In the middle between Oslo and Bergen lies beautiful Aurland. The idyllic fjord village that offers adventures and nature experiences in beautiful and wild nature. In Aurland, there is something for everyone and not least a treasure trove of local food and drink, and is a perfect place to spend your holiday.
Aurland has a lot to offer. It is a short way to well known tourist attractions such as Aurlandsdalen Valley, Aurlandsfjellet, Aurlandsvegen Mountain Road and Stegastein Viewpoint. But the Aurlandsfjord itself is perhaps the most beautiful and most famous of them all.
Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord
Aurland is an idyllic fjord village where you have everything you need within walking distance. Many places to stay overnight, grocery store, pastry shop, pub, shoe factory outlet, glassblowing gallery and medical office. From Aurland you can also take the bus to many of the attractions nearby.
There are many activities you can do in this area all year round. You can take a Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord or you can join a Fjord Safari in a RIB-boat to get even closer to nature.
From May to September you can take the ferry from Gudvangen, out the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord to Kaupanger, a two-hour adventure on the Sognefjord – The King among the Norwegian Fjords.
In addition, you can visit the Viking Village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the history and culture of the Viking Age. You can join guided kayak trips on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, or hike along the Nærøyfjord or in the surrounding mountains.
Visit Sognefjord is the local Tourist Information for Aurland, the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord Area.
The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord is two of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. The name Nærøyfjord origin from the norse god ‘Njord’, the God of the Seafarer and the sea. Together with the Aurlandsfjord they are two of many branches of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord became a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.
The landscape on and around the Nærøyfjord is considered to be one of the most scenic fjord areas on earth, and was added to the list due to its unique natural quality and beauty.
Meet goats, sheep and horses at a traditional Norwegian mountain farm. The brown and white goats cheese has been produced in this valley for hundred of years. Experience the life on the farm and taste traditional, local food at Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè. The mountain farm is about 30 minutes hike from the parking at Skjerdal outside Aurland. Follow an old farm road through steep landscape, with beautiful views over the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding steep mountains. You can also combine a Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord with a visit to Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè.
Fjord Safari offer fjord excursions where you explore the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. These adventures can be done all year round. The area represents extreme, dramatic and stunning fjord scenery.
The worlds longest car-tunnel is 24 509 meters long, and goes between Lærdal and Aurland by the Sognefjord. There are three illuminated mountain halls inside the tunnel with six kilometer intervals between the halls. The coloured enlightened halls will give you a feeling of being in daylight for a few seconds and will help prevent the drivers to fall asleep during the passage. On the Aurland side of the tunnel, the fjord adventure awaits you.
Otternes Farm Yard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farm yard. In the summer, some of the country’s best chefs will prepare and serve food at Otternes. The road up to Otternes Farm Yard is marked with a small sign on the main road between Aurland and Flåm. Small parking area beside the farm yard.
The road across Aurlandsfjellet is a journey across a mountain landscape of snow and rocks with the occasional sprig of grass. Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route is a 47-kilometer-long stretch of road between Aurland and Lærdal. The Road is closed during winter.
Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, 650 meters above Aurland. Great view towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, also during winter. During winter, the road is closed above Stegastein.
If you want to have a day or two hiking in the mountains surrounding Aurland, you should hike the Aurlandsdalen Valley. Wild scenery, wild rivers, narrow valleys and mountain farms with history from old Norway and how they lived at that time. Many people consider this as one of the most beautiful hikes in Norway.
Lake Vassbygdivatnet between Vassbygdi and Aurland
Lake Vassbygdivatnet starts where the Aurlandsdalen Valley ends. The lake divides Aurlandselvi River in two. Aurlandselvi flows into Lake Vassbygdivatnet at Vassbygdi and then continues from the northwest end of the 3.3 kilometer long lake down to Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord. Fylkesveg 50 runs along parts of Lake Vassbygdivatnet, it is a beautiful road as it winds itselv between the steep mountain and the lake. Due to the danger of rockslides, parts of this road now go in a tunnel. Lake Vassbygdivatnet and the steep mountains are a great sight. It is possible to stop where the lake springs into the river, this is also a good starting point for a trip on the lake by kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddling Board).
The view from Hovdungo mountain pasture is fantastic. You can see straight down to Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord, and to Stegastein and Aurlandsfjellet on the other side of the valley.
This hike starts in the high mountains and ends in the idyllic fjord village Skjerdal above the Aurlandsfjord. You will also experience Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Café, which is a short-travelled and perfect end of the hike. This is a hike where we walked downwards, but the hike was really an upturn.
Experience the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord in close interaction with nature. We recommend you to join a guide due to the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord. You might be exposed to strong winds and currents, and the weather can change rapidly. There are guided kayak trips on both fjords and you can start from Flåm, Undredal and Gudvangen.
Skaldegard is an old farmstead that clings to the mountain-side with great view down to the Aurlandsfjord and towards the surrounding mountains. Skaldegard invites small groups to come and learn about the local area’s natural environment, history, agriculture and way of life, both past and present. The farm is situated at Skjerdal above the Aurlandsfjord, outside Aurland.
Undredal is a beautiful village down by the Aurlandsfjord. The village is famous for the many goats and it´s local made White- and Brown Goat Cheese. You can visit Undredal Stave Church, Norway´s smallest church. Or you can see the smallest fire station i Europe. Enjoy the view towards the Aurlandsfjord from the local restaurant by the dock. Undredal with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord will take your breath away.
It was winter and we visited Aurland and Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord, seeking for some cold adventures. And we got what we wanted; Frozen Fjords. The fjords is a great playground for those who want to ski, go snow-shoe 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. It is easy to understand why more and more people are discovering how beautiful and exotic the Norwegian fjords are in winter.
Flåm is a fantastic starting point for many great adventures in beautiful and wild nature. Where the Aurlandsfjord ends, the Flåmsdalen Valley starts. If the Aurlandsfjord is an adventure, the Flåmsdalen Valley is an even more beautiful adventure, and both should be experienced.
It is easy to get to Flåm. “All roads” leads to Flåm, and you can also get there by train via Bergensbanen and Flåm Railways. If you take the Flåm Railway, you get to experience the beautiful Flåmsdalen Valley at the same time.
Aurland, Flåm and Undredal have long traditions in producing local food. The most famous products are the Underdal cheese, Ægir beer and Norway’s best cured ham from Haugen Gardsmat. You are welcome to drop by on a brewery or a farm visit when you are in Aurland and Flåm. Vangsgaarden Gastropub in Aurland offers good dining experiences. The kitchen works closely with local farmers, beer brewers and fishermen and serves great local food and drinks both indoors and outdoors.
Some hidden treasures
When you are in Aurland, you should visit these local hidden treasures:
Marianne Bakery and Café at Aurlandsvangen serves you a good atmosphere, the best of baked goods and a good selection of coffee and other drinks.
Merete Rein Glassworks is also located in the center of Aurlandsvangen. Here you can see and buy beautiful local glass art, inspired by the fjord and nature in the Sognefjord area.
Aurland Skofabrikk in Aurland produces the famous Aurland shoe. In the shoe factory in Aurand you can see, try and buy shoes from the last surviving shoe factory in Norway. You can also have a tour inside the factory.
The Nærøyfjord is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. It is included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the fjord in a kayak. See the view from Stegastein Viewpoint or taste the local Goat Cheese in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord which is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.
“Sakte” is a collaboration between companies that provide adventures, accommodation, dining and short-travelled food- and products. “Sakte” are located in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord and is an offer for those who want to contribute to a sustainable society in the world heritage area.