, published from Ålesund, called Sunnmørsposten.


It is a great pieature for us to welcome you to our "kingdom" - in the centre of Northern Europe´s fjord and alpine country. The region is spectacular, stretching from deep-blue fjords, via verdant valleys with emerald-green slopes way up to the highest wild peaks with their white glaciers. This is not just a picture, but reality, a landscape which you can become fond of.

Majestic peaks and a rugged alpine massif distinguish the Sunnmørs Alps from other mountain areas. Mountains plunge vertically into the fjord from a height of 1.500 - 1.600 metres and from the summit of Jakta at 1.588 metres, ther is a perpendicular fall of 1.821 metres to the bottom of the fjord. This will give you some idea of the enormous dimensions between the summits and the seabed below the waters of the fjords.

Molladalstindane is a mountain range in the Sunnmøre Alps. The name Molladalstindane is a common term for the mountains that lie at the bottom of the Molladalen, located between Melbøsætra in Barstadvik and Ytre-Standal by the Hjørundfjord. The mountain range contains well-known peaks such as: Ramoen (Jønshornet), Rander Topp and Mohns Topp. In addition to smaller pinnacles / pinnacles like Bladet (about 1300 meters above sea level and Giganten.


The region has many areas that offer rich opportunities for both small and big- game hunting. A permit can be obtained from the individual landowner, from self-service boxes. The general season for hunting in 0rsta and Volda (guidelines): Deer hunting: lO. - 25. September and 10. October - 15. November. Small game: lO. September - 28. February. Black grouse and wood grouse only until 23. December. Hunting is prohibited from 24. - 31. December.


Ørsta SkiCentere is approximately 15 km from Ørsta and is located at Bondalseidet. The resort has a chair lift, two escalators and children facilities. Excellent "off-piste" opportunities, halfpipe plant and equipment to run on trick skis. Ørsta SkiCentere is an important facility for hangglider and paraglider environment in the region.


In the middle of Sunnmøre we find the village of Ørsta. Flowing through the valley is a small river famous for it´s grilse fishing. In good periods huge numbers of grilse and salmon enter the river and the fishing can be very good. The river has two sources, the lake Vatnedal and the snowfields in the Sunnmøre alps. The two branches meet at the top of the Melsgjerde beat. The Melsgjerde beat is possibly the best in the river, but all beats can be good when fish are running and there is enough water in the river. A good waterflow is very important in this river, the best fisning occurs after periods with rain. The river is easy accessible through several beats. Licenses can be had several places, but most beats are covered by the Ørsta Camping site. License period are 6 hours, and there is a 3 fish bag limit.

The river is rather shallow and fast with a lot of small pools and current edges to fish. Worms are the most popular bait among the local fishers. It is great fun to catch fish on light tackle and flies in the small pools, you most certain have to follow the fish downstream. Most of the time small flies is best, but like other grilse rivers it can be rewarding to try huge single irons in between the small ones.

A single handed rod rated for a 8/9 line will be adequate for Ørsta. At some places it can be nice to have a rod of 10' - 11' feet to better control the line in the pocket water found far out in the river. When the water is low and clear, lighter tackle has its place.

Rivers and lakes in 0rsta: In Bondalselva at Sæbu you can fish for salmon and trout. The river is divided into zones, with a separate fly-fishing zone at the estuary. 0rstaelva in the town centre is well-known for its salmon and trout fishing. The river is divided into stretches and you may use fly, hook or bait. Other rivers: Vartdalselva, Storeelva, and Barstadvikelva in Vartdal and Barstadvik. Hovdevatnet is a good lake for fishing trout and char. In Bjørdal you will find lakes such as Bjørdalstjærna, Kvanndalsvatnet, and Vatnevatnet in Åmdalen. Contact the Tourist Imformation in 0rsta for more details about freshwater fishing.

Fjord fishing: From the innermost heads of the fjords in both Volda and Ørsta, and all the way out to the islands on the coast there is plenty to challenge the fishing enthusiast. Both from the shore or from a boat it is possible to land a useful catch of cod, pollack or haddock. The fjords of the district offer many idyllic fishing spots, from sheltered bays to open stretches of the fjord where a more salty experience awaits you. Hobby - fishing for your own consumption is free, you can use rod, line, trolling line or net.


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