name = Stryn
idnumber = 1449
county = Sogn og Fjordane
landscape = Nordfjord

capital = Stryn
demonym = Stryning
language = Nynorsk

munwebpage =
governor = Nils P. Støyva (Ap)
governor_as_of = 1999
arearank = 63
area = 1381
arealand = 1326
areapercent = 0.43
population_as_of = 2004
populationrank = 144
population = 6,855
populationpercent = 0.15
populationdensity = 5
populationincrease = 2.9
lat_deg = 61 | lat_min = 50 | lat_sec = 19 | lon_deg = 6 | lon_min = 51 | lon_sec = 46
utm_zone = 32V | utm_northing = 6858079 | utm_easting = 0387494 | geo_cat = adm2nd

Stryn is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Nordfjord. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Stryn which had a population of 2,140 in 2007. [cite web|title=Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.|url=|date=1 January 2007|accessdaymonth=29 June|accessyear=2008|publisher=Statistics Norway] The municipality is located along the innermost part of the Nordfjord. Loen is a village of Stryn.

Farming, forestry, fruit growing, animal breeding for furs, small manufacturing industries, tourism, and the service trades provide the main occupations. A wide river enters the town from the east after meandering through the fertile Stryn Valley, from Stryn Lake. At the shore of the lake the Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre is situated. At the east end of the lake the road enters the narrower Hjelledalen and shortly zigzags up some three hundred metres to the entrance of the first of the three tunnels of the mountain highway leading to Geiranger and Grotli.

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

General information


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


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1987). It shows a yellow branch of a linden (tilia) on a green background.


"Innvik" was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). 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.cite web|first=Dag|last=Jukvam|publisher=Statistics Norway|title=Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen|date=1999|url= no icon]

On 10 January 1922, the area of Raksgrenda was transferred from Innvik to Stryn. The population in this area was 120 at that time.

On 1 January 1965, a merger took place combining the following areas into a new "Stryn" municipality:
*the municipality of Innvik (population: 3,003)
*the municipality of Stryn (population: 2,982)
*everything east of Navelsaker and Holmøyvik in the municipality of Hornindal (population: 1,184)
*Hopplandsgrenda in the municipality of Gloppen (population: 42)The new municipality of Stryn had a population of 7,211.

On 1 January 1977, the parts of Hornindal and Gloppen that were merged with Stryn in 1965 were transferred to the newly re-constituted Hornindal municipality.cite web|url=|title=Some historical data on the 26 Kommunes|first=Oddvar|last=Natvik|date=9 Feb 2005|accessdaymonth=23 June|accessyear=2008] The population of Stryn was reduced by 1,202 in this transaction.


The Church of Norway has ten churches within the municipality of Stryn. It is part of the Diocese of Bjørgvin and the Rural Deanery "(Prosti)" of Nordfjord. Stryn is home to two parishes: Innvik and Stryn. There are also two other churches in Stryn that belong to the neighboring Hornindal parish. [cite web|url=|publisher=Den Norske Kirke|title=Eid kirkelige fellesråd no icon] [cite web|title=Kyrkjer i Stryn|url=||date=27 May 2002|accessdaymonth=29 June|accessyear=2008 no icon]


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.

Municipal council

The municipal council "(Kommunestyre)" of Stryn is made up of 25 representatives that are elected to every four years. For 2007–2011, the party breakdown is as follows: [cite web|publisher=Statistics Norway|url=|title=Members of the local councils|accessdaymonth=29 June|accessyear=2008|date=2007] Infobox_Kommunestyre
name = Stryn
start = 2007
end = 2011
Total = 25
Arbeiderpartiet = 7
Fremskrittspartiet = 3
Høyre = 3
Kristelig_Folkeparti = 2
Rød_Valgallianse =
Rødt =
Senterpartiet = 8
Sosialistisk_Venstreparti = 1
Venstre = 1
Local_Lists = |


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. Nils Petter Støyva of the Labour Party "(Det Norske Arbeiderpartiet)" was re-elected mayor for the 2007-2011 term. [cite web|publisher=Sogndal Kommune|title=Ordføraren informerer|url=|accessdaymonth=29 June|accessyear=2008 no icon]



Stryn is located on the northern border of Sogn og Fjordane county. To the north, Stryn is bordered by the municicaplity of Hornindal (Sogn og Fjordane county) and Stranda (in Møre og Romsdal county), to the east is Skjåk (in Oppland county), to the southeast is Luster, to the southwest is Jølster, and to the west is Gloppen and Eid.


Stryn is world famous for its beautiful scenery with glaciers and majestic mountains running into the mirroring fjords and lakes. The most famous glacier is named Briksdalsbreen glacier and lies in Oldedalen, but the Stryn area offers numerous spectacular valley glaciers, amongst them Bødal glacier and Kjenndal glacier. 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 Strynsvatn with the museum Jostedalsbreen nasjonalparksenter, Loenvatnet, and Oldevatnet.

Jostedal Glacier National Park

The Jostedalsbreen National Park has a area of approximately 1,230 square kilometers. A breathtakingly beautiful flora and fauna area situated between the fjord and glacier.

Briksdal glacier

Visitors from all over the world come to see the beautiful Briksdalsbreen glacier outlet, which is beautifully 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 1950 meters above sea level and in some places it measures 400 metres in depth.

Lodalen - Kjenndalen

The impressive scenery and the valley's dramtic history make a visit to Lodalen a special experience not to be missed. On two occasions, enormous rockslides from Ramnefjellet hit the lake below. The resulting flood wave wiped out the settlements of Nesdal and Bødal, killing 135 people. The years 1905 and 1936 will forever remind the people of Inner Nordfjord of the Lodalen disasters.


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)".


tryn Center

Stryn, a busy and developing small town at the tip of the most northernly of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjord, 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.

Olden Valley

The southernmost of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjord terminates at Olden from which a lovely valley, Oldedalen, goes due south for about 20 kilometres between slopes rising sharply to more than 1700 metres to the edge of the Jostedals glacier.

Olden has two churches. The one 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" church, a short distance along the valley, was built in 1934 so that the old church could be preserved.

Innvik and Utvik

On the southern shore of Nordfjord, 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.

Anders Svor Museum

This museum is dedicated to the art of the well-known local sculptor, Anders Svor (1864-1929), with most of his original work displayed, 450 pieces in all. His art celebrates simplicity, clarity and genuineness.


Stryn Sommarskisenter is one of Norway's best known skiing facilities. It offeres 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.


External links

* [ Official Website of Stryn] no icon
* [ NRK: Stryn Kommune] no icon

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