The Old Royal Postal Road along the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord is an easy hike in some of the most beautiful nature Norway can offer. Map to use: Nærøyfjorden 1:50000.
The old road along the Nærøyfjord is six kilometer long. It starts at Bleiklindi on the opposite side of Bakka, and ends at Styvi further out the fjord. You can also hike the opposite way.
SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE IMPORTANT! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. We recommend you to join a Guided Tour. NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. We recommend to use a map and compass when hiking in the Nærøyfjord area. SEASON & WEATHER: July to August, depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. This is a landslide-prone area, always make your own evaluation about this danger before and during this hike. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather! INFORMATION ABOUT ROADS! Remember that many of the roads in western Norway are prone to landslides, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. The roads to Undredal and Bakka are two of these exposed roads. Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.
From Undredal to Bakka and boat to Bleiklindi
We woke up to a beautiful day, and the sun was shining from a clear blue sky. We had breakfast on the pier at Undredal, down by the Aurlandsfjord. The movie Frozen I is inspired by this small village, with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord. It was difficult to break up, we could stay there all day long.
We drove to Gudvangen and continued out the fjord to Bakka. We had arranged in advance to meet Svein from Kystled Nærøyfjorden there, and he took us over the fjord in his boat. Svein helps people who need conveyance across the fjord. The boat took us over to Bleiklindi, the starting point of the hike. You can also contact Nærøyfjorden Camping if you want conveyance across the Nærøyfjord.
Hiking along the Nærøyfjord
Most of the old postal road goes down by the fjord. It is an easy hike on a well prepared trail. The highest point of the trail is around 50 meters (this is just an assumption). The inner part of the Nærøyfjord and the surrounding mountains was like a painting this day, with beautiful weather and with new motif’s turning up almost every step we took. We passed small beautiful headlands like Holmo, Odnes and Klungrenes on our way to Styvi.
The six kilometer long trail is part of the Old Royal Postal Road between Christiania (now Oslo) and Bergen. In the old days, the usual way of carrying the mail was by boat between Lærdal and Gudvangen. During winter the mail was transported on the ice, but due to a lot of uncertainty regarding the ice, it was built a road partly on both sides of the Nærøyfjord between Styvi and Gudvangen.
Styvi – the end point
We arrived at Styvi at midday. Styvi is the endpoint of the hike and the view from here is spectacular, both in and out the Nærøyfjord.
We relaxed on the pier at Styvi and enjoyed the view to the fjord and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. We had agreed with Svein in advance that he should pick us up at Styvi in his boat, and we got a great boat trip inland across the fjord, back to Bakka which was the starting point of our fjord-adventure.
Here you will get everything in one day. RIB Boat from Flåm to the Nærøyfjord. Then hiking along the Royal Post Road to Styvi before you take a fjord cruise back to Flåm. Season: Summer, see Norway´s Best for details. This adventure-package is delivered by Norway´s Best.
If you take a Fjord Cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen, some of the boat departures stops on request at Styvi so you can either leave or board the boat there. Note that not all boats have this stop at Styvi, check the Fjord Cruise Time Table for more information about the departure and arrival ports (marked with Arr. / Dep. Styvi*, remember to inform the crew on the boat if you will depart at Styvi). Also note that if you are at Styvi and want to inform the boat to stop there and take you onboard, you need to turn on the flasher at the quay at Styvi so they become aware (check if this is still valid). You can leave the boat at Styvi and hike along the Nærøyfjord to Bleiklindi (the starting point of our hike), but then you must hike the same way back and then board the boat at Styvi for return to Flåm.
Boat across and along the Nærøyfjord
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. You can also walk along the Nærøyfjord or enjoy the fjord view from the surrounding mountains. 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.
“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.