UNDREDAL STAVE CHURCH IN UNDREDAL

Undredal Stave Church is Norway’s smallest church and stands in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord. The film Frozen I was inspired by this small village and stave church, which is surrounded by precipitous mountains that rise straight up from the fjord.

The year 1147 AD. is found in the carvings inside the church and is used as the official date of the building.

Visit Sognefjord

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

Hotels and accommodation in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area

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

Stave Churches in Western Norway

A Stave Church is a wooden church from the middle age. Most of the Norwegian Stave Churches were built right after the Viking Age around year 1100-1200 AD. The name “Stave Church” comes from the construction of the buildings; large ground beams of wood are placed on a foundation of stone, then internal wooden pillars (staves) are interconnected and also connected to the outer walls.

FJORDS NORWAY - Urnes Stave Church at Ornes by the Lustrafjord. The idyllic Fjord Village Solvorn on the other side of the fjord.
The UNESCO-Protected Urnes Stave Church at Ornes by the Lustrafjord. The idyllic Fjord Village Solvorn on the other side of the fjord.

Undredal Stave Church in Undredal

FJORDS NORWAY - Undredal Stave Church in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.
Undredal Stave Church in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.

Undredal Stave Church in Undredal is Norway’s smallest church with only 40 seats. The stave church had its 850th anniversary in year 1997 AD. The year 1147 AD. is found in the carvings inside the church and is therefore used as the official date of the church.

The original church bell in Undredal Stave Church is the first Norwegian church bell from the Middle Ages. It is no longer in use and has been replaced by two newer church bells from year 1884 and 1996 AD. respectively. The old church bell is hanging inside the stave church. The original murals have now reappeared after being covered with several layers of white paint. The white paint was removed in the 1960s.

FJORDS NORWAY - From the trail towards Nedbergo. Undredal on the other side of the Aurlandsfjord.
From the trail towards Nedbergo. Undredal on the other side of the Aurlandsfjord.

One of the nearby abandoned mountain farms, Nedbergo (530 meters above the Aurlandsfjord, on the opposite side of Undredal) had more sun than the farms down by the fjord, and the people who lived there were quite wealthy. They had even reserved the front pews in Undredal Stave Church. They had to walk the steep trail down to the fjord and cross the Aurlandsfjord towards Undredal to go to church. If they were delayed due to weather or other conditions, the others waited until those from Nedbergo had arrived before the service could start.

Undredal Stave Church is still in use and is used both for services, baptisms and weddings.

Season: There are no fixed times for guided tours of the church except for a period in the summer. A visit or a guided tour inside the church can be booked via Visit Undredal. See the official website for season and opening hours.

When you are in Undredal, we also recommend tasting the locally produced brown and white goat’s cheese made in Undredal, you can taste and buy the award-winning cheese at Underdalsbui grocery store.

Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord

Undredal is idyllically located down by the Aurlandsfjord.
Undredal is idyllically located down by the Aurlandsfjord.

Undredal is an idyllic little village down by the Aurlandsfjord which is known for the many goats and the local white and brown goat’s cheese.

The movie Frozen I is inspired by this small village, with the surrounding steep mountains rising straight up from the fjord.

Undredal Stave Church in Undredal is Norway’s smallest church. In Undredal you will also find what is believed to be the smallest fire station in Europe.

You do not need to go hiking or onto a fjord adventure when visiting Undredal.

Many people just want so see and experience this beautiful village and the fjord from land, to buy some goat cheese from Underdalsbui and to learn about the tradition of goat’s cheese and farming in Undredal with tasting at Undredal Bryggje/Café.

Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord – What to See and Do

Nærøyfjord.
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. On 14 July 2005, the Nærøyfjord together with the Geirangerfjord became part of our common UNESCO’s world heritage.

From Flåm you can take part in a fjord safari or a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. You can take this fjord cruise as a round trip (both ways) or one way combined with bus between Flåm and Gudvangen. See the great view from Stegastein viewpoint, 650 meters above Aurland. Taste the local goat’s cheese in Undredal or in Skjerdal, two villages by the Aurlandsfjord.

Flåm Railway is the train journey from mountain to fjord, perhaps the most beautiful railway in the world. You can 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 lower part of Aurlandsdalen, which is also the most popular, starts from Østerbø and ends at Vassbygdi in Aurland.

The Flåm Valley is a beautiful adventure. The valley between Myrdal (866.8 masl) and Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord is 18 kilometer long. The valley is narrow and the mountains are steep, and there are waterfalls and rivers wherever you turn around. Flåm Valley is a great place for hiking and biking. Flåm Zipline sends you off at over 100 kilometers per hour, you are just hanging in a thin steel wire high above the valley.

By the Nærøyfjord, we have the small villages of Gudvangen, Bakka, Styvi and Dyrdal. Styvi is the only place without permanent inhabitants during the winter, and is together with Dyrdal without road connection. Gudvangen is one of two ports where the iconic ferry trip along the inner part of the Sognefjord departs and arrives. Visit the Viking village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the history and culture of the Viking Age.

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.

UNDREDAL – Accommodation

Undredal Camping in Undredal
Hansagarden in Undredal
Undredal Leiligheter in Undredal

UNDREDAL – Useful Links

Tourist Info – Visit Undredal
The local store – Underdalsbui
Undredal Bryggje/Café – Undredal Bryggje
Church – Undredal Stave Church
Local Goat Cheese – Undredal Stølsysteri
Flåm Travel Guide – About Undredal

Hotels and accommodation in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area

Overview of hotels and other places 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

Many roads lead to the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area.
Many roads lead 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.

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.

References

Undredal Stave Church
Wikipedia

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

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