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.
Visit Sognefjord is the official destination company for the Sognefjord area.
Overview of where you can spend the night in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
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.
You can visit the Viking Village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the history and culture of the Viking Age.
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.
Here you will experience the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord (UNESCO World Heritage) in a fjord cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen. Numerous wild and beautiful waterfalls and rivers characterize the landscape, crossing the rugged mountains and deciduous and coniferous forests on their way down to the fjords. Beautiful villages with a sustained cultivated landscape with remainders of old farms and mountain pastures and unique cultural monuments gives a extra dimension to the dramatic natural landscape. Season: all year.
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 Skjerdal outside Aurland. Follow an old farm road up through steep landscape, with beautiful views over the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding steep mountains.
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. Season: all year.
Otternes farmyard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. The view towards the Aurlandsfjord and to Flåm from the farmyard is fantastic. Look south and you see the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord towards Flåm. In the other direction you will see out the Aurlandsfjord towards the mountains which encircle Aurland.
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. Season: all year.
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 in the Aurlandsfjord area and Lærdal by the Sognefjord. Aurlandsfjellet Mountain Road is the starting point for many hikes in the area.
Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the road, 650 meters above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Great view from the viewpoint towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, but during winter the road is closed just above Stegastein Viewpoint.
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.
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.
Flåm, the neighbour villige to Aurland, is a fantastic starting point for many great dventures 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.
You can see and do a lot with Flåm as a starting point. In Flåm there are many places to eat and sleep. It is also a short distance to other beautiful fjords where you can visit idyllic fjord villages and experience beautiful and dramatic nature.
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.
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.
Flåm, Aurland and Gudvangen are perfect starting points for experiences in and around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, two of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic fjords that are also included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Join a fjord safari or a fjord cruise. See the fantastic view from Stegastein viewpoint and taste the local goat cheese in Undredal. Visit the Viking village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the history and culture of the Viking Age. Flåm Railway is the train journey from fjord to mountain, perhaps the most beautiful train journey in the world. Combine this train journey with cycling along Rallarvegen which goes from the high mountains via Flåmsdalen Valley to Flåm. Aurlandsdalen Valley is one of Norway’s most popular hikes. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are both 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.
Overview of where you can spend the night in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
“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.
How to travel to the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area
It is easy to travel to Flåm and Aurland, the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. Almost “all roads” go to Flåm and Aurland, and you can also travel there by train, bus and boat. It is only a short distance between the two neighboring villages of Flåm and Aurland.
You can start this fjord adventure by train from Oslo or Bergen to Myrdal station. Then you get to experience the Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen and Flåm Railway, one of Norway’s most spectacular railway lines, from Myrdal station to Flåm, which is located down by the Aurlandsfjord. If you take Flåm Railway, you get to experience the beautiful Flåmsdalen valley at the same time.
There are several daily bus departures between Oslo/Bergen and Flåm.
There is also an Expressboat from Bergen to Flåm. This fjord cruise takes you from Bergen and north along the beautiful archipelago of Nordhordland and Ytre Sogn and into the Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord to Flåm. There is no more beautiful boat trip. Season for this fjord cruise is from May to September. The season can vary from year to year, check the website for updated information about the season.
The nearest airport is Sogndal Airport at Haukåsen near Kaupanger. Most flights that go to and from Sogndal Airport come from and go to Oslo and Bergen. From the airport to Flåm, it is 70 kilometers by road, including a wonderful crossing of the Sognefjord by ferry.