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Vetvika Travel Guide To The Most Beautiful Beach in Norway

On the far western part of Norway, on the rarely visited Bremanger islands in the Vestland Country (previously the Sogn og Fjordane county), is where the most beautiful beach in Norway is located, the untamed, wild, beautiful, and magical Vetvika Beach.

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Welcome to Vetvika, maybe the most beautiful beach in Norway

And best of all, Vetvika it´s a real off the beaten path destination in Norway, so you will most likely get the whole beach to yourself.

If Vetvika had been located in Southern Europe, you would have had to fight to get a spot on the beach, but here you will get the whole beach for yourself.

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Welcome to Vetvika, probably the most fantastic beach in Norway

But be aware, to reach Vetvika, you will either have to do a very hard 15,9 km hike across the Steinfjellet (easily translated rock mountain) or arrive by boat.

The hike to reach Vetvika might be the steepest of all hikes in Norway, so it´s not suitable for everyone.

However, the hike here is a great daytrip, so it´s also possible to put up your tent for free anywhere along the beach here, then you will be able to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Norway.

Until recently, Vetvika and Bremanger were unknown also to most people in Norway, but it has now become one of the most famous and must-visit places in the whole of Norway, but still rarely visited by foreign tourists in Norway.

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Arriving at the spectacular Vetvika beach

The small bay of Vetvika was once home to 3 farms, a small graveyard (with nine graves), and at most 40 locals, but the last locals moved away in 1951 due to the place being almost impossible to leave during the three long winter months, because of heavy snowfall on the mountains and heavy storms on the ocean making the journey here very unsafe. Once the place got isolated for 16 weeks, that´s four months of total isolation.

The old farms and graveyard is now protected and looked after in kept in good condition, with a couple of the old farms now being private cabins.

And there´s a new outdoor toilet put up in the bay.

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The stunning beach

Once the last locals left Vetvika, the place almost became forgotten, with only the locals on Bremanger knowing about this hidden gem in Norway, but then social media happened, and now Vetvika is one of the most photogenic and instagrammable places in all of Norway.

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Sunset over one of the old farms, with the new added outdoor toilet
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Enjoy the stunning view over Vetvika

The Hike To Vetvika Beach

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Sunset over the beautiful beach in far western Norway

The trip to Vetika starts from a small parking lot at Svarstad a couple of km before the small settlement of Grotle (also home to a fantastic beach) on the Bremanger island on the far western part of Norway.

From the parking lot, the trip is around 15,9 km return which usually takes 8-10 hours, so it´s a long and tiring day.

With the highest point being at 574 meters, while that´s not much, so do you remember that you start at sea level. And that you will have to ascend/descend 544m in just 1km.

I did this hike in Mid May, and there were still some parts with snow, with some being very wet and knee-deep.

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Profile map of the trail to Vetvika, as you can see, there´s a crazy descend and ascend. map from ut.no

The first 3km of the trail from the parking lot goes along a gravel road that leads to a tv tower.

However, you won´t be walking all the way to the tv tower; you will be turning left once you reach the top; no worries, once you are done with the gravel road, the hiking trail towards Vetvika is very well marked.

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Follow the gravel road for the first 3km. There´s a lot of sheep along the way.

There´s a road barrier at the beginning of the road, which is only open for the workers at the local tv tower.

So there are no other options than for you to walk along the dusty gravel road, which is also very steep in some parts. So take it slow.

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The first section of the road is pretty boring.

While following the dirt road is pretty boring, steep without much shade to have a rest in, so do the locals in Bremanger currently working on a new trail which will go directly from Grotle over the mountain and meeting up with the train down towards the beach after where the dirt road finished.

While the new trail will not be shorter than the current one, so will it definitely be a more pleasant trail.

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Where you turn off the dirt road and start going on the trail instead, the trail is very well marked.

Follow the trail past the cabin for about 1km, the trail is easy and comfortable to walk along, but some parts can be very wet, especially if there´s still snow melting on the tops around here.

It´s a good idea to refill your water bottle from one of the streams here.

After one Km, you will reach a small intersection, it might not look like one, but you will have to choose if you will have to take the short and extremely steep way via Vollen, this way it´s a 3,6 km hike to the beach, or you can take the 5,7km path towards Solheim which is also steep but still as crazy as the shorter way trough Vollen.

