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.
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.
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 Farm Yard between Aurland and Flåm and Borgund Stave Church in Lærdal. See the pictures below.
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 Fjordsafari. 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 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 was lucky to live in such a beautiful environment.
Thanks to Vangsgaarden who welcomed us to stay with them during our stay, and also to FjordSafari 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 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.
Vangsgaarden Guesthouse: Vangsgaarden.com
Flåm Marina & Apartments: Flammarina.no
Fjordsafari RIB Boat and Snowshoe Hiking: Fjordsafari.com
Flåm Railway: Visitflam.com/en/flamsbana
Fjords.com: The UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord
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