Otternes farmyard is a cluster of 27 old buildings from the 1700s. The view from the farmyard towards the Aurlandsfjord is fantastic.


Go Fjords - Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord

Look south and you see the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord towards Flåm. In the other direction you see out the Aurlandsfjord towards the mountains which encircle Aurland.

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…

Otternes Farmyard

FJORDS NORWAY - July 15th 2005, the day after the Nærøyfjord was included in Unesco’s World Heritage list. A beautiful day at Otternes that I always will remember.
July 15th 2005, the day after the Nærøyfjord was included in Unesco’s World Heritage list. A beautiful day at Otternes that I always will remember.

The road up to Otternes farmyard is marked with a small sign by the main road between Aurland and Flåm. There is a small parking area beside the farmyard. The road up to Otternes is a steep gravel road and is not suitable for motorhomes and cars with caravans.

Aurland is a fjord village by the Aurlandsfjord where you have everything you need within walking distance. Many places to stay overnight, grocery store, pastry shop, pub, shoe factory outlet and a glassblowing gallery. From Aurland you can take the bus to many of the attractions nearby.

Flåm is also a fantastic starting point for many great adventures in beautiful and wild nature. Where the Aurlandsfjord ends, the Flåm Valley starts. If the Aurlandsfjord is an adventure, the Flåm Valley is an even more beautiful adventure, and both should be experienced.

Inbetween these two idyllic fjord villages you will find Otternes farmyard, six kilometers from Flåm and five kilometers from Aurland. The farmyard originally consisted of four farms. At most, more than 60 people lived in the farmyard, including those who lived near by and worked on the farms.

The farms were run in the old-fashion way until they were abandoned. Today it is possible to walk around in the farmyard between the old buildings and enjoy the beautiful view towards the fjord and the mountains. At Otternes you will have the feeling of what life was like in the old days.

Otternes is now owned by a foundation that carries out extensive restoration of the farmyard.

Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord – What to See and Do

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.

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

Accommodation in the  Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area

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

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

Otternes farmyard between Aurland and Flåm – Map Overview