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Turn left for the shortest by crazy steep section. Turn right for longer and not as steep but still steep.

However, most people walk via Vollen on their way to Vetvika, and the way to Solheim on their way back home, since the longer way is supposedly more effortless, but be in mind, during my visit here in Mid May, there was still a lot of wet snow along the Solheim path, making the Solheim path much more tiering then the shorter but steeper way along Vollen.

But In hindsight, I should have walked back through Vollen; that would have saved me a lot of time, soaking shoes and a damaged knee.

If you do decide to take the short route to Vetvika along Vollen, then you start with a small hill climb which is not too difficult, and it will give you some great view back towards where you parked your car and started your hike.

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I’m Heading up the first hill when I turned left, my friend leading the way.

The trail here is easy to follow but also very wet in parts, so be careful with your steps, and don´t forget to enjoy the view.

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Don´t forget to look back and enjoy the view. The road is the distance is the gravel road you just walked up.

Once you reach the top, there are a few flat sections before you reach a part that is often covered in snow until mid-June. In Mid May, the section was extremely wet, and I did often fall through the snow until my knees.

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Follow the well-marked trail.
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Still a lot of snow along the trail in mid-may

Once you are done with the snowy path, then you will soon get your first view of Vetvika beach and realize how steep the crazy descent don’t to the beach is. From here, the 544m descent in just 1km starts. Be sure to be careful with your knees.

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Soon you will get the first view of Vetvika, just over the edge.

Probably the best view of Vetvika is here from the top before you start your descent, so it is well worth it to have rest on top here and enjoy the million-dollar view.

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The first view over Vetvika from here it´s 544m, almost straight down.

Once you have had your break, just follow the markings. But be careful and watch your steps. Some of the rocks are very loose.

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Get ready to go down. All the poles are trail markings.
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looking back up
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Walking along the trail, notice the trail marking

There are not many places to sit down and have a break during this part of the hike, but luckily you are almost down at the beach, where you can have a well-deserved rest.

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Almost there, just another 10min and you are at the beach.

Once you reach the bottom, there´s a few more very wet section before you reach the first old farm, so don´t make the mistake of getting wet shoes at this point.

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Finally, down at the beach, time for well-deserved rest.

The first and best place to have a rest is at the stars at the first farm you reach, after that go for a stroll on the beach and just relax in the sun, and go for a swim if you like cold water swimming.

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The first house you arrive at, a great place to have rest on the stairs or at the stone platform on the right side.

Once you are done with your rest, go for a walk along the beach or find your camp spot for the night, you are allowed to camp anywhere you want in Vetvika, but you might be surprised that not everywhere is suitable for pitching your tent. Some parts are wet; other parts have very soft sand, so your tent might blow over if you experience some strong wind.

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Don´t forget to enjoy the beach.

Or just walk around and discover the remains, which are living proof that Vetvika once was a small village full of life.
Still, the old cemetery is here, together with old man-made breakwater.

There´s also a new clean outdoor toilet put up here, so visitors no longer have to do their private things along the beach.

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One of the farms on the right side, and the mountain you have to cross to reach the place. And the breakwater on the left side.
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One of the old farms, together with the boathouse and the man-made breakwater
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The new outdoor toilet

But if you want some good karma, so do also a lot of plastic and garbage wash up on the shores on the beach here in Vetvika.

So bringing an extra bag with you and go around the beach to collect some of the washed-up plastic, and bring the collected garbage back across the mountain to your car, so will you definitely get some good karma.

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Keep Vetvika clean
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looking into the north sea with the small graveyard on the left side and one of the farms on the right side
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The graveyard on the left side
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Panoramic view over Vetvika

If you are just doing a daytrip to Vetvika, be sure you start heading back to your car early enough, the walk back towards the parking lot is no walk in the park, especially if there´s still snow along the trail as I had.

But since I decided to camp in Vetvika, so did I get to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Norway.

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Sunset over one of the old farms in Vetvika.
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Sunset Vetvika, one of the best in Norway

But since I decided to do outdoor camping in Vetvika, did I also get an amazing sunrise with some amazing light, a perfect morning for a hot coffee, and the last rest before the hike back to the parking lot.

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Sunrise in Vetvika
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Early morning on vetvika

I did decide to do the longer hike past Solheim back to the car, which is supposed to be easier than the steep path through Vollen.

