Stryn kommune
View of Stryn
View of Stryn
Official logo of Stryn kommune
Vestland within
Stryn within Vestland
Stryn within Vestland
Coordinates: 61°50′19″N 06°51′46″E / 61.83861°N 6.86278°E / 61.83861; 6.86278Coordinates: 61°50′19″N 06°51′46″E / 61.83861°N 6.86278°E / 61.83861; 6.86278
Administrative centreStryn
 • Mayor (2011)Sven Flo (H)
 • Total1,377.22 km2 (531.75 sq mi)
 • Land1,321.17 km2 (510.11 sq mi)
 • Water56.05 km2 (21.64 sq mi)  4.1%
Area rank63 in Norway
 • Total7,167
 • Rank147 in Norway
 • Density5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Stryning [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-4651
Official language formNynorsk [2]

Stryn is a municipality in the county of Vestland, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Nordfjord. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Stryn. The municipality is located along the innermost part of the Nordfjorden. Some of the main villages in Stryn include Loen, Innvik, Utvik, Randabygda, Olden, and Flo.

View towards Stryn summer ski center
Innvik Church
Olden Church
Oppstrynsvatnet Lake
Nordsida Church

Farming, forestry, fruit growing, animal breeding for furs, small manufacturing industries, tourism, and the service trades provide the main occupations. The wide river Stryneelva enters the village of Stryn from the east after meandering through the fertile Stryn Valley, from the large lake Oppstrynsvatn. The Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre is situated on the shore of this lake. At the east end of the lake, the road enters the narrower Hjelledalen and shortly zigzags up some 300 metres (980 ft) to Ospeli and the entrance of the first of the three tunnels of the mountain highway (Riksvei 15) leading to Geiranger and Grotli.

Stryn is known for its all year glacier skiing at Stryn Sommerski. It is also the home of the footballer-brothers Tore André Flo, Jarle Flo and Jostein Flo, who grew up in the village of Stryn, as well as their footballing-cousin Håvard Flo who is from the village of Flo.

The 1,377-square-kilometre (532 sq mi) municipality is the 63rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Stryn is the 147th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 7,167. The municipality's population density is 5.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (14/sq mi) and its population has increased by 4.7% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

Innvik was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt law). The original municipality was identical to the Innvik parish (prestegjeld) with the sub-parishes (sokn) of Oppstryn, Nedstryn, Loen, Olden, Innvik, and Utvik. In 1843, the sub-parishes of Loen, Oppstryn, and Nedstryn were separated from the municipality of Innvik and became a separate municipality named Stryn. The population of Stryn at this time was 2,401. On 10 January 1922, the area of Raksgrenda was transferred from Innvik to Stryn. The population in this area was 120 at that time.[5]

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1965, a merger took place combining the following areas into a new Stryn municipality:

Initially, this new municipality of Stryn had a population of 7,211.[5]

On 1 January 1977, the parts of the old Hornindal Municipality that were merged with Stryn in 1965 were transferred back to the newly re-constituted Hornindal municipality. The population of Stryn was reduced by 1,202 in this transaction.[5]

On 1 January 2019, the Maurset area in the southern part of the neighboring municipality of Hornindal (population: 19) was transferred from Hornindal to Stryn.[6]

On 1 January 2020, the municipality became part of the newly created Vestland county after Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland counties were merged.


The name (Old Norse: Strjónar) originally (probably) belonged to the river of Stryneelva. The name is derived from strjónn which means "(strong) stream".[7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 11 December 1987. The arms are green with a gold-colored linden (tilia) branch with four leaves. The linden was chosen to represent the vast deciduous forests in the region and the four leaves were chosen to represent the four main village areas along the fjord.[8]


The Church of Norway has eight parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Stryn. It is part of the Nordfjord prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.[9]

Churches in Stryn
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Oppstryn Oppstryn Church Oppstryn 1863
Nedstryn Nedstryn Church Nedstryn 1859
Loen Loen Church Loen 1838
Innvik Innvik Church Innvik 1822
Utvik Utvik Church Utvik 1840
Olden Olden Church Olden 1934
Old Olden Church 1772
Ljosheim Chapel Mykløy in Oldedalen 1924
Randabygda Randabygd Church Randabygda 1916
Nordsida Nordsida Church Roset 1973


All municipalities in Norway, including Stryn, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.[10] The municipality falls under the Sogn og Fjordane District Court and the Gulating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Stryn is made up of 25 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Stryn Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høgre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:25
Stryn Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høgre)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:25
Stryn Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:25


The mayor (ordførar) of a municipality in Norway is a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. Sven Flo of the Conservative Party (Høyre) was elected as mayor in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.[14]


Briksdals Glacier
Road to Jostedals Glacier


Stryn is located on the northern border of Vestland county. To the north, Stryn is bordered by the municicaplities of Volda and Stranda (in Møre og Romsdal county), to the east is Skjåk (in Innlandet county), to the southeast is Luster, to the southwest is Sunnfjord, and to the west is Gloppen and Stad.


