FJORD FUN – ACTIVITIES ON THE AURLANDSFJORD AND NÆRØYFJORD

Be active on the fjord and have great experiences on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, which are part of our common world heritage. Experience a Fjord Cruise, a guided Fjord Safari, a guided Kayak Trip and a floating Sauna. These are great adventures into the wonders of the fjords.

Go Fjords - Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord

On a Fjord Cruise, in a Rib-boat or in a Kayak you have the opportunity to experience and explore the nature at close range. After some great fjord adventures you can enjoy the heat in the floating sauna on the fjord outside Flåm.

 

Season and Safety

Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

Visit Sognefjord

Visit Sognefjord is the official destination company for the Sognefjord area.

Accommodation in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area

Overview of where you can spend the night in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

In secure and rigid inflatable boats (RIB) you have the best opportunity to experience and explore the nature and wildlife at close range. And you can do it all year round. Fjord Safari offer fjord excursions with start in Flåm at the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord.

FJORDS NORWAY - Rib-boats from Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord, Undredal in the background.
Rib-boats from Fjord Safari on the Aurlandsfjord, Undredal in the background.

On these excursions you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The area represents extreme, dramatic and stunning fjord scenery and is made for adventure. The excursions can be done all year round, choose between Summer Activities and Winter Activities.

Fjord Safari also offer other activities like Snow Shoe hikes, Viking Dinner, Cultural Evening Walks and Customized Hikes.

Season Rib-boat: All year

Fjord Cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

Here you will experience the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord in a fjord cruise between Flåm and 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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Fjord Cruise on the Nærøyfjord. View from Gudvangen.
Fjord Cruise on the Nærøyfjord. View from Gudvangen.

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.

On the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, you can do a Fjord Cruise all year round. It is possible to experience it from Oslo or Bergen, in one day, but we recommend to stay longer and experience more of this beautiful area.

Season Fjord Cruise: All year. The video below is from a Winter Fjord Cruise in January.

Guided Kayak Trips on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord are great to explore from a kayak. For safety reasons, we recommend you to join a guided kayak trip if you are going to paddle kayak on the fjords. You can join guided kayak-trips both in Flåm at the inner part of the Aurlandsfjord and in Gudvangen at the inner part of the Nærøyfjord.

Season Kayak: Summer, check with the guide companies when they offer guiding. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates.

Fjord Sauna on the fjord outside Flåm

Enjoy the heat in a sauna on the Aurlandsfjord and jump into the fresh water in the Aurlandsfjord. FJORD SAUNA is a floating sauna that is heated with electricity when it is at the quay and with wood when it is out on the fjord.

Season Floating Sauna: All year

FJORDS NORWAY - Floating Fjord Sauna in Flåm
Fjord Sauna – Floating Sauna in Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord. Photo: Fjord Sauna

Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord

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.

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.

Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord – What to See and Do

The Aurlandsfjord is a 29 kilometer long branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord. Along the Aurlandsfjord we have the villages Undredal, Aurland and Flåm. At Mt Beitelen, 11 kilometers from where the Aurlandsfjord starts, the Aurlandsfjord devides into two fjords; the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord.

The Nærøyfjord is a 17 kilometer long branch of the Aurlandsfjord and was in 2005 included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 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.

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.

Accommodation in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area

Overview of where you can spend the night in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

Sakte – Stay and Explore 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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Reis Sakte - Hiking towards Skjerdal and the Aurlandsfjord
Reis Sakte – Hiking towards Skjerdal and the Aurlandsfjord

 

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.

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Fjord Fun on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord – Map Overview