• Briksdalsbreen is a powerful sight as a neighbor of Gryta Camping in Olden
    Briksdalsbreen is a powerful sight as a neighbor of Gryta Camping in Olden
  • The campsite was established by Dagfinn Gytri (pictured) and his wife 25 years ago
    The campsite was established by Dagfinn Gytri (pictured) and his wife 25 years ago
  • Gytri was an old goat farm, and until just four years ago they had 150 dairy goats. They have kept two domesticated goats - much to the delight of children
    Gytri was an old goat farm, and until just four years ago they had 150 dairy goats. They have kept two domesticated goats - much to the delight of children
  • A carved troll couple welcome in front of the warm reception building with peat on the roof
    A carved troll couple welcome in front of the warm reception building with peat on the roof
  • The pitches are idyllic - on grass, and right down to the banks of the Oldevatnet
    The pitches are idyllic - on grass, and right down to the banks of the Oldevatnet
  • A living room on the second floor combined with a kiosk and groceries create well-being - not least for those who live in tents
    A living room on the second floor combined with a kiosk and groceries create well-being - not least for those who live in tents
  • This must be Norway's most beautiful dumping ground for black water from motorhomes and caravans. And nothing goes out in the wild
    This must be Norway's most beautiful dumping ground for black water from motorhomes and caravans. And nothing goes out in the wild
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Text: Sven Furuly, Photo: Sven Furuly and Simo Räsänen
Caravan and Caravan magazine, No. 1 February 2020

Gryta Camping: With a glacier as a neighbor…

At the top of Oldedalen we find Briksdalsbreen, one of the most easily accessible - and thus most visited glaciers in Norway. If you live at Gryta Camping, beautifully situated on the Oldevatnet, you are only ten kilometers away from this natural gem.

Whether you choose to live in a tent, caravan or motorhome, there are places in Norway that leave unforgettable natural impressions. Gryta Camping, beautifully situated on the banks of the blue-green Oldevatnet in Stryn municipality, is one such place. From Gryta you have a view of the slightly smaller Melkevoll glacier, and in fact the holder also bears the name of another small glacier nearby. Dagfinn Gytri has its name after both the goat farm Gytri and the small Gytri glacier. This is within walking distance - for guests with the desire and ability to move through lush western nature up to the height.

Attractions

However, it is quickly made to rush past the junction just south of the town of Loen - and lose these fine sights. In this part of Sogn and Fjordane it is close between places you want to stop and spend time. Many people take the trip to Loenvatnet, where we still see traces of the two races that passed in 1905 and 1936, while the new cable car in Loen attracts tourists who prioritize views and a fast transfer to 1011 meters altitude. Still others take their legs up to Skålatårnet, which is 1843 meters above sea level and offers a fantastic view. This is how we can continue… the nature experiences are many, and even I have Sogn and Fjordane as my favorite county as a tourist in Norway.

Troll Welcome

The road into Oldedalen offers few challenges whether you are traveling in a motorhome or have a caravan after you. 13 km from Olden city center you will find Gryta Camping, where a carved troll-couple welcomes you in front of the reception building. The whole place is covered in grass, and visitors can freely choose where they want to park their vehicle or wagon, just make sure they park out / in against the water - and not sideways. Depending on how it is parked, there are between 90 and 100 stands, and the goal is never to be cramped. It is precisely the airiness and the sense of space that must be felt with both body and soul when one is as close to nature as here.

Glacier

Dagfinn Gytri talks about several nice activities that the typical guests of Gryta Camping can get involved in, and a trip to Briksdalsbreen is at the top of the wish list for many. You can leave your caravan or car. The bus goes the 10 kilometers to the glacier in the morning, and it returns three hours later. There you can choose between guided tour or just strolling around on your own. Back at Gryta Camping you can enjoy the silence out on the water in one of the boats you can borrow for free. Life jackets for both adults and children are also included. If you are going fishing, however, you need to buy a fishing license at the reception, but you get free advice on where the best fishing spots are.

Changing weather

The reception building has a kiosk and groceries, a coffee machine and seating. Especially those in tents appreciate this opportunity, because the weather in Western Norway can be changing - even in the summer. Downstairs we find the sanitary facility, and here are both washing and drying options for guests who choose to stay on site for several days. In recent years, it has become a clearer trend that foreigners rent motorhomes in Norway, not just come driving with their own motorhome or their caravan in tow. American motorhome tourists are no longer unusual at Gryta Camping - and everyone expresses the joy of being able to enjoy holidays in silence - far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

child-Friendly

Whether it's the kids' nice playground - with sandpit, swings and trampoline - or whether it's the little tractor the kids can ride and the tame goats - which also helps make Gryta Camping a popular destination, we're not sure - but it means a lot to the families of children. Good WiFi, what has to be Norway's most beautifully located emptying site for black water, and a nice host is probably what is essential for most of us. The place also has five cabins where 5-6 people can stay in each unit. All this creates a nice mix of guests at Gryta, who market their offer through both the international web portal ACSI Eurocamping and are part of the Norway East-West collaboration which you can read more about www.norwaycamping.no The prices are nothing to say either: for 250 kroner a day, 2 people live in a motorhome or 4 people in a caravan, including electricity at this beautiful place.

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