Stryn is known for its scenery, glaciers and the mountains running into the mirroring fjords and lakes. The glacier Briksdalsbreen lies in the Oldedalen valley. The Stryn area also has a number of other valley glaciers including Tindefjellbreen, Tystigsbreen, and Myklebustbreen. Most of the valley glaciers in Stryn are originating from the great Jostedal glacier (Jostedalsbreen) between the Nordfjord and Sogn areas.

Ramnefjellsfossen, the third highest free-falling waterfall in the world, is located in the municipality. Stryn also has the largest linden forest in Northern Europe. The largest lakes are Oppstrynsvatn, Lovatnet, and Oldevatnet. The mountains Skåla, Lodalskåpa, and Høgstre Breakulen are all located in Stryn.

Jostedal Glacier National Park[edit]

The Jostedalsbreen National Park has an area of approximately 1,310 square kilometres (510 sq mi). Flora and fauna area is situated between the fjord and glacier. The museum Jostedalsbreen nasjonalparksenter is located in Oppstryn.

Briksdal glacier[edit]

Visitors from all over the world come to see the Briksdalsbreen glacier outlet, which is situated amid waterfalls and high peaks. Briksdal glacier is a part of the Jostedal glacier ice field, which is the largest glacier on the European mainland. The highest point of the glacier lies at 1,950 metres (6,400 ft) above sea level and in some places it measures 400 metres (1,300 ft) in depth. It is located at the end of the Oldedalen valley.


On two occasions, large rockslides from Ramnefjellet hit the lake below. The resulting flood wave wiped out the settlements of Nesdal and Bødal, killing 135 people.


There are many bird species in this area including the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus), and the white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopus leucotos). Some of the larger mammals that live in this region are red deer (Cervus elaphus), wolverines (Gulo gulo), and lynxes (Lynx lynx).

National Tourist Route[edit]

The Gamle Strynefjellsvegen is a National Tourist Route (Fylkesvei 258). It goes from Grotli (Skjåk municipality in Innlandet county) to Videseter, where a waterfall is, and on to the village of Stryn (Vestland county).


Stryn Center[edit]

The village of Stryn, a busy and developing small village at the tip of the most northernly of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjorden, is the local government and shopping centre for a large community and the junction of roads which connect inner Nordfjord with the rest of Norway.

Oldedalen Valley[edit]

The southernmost of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjorden terminates at the village of Olden from which a lovely valley, Oldedalen, goes due south for about 20 kilometres (12 mi) between slopes rising sharply to more than 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) to the edge of the Jostedals glacier.

Olden has two churches. The Old Olden Church in the village, was built in 1759 on the site of a Stave church dating from around 1300. Its pews, doors, and jambs are made from timbers of the Stave church. The "new" Olden Church, a short distance along the valley, was built in 1934 so that the old church could be preserved.

Loen and Lodalen Valley[edit]

The Loen Skylift is located in Loen, and Hotel Alexandra is a popular tourist retreat. Loen Valley (Lodalen) is a popular attraction, and Kjenndal Glacier is located at the end of the valley (branch of the Jostedal Glacier). Much of the upper Loen valley was devastated from two rockfall slides (one in 1905 and one in 1936) that created huge waves that swept with them most of the houses and vegetation. A total of 135 people were killed in these two incidents.

Innvik and Utvik[edit]

On the southern shore of the Nordfjorden, between Hildaneset and Utvikfjellet, lie the villages of Innvik and Utvik, in the area known as Vikane. The main road (Rv 60) skirts the fjord past Innvik and ascends from Utvik to Utvikfjellet mountain. At Hildaneset, beside the main road, there is a sculpture of Mr. Singer. Mr Singer financed the building of the road.


Stryn Sommerski is one of Norway's best known skiing facilities. It offers excellent skiing conditions in the summer, with lifts and tracks for all types of skiing, including Cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, Telemark skiing, and snowboarding.


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