Nesbygda

In the middle of Stad municipality, lies Nesbygda, locally known for being the source of the drinking water for Nordfjordeid centre and large parts of Hjelle district. The village is the western gateway to Europe’s deepest lake, Hornindalsvatnet, 514 metres at its deepest.

The village stretches along the Rv15/E39 motorway from Skaugset in the east past Nes and Nor. From Nor, the village continues to the west along county road 5745 to Kviane, bordering Bjørlomona.

Nesbygda is home to Nesjartun camping. The campsite can boast of its long traditions and is one of the oldest accommodation sites in the area. Visitors come from both Norway and abroad, seeking quiet and peaceful beaches close to Europe’s deepest lake. Here, you can buy a fishing licence for both Hornindalsvatnet and Eidselva river. The campsite offers boat hire, which is very popular in the summer season.

At Nesheim, Eidsbygda skyttarlag has an indoor miniature rifle range that is frequently used during the winter months and which has also lured champion marksmen to the village.

Nor is the location of the new water intake for Nordfjordeid. Here, the municipality has built some parking spaces and arranged access to the lake, which many people use for kayaking as well as other boating activities. Nor is also a popular fishing spot where Hornindalsvatnet joins the Eidselva river. The landowners at Nor have created trails for the fishermen. A pedestrian path and a cycle path also run alongside the main road across the Nor bridge to Nordfjordeid. For the locals, jogging or cycling “around Nor” is a well-established term. The exercise route along the motorway on the north side of Eidsdalen and down the south side along the FV 5745 takes you past Nor and Nesbygda around the half-way point.

In the old days, there was a dairy, a post office, a bus terminal, a telephone exchange, and a power plant in Kviafossen, so the area around Nor has always been an important hub both in Nesbygda and in the former Eid municipality. It was at Nor quay that the boat traffic on Lake Hornindalsvatnet had its end point in the west when the ferry boat Dølen made a return trip to Nor-Grodås with several stops along the lake. Who knows, maybe a new Dølen boat will be transporting people and livestock on Hornindalsvatnet some day?

The agricultural industry is strong in the village and the cultural landscape is maintained by grazing animals both on cultivated fields and outlying areas in the whole village. Sheep, goat and dairy cows are the most common animals you see in the village in addition to the Fjord horse, of course.

Those of us who live here see that investments are being made in the village, both in terms of its businesses and new agricultural buildings at Nor, and we see new houses and new faces popping up all the time. Stad municipality and Nordfjord are in a very positive period with regards to development, unity, and population growth. We also notice the same trends in Nesbygda.

Nesjarhall is the community centre in Nesbygda. The house is located just east of Nesjartun camping and is a natural gathering point for the village. It’s also possible to rent the house as a venue for weddings, confirmations, and similar things for others, even if they don’t live in Nesbygda.

The village has several nice mountain hikes you can enjoy throughout the year. From Skaugset, you can walk to Maragjølsetra/Rotisetra on the marked trail and then west through Maralgjølsdalen and over to Lotesetra for a slightly longer hike. Nessetra, Kviasetra, and Norsetra are also nice hikes for young and old alike. Sagetindane, at 1,022 metres above sea level, is the second highest peak in Stad municipality. Many people take the gravel road from Lotesetra, but it is also possible to walk from Nesbygda starting at Nes or Nor, for example.

If you are going to experience Nordfjord’s many destinations along motorway 15, you are bound to see Nesbygda.
We hope you enjoy your stay, whether you are a guest, someone who has recently moved here, or a more long-term resident of Nesbygda.