This winter, we visited Aurland and Flåm by the Sognefjord, seeking for some adventures. And we got what we wanted.
It is easy to understand why more and more people discover how beautiful and exotic the Norwegian Fjords are during winter. The fjords are a great playground for those who want to ski, go snowshoe hiking, take a winter-cruise or join a RIB-boat on the fjords or just take in the cold, crispy air and enjoy the beautiful winter-landscape.
We (@tfbergen, @torb and @fjords) met in Aurland and stayed at Vangsgaarden Guesthouse for the long-weekend. Aurland and @vangsgaarden is a perfect base for exploring this area. It is a short distance to the fjords and the mountains and the activities, attractions and sights from this place.
Stegastein Lookout and Otternes Farm Yard
The first evening we drove up to Stegastein Lookout, only a short but steep drive from Aurland. Stegastein is a 33 meter long footbridge made of wood, 640 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. This is one of the greatest viewpoints in Norway, and we went there for a night-photoshoot. We also visited Otternes Farmyard between Aurland and Flåm and Borgund Stave Church in Lærdal. See the pictures below.
Fjord Safari on the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord
Next morning we headed towards Flåm at the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, the starting point for our next adventure; a RIB-Boat-Safari on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord with Fjordsafari (@fjordsafari). We had two hours on the fjord in a small boat. What a day on the fjord we had! And we experienced deer and seals from close up distance in the middle of this beautiful and wild nature.
The Flåm Railway and Snowshoe Hiking in the mountains
Next morning we again headed towards Flåm. This is the starting point of Flåm Railway, one of top 10 railways in the world. This is the train journey from fjord to mountain, and we took it both ways. We had done this this train-ride many times during summer, but it was a “cool” to experience it in winter.
After a nice lunch at Mariannes Bakeri & Kafe in Aurland, we continued to the mountains above Aurland for a Snowshoe Hike. We drove up the Aurlandsfjellet Scenic Road to the point where the road is closed during winter, and had a great snowshoe-hike in the mountains with a fantastic view down to the Aurlandsfjord.
Winter in the Nærøyfjord
The last day, before we split and returned to our homes, we drove to Gudvangen to experience the beauty of the Nærøyfjord and the surrounding fjord landscape. We met a lot of friends there, the sheep we met are lucky to live in such a beautiful environment.
Thanks to Vangsgaarden who welcomed us to stay with them during our stay, and also to Fjordsafari for letting us join them on the epic winter-cruise on the fjord. We are longing back already, and hope to see you again soon.
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Winter Adventure – Map Overview