It was winter, and we visited Aurland and Flåm by the Sognefjord, seeking for some cold adventures. And we got what we wanted; Frozen Fjords.

Go Fjords - Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord

It is easy to understand why more and more people discover how beautiful and exotic the Norwegian Fjords are during winter. The fjords is a great playground for those who want to ski, go snow-shoe hiking, take a winter-cruise or join a RIB-boat on the fjords or just take in the cold, crispy air and enjoy the beautiful winter-landscape.

We (@tfbergen , @torb and @fjords) met in Aurland by the Aurlandsfjord and stayed at Vangsgaarden Guesthouse for the long-weekend. Aurland and Vangsgaarden is a perfect base for exploring this area. It is a short distance to the fjords and the mountains and the activities, attractions and sights from this place.

Stegastein Viewpoint and Otternes Farm Yard

The first evening we drove up to Stegastein Viewpoint, only a short but steep drive from Aurland. Stegastein is a 33 meter long footbridge made of wood, 640 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. This is one of the greatest viewpoints in Norway, and we went there for a night-photoshoot. We also visited Otternes farmyard between Aurland and Flåm and Borgund Stave Church in Lærdal. See the pictures below.

Fjord Safari on the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord

Next morning we headed towards Flåm at the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, the starting point for our next adventure;  a RIB-Boat-Safari on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord with Fjord Safari. We had two hours on the fjord in a small boat. What a day on the fjord we had! And we experienced deer and seals from close up distance in the middle of this beautiful and wild nature.

The Flåm Railway

The day after the Fjord Safari we again headed towards Flåm. This is the starting point of Flåm Railway, one of top 10 railways in the world. This is the train journey from fjord to mountain, and we took it both ways. We had done this train-ride many times during summer, but it was “cool” to experience it in the winter.

Snow-Shoe Hiking in the mountains

After a nice lunch at Mariannes Bakeri & Kafe in Aurland, we continued to the mountains above Aurland for a Snow-Shoe Hike. We drove up the Aurlandsfjellet Scenic Road to the point where the road is closed during winter, this is just above the Stegastein Viewpoint. We had a great Snow-Shoe Hike in the mountains with a fantastic view down to the Aurlandsfjord.

Winter in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

The last day, before we split and returned to our homes, we drove to Gudvangen to experience the beauty of the Nærøyfjord and the surrounding fjord landscape. We got a lot of new friends there, the sheep we met were lucky to live in such a beautiful environment.

Thanks to Vangsgaarden and Fjord Safari

Thanks to Vangsgaarden who welcomed us to stay with them during our stay, and also to Fjord Safari for letting us join them on the epic winter-cruise on the fjord. We are longing back, and hope to see you again soon.

The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord Area – What to See and Do

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.

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

Frozen Fjords – Map Overview