It was late August in 2013, and we drove from Oslo towards Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord, a fjordarm of the 204 kilometre long Sognefjord in western Norway. We had our kayaks on the car roof, and planned to kayak on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord for a few days.
We arrived Aurland late at night, and drove up to Stegastein Lookout above the Aurlandsfjord. We hoped for some good photography from this viewpoint the next morning, so we decided to stay the night over in free air. We took out our sleeping bags and had a “good night´s sleep” at the outermost part of the lookout. And in the morning we woke up to the best view in the world.
We packed our stuff before the first tourists came, and stayed at the Stegastein area for a few hours before we drove down the beautiful Aurlandsfjellet Mountainroad towards Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. We continued to Undredal, a small and beautiful village on the other side of the Aurlandsfjord. From here we paddled out the Aurlandsfjord in our kayaks. It was clear blue sky, wind still, and a perfect day for kayaking. Further out the fjord we rounded the foot of Mt. Beitelen and paddled into the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord, one of two Norwegian fjords (the other one is the Geirangerfjord) that are part of our common World Heritage.
In the afternoon, we reached our campsite at Salthella in the middle of the Nærøyfjord. We put up our tent and had something to eat before it became dark.
In the morning I had a short hike before we paddled further into the Nærøyfjord, to Bakka, a small beautiful village beside the fjord. From here we hiked up the Rimstigen Trail so we could see this beautiful fjord from above.
The last day we paddled out the Nærøyfjord, into the Aurlandsfjord and back to our starting point in Undredal. We have had three days in two of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. Photo, kayaking, hiking and camping. We couldn´t have asked for more.
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