The beautiful natural heritage of Luster spans from lush vegetation typical for western Norwegian fjords to the barren landscape surrounding glaciers and peaks. Within the municipal boundaries you can find 14 national parks, nature reserves and landscape preservation areas totaling 1435 km2 or 52% of the municipal district.
The Norwegian public right of access secures the right for everyone to walk freely in nature, particularly on Luster’s various marked trails. We encourage you to take the time to enjoy a unique nature experience while you're here!
If you have questions related to protected areas, you are welcome to contact the municipality of Luster, email@example.com or by phone + 47 57 68 55 00.
Bargarden Nature Reserve (0.2 km2)
Bargarden nature reserve is right next to highway 55, just northeast of the village Luster. The calcareous pine woodlands found here are rare in this part of the country. The site contains rich vegetation including species such as Polygonátum odorátum and Epipáctis atrórubens. These varieties, when found in Bargarden, are growing far from their native habitat. Sorbus subarranénsis is a rare species that is normally found in Luster and Sogndal and which can also be seen in Bargarden.
Camping, outdoor fires, putting up a tent, riding a bicycle and picking flowers are all prohibited in the reserve. However, you are welcome to take a trip to Bargarden in order to experience the beautiful diversity during the spring blossoming season.
Drægnismorki Nature Reserve (1.7 km2)
Drægnismorki Nature Reserve is in the valley Fortunsdalen. The purpose of protecting this woodland area is to preserve a landscape little influenced by agriculture and therefore valuable for its rich biodiversity. The forest is dominated by large, old pines together with elm and aspen which all have a high biological yield.
This national park includes the Jostedalsbreen glacier which is the largest glacier in mainland Europe. The Jostedalsbreen glacier and the smaller surrounding glaciers have been formed by a combination of low annual temperatures and snowy winters.
Loi Nature Reserve (0.9 km2)
The Loi Nature Reserve, consisting of rich deciduous woodlands, is found on the southern side of the Lustrafjord fjord.
Hafsolvatnet Bird Protection Area is a nature reserve that was established in 1991 for preserving the rich bird life living on and around the lake Hafslovatnet. The reserve covers the westernmost part of Hafslovatnet in addition to the Straumavatnet and Tverbergvatnet lakes. The area is a highly valued nesting site and resting place for several migrating species, waders in particular. Nearly 60 species of waders have been registered here.
Jotunheimen National Park (1156 km2)
In 1862 the Norwegian author Åsmund Olafson Vinje named this mountain area, "Jotunheimen". It was here that the “jotnar” lived, huge giants who were scary creatures in Norse mythology. The wild mountains are capable of teasing the imagination even of modern tourists.
The national park is easily accessible through a network of footpaths and cabins owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association, DNT. If you are interested in mountaineering, the peaks in Jotunheimen represent an endless number of challenges regardless of your skills and ambitions.
Luster Allmenning Nature Reserve (10 km2)
Luster Allmenning Nature Reserve consists of a steep hillside between fjord and mountains. This is typical landscape for the western Norwegian fjords.
Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve (281 km2)
If you want to experience a spectacular glacier and a landscape constantly influenced by ice and meltwater you should take a trip to the glacier Nigardsbreen. This arm of Jostedalsbreen glacier and the valley in which it lies is protected so as to preserve an example of well-developed glacial boundary zones. The area is particularly well suited for studies of how the ice shapes the landscape below and the slow process of succession as species establish in the barren landscape exposed in times when the glacier decreases.
Vigdalen Landscape Preservation Area (29.2 km2)
Ytamoen Nature Reserve (1.9 km2)
When the Ytamoen Nature Reserve was established in 2009 the purpose was to preserve a woodland area little influenced by humans and with high species diversity. Here you will find a rich deciduous forest dominated by elm, lime trees, alder, hazel and aspen.
Breheimen National Park (1691 km2)
Nowhere else in Norway will you be able to find such a wide variety of contrasting conditions. The natural environment can vary from arid to wet, from lush forests to barren alpine landscapes where only a few hardy plant species are able to survive. The fact that summer farms had previously been established in this area indicates that there had also been excellent summer grazing conditions for the livestock.
Mørkridsdalen Landscape Preservation Area was established in connection with Breheimen National Park in 2009. By protecting this area the Norwegian authorities seek to preserve a beautiful cultural landscape deeply influenced by agriculture through generations. In order to avoid degrading this valuable landscape, summer farms must be maintained and livestock grazing must continue.
Utladalen Landscape Preservation Area (314 km2)
Utladalen is an expanse of wild and beautiful nature typical for the western part of Norway. The valley leads to Fannaråken and Smørstabbtindane peaks as well as to the Rauddalen valley in Jotunheimen National Park. Here you can find some of the highest mountains in Norway. Some are well above 2000 meters.
In Utladalen you can see the 275 meter waterfall Vettisfossen which is the highest free waterfall in northern Europe. When traversing high rock faces, the distance between rich vegetation and inhospitable terrain is short.
Yngsdalen Nature Reserve (2.4 km2)
Yngsdalen is a classic example of a valley formed by a glacier. Here you will find a u-shaped valley with a relatively broad bottom and steep mountain sides. What is less common, at least in this region, is that the entire valley is covered with marsh. The valley of Yngsdalen is protected as part of a national program for preserving wetland areas.
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