But as already mentioned, so did the “easiest” way turn out to be the hardest way. However, the way through Solheim does start off flat and easy on the left side of a small lake, but due to snow melting, this was the wettest part of the entire hike.

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Which way would you take? 7,8km back to parking loot or 10,4km back? In hindsight, the shortest and steepest was the easiest way.
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We are leaving Vetvika, taking the longer route back home.
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The trail follows the left side of the lake.
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It might not look like it, but some parts are extremely wet, and there´s no way you can keep your shoes dry.
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Just keep following the left side of the lake.
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Just follow the trail; the trail goes through the middle of the pass; it´s gone get steep.
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Also, this section is very steep
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And up we go
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Don´t forget to look back and enjoy the way back towards where you came from.

But unfortunately, so is there not too many easy parts on this trail either, at least not at the beginning of the hike back home.

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Some of the easier parts along the trail back home, you will also have to hike up through the steep part in the middle here.
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I’m sorry to say, but it´s also steep here.

There´s not too much clean running water to gather along this section of the trail, so always refill your water bottle when you have the opportunity, Me on the other hand, did run out of water.

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This might not look too hard, but this was the hardest part of the trail, the snow was extremely wet and rotten, and I did often fall through down to my knee.
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But then you get to to the top and can enjoy the view all the way to the northern sea, notice the tv tower on the right side.
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Follow the trail along the lake; the tv tower is now on the left side

This section is flatter, but there´s a few wide streams you will have to cross, there´s also a couple of private cabins along this section.

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Another very wet part with wet and rotten snow
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follow the trail across the snow
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Before you meet the trail where you on the day before turned left, now just walk straight forward and meet up with the gravel road.

Once you meet up with the old trail which you turned left on the previous day to do the short way past Vollen, just follow the gravel road, and you will soon be back at the parking lot where you parked your car.

Now the best thing to do is to head into Grotle and make lunch at Grotlesanden, another amazing beach in Norway.

How To get to Bremanger / Vetvika in Norway

Unfortunately, so is public transport in Norway horribly bad outside the main cities in Norway, and Bremanger is no exception. So having your own car is essential to see the best of Bremanger and this part of Norway; however, it is theoretically still possible to visit Vetvika by public transport, which is going to be a hassle.

There´s a couple of ferries between Smørhamn kai/Kålvåg and Florø, the most western city in Norway. Then from Smørhavn, there are four busses nr 663 (timetable) to Grotle a day.

Florø Airport has a daily flight to both Bergen and Oslo.

Best Season to visit Vetvika

The season to visit Vetvika is from early May to the end of September, but everything depends on how much snow there´s been on Bremanger during the winter, as mentioned in this post already, so did I experience wet knee-deep snow on some parts of the trail.

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Vetvika in Mid May

Where to stay in Bremanger

While wild camping is the only option in Vetvika, and you can camp anywhere you want there, so do Grotle, the closest small village have a couple of accommodation option; Grotle is also home to a supermarket, post office, a Thai Restaurant, and a couple of small coffee shops.

And Grotle is also home to another amazing beach and another off the beaten path destination in Norway, Grotlesanden. It´s well worth buying some food in the supermarket and enjoying it on Grotlesanden.

The two closest accommodation options to Vetvika are Havly Bed & Breakfast and Eplehuset, which is both located around 10 min east of Grotle and 5 min away from the parking lot where you start your hike to Vetvika beach.

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The small village of Grotle home to Grotlesanden home to another amazing beach in Norway
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Some of the clearest water in Norway
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The beach is this white.

Where to go next?

This part of Norway is home to many amazing places; Bremanger island is also home to Mt. Hornelsen, the highest seacliff in all of Europe, the hike to the top of the 860-meter sea cliff offers a breathtaking drop straight down into the fjord from the top of Hornelen.
The hike to the top of Hornelen is 15,6km and does normally take 5 hours return.

About 100km and about 2,5hours further north, which includes a ferry ride, will take you to Hoddevika, home to the best surfing spot in all of Norway and visited by surfers from all over the world.

If surfing is not your thing, instead, drive 144km (3,5hours) along the FV61 to Runde, home to the rare Atlantic Puffin bird.

Travel guide to Vetvika maybe the best and most beautiful beach in Norway
On the west coast of Norway, on the remote and wild Bremanger island, is where one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Norway is located.