UNDREDAL FJORD VILLAGE

Undredal is a beautiful fjord-village down by the Aurlandsfjord which is part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.

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

 

Norway in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours

Some highlights from Undredal and the surrounding area

Undredal is famous for the many goats and it´s local made White- and Brown Goat Cheese.

Undredal Stave Church in Undredal is Norways smallest church and had its 850-years celebration in 1997. At Undredal you will also find the smallest Fire Station in Europe.

Undredal is a great starting point for hiking in the surrounding mountains and for kayaking on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

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 cheese and farming in Undredal with tasting at Eldhuset by the pier.

Undredal Stave Church

Undredal Stave Church in Undredal is Norways smallest church and had its 850-years celebration in 1997. The year 1147 is found in the carvings inside the church and is used as the official date of the building.

One of the nearby abandoned Mountain Farms, Nedbergo (530 meters above the Aurlandsfjord) had more sun than the farms down by the fjords, and the people living there were quite wealthy. They even had reserved the foremost benches in Undredal Stave Church, and every sunday they crossed the Aurlandsfjord towards Undredal to go to church. If they were delayed due to weather or other conditions, the others had to wait until those from Nedbergo arrived before the worship service could start.

A visit or a guided tour included folk music inside the church can be ordered via Explore Undredal or at Undredalsbui Grocery Store during the opening hours. Every day during summer, from June 1st to August 31st, you can visit the Stave Church between 13:00 to 17:00 hrs. Tickets are then sold at the entrance.

Local made White- and Brown Goat Cheese

You should taste the local made brown and white goat cheese that is made in Undredal. You can taste and buy the rewarded Goat Cheese at Underdalsbui and Undredal Fjord Cafè/Eldhuset down by the pier.

Happy goat from UndredalUndredal has a long tradition in the production of goat cheese. The reason for that is of course the landscape. The goats are the best animals to utilize the resources in this steep fjord-landscape. In the old days it was natural for the farmers to use the goat’s milk to make farm products.  Undredal had no road connection, and it was easier for them to sell and distribute brown- and white goat cheese rather than fresh milk. 

Eldhuset hosts the tradition of goat cheese and farming in Undredal. They offer both taste, serving, exhibitions and program.

Kayaking the Aurlandsfjord

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.

 

Hiking along the UNESCO-Protected Nærøyfjord

Bleiklindi is a good starting point for walking the Old Postal Road to Styvi six kilometres further out the Nærøyfjord. At Styvi you must turn on the flasher at the quay to give signal to the ferry to stop and take you on board. This is a hike through some of the most scenic fjord-landscape in Norway.

We met at Undredal the night before. 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. It was difficult to break up, we could stay there all day long.

Nedbergo and Stigen Mountain Farms

There are several Mountain Farms close to Undredal. Two of them are Nedbergo (abandoned, 530 masl) and Stigen Gard (300 masl). From Stigen it is possible to continue the hike to Mt. Beitelen, the mountain that devides the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

These farms are situated on each side of the Aurlandsfjord, and you need boat to reach the starting points of the hikes. You need to be an experienced hiker and in good shape, and you should always use a local guide on both these hikes due to the steep and unsecured trails which are not suitable for children. Also, on the hike to Nedbergo, you need to cross a river. There is no bridge across this river, and it might be dangerous to cross the river if the water flow is large.

Pictures from Nedbergo Mountain Farm

Pictures from Stigen Mountain Farm and Mt. Beitelen

Hike to Hjødna Viewpoint and to Stokko by the Aurlandsfjord

The Hjødna Viewpoint is only a short hike from the center of Undredal. Contact Explore-Undredal for a guided hike which will take around 30 minutes from the starting point to the viewpoint.

The hike to Stokko is an easy walk on a 2.5 kilometer long trail (5 kilometer in total) down by the Aurlandsfjord. You start at Undredal, and hike outwards the fjord in North-East direction. The trail goes through old cultural landscape and old meadows, the highest point of the trail is 57 meters.

Pictures from Undredal and the Aurlandsfjord

The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord Area – What to See and Do

The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord in Sogn are two of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. The name Nærøyfjord origin from the norse god ‘Njord’, the God of the Seafarer and the sea. Undredal is located by the Aurlandsfjord and is a great starting point for kayaking on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord.

The Aurlandsfjord is a 29 kilometer long branch of the Sognefjord. At Mt. Beitelen, 11 kilometers from where Aurlandsfjorden starts and 5 kilometer from Undredal, the Aurlandsfjord devides into two fjords; the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The Aurlandsfjord continues 18 kilometer inwards to Flåm where it ends.

Video – The Nærøyfjord, Undredal and the Aurlandsfjord

Video – Fjord Cruise on the Nærøyfjord – Seen from a kayak

Kayak Trip from Undredal into the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

 

UNDREDAL – Useful Links:

Tourist Info: Visit Undredal
Booking.com: Undredal Camping
The local store: Undredalsbui
Activities in Undredal: Explore Undredal
Undredal Fjord Café: Undredal Brygge
World Heritage Info: Undredal
Church: Undredal Stave Church
Local Goat Cheese: Undredal Stølsysteri
Mountain Farm: Stigen Gard

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Official page for the Sognefjord: Sognefjord.com
Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

Undredal – Map Overview