UNDREDAL BY THE AURLANDSFJORD

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

Go Fjords - Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord

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

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…

Important information about roads in western Norway: Remember that many roads in western Norway are prone to landslides, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. The road along Undredalsdalen Valley towards Undredal is one of these exposed roads.

Some highlights from Undredal and the surrounding area

FJORDS NORWAY - The idyllic fjord village Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.
The idyllic fjord village Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord.

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 what is probably 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 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 Underdalsbui 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.

Hiking along the UNESCO-Protected Nærøyfjord

Bleiklindi is a good starting point for walking the Old Postal Road to Styvi six kilometers 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.

Guided Hike to Hjødna Viewpoint above Undredal

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.

Pictures from Undredal and the Aurlandsfjord

UNDREDAL – Useful Links:

Official page for Sognefjord – Sognefjord.com
Tourist Info – Visit Undredal
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

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. You can also walk along the Nærøyfjord or enjoy the fjord view from the surrounding mountains. 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

Undredal – Map Overview