The Old Royal Postal Road along the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord is an easy hike in some of the most beautiful nature Norway can offer.
The trail 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.
We met at Undredal the night before. Undredal is a beautiful fjord-village down by the Aurlandsfjord, famous for the many goats, it´s local made White- and Brown Goat Cheese and Undredal Stave Church, Norways smallest church.
From Undredal to Bakka and boat to Bleiklindi
Next day 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 (video below is not from this trip).
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, and we were informed about him when we called the Tourist Information at Flåm. The boat took us over to Bleiklindi, the starting point of the hike.
Hiking along the Nærøyfjord
Most of the hike 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 (video below is not from this trip).
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.
Gudvangen, Nærøydalen and Stalheim Viewpoint
Since the day was still young, we decided to see more of this beautiful area. We drove to Gudvangen at the innermost part of the Nærøyfjord and had a stroll around here before driving up the Nærøydalen Valley and Stalheimskleiva to Stalheim Hotel. Stalheim Hotel is a great lookout for seeing the wild and narrow Nærøydalen Valley from above (video below is not from this trip).
A copious day with many beautiful nature experiences was over. Back at Gudvangen, I said goodbye to my tour mates. They were returning to their homes, and I already looked forward to kayaking on the Aurlandsfjord the next day.
Note! 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. 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.
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.
Accommodation at Gudvangen and Bakka by the Nærøyfjord
Kystled Sogn: Wooden Boat Conveyance across the Nærøyfjord to Bleiklindi
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