On 20 May 2017, a cable car in Loen, Norway will come into service. It has been named Loen Skylift, and will transport visitors on the world's steepest aerial ropeway, over 1,000 metres above the Nordfjord, and provide breathtaking panoramic views over the fjord landscape. It may become the number one tourist attraction in Fjord Norway in the coming years.
'Loen Skylift is the quickest and easiest way to explore the best of what Norwegian mountains have to offer. The trip from the fjord to the mountain only takes a few minutes. High, steep and safe, you are brought a thousand metres up to Mount Hoven,' says Richard Grov, general manager of Loen Skylift.
The journey takes only five minutes, and the goal is that at least 40,000 visitors will take the journey this year. Loen Skylift will be available to the public all year round.
Queen Sonja will perform the official opening of Loen Skylift on 20 May 2017.
'Loen Skylift makes the fantastic nature experiences in the area accessible to all. We have the belief that this will be a big favorite in the future,' says Bente Bratland Holm, Director of Tourism at VisitNorway.
Kristian Jørgensen, director of Fjord Norway agrees. 'The view is breathtaking, with beautiful fjords in all directions, spectacular mountains and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier in the background. This is undoubtedly one of Scandinavia's most exciting travel experiences.'
Local food and mountain adventures
From Mount Hoven there is access to several kilometres of built and signposted hiking trails, and in winter one can go snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ski touring. The popular climbing route Via Ferrata Loen, with Gjølmunnebrua suspension bridge (the longest Via Ferrata Bridge in Europe), is ending up at Mount Hoven. At the top, there is fine dining with local ingredients at the mountain restaurant, at the edge of the cliff, before taking the Cable Car back to Loen.
Strong local involvement
Many local businesses are shareholders, with Hotel Alexandra, Nordfjord Kjøtt and Stryn Municipality among the biggest. The Swiss Gondola supplier Garaventa AG has a large stake in the project. Overall, the project will cost EUR30.1m