That day, I drove Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route, took in the view from Stegastein Viewpoint and ended the day on the Aurlandsfjord in my kayak.
The day before I hiked along the Nærøyfjord with two good friends. What a weekend I had in the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord area.
Driving Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route
After hiking along the Nærøyfjord the day before, I drove to Lærdal and stayed at the cozy Lærdal Hotel by the Lærdalsfjord, on the other side of the Aurlandsfjellet Mountain. The reason I stayed in Lærdal was that I planned to drive Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route to Undredal the next day, and then to kayak on the Aurlandsfjord.
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 Lærdal and Aurland.
Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the road, 650 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. The view from Stegastein towards the Aurlandsfjord is spectacular. The road between Aurland and Stegastein is open all year, but during winter the road is closed in the high mountain, between Stegastein and Erdal. Erdal is a small village down by the Lærdalsfjord, close to Lærdal.
The road from Stegastein down to Aurland is steep and narrow, with a total of seven hairpin turns. I continued driving to Flåm, through the Flenjatunnelen Tunnel and down the Undredalsdalen Valley to Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.
Kayaking out from Undredal
At the beach at Undredal, close to Underdalsbui, I packed my kayak and glided into the Aurlandsfjord. The feeling was fantastic, sitting in the kayak on the Aurlandsfjord outside Undredal. The silence, only surrounded by the fjord, the beautiful nature and the steep mountains.
Undredal is special for me, this is where I started kayaking in the fjords in the nineties. I still remember the feeling from the early morning, more than 20 years ago, the first time I paddled out from Undredal. The fjord was like a mirror that day, exactly how it was today.
I paddled across the fjord to the steep vertical rock face below the abandoned Nedbergo Mountain Farm. I always keep some distance to the rock face, you never know when a piece of rock may fall into the fjord. I continued out the Aurlandsfjord, passed Mt Beitelen where the Aurlandsfjord devides into two fjords; the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. Further out the fjord I discovered some seals lying on the shoreline. They are some curious creatures, and after they jumped into the fjord, they followed me for a long time.
Break outside the Nærøyfjord
I turned in the middle of the Aurlandsfjord and crossed the fjord to the other side before paddling back towards Mt Beitelen. There is a small lighthouse on the headland, just before entering the Nærøyfjord.
That is a great place to have a break, the view towards the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord is fantastic from this place. Some other kayakers also had a rest there, there are not many places to go ashore in the outer part of the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord due to the steep mountains going straight up from the fjord.
Kayaking back to Undredal
After a long break by the lighthouse, I continued towards the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord and paddled a short distance into the Nærøyfjord before I turned around Mt Beitelen and back into the Aurandsfjord towards Undredal, the end of my adventure.
I´ve had some fantastic days in my favourite playground, and the memories will last forever. I will soon be back…